Open Classrooms for Fall 2018

Sign-Up Here for Your Fall 2018 Open Classroom

From October 8th-31st, attend an Open Classroom different than your LLC course to learn about how a different discipline connects to your LLC course and theme!
Please note: Attendance at one Open Classroom event within your theme, participation in the Spring LLC Showcase, and completion of your Fall and Spring LLC courses fulfill the First-Year Integration Core requirement.

Can Religion Save Our Environment?

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Lance Nelson / THRS 112- World Religions and Environmental Concern (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Monday, October 8th from 5:30-6:50pm in UC 107

Description: We will discuss the relation between religious belief, religious practice, and the origins of the current environmental crisis. Is religion part of the problem, part of the solution, or maybe both?

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Mirrors of the Heart: How People in Afro-Latin America View Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Kenneth Serbin / HIST 110- Modern Latin America (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 9th from 2:30-3:50pm in SCST 232

Description: Before class, view the film “Mirrors of the Heart.” Main focus questions: What term should we use to denote the "Indians" of the Americas? Why? How do people in the Americas adapt in a changing world where skin color can mean so much?

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Magical Map-Making

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Cecily Heisser / HIST 110- Global Decolonization (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationWednesday, October 10th from 1:25-2:20pm in KIPJ 215

Description: How do lines and colors on a map impact human experience? Who makes the decision about borders? What options are there for those on the receiving end? What is it like to go to bed in one country and wake up the next day in a different one, but one has not "moved" at all?

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Demystifying the Scientific Process

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Marjorie Patrick / BIOL 240- Bioenergetics and Systems

Date / Time /  LocationThursday, October 11th from 10:45am-12:05pm in Olin Hall 129

Description: How is science done and done correctly? The scientific method is what provides guidance and structure to performing sound investigations and logically interpreting results. Understanding this process enables even non-scientists to the skill of identifying what is good science from pseudoscience, even in everyday life.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


This Heat is a Drag!

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Sue Lowery / BIOL 240- Bioenergetics and Systems

Date / Time /  LocationThursday, October 11th from 1:00-2:00pm in Maher Hall 205

Description: Ever feel that the climate affects your energy level? Well, temperature has a major impact on metabolism, resource utilization, and reproductive success for most organisms. Learn how warming climates affect where and when plants and animals are successful and talk about some of the ways that you can advocate for protecting biodiversity and climate.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Building a Bridge: Engineering Solutions for the Real World

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Frank Jacobitz / ENGR 101- Introduction to Engineering

Date / Time /  LocationMonday, October 15th from 10:10am-12:10pm in Loma Hall 001

Description: Engineering problems are solved by design. Neither the problems, nor the solutions, are only technical in nature, but benefit from insights from artists, social scientists, or students of the humanities. This open classroom will approach a real-world problem and the solutions will be informed by the backgrounds of all students participating in the open classroom. For example, if your are a business student, you can think about how microfinance might help make a technology affordable. Or, if you are a sociologist, consider how the introduction of technology might change the power dynamics in a group.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Everyday Racism: How Colorblindness Reinforces Racial Inequality

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Julia Cantzler / SOCI 101- Intro to Sociology (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 16th from 9:15-10:35am in UC 128

DescriptionThe majority of white Americans believe that racism is not a problem for people of color, despite the significant gaps in income and wealth between whites and blacks in the United States. In this lecture, we will discuss how colorblindness- the dominant lens through which whites understand contemporary race relations- actually reinforces racial inequality in the United States.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


ROCKS: The foundation for immigration, a reason for your IQ, and other really obvious connections.

