Open Classrooms for Fall 2018

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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.