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.
 
 

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 217

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 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.

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.

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.

 
 

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.