Fall 2020

Fall 2020

It's about Time

Daniel Sheehan, Halina Duraj

Time lies at the heart of the human condition and science’s description of the natural world. Nothing ’happens’ without it. Despite its seeming familiarity it remains elusive, mysterious, paradoxical in nature. This team-taught, upper-division honors class will explore the phenomenon of time through the lenses of literature and physics.

HNRS 322

Daniel Sheehan


HNRS 323

Halina Duraj


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration

Queer Cinema and Theory

Ivan Ortiz, Martin Repinecz

This course will introduce students to queer cinema and theory in an international context. We will place foundational texts of queer theory in dialogue with a variety of historical and contemporary queer films in order to illuminate the reciprocal relationships between these two bodies of knowledge. Films and theoretical texts will represent a range of global perspectives in order to highlight the diversity of queer experiences in different historical moments and geographies. Such a scope will allow us to analyze the intersections between sexuality and race, gender, class, and nationality. At the same time, special attention will be given to the formal attributes of cinema as windows into queer representation. Major issues to be covered include: camp, affect, psychoanalysis, feminism, trans studies, genre studies, and critical race theory, among others. Some directors to be studied may include: Pedro Almodóvar, Alfred Hitchcock, Ang Lee, and Cheryl Dunye. Some theorists to be considered may include: Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Eve Sedgwick, and José Esteban Muñoz.

HNRS 360

Ivan Ortiz


HNRS 361

Martin Repinecz


*Approved Core: Literary Inquiry, Global Diversity Level 2, Advanced Integration

Conceptions of Nature

Christopher Carter, Andrew Tirrell

This course will consider human responses to the environment and the natural world through the intersecting lenses of race/ethnicity, religion, culture, and politics. Using case studies, both real and fictional, from various human cultural, historical, and religious contexts, we will examine human relationships with their environment, focusing on issues such as the sacredness of nature in faith traditions; the influence of ethno-cultural norms on resource use, degradation, and scarcity; the intersection of food, culture, and the environment; and how popular culture and the arts depict and influence the socio-ecological nexus.

HNRS 318

Christopher Carter


HNRS 319

Andrew Tirrell


* This course satisfies upper-division non-science elective in EOSC major.

*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Domestic Diversity Level 2, Theological and Religious Inquiry (HNRS 318)

Facts and Faith

Greg Prieto, Victor Carmona

The immigration issue has, perhaps, never been more pressing than it is today. President Trump’s recission of DACA, record numbers of deportations, a vast archipelago of (private) detention facilities, and a global refugee crisis evidence the urgency of the question: how do we solve America’s immigration crisis? And what, if any, moral obligation do we have to the foreigners who arrive on our figurative shores? This course integrates sociological analysis and theological reflection in order to examine both the empirical reality of contemporary immigration to the United States and the ethical and moral implications of that migration and our collective response to it. By bringing together cutting edge social science and a rich tradition of Catholic moral theology and Latino/a theologies, this course asks what are the causes and consequences of immigration? What may immigration mean from a theologically-informed perspective? And what can we do about it? Indeed, what are we compelled to do?

HNRS 316

Greg Prieto


HNRS 317

Victor Carmona


*Approved Core: Advanced Integration, Theological and Religious Inquiry (HNRS 317)