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2015-16 LLC Theme and Faculty Director Announcement

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Faculty Director: Jennifer Zwolinski, Psychological Science

In the Change LLC, you will learn how different disciplines can effectively collaborate to understand how change occurs. For example, what are some effective strategies to promote physical and mental health among individuals and on a more global level? How do changes in genes and the environment drive biological evolution? How does history mark the passage of human change? What role does mathematics play in the notion of change? How do we create communication technologies, and how do these technologies change us? How does a rapidly changing world understood by such technologies manifest itself in new ways of artistic expression? How do we judge the costs and benefits of new alternatives in a constantly changing global economy? Search for answers to these types of questions and develop and explore your own questions about change with your peers and faculty in this LLC.

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Faculty Director: Terry Bird, Biology

What is the relationship between faith and reason? Science and religion? How is it possible to experience the presence of the Sacred in the ordinary experience of everyday life? Sometimes people who take pride in the power of human intellect look down on religion as a crutch for those who rely on the wisdom that comes from a “higher power”. Religious communities sometimes assume that if a scientific theory contradicts their faith, it must be an error. This LLC is for students who see faith and reason as complementary ways of human nature, and are curious about the world and our place in it. Everyone is welcome to participate in this dynamic community: Catholic students, students from other Christian denominations and faith traditions, as well as those who are searching for religious identity.

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Faculty Director: Alyson Ma, Economics

What does it mean to live in an increasingly global society? How do we participate in experiences outside of our national borders and comfort zones? Does the possibility of enriching life through increasing integration outweigh the potential new problems created? Are our cultural commonalities stronger than our cultural differences? The culture of any particular place is under the profound influence of past and present cultures around the world. How does the rise of technology shape our economic, political, social, and cultural identities? Will increased globalization cause a greater depletion of our natural resources? Can globalization and sustainable development coexist? Together students and faculty will explore the interconnectedness of our ever-shrinking world in the Globalization community.



Faculty Director: Kathryn Statler, History

This LLC is a community of first-year honors students dedicated to academic excellence. It will serve as your connection to a challenging and rewarding liberal arts education as you join the vibrant company of scholars to explore the universe of human knowledge. You will learn to make your own connections among a vast range of classes, disciplines and ideas, and turn old knowledge into new insights. The Honors LLC is no ordinary first-year program; it marks the beginning of a lifelong quest for knowledge, enlightenment, self-improvement and social progress.

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Faculty Director: Alan Gin, Economics

This LLC explores the physical and human elements that form community. How do people build and maintain communities? What roles do physical proximity, technology, and diversity play in the development of urban communities? What happens when cultures clash, coexist, and come together? How does difference intersect in complex economic and political systems shaped by the contours of power and privilege? San Diego’s location on the border with Mexico provides an interesting and international lens through which we can view these questions. Discover first-hand these intersections in the urban classroom that is America’s eighth largest city.

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Faculty Director: Lisa Baird, Biology

Are you interested in all dimensions of scientific thinking? Have you ever wondered about the responsibilities scientists have to the local, national and global community? Is science and discovery displayed in the visions of artists and actors? Can a biologist, philosopher, anthropologist and economist contribute equally to the advancement of science? If you are interested in all aspects of human discovery, this LLC will explore common questions about scientific discovery, ethical and responsible science, and the consequences of scientific knowledge. Throughout your first year you will explore fundamental questions about the sciences through multiple lenses.

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Faculty Director: Alejandro Meter, Languages and Literatures

The Social Justice community is ideal for students who are interested in understanding contemporary, economic, historical, and cultural issues related to peace and justice in local, national, and global contexts. Together you will live, learn, and investigate the foundations of justice, social activism and social change. We will collectively explore questions such as: What value do communities place on social justice? What are the ethics of responsibility? Can literature, music and art effect social change? Through service, immersion, and relationship building opportunities, the Social Justice LLC will explore the connection between your academic experience here at USD and social justice issues in the San Diego community and beyond.

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Faculty Director: Diane Hoffoss, Mathematics

Have you ever wondered about the variety of spaces humans construct? Have you pondered your place in the universe? What is the shape of the universe, and is it finite or infinite? How have ideas about space and place changed over time? How can art, performance or music transform a contemporary space into a sacred space or a magnificent space? How does technology shape our relationship to space, place, and sound? What turns a space into a place of belonging, a home? Explore these questions through the context of history, art, geometry, architecture, music, computing, the cosmos and especially the imagination.

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Faculty Director: Sue Lowery, Biology

Do you think USD can become a carbon neutral campus? Can environmental awareness be expressed in art or poetry? What is ecological stewardship? How can the sciences, social sciences and humanities collaborate to create an environmentally sustainable world? Explore these questions with your peers in the context of positive environmental change and practice "green living." Whether you are interested in sustainable fisheries, cultures of environmentalism or graphic depictions of environmental living, this LLC invites all who are interested in sustaining our environment.