Fall 2017 Colloquia

Fall 2017 HC 421H: Aesthetics of Anxiety in the Modernist Moment

Professor: Jeffrey Librett

4 credits

•  CRN 12799: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

We compare and contrast the ways in which anxiety is presented and explored in different types of text and discourse, and we try to understand why anxiety became such a prominent theme in the modernist period, while asking ourselves also about the status of anxiety as a cultural theme today. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 421H: Commonplace Reading, or, Book Love

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

•  CRN 16831: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

How do we read? What is reading now? Has reading always been what we think it is? What does it mean to love books? Read More

Fall 2017 HC 421H: Emerson and Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

•  CRN 12798: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MCK 240B

Poetry and science merge, converge, blur, and blend in this study of genius that rocked—and still rocks—our world. Bursting and bending disciplines, joyously defying definitions of field – Einstein the scientist playing the violin and encouraging humanities, Emerson the poet urging study of science and history. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: Immigrant Fictions: Belonging and Placelessness in Contemporary European Literature

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 12802: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ ESL 107

This class will explore the contemporary landscape of immigration in twenty first century Europe from the perspective of novelists and poets.  We’ll explore the history of immigration since about 1950 as a means to understand the current social, cultural, political situation.  Issues will include the passage, the challenges and pleasure of biculturalism, bilingualism, issues such as belonging, translation and exile. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: African-American Writers in Paris

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

•  CRN 17323: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ 301 GER

This class will focus on the vibrant African-American community that settled in Paris after WWI and included writers and intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright. We will discuss why these writers chose to live in France as expatriates, in which ways they impacted both French and American culture.  Read More

Fall 2017 HC 424H/431H: Human Rights and the 21st Century

Professor: Cheyney Ryan

4 credits

•  CRN 12800: Tuesday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ PLC 248

We will explore the history and practice of human rights today, and their role in today's political struggles for a better world. Our focus will be both theoretical and practical: we will explore the philosophical underpinnings of human rights, as they emerged from the 20th century experience of war; and we will look at specific conflicts where they now play a role, focusing initially on conflicts around war, genocide, and economic justice. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 431H: Essentialism in Cognition and Culture

Professor: Dare Baldwin

4 credits

•  CRN 12805: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ GSH 103

This course will examine a broad range of such issues, encouraging students to observe ways in which fundamental cognitive propensities such as psychological essentialism can shape human activities in domains as diverse as scientific discovery, jury decision-making, educational curricula, and children’s willingness to persist in the face of initial failure. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 431H: Big Problems and Bold Solutions: A Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving and Developing Leadership Skills

Professor: Jim Shephard

4 credits

•  CRN 16967: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ PETR 102

Whatever career you embark on, whatever path you follow, you will find success if you are an effective problem solver and leader.  This course will give you an opportunity to develop problem solving and leadership skills in a collaborative environment. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 431H: Pacific Northwest Meets Hard Heads and Soft Hearts

Professor: Ed Whitelaw

4 credits

•  CRN 12803: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ GSH 103

This course is an intersection of economics, the environment, litigation, and of course politics. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 444H/431H: Decolonizing Research: The Northern Paiute History Project

Professor: Kevin Hatfield & Jennifer O'Neal

4 credits

•  CRN 12811: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ LIB 201

This course is underpinned by the values of community-based, inter-cultural, de-colonizing, ethical, multidisciplinary research, and authentic discourse among Native and non-Native students, historians, scholars, and tribal community course partners. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Cosmology

Professor: James Schombert

4 credits

•  CRN 12810: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ LAWRENCE 222

This course is a historical and philosophical review of our cosmological worldview from mythical times to modern science. We explore topics in the geometry of the Universe, expanding spacetime and the Big Bang, dark matter, black holes and wormholes, quarks and mesons, galaxies and quantum physics. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Current Bio-Medical Research Topics, OHSU

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4 credits

•  CRN 12808: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ ESL 193

This unique colloquium partners with faculty and graduate student researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) to investigate several current research topics in medicine and global public health. Our foundation will be historical, global, and medical. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Relativity, the Quantum, and Reality

Professor: Michael Kellman

4 credits

•  CRN 12807: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ GSH 103

We will explore the profound conceptual challenges in thinking about nature brought about by two of the great revolutions in science of the twentieth century: special relativity and quantum mechanics. We will first explore each of these theories at a deep but simple level, using elementary examples. We will then explore the extremely strange things that happen when we try to put these theories together. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Climate Change and the Need for Data Driven Policy

Professor: Greg Bothun

4 credits

•  CRN 17269: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ TBD

Climate change policy remains largely in a state of paralysis which enables business as usual to continue thus accelerating the potential impact. Therefore important questions relating to food security, water resources, biodiversity, and other socioeconomic issues remain unresolved. Read More