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Beth O'Shea / EOSC 110- Introduction to Geosciences (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 16th from 1:00-2:00pm in Serra Hall 211

Description: What is geoscience? Who is an advocate? How can geoscience give rise to, or assist with, issues of social justice? In this open classroom you will discover the connections between materials that make up the Earth (rocks!), processes acting upon Earth’s surface, and how these geoscience concepts impact you and the lives of others; not always equally.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Vivenne MacAdam, M.A. / FYW 150- First-Year Writing (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Wednesday, October 17th from 10:10-11:05am in Camino Hall 117

Description: In this class we explore writing as a form of advocacy. We read different genres and different ways in which issues of social justice are explored and articulated. This includes both non-fiction and fiction writing - articles, essays, literary texts, journalistic pieces and social media. The issues we consider are, among others, pertinent to race, ethnicity, gender, class and culture.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Steven Sumner / ECON 101- Principles of Microeconomics

Date / Time /  Location: Wednesday, October 17th from 1:00-2:20pm in Olin Hall 329

Description: During the open classroom session we will investigate whether the well-being of society is improved by government intervention. We will look at several examples in which governments intervene including the provision of education, environmental protection, and the health care system.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Steven Sumner / ECON 101- Principles of Microeconomics

Date / Time /  Location: Wednesday, October 17th from 2:30-3:50pm in Olin Hall 329

Description: During the open classroom session we will investigate whether the well-being of society is improved by government intervention. We will look at several examples in which governments intervene including the provision of education, environmental protection, and the health care system.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Leonard Perry / ENGR 101- Introduction to Engineering

Date / Time /  Location: Thursday, October 18th from 12:15-1:15pm in Loma Hall 001

Description: Make a difference in the world by integrating Information, People, and Equipment. Industrial and Systems Engineers (ISyEs) figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems making them more efficient (lean) while eliminating wasted time, money, materials, and costs.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Cameron Parker / MATH 112- Cryptography

Date / Time /  Location: Monday, October 22nd from 11:15am-12:10pm in UC 128

Description: The rise of block chain and cryptocurrencies is based on the idea that investing our trust in a single benevolent entity can lead to all sorts of problems if that institution fails, whether by neglect, incompetence, or malice. The block chain method allows information to be dispersed to a large group people, none of whom need to trust anyone else, and so everyone verifies everyone else's work. We will briefly go over the underlying mathematics that makes this possible without requiring any previous mathematical knowledge, and then discuss how this technology affects underserved populations. We will see it can be a mixed bag, both allowing access to basic banking services to groups that are often denied it, but also leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and extortion.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Mitzi Smith, M.F.A / THEA 230- Acting I (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Monday, October 22nd from 1:25-2:20pm in Camino Hall 131

Description: As people we know what we want, how we want it (sometimes subconsciously) and what is in our way to achieving these goals. Learn how important it is for actors to assign specifics to become believable on stage when taking on characters.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. May Fu / ETHN 100- Introduction to Ethnic Studies (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Monday, October 22nd from 2:30-3:50pm in Serra Hall 116

Description: Join us as we trace the emergence of Islamophobia; deconstruct the criminalization of Arab, Muslim, and Southwest Asian communities; and examine community resilience and resistance.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Emily Edmonds-Poli / POLS 170- Intro to International Relations

Date / Time /  Location: Thursday, October 25th from 12:30-1:30pm in UC 128

Description: How are politics and advocacy related to one another? What is the best way to advance political goals? In this session we will talk about the importance of the liberal arts for informed and effective political advocacy in both the domestic and international realms.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.

The Economics of $2 A Day

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Alan Gin / ECON 101- Principles of Microeconomics (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationMonday, October 8th from 7:00-8:00pm in Maher Hall 207

DescriptionWhy is it difficult for some people to escape the $2 a day trap? This open classroom examines the changes in the U.S. economy, particularly the labor market, that have increased income inequality and made it more difficult for some to get out of poverty. Factors examined include globalization, technological changes and the impact of the STEM divide, the decline in unionization, and the changing structure of American cities.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


SciStarter: Engaging in Citizen Science

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Nathalie Reyns / EOSC 123- Organisms & Ecosystems

