Fall 2016 First Year Seminar

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FSEM 100-01 (CRN 4618) Energy & the Environment

One of the most important challenges facing the world in the twenty-first century is to identify and develop sustainable sources of energy in order to maintain a reasonable standard of living while also minimizing our impact on the environment. This seminar will discuss the science of energy production and usage for a variety of energy sources and energy conservation strategies, and also examine the environmental advantages and drawbacks of each source or strategy. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and the nuclear disaster in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 illustrate just some of the dangers underlying our current energy production portfolio. The science regarding the challenge of global climate change will also be discussed. While the seminar is discussion-based and writing intensive, students will be introduced to the basic physical principles and skills necessary to understand the issues involved in energy systems and sustainability, including physical units conversion and problem-solving techniques. The course will also include course blog postings and discussion of topics of current interest regarding energy and environmental issues found in the popular press.

Your Professor

Kevin Riggs holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Minnesota and specializes in research on magnetic materials useful for magnetic recording and information storage. He also holds an MS in Physics/Musical-acoustics from Case Western Reserve University and has an active research program using laser-based holographic techniques to image the vibration patterns of musical instruments. He teaches many advanced courses for physics majors, but especially enjoys interacting with students from a wide range of backgrounds in his general education course on musical acoustics titled "The Science of Music" and his new first-year seminar titled "Energy and the Environment." In his spare time, Riggs enjoys playing guitar in a Stetson University faculty jazz quartet, the "Thin Film Magnetism."

FSEM 100-02 (CRN 4619) Writing for the Health of It

Is writing good for your health? Many writers describe their creative process as a sort of spiritual practice from which they gain insight. And many of us have experienced the way we can write our way to answers in our lives and discover our inner wisdom. Numerous fictional works explore illness- are writers drawing from their related experiences and instinctively moving toward wellness when they write? Is it that same impulse that drives others to keep journals and diaries or turn their troubles into poems? Scientific studies on the impact of writing on health- both emotional and physical- show remarkable results, supporting what those who love to read and write have known all along: the written word is powerful medicine. Where do writing, spirituality, and wellness meet? This course explores that intersection through a variety of texts, discussion, and written responses. In addition, students will learn the sort of writing that has been found to be healing and have the opportunity to experience its potential through journaling and creative writing. This course includes a service-learning component, in which students will perform some tasks off-campus in our local community.

Your Professor

Gail Radley, a lecturer in the English Department, received her BA in Independent Studies with an emphasis in creative writing from Mary Baldwin College and her MA in English from Stetson. Besides journaling and dabbling in poetry, she is the author of 21 books for children and young adults, as well as various articles and short stories for adults. One of these, "Writing With the Ink of Light on the Tablet of the Spirit," a paper Radley presented at the annual Writing and Wellness Conference, was published in Writing and Wellness Connections (Evans: Idyll Arbor, 2010).

FSEM 100-09 (CRN 4626) The Search for Wisdom

You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. (Jim Croce)

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion. (Proverbs)

Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river. (Cordell Hull)

Ancient seekers of wisdom believed that there was meaning in human existence. If you found the rhythms of life, success followed. Other thinkers were less positive. No matter how hard you try, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you get sucker-punched! As did the sages of old, students will enter the ageless quest for wisdom. We'll explore the traditions of the ancient Near East including that of the biblical texts. We'll look to wisdom traditions within world religions and consider contemporary expression of wisdom themes. The worldview of wisdom, as a social movement and as language and literature, will provide students a blueprint for developing their own guide for finding meaning in life. This course includes a weekly success lab.

Your Professor

Kandy Queen-Sutherland holds the Sam R Marks Chair of Religion. Her courses focus on the literature of the Bible, particularly Hebrew Scriptures and often grow out of the interplay of biblical texts and issues of social justice. Before coming to Stetson, she taught on a theological faculty in Switzerland. Her love of international travel continues at Stetson through the offering of travel courses to Greece and Turkey as well as the Middle East. She enjoys being the mother of a Stetson student, living on a dirt road, volunteering at the Neighborhood Center, and downtown DeLand on Friday evenings.

FSEM 100-10 (CRN 4627) Self & World (required for first-year Bonner Scholars)

What does the term "individual" mean apart from "the community"? What does "community" mean apart from the concept of "the individual"? This seminar will explore the relationship between these two concepts with a view to understanding how the community shapes the individual and how the individual can, and should, shape the community. We will think about issues pertaining to social justice and ask what responsibility the individual has for her or his own formation and what responsibility the individual has for the formation and well being of the community. Service learning in the community is central to this exploration.

Your Professor

After earning his BA from Stetson University, Greg Sapp went on to earn an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and the PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Virginia. He is particularly interested in the formation of Christian thought and doctrine. He has published articles and presented papers in the fields of doctrinal development, historical philosophy and theology, and religion and culture. His latest work is in the area of sports and religion. He returned to Stetson in 2006 and holds the Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility. He comes to us most recently from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he was awarded the 2005 Spencer B. King Distinguished Faculty Award. He has taught first-year seminars for 12 years now.

