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This course will be led by Gina Di Salvo, assistant professor of theater history and dramaturgy. Professor Di Salvo’s academic interests include theater history, dramatic criticism, Shakespeare, saints, and dramaturgy. Class will be held Wednesdays from 11:15 – 12:05.

Course description: 

This course is a semester-long exploration of the legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and qualitative research using the musical Hamilton: An American Musical, biography, and archival documents. Through listening and analyzing the cast album, watching documentaries and clips, examining documents (in both draft and final forms), and conducting interviews, we will explore both how our national founding narratives circulate in both history and popular culture. Through hands-on and mostly in-class, collaborative, experiential activities, students learn both archival and ethnographic methods for research, as well as develop written and oral rhetorical skills.

Better by Science?

This course will be taught by Todd Freeberg, an associate adjunct professor in psychology. Professor Freeberg’s research interests center on animal behavior and animal communication. Class will be held once a week on Wednesdays from 11:15-12:05.

Course description:

Humanity has benefited enormously from scientific advances – science has made us physically better. Has science also made us better morally? We will examine this question by reading and discussing Michael Shermer’s 2015 book, “The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People.” Our goal will be to increase our understanding of the ability of scientific thinking to make a better and more just world.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park: The People’s Legacy

Sarah Hunter Profile photoThis course will be taught by Sarah Hunter, associate director of admissions and first-year experience for the Honors & Scholars Programs. Class will be held on Wednesdays from 9:05 – 9:55.

Course description:

This course will explore the history of the national park and its people. We will study the campaign and motivating factors that led to the creation of a national park as well as those who were personally affected. Particular focus will be given to how individual and group advocacy has shaped park growth over the ensuing years as well as its continued impact on park development today. Learn more about this beautiful park that is in our backyard!

One Health @ UT

This course will be led by Kimberly Gwinn, associate professor of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Professor Gwinn’s academic focus is in plant pathology. Class will be held Tuesdays from 5:10 – 6:00.

Course Description: 
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” (John Muir). Federal agencies that have historically acted unilaterally are now recognizing that health of animals and the environment are inextricably linked. The “One Health” approach is the collaborative effort of the human health, veterinary health and environmental health communities to interact on a local, national and global scales in order to attain and maintain optimal health not only for people, but for domestic, farm, and food animals, wildlife, plants and our environment. This course will focus on research programs at the University of Tennessee that approach solving disease issues through communication, cooperation, and collaboration across disciplines and institutions, thus maintaining or reducing health risks to animals, humans, the environment, and society.

Understanding and Negotiating “Worlds” through Maps

This course will be led by Stefanie Ohnesorg, associate professor of modern foreign languages. Class will be held Tuesdays from 2:10 – 3:00.

Course description:

When looking at a globe or a map we may catch ourselves explaining things like “This IS America, this IS China, this IS the Tennessee Valley…“ while pointing at the depictions in front of us. Statements like this suggest that the boundaries between the representation and what is being represented seem to get blurred in the act of reading the map. As we identify places on a map, the images in front of us invoke associations that make us – as the slippage in language suggests – at least momentarily forget or ignore that the map and what is being represented are not the same.
In this course, we take a closer look at what a map ‘is’ (and what it is ‘not’). While doing so, we will develop a framework that will enable students to understand maps as cultural constructs that need to be ‘read’ by not only focusing on what is being depicted but by also paying attention to the layers of meaning that become apparent by realizing what is omitted and/or (literally or symbolically) moved to the margins. Students will work with maps from different cultural contexts to understand that the features we will look at are not unique to any particular culture.

French Cinema and Film Criticism in the 1930s

This course will be taught by Susan Edmundson, distinguished lecturer in French and Francophone studies. Edmundson’s research interests include cultural and political history, contemporary French culture, and online teaching and assessment. Class will be held Tuesdays from 2:10 – 3:00.

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In this course, students will learn about French culture and history by viewing and analyzing several famous French films from the 1930s. Students will study how reviews of these films are influenced by the critics’ political orientation and point of view. Through blogging, games, and role-playing, students will develop an awareness of how their own experiences and worldview influence their interpretations of these films. 

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