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Spring 2018 First Year Seminar

FSEM 100-14 (CRN 7447) Our Sonic World

In 1877, Edison unleashed his phonograph on the world to much fanfare and went on to invent an industry based on the mass consumption of sound recordings. While the recording industry made sound into a thing to be purchased and collected, industrialization and mechanization continued to create an increasingly noisy environment. Not only has our relationship to and experience of sound changed drastically since Edison's time, but the pace of change is exponentially faster. Some iconic sounds like dot matrix printers and dial-up modems come into the world and leave it in a matter of years. Technology such as iPods and the internet have also enabled the collection and distribution of sound on scales that likely would have been unimaginable to Edison. This course will broadly examine both the production and consumption of sound in modern society. Topics will include the impact of changing technologies, methods and behaviors of sound collecting, the effect of sound on both individuals and groups, and the role of artists and scholars in engaging with our sonic world. This course includes a weekly success lab.

Your Professor

Nathan Wolek, Ph.D., is an audio artist and researcher whose work encompasses advanced signal processing techniques, multimedia performance, and electronic music history. He enjoys collecting sounds during his various travels and using them as material for making art. In Fall 2012, he was named a Fulbright scholar and spent six months living and conducting research in Bergen, Norway. He teaches courses in Audio Recording and Production and Computer Music as part of the Digital Arts program and is also chair of the Creative Arts department.

FSEM 100-15 (CRN#7461) Food for Thought: You Are What You Eat

This course will explore why and how food has become an all-encompassing expression for the human condition. What we eat day in and day out is a result of an exciting, complicated and convoluted maze of natural and human-made processes. Topics like sustainability, health and nutrition, the environment, advocacy, policy, water, and artistic expressions at all levels are all naturally part of the exploration and learning. "You Are What You Eat" promises an exploration of one's very existence.

Your Professor

Hari Pulapaka, a native of Mumbai, India, came to the U.S. for graduate studies in 1987. He has been at Stetson University since the fall of 2000. Pulapaka is interested in all areas of mathematics and is always looking for new sources of problems for undergraduate research. Hari is also a classically trained chef and is interested in all areas of gastronomy. When not teaching or working on mathematics and related areas, he is at Cress, a restaurant in downtown DeLand that he owns with his wife, working as an active professional chef.