Date / Time /  LocationTuesday, October 9th from 12:30-1:30pm in Serra Hall 211

DescriptionLearn how collaborating with other fellow citizens can help answer important scientific questions in diverse fields such as astronomy, biology, engineering, social sciences, psychology, computer sciences and more. We will discuss what it means to be a citizen scientist and explore ways to become more involved to enhance scientific knowledge.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Political Knowledge, Civic Engagement and Democracy in a Fake News Era

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Mary Brinson / COMM 130- Intro to Media Studies (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationThursday, October 11th from 1:00-2:00pm in Serra Hall 211

DescriptionWith the digital age comes access to unlimited information and collaborative technology – and there is no excuse for any of us to be uninformed or uninvolved when it comes to maintaining Democracy. We can use media to watch the Kardashians and share pictures of kittens – or we can use it to be collaborators! People have started revolutions on FB, organized protests on Twitter, raised money for separated border families on GoFundMe, raised awareness for child soldiers in Africa on Youtube – the possibilities of collaboration are endless. This open classroom will address the intersection of social media and democracy, including issues such as fake news, filter bubbles and ways to become more informed and involved using technology.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Much Ado About Something: Women's Issues in Shakespeare's play

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Jeanie Moore / ENGL 240- Shakespeare (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationMonday, October 15th from 1:25pm-2:20pm in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 116 (Warren Auditorium)

DescriptionShakespeare’s plays, comic or tragic, nearly always stage significant social issues that remain significant problems in present-day society, and that offers us a chance not only to bring the relevance of Shakespeare into our modern world but also to relate it to our Collaborate theme of civic engagement. We will focus on a comedy by Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, in which the false accusation of one young woman affects her, her relationship, her family, and her whole community. We will ask the question today, “To what extent does placing unwarranted blame on a female still exist, in what forms, and to what effect on our society as a whole”?

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Changemaking and Community Engagement

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Mike Williams / CHNG 101- Intro to Changemaking

Date / Time /  LocationTuesday, October 16th from 12:30-1:30pm in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 116 (Warren Auditorium)

DescriptionIn this class, we will learn about a group of South African youth - the Equalizers - who are seeking to promote social change in the village of Makuleke. We will discuss how USD students, faculty, and staff have collaborated with the Equalizers the past six years. This class will focus on the opportunities and challenges of changemaking through global community engagement.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Growing Peaches in Montana: Bioenergetics and a Changing Climate

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Lisa Baird / BIOL 240- Bioenergetics and Systems (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationTuesday, October 16th from 1:00-2:00pm in Serra Hall 212

DescriptionClimate change has been in the headlines for many years. But what do we really know about climate and how it can impact our lives? From precipitation to peaches, explore the importance and impacts of changing climate.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


The Construction of Italian-American Identity

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Loredana Di Martino / LANG 141- The Italian American Experience (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Thursday, October 18th from 12:30-1:30pm in Serra Hall 211

DescriptionServing as an introduction to the cultural studies approach we use in the course, this open class will prompt students to reflect on how Italian American identity has been socially constructed and culturally renegotiated throughout time. Together, we will examine a sample of audiovisual and written texts that expose how power constructs discourses about ethnic identity that foster social fragmentation and oppression.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Why we Love and Hate Following Rules

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Lisa Nunn / SOCI 101- Intro to Sociology (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 23rd from 12:30-1:30pm in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102 (Executive Clasroom)

Description: There are so many rules we have to follow in life: parents’ rules, school rules, workplace policies, laws from the government. There are even informal rules, expectations that our friends and communities expect us to live up to. Sociologists examine what happens when people do and don’t follow all those rules and the some of the good reasons for disobeying the rules in the name of dignity and social justice. Come learn about how we can bring these insights to motivate our own civic engagement.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Evelyn Kirkley / THRS 112- Intro to World Religions

Date / Time /  Location: Thursday, October 25th from 1:00-2:00pm in Serra Hall 211

Description: This session will transport students to the year 325 CE and the Council of Nicaea, where we will role-play the debate on whether or not women in the Christian Church should be priests. Implications for political as well as religious life will be considered. Togas optional.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Lori Watson / GNDS 101- Intro to Gender Studies

