Fall 2019 Colloquia

Fall 2019 HC 421H: Commonplace Reading, or, Book Love

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4.00 credits

•  CRN 12778: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ CHA 202

In this course, we will explore the connections between reading and writing in the world of commonplace books from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, books in which readers created their own personal anthologies, with passages, images, and other artifacts important to them. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 421H: Virginia Woolf

Professor: Helen Southworth

4.00 credits

•  CRN 16599: Wednesday, 14:00 - 16:50 @ FR 217

This class is focused on the life and work of English writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).  Texts will include To the Lighthouse, Orlando, A Room of One's Own, Roger Fry: A Biography, Flush and The Waves.   We'll use our focus on Virginia Woolf to consider the range of approaches and research methodologies available when studying a single author and a single oeuvre.  Topics will include biography and book art. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 421H: Reading New Religions

Professor: Anne Kreps

4.00 credits

•  CRN 16649: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ FR 225

The Bible is the most widely read book in America.  On one hand, it is a collection of old texts, written for the inhabitants of the ancient Near East. On the other hand, it is the foundational book for religions both old and new. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 421H: Cinema Manifestos and Movements

Professor: Peter Alilunas

4.00 credits

•  CRN 16654: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:50 @ CHA 201

This course traces in detail the various manifestos from the global history of cinema, positioning them within historical, aesthetic, political, and theoretical contexts. This course takes a broad approach, with a wide net to collect the efforts to shape—and often contain—what cinema could and should become. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 421H: Touching Research: Adventures in the Archives

Professor: Judith Raiskin

4.00 Credits

• CRN 12777: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00-11:50 @ LIB 201 Special Collections Classroom

Research should be an immersive experience involving body, mind and spirit. This course will involve hands-on research projects in the University of Oregon Archives and Special Collections.  Students will learn the methods of archival research, examining artifacts from three different collections: the Rajneesh Collection, the James Tiptree, Jr. Collection, and the Southern Oregon Country Lesbian Archival Project. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 431H: The Language of Truth

Professor: Eric Pederson

4.00 credits

•  CRN 17111: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:50 @ CHA 301

How do know when someone is telling the truth? How do we indicate when we are or are not telling the truth? How do languages vary in their expression of truth statements? These questions have always been relevant to the human condition. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 431H: Research Treasures: Navigating Knowledge

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

4.00 credits

•  CRN 12782: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ GSH 103

Navigating the accumulated body of scholarly knowledge, understanding how such knowledge is produced, apprehending the properties that distinguish it, and participating in the changing landscape of research and scholarship are crucial to academic success. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 431H: Big Problems and Bold Solutions: A Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving and Developing Leadership Skills

Professor: Jim Shephard

4.00 credits

•  CRN 12784: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ CHA 202

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 2019 HC 431H: Environmental and Science Communication in the Age of Wildfires in the West

Professor: Hollie Smith

4.00 credits

•  CRN 16675: Friday, 09:00 - 11:50 @ CHA 301

In this course, students will be asked to combine storytelling techniques with scientific research in an effort to develop communication that seeks to both inform the public about the growing problem of wildfire in the state and explore models for engaging the public in both the storytelling and the science of fire. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 431H: Secrecy

Professor: Michael Moffitt

4.00 credits

•  CRN 17000: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ CHA 301

Under what conditions can we—or should we be able to—learn that which others wish to keep secret? This colloquium will introduce the complex, overlapping policy assumptions and tradeoffs associated with questions of secrecy. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 434H/431H: Biography as History: Analyzing African Political Leadership since the 1950s

Professor: A.B. Assensoh

4.00 credits

•  CRN 17110: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ CHA 301

African political leadership is one of the least understood historical-cum-political phenomena. On the one hand, several of the continent’s political leaders are often romanticized as titans without flaws and, on the other hand, they are often unfairly demonized as the culprits for most of the issues that undermine the continent. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 434H/431H: Social Justice and Human Rights

Professor: Cheyney Ryan

4.00 credits

•  CRN 17079: Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:50 @ MCK 240B

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 2019 HC 441H: The Biological Basis of Coalitions, Alliances, and Political Systems

Professor: Klaree Boose

4.00 credits

•  CRN 12786: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 - 09:50 @ CHA 301

Human sociality is complex and our proclivity to form coalitions and alliances has a long evolutionary history. Understanding the biological basis of human political behavior is relevant to a wide range of disciplines including business, marketing, economics, and political science. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 441H: Neuroscience Perspectives on Drug Policy

Professor: Christina Karns

4.00 credits

•  CRN 16657: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ CHA 301

Check the headlines: Opiate abuse epidemic. High rates of stimulant use by college students. Marijuana legalization. Privatized prisons and non-violent drug offenders. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of abstinence to addiction, these issues affect you and the people you know. Read more


Fall 2019 HC 441H: Scientific Windows on the Blossoming of Cognition in Mind and Brain

Professor: Dare Baldwin

4.00 credits

•  CRN 12785:  Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ CHA 301

Children’s grasp of the world changes dramatically with development. In the brief two years from birth, they alter from helpless bundles into walking, talking dynamos. The course of cognitive development is also in some ways paradoxical. As toddlers, children acquire new knowledge at a remarkable pace, but at the same time they are prone to a degree of thoughtlessness that would lead them into imminent danger Read more