Spring 2019

Spring 2019

China and India

Yi Sun, Vidya Nadkarni

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course examines the national experiences of China and India, two emerging global powers, from the perspectives of History and Political Sciences. With a focus on the intertwined themes of colonialism and nationalism, the course analyzes the two countries' policies during the Cold War, their current economic development and their positions on regional and international security. Concurrently, the course dissects the bilateral relations between China and India as well as their complex relations with the United States and the rest of the world.

HNRS 352

Yi Sun


HNRS 353

Vidya Nadkarni



Satyan Devadoss, Shannon Starkey

Origami is the art and study of folding and unfolding. Although ancient in origin, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest recently, resulting in stunning sculptures and marvelously intricate pop-up books. The applications of folding have grown as well, from NASA's James Webb space telescope to cutting-edge protein folding studies. This is a beautiful subject with a tremendous amount of active research, relating powerful ideas from studio art, computer science, and mathematics. This course is designed to introduce the foundations of folding design from mathematical and architectural viewpoints. No experience in paper folding is necessary. 

HNRS 370

Satyan Devadoss


HNRS 371

Shannon Starkey


Apostles and Apostates: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Science and Religion

Daniel Sheehan, Mary Doak

The various issues of presumed conflict today between religion and science are evidence of widespread confusion about truth, method, and the development of ideas in both science and religion. Through an exploration of the processes by which new ideas come to be accepted in theology and in science, this course will enable students to navigate our current societal confusion with better understandings of the arguments and claims to truth of each field. We will also look at case studies of historical conflicts between science and religion as well as some contemporary topics (such as cosmic origins and climate change) as examples of how the contributions of both science and theology together might result in more adequate understandings of our place in and responsibility for the world.

HNRS 354

Daniel Sheehan


HNRS 355

Mary Doak


*APPROVED CORE: Upper-Division Theological and Religious Inquiry (355), Advanced Integration

Voice and Text

Fred Robinson, Jan Gist

Learning Objectives: 1) to enable students to speak/recite with expressive variety, clear articulation, full resonance and easy breath support so that they can develop their own voices while hearing and understanding the expressive life of the written word; 2) to understand the nature of literary texts as fundamentally voiced, so that in the process of giving them voice in recitation, the student understands how the text creates meaning through expression.

What does it mean to find the voice of a text? What is your own authentic voice? How can these two voices be made one so that you express yourself as you express the text? How can the voice emanating from your body, breath and mind express the language, imagery and meaning/intention of the text – that is, deliver the text, not only to yourself but to an audience.

We will read plays, poems and stories, as well as a variety of materials on voice and speech skills. Class will meet once a week and time will be divided into 1) brief vocal exercises, 2) analytical discussions of a text, and 3) rehearsed and formal recitations to the class. At the end of the semester, we will hold a public reading involving all students. We will also require attendance at one literary reading and one play, on or off campus.

Texts will include a short anthology of poems, three or four plays (including Shakespeare), and handouts of short stories + numerous handouts of essays, speeches, monologues, etc. This class will be valuable for majors in any field requiring analyses of texts, for students entering any field of work after school that involves talking and writing expressively, and for students who personally want their own voices.

HNRS 314

Fred Robinson


HNRS 315

Jan Gist