Date / Time /  Location: Thursday, October 25th from 2:30-3:50pm in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102 (Executive Clasroom)

Description: This class session will aim to introduce students to the wide range of topics gender studies addresses. Specifically, the goal will be to engage students to reflect about how gender questions are present in any context as relevant to their other courses and interests.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Gordon Hoople / ENGR 101- Intro to Engineering

Date / Time /  Location: Friday, October 26th from 1:30-2:30pm in Loma Hall 001

Description: Come learn about how engineers shape the world we live in!

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Tim Randell / FYW 150- First-Year Writing (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Wednesday, October 31st from 8:00-8:55am in UC 103AB

Description: Learn how to think using multiple methodologies from various disciplines to reveal things you don't already know. In this lecture you will learn how to achieve greater insight when interpreting and writing about literature, politics, anthropology, economics, psychology, gender studies, religion, and more.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.

Food And the Columbian Exchange

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Colin Fisher / HIST 160- U.S. History of Food (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time / LocationThursday, October 11th from 12:30-1:30pm in KIPJ B

DescriptionThe 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus on the island of Hispaniola sparked an extraordinary exchange of plants, animals, and diseases called the "Columbian Exchange." How did this extraordinary biological exchange transform the ways Native Americans, Europeans, Asians, and Africans ate?

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


The Economics of Sustainability

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Alyson Ma / ECON 101- Principles of Microeconomics

Date / Time /  LocationFriday, October 12th from 8:00-8:55am in Olin Hall 327

DescriptionWhat are the economic, social and environmental challenges that we face? Is the optimal level of environmental pollution zero?

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


The Economics of Sustainability

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Alyson Ma / ECON 101- Principles of Microeconomics

Date / Time /  LocationFriday, October 12th from 9:05-10:00am in Olin Hall 327

DescriptionWhat are the economic, social and environmental challenges that we face? Is the optimal level of environmental pollution zero?

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Physics of Climate Change

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Ryan McGorty / PHYS 270- Intro to Mechanics (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationWednesday, October 17th from 7:00-8:00pm in UC 107

DescriptionWe will explore the physics behind the planet's climate and use simple models to predict the Earth's temperature.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


What’s for Dinner? Albacore, Anchovies, or Algae? The movement of energy on the ocean

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Drew Talley / EOSC 123- Organisms and Ecosystems (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationThursday, October 25th from 12:30-1:30pm in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 116 (Warren Auditorium)

DescriptionWhat you put on your plate for dinner is the result of a LOT of different factors - economic, cultural, geographical, and natural. Here we will learn about how energy moves from the ocean to your dinner, and how that movement (and your choices) affect the environment.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.

What is Life?

LLC Faculty / CoursesDr. Jeremy Kua / CHEM 151- General Chemistry I AND Dr. Diane Keeling / COMM 101- Intro to Human Communication (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time / LocationThursday, October 11th from 1:20-2:20pm in KIPJ A

DescriptionHow would you define Life? Although most people assume that Life and the distinction between what is living and nonliving is relatively obvious, scientists don't agree about what Life is or how to define it. Why is defining Life so complicated? We will explore various definitions of Life and how different scientific fields influence these definitions. We will then suggest that the study of science can never be separated from our communication about science. If the study of science is always affected by communication, can Life ever be defined once and for all? We will discuss how the liberal arts can help us address this problem.


Unity and Diversity in Biology and Philosophy

LLC Faculty / CoursesDr. Michael Mayer / BIOL 242- Genomes and Evolution AND Dr. Michael Kelly / PHIL 110- Intro to Philosophy (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationTuesday, October 23rd from 12:30-1:30pm in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 116 (Warren Auditorium)

DescriptionFrom the biological and philosophical perspectives, we will explore some of life’s “big questions.” We’ll also reflect on the necessity of such interdisciplinary dialogue for ensuring the welfare of present and future generations as we face the most pressing issues.


Engineering and Social Justice

LLC Faculty / CourseDr. Susan Lord / ENGR 101- Intro to Engineering AND Dr. Greg Prieto / SOCI 101- Intro to Sociology (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  LocationTuesday, October 30th from 12:30-2:00pm in Loma Hall 001

DescriptionThis open classroom explores the ways sociological analyses of inequality and its remedy overlap with and inform engineering. This open classroom introduces students to the practice of engineering design and consideration of who studies engineering.

Media Ecology and Communication Studies

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. David Sullivan / COMM 130- Intro to Media Studies (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Monday, October 8th from 8:00-8:55am in Camino Hall 110

Description: Media ecology explores how communication technologies affect human consciousness and social organization. Drawing from this inherently interdisciplinary approach to understanding media, we'll explore how a medium is a cultural environment defined by space and time biases, the global village thesis, and how media shape the character of human generations.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Language Innovation

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Amanda Moulder / FYW 150- First-Year Writing (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Monday, October 8th from 2:30-3:50pm in Serra Hall 209

Description: New words make new realities, and foreclose old ones. Words can make people/ places/concepts visible or invisible. Language is a changing, growing, innovative entity used to capture and create human thought. In this workshop, students will share their research into innovative uses of language.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Social Vehicle

LLC Faculty / CourseAllison Wiese, M.F.A / ARTV 105- Intro to Sculpture (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 9th from 9:15-10:15am in Camino P-3

Description: A lecture and brief discussion introduce artistic practices that employ social space and activity as important artistic sites or materials for public artwork, ultimately introducing students to their next challenge: site-specific sculptural interventions for our campus.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Addressing Wicked Problems with Calculus

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Jennifer Prairie / MATH 150- Calculus I (with Applications to the Life Sciences)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 9th from 10:45-11:40am in UC 128

Description: Many of the most challenging and complex problems facing society today (wicked problems) require innovative solutions to be meaningfully addressed, integrating many different disciplines and perspectives. In this open classroom, you will learn some ways that calculus can be applied to enhance our understanding of the scientific, social, cultural, or economic aspects of these interdisciplinary problems.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Innovation and Economics

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Andrew Narwold / ECON 101- Principles of Microeconomics

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 9th from 2:30-3:50pm in Olin Hall 128

Description: During this class we will explore the role of innovation in economic theory. Using the book and blog Freakonomics as a starting point, we will identify several surprising ways in which innovation is imbedded in modern economics.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Why Communication Matters!

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Leeva Chung / COMM 101- Intro to Human Communication (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time / Location: Wednesday, October 10th from 9:05-10:00am in Olin Hall 125

DescriptionThis Open Classroom session will focus on what constitutes healthy and flexible communication amid fast and furious advances in technology. Because our world is becoming islands of intersecting webs and virtual platforms understand how to be more effective.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Atoms and Light in the Lab

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. David DeHaan / CHEM 151- General Chemistry I (next sequence, CHEM 152, is also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time / Location: Wednesday, October 10th from 6:00-8:00pm in SCST 332

Description: How do light and matter interact? Can your sunglasses really block UV light? What kind of innovation could produce a better sunscreen? Work out the answers to these and other questions in a hands-on lab environment.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


Evolution: Innovation in your Ancestry

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Terry Bird / BIOL 242- Genomes and Evolution

Date / Time /  Location: Friday, October 12th from 9:05-10:00am in Serra Hall 209

Description: Have you ever wondered why you swallow food down the same tube you inhale air? Or noticed that your limbs are fundamentally the same as all other mammals, whether you look at a bat, a whale, a cat, or your best friend? Evolution forms the scientific framework for understanding these observations. In this class we examine the process of science and how it is used to test evolutionary theory. We will pay special attention to transitional fossils that reveal the unique innovations that led to some of the quirky features of, well, you (i.e. modern humans).

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Richard Gonzalez / BIOL 240- Bioenergetics and Systems

Date / Time /  Location: Friday, October 12th from 10:10-11:05am in Olin Hall 130

Description: Nothing innovates in the natural world like evolution. But how does it do it? Come find out. I bet it's not what you thought.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Daniel Lopez-Perez / ARCH 101- Intro to Architecture Studio (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 16th from 10:45am-12:05pm in Camino P-5

Description: During this hands-on Open-Classroom session you will be introduced to the processes of architectural design in an active studio setting. With the theme of “folding surfaces” as the backdrop of the research this semester, the Open-Classroom session will introduce guests to architectural design methods by collectively thinking about how formal systems are defined, how to explore their flexibility, and alongside the students in the studio, how these can become the source for new and unprecedented architectural forms! Join us!

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Casey Dominguez / POLS 220- Voting

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 16th from 2:30-3:50pm in KIPJ 219

Description: This session will explicitly refer to the USD Reads book "America on $2 a Day." We will talk about how policy and elections affect the poor, and whether the poor have the same ability as the middle and upper classes to vote and affect election outcomes.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Susie Babka / THRS 114- Art, Creativity, & the Sacred (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Wednesday, October 17th from 7:00-8:00pm in UC Forum C

Description: Art can be a powerful medium for social awareness and an innovative motivator toward social justice. This class explores street art around the world as a way art is transformative, both of attitudes and environments.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Perla Myers / MATH 112- Folding Explorations in Mathematics (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Thursday, October 18th from 10:45am-12:05pm in Camino P-5 

Description: In this class, you will 1) learn about a folding exploration that led to new results, 2) "meet" some of the most amazing folding and paper artists and 3) discover some of the recent surprising innovations inspired by paper folding, in areas that include medicine, robotics, architecture, engineering and science.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Joel Alejandro Mejia / ENGR 101- Intro to Engineering

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 23rd from 1:00-2:00pm in Maher Hall 205

Description: Engineers constantly develop solutions to satisfy the needs of people. Engineering solutions have a vital impact on the quality of life and must consider the protection of public health, safety, and welfare of society. The best designers take into consideration their impact on humanity and the environment. But who benefits from these engineering solutions? In this open classroom, we will analyze an assortment of popular inventions to determine whom they are intended to benefit, who has access to them, who may be harmed by them and who is profiting from them. The goal is to re-imagine engineering solutions to create a more equitable and socially just world.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Geoffrey Morse/ BIOL 242- Genomes and Evolution 

Date / Time /  Location: Wednesday, October 24th from 10:10-11:05am in Olin Hall 130

Description: Have you ever wondered why you swallow food down the same tube you inhale air? Or noticed that your limbs are fundamentally the same as all other mammals--whether you look at a bat, a whale, a cat, or your best friend? Evolution forms the scientific framework for understanding these observations. In this class we examine the process of science and how it is used to test evolutionary theory. We will pay special attention to transitional fossils that reveal the unique innovations that led to some of the quirky features of, well, you (i.e. modern humans).

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.

LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Rico Monge / THRS 119- Christianity and its Practice (also offered as a Spring LLC course) 

Date / Time /  Location: Monday, October 29th from 2:30-3:50pm in UC 107

Description: We will look at the history of Christianity as it turned from an oppressed and liberatory religion, into a religion of oppression and subjugation. We will also look at how in recent times, Christianity's potential for liberation and freedom from oppression has re-emerged in powerful ways.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.


LLC Faculty / Course: Dr. Yi Sun / HIST 130- East Asia in Transformation (also offered as a Spring LLC course)

Date / Time /  Location: Tuesday, October 30th from 12:30-1:30pm in Serra Hall 211

Description: Through visual and audio representations, along with an analytical narrative, this class is designed to demonstrate the new art, music and fashion trends among Chinese youth and explain how they reflect the changing social and economic lives in China in the context of globalization.

Do not choose this Open Classroom if you are currently regularly enrolled in this course.