FSEM 100-13 (CRN 4630) Ecology & Evolution

In this course we investigate two of the major themes in modern Biology. First, we discuss how evolution has a profound impact on our understanding of all biological systems. We also consider how the concept of evolution has been the subject of controversy, particularly in our public schools. Second, we discuss how the study of human cultures from across the globe and an understanding of their environmental impacts can inform our efforts to live in a more sustainable manner. Students who enroll in this course should enjoy being outside in natural habitats. On Fridays we will frequently take field trips to local areas including Blue Spring State Park and Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.

Your Professor

Terry Farrell came to Stetson from Stanford University where he was conducting research on Marine Biology. He teaches in a variety of courses on Ecology and Marine Biology at Stetson. In the last two decades he has done research with many Stetson students. This research has resulted in more than a dozen published articles on the ecology and behavior of turtles and rattlesnakes. He is a former chair of the Biology Department. In 2009 he won the Hague Award for outstanding teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences.

FSEM 100-14 (CRN 4631) Kitchen Chemistry

This seminar takes a scientific approach to cooking and explores the chemistry of foods and the various techniques employed in gastronomy. We will begin by exploring how early humans gradually changed their eating habits. We will then focus on the nature of various foods, how they are made, and why they are made in that way in various international cuisines. We will also try to understand why and when specific culinary habits began. A hands-on approach will be taken, in which experiments will be carried out to answer questions such as," Can you taste foods if you simultaneously hold your nose?" and, "Is there a remedy to over salted soup?"

Your Professor

Ramee Indralingam started teaching at Stetson University after she received a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Florida. She teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and instrumental analysis. She has also taught forensic chemistry in the Honors Program at Stetson. She is interested in determining the volatile and medicinal components of herbs and spices, and in developing new and innovative lab experiments for the curriculum. A recent success was in developing a technique to determine the amount of iron in the yolk of an egg. She carries out her research with the collaboration of chemistry and biochemistry majors.

FSEM 100-16 (CRN 4633) The West in Question

It is impossible to read a newspaper, surf the Internet, or watch the nightly news without hearing how "western values" are under assault. Chinese economic might, Islamic terrorism, Russian imperialism-the so-called "West" faces numerous challenges. Such challenges are hardly new, of course. From the Thirty Years War and The French Revolution to the Holocaust and the Cold War, "Westerners" have debated, fought, and even killed each other in the name of "freedom", "equality", "nation", "democracy," and "Judeo-Christian" values. By analyzing major questions in Modern European History, this First Year Seminar will inquire whether "The West" possesses a coherent set of values and whether those values continue to have relevance at the outset of the twenty-first century. This course includes a weekly success lab.

Your Professor

Eric Kurlander, Professor of Modern European History, studied at Bowdoin College (BA) and Harvard University (MA, PhD) before coming to Stetson in 2001. His most recent book (co-edited with Joanne Miyang Cho and Douglas McGetchin), Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Routledge, 2013), looks at the history of German-Indian relations in the spheres of culture, politics, and intellectual life. His last book, Living With Hitler: Liberal Democrats in the Third Reich (Yale University Press, 2009), examines the ways in which German liberals negotiated, resisted, and in some ways accommodated the Third Reich. His first book, The Price of Exclusion: Ethnicity, National Identity, and the Decline of German Liberalism, 1898-1933, appeared in 2006. He has published articles in leading journals, including Central European History, German History, and The Journal of Contemporary History, and held research and writing fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the German Historical Institute; the German Academic Exchange Service; the Krupp Foundation; and Harvard University's Program for the Study of Germany and Europe. His current projects include a textbook, The West in Question: Continuity and Change (Pearson-Longman, 2014), an edited volume (with Monica Black), The Nazi Soul Between Science and Religion: Revisiting the Occult Roots and Legacies of Nazism. (Camden House, 2015), and a monograph, Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich (Yale, 2016). In his free time, Kurlander enjoys parenting, reading, travel, sports, and popular culture.

FSEM 100-19 (CRN 4636) American Popular Culture: Focus on the Family

Images of the family are everywhere in American culture—in advertisements, on holiday cards, on television, in film and news media. Though the composition of that family has changed dramatically, the importance of the family as a symbol has remained constant for more than a century. This first year seminar studies how various forms of popular culture in American society—particularly film, television, advertising, and news media—have shaped and reflected ideas about the American family over time. The course will introduce students to methods and approaches to studying various forms of popular culture as well as placing ideas about the family in a historical context. We will discuss both what these ideas of family are and have been, and why these images have had such a strong presence. Along the way, we will consider how ideas about gender, social class, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and national identity have influenced conceptions of the ideal family and the form that family has taken in popular culture.

Your Professor 

Dr. Emily Mieras enjoys teaching this course because popular culture is everywhere and illuminates many aspects of American life; through it, we get a chance to uncover deeper meanings in elements of daily life that often go unexamined. Dr. Mieras is an Americanist in the History Department and teaches courses on women's and gender history, Progressive Era culture and social reform, Southern History and Culture(s) and American Consumer Culture, among other topics. Her current research studies the ways nostalgia, history, and marketing intersect to create small-town identity in American society, past and present. She has also published on the origins of college students' community service work in the Progressive Era.

FSEM 100-21 (CRN 4638) American Freedom in Action

Free speech, freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, due process of law- commonly recognized terms, but what do they mean in practice? Using public schools as our backdrop, we will examine American freedom by reading and discussing exciting legal cases with primary focus on U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Can students protest? Pray? Advocate illegal behavior? Be strip searched? Can a school post the Ten Commandments? Censor student publications? Teach intelligent design alongside evolution? Compel students to accept diversity? Ban the expression of uncomfortable ideas?

We also consider the inevitable conflict between the twin pillars of the American experience: freedom and democracy. When individual freedoms clash with the desires of the majority, how are we to referee the disagreement? Should the majority always rule? Are there instances where one's individual rights are so important that it does not matter what the majority believe? Where do we draw the line between individual liberties and majority rule? Anyone who is considering a career in law, education, religion, politics- or who is passionate about liberty- will enjoy this hands-on study of America's experience in defining individual freedom while preserving democratic order.

Your Professor

Glen Epley has been a sportswriter, high school history teacher, professor at three universities, deputy superintendent of a 55,000 student school district, and a senior executive for the world's 8th largest insurance brokerage. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Stetson where he teaches graduate courses in school law and school finance. He has published his research on separation of church and state, due process in student discipline, censorship in schools, legal issues of child abuse, teachers and tort liability, in loco parentis, educational malpractice, and the constitutional rights of parents. He earned his PhD from Duke University.

FSEM 100-30 (CRN 4979) Healthy Religion & Sick Religion

This course will help you think intelligently about religion and its role in today's world. Religion serves both to heal and empower and to promote violence in the name of God. We will examine key topics including religion and self-transformation, religion and violence, and freedom of religion as a human right. The class is organized as a seminar, meaning that during most classes we sit around a table and discuss assigned readings and films. You are actively engaged in discussions, debates, presentations, and questioning. You will enhance your ability to make professional oral presentations and to write with clarity and persuasiveness. You also will refine your ability to think critically so that you can discern whether an argument rests on solid evidence or not. Religion has long been a controversial topic in human life. Wars have been fought over religious disagreements. In this class we examine religion's power to heal and transform lives, and to divide, oppress, and destroy. Finally, we examine why freedom of religion is considered a universal human right and why that right is often under siege in the contemporary world.

Your Professor

Phillip Lucas, Professor of Religious Studies, enjoys teaching, spirituality, baseball, India, guitars, travel to sacred sites around the world, and gardening. He received his MA and PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has published four books and numerous articles in the fields of new and minority religions, religious freedom, comparative spirituality, and American religious history. He is regularly interviewed in newspapers and television news, and is the founding General Editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. This academic publication is the leading international journal in the field of new and minority religions. At Stetson he teaches courses on world religions, American religious history, comparative spirituality, and new religions. He received the William Hugh McEniry Award for excellence in teaching from Stetson in 2002 and the Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 1995 and 2007. In 2011, he became university director of the First-Year Seminar program at Stetson. He has lived and/or traveled in India, Nepal, Taiwan, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and Canada. 

FSEM 100-37 (CRN 4993) Diversity in the 21st Century Classroom

In this course we will examine the meaning of diversity and its relation to global education. Through literature and film, we will discuss the broad definition of diversity, focusing on the study of race, ethnicity, language, gender, social class, sexual orientation, religion, and emotional and physical disabilities. All students will use field placements in local schools or non-profit organizations to provide practical experiences that will illuminate our class's major concepts.

Your Professor

Bette Heins holds the Nina B. Hollis Chair of Educational Reform in the Department of Teacher Education. She directs the Hollis Institute for Educational Reform and teaches educational psychology, exceptional student education, and classroom management. Her research interests include single gender education, reading issues, and classroom management. She loves teaching about diversity in the classroom and, in her words, "celebrates deviancy on a daily basis." 

FSEM 100-40 (CRN 5089) Water & Life

This seminar will sample the interplay of culture, science, environment, power, politics, literature, business, an the myriad other ways that human lives intertwine with Water and Life. Topics will be chosen by student members of the seminar. Topics for consideration could include: Water as Sacred; Water and Disease; Melting Ice; Water and Politics; Water and Literature; Water and History; Restoring Ecosystems; Water and Energy; Sustainable Clean Water; Water and Climate Change; Aquifers and Groundwater; Impacts of development on water resources; Urban water quality; Coastal water resources management; Ocean management; and many other possibilities.

Your Professor

Derek Barkalow, PhD, grew up in, under, and on the waters and beaches of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Block Island, Montauk Point, and the Jersey shore. A sojourn to the Midwest for college allowed new experiences in and around the Great Lakes. Barkalow has taken Stetson students to the Caribbean and various local lakes, rivers and beaches in central Florida. A member of Stetson's Biology faculty, he has explored many diverse academic arenas including a recently developed junior seminar on the "Future of Human Health & Welfare."

FSