Winter 2018 Colloquia

Winter 2018 HC 421H: Getting Medieval

Professor: Louise Bishop

4 credits

•  CRN 23285: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ GSH 103

What is “medieval”? The word anglicizes Latin medium aevum and comes into common usage in the nineteenth century, replacing the previously-used term “Gothic.” Why the change? Read more


Winter 2018 HC 421H: Literature and Philosophy

Professor: James Crosswhite

4 credits

•  CRN 26903: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ 106 Friendly Hall

What is philosophy, and why does it take the form of writing and literature? What is literature, and how does it carry out the work of philosophy? In this course, we will explore and engage with the ways these questions have been developed and answered in some major philosophical and literary works. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 421H: War and Peace and Totality and Infinity: Tolstoy and Levinas

Professor: Steven Shankman

4 credits

•  CRN 23286: Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:50 @ Oregon State Penitentiary Salem

This is an Inside-Out class: half the students (“inside” students) are prison inmates and the other half are University of Oregon students (“outside” students).

In our time of seemingly endless wars, we will read one of the world’s greatest war novels, Tolstoy’s massive War and Peace. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 424H/421H: The Rhetoric of Racial Reconciliation

Professor: David Frank

4 credits

•  CRN 23288: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ GSH 103

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an IP (Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IP Multicultural class.

This course centers on the rhetoric of race, adaptive racism, adaptive anti-racism, and racial reconciliation.  Drawing from the theories of intersectionality, the course is designed to study the rhetoric of race, adaptive racism, adaptive anti-racism for the purpose of creating the mythic and symbolic anchors for racial reconciliation. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 434H/421H: Art and Film in Urban China

Professor: Jenny Lin

4 credits

•  CRN 26904: Friday, 10:00 - 12:50 @ CHA 202

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts and Letters Colloquium and an IC (International Cultures) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts and Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IC Multicultural class.

Over the past two decades, Chinese cities have grown at breakneck speed, emerging as global centers of finance and culture. This course explores the intersections between China’s fast-past urbanization and contemporary art and film. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 434H/421H: The City

Professor: John Nicols

4 credits

•  CRN 26902: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ ESL 199

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts and Letters Colloquium and an IC (International Cultures) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts and Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IC Multicultural class.

Cities have traditionally been the catalyst to political, cultural, scientific and economic development. In this course, we look at the experiences of three cities. Ancient Athens set the standard in the Western Tradition for high cultural achievement, and defined the “classical.” Read more


Winter 2018 HC 424H/431H: Autobiography as Political Agency

Professor: Anita Chari

4 credits

•  CRN 23287: Monday, 18:00 - 20:50 @ Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an IP (Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken a Social Sceince Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IP Multicultural class.

This course is part of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, and open only to CHC students. Half the students (“inside” students) are prison inmates and the other half are University of Oregon students (“outside” students).

This class explores the autobiography as a form of both personal and political expression. The class begins by complicating, questioning and demystifying the divide between the personal and political by linking students' personal stories and histories with narratives of broader social structures, such as capitalism, patriarchy, slavery, and colonialism. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 431H: Bodies and Artifacts

Professor: Joseph Fracchia

4 credits

•  CRN 23289: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:50 @ CHA 301

In a statement with which his contemporary Charles Darwin certainly would have agreed, Karl Marx noted in an offhand comment that ‘the first fact to be established for the study of history is the corporeal organization of human beings.’ Read more


Winter 2018 HC 431H: Economics

Professor: Glen Waddell

4 credits

•  CRN 26867: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ CHA 201

“The theory of economics does not furnish a body of settled conclusions immediately applicable to policy. It is a method rather than a doctrine, an apparatus of the mind, a technique of thinking which helps its possessor to draw correct conclusions." – Keynes. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 431H: Historical Archaeology & Preservation

Professor: Rick Minor

4 credits

•  CRN 26868: Monday, 15:00 - 17:50 @ STB 254

Historical archaeology and historic preservation are two fields of study linked together by common interests in the identification, documentation, interpretation, and preservation of heritage resources. Historical archaeologists seek to contribute to an understanding of the emergence of the Modern World. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 434H/431H: Global History of Color, 1400-1900

Professor: Vera Keller

4 credits

•  CRN 23290: Monday, 14:00 - 16:50 @ GSH 131

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an IC (International Cultures) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IC Multicultural class.

Bringing together art history, material culture, the history of the book, economic history, and the history of science, this course will use color as a lens for studying cultural, scientific, and commercial interchange in the early modern world. We will focus on a range of natural reds and the first synthetic dye, mauve. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 441H: Biology and Politics

Professor: Gabriel Yospin

4 credits

•  CRN 23292: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ GSH 130

Scientific information plays a major role in nearly every government policy decision. In many instances, science becomes a part of policy with minimal discussion. At other times, the role of science in policy decisions is controversial. How should scientific information be a part of policy decisions? Read more


Winter 2018 HC 441H: Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics

Professor: Shlomo Libeskind

4 credits

•  CRN 23295: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ MCK 473

This seminar is a journey through two millennia of mathematical milestones, exploring their historical settings. We will emphasize that proofs and solutions to problems don’t come “out of the blue” and discuss the thinking process leading to a proof or solution and its historical background. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 441H: Mysteries of the Brain: Neuroscience and Society

Professor: Nathan Tublitz

4 credits

•  CRN 23291: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ CHA 201

This course provides science and non-science students with a basic understanding of neuroscience, the study of the brain. Students acquire an understanding of the complexities underlying brain function, learn about the methods and fundamental processes underlying scientific research, gain an appreciation of the role and limitations of basic biomedical research in our society, and explore ethical dilemmas in neuroscience research. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 441H: Who Am I? A Genetic Inquiry

Professor: Amy Connolly

4 credits

•  CRN 23293: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ GSH 103

“Who Am I?” You may have asked yourself this question repeatedly in your life, and found a myriad of ways to answer it. In this class, we will be looking at how commercially available services like 23andMe answer this question by looking at your genes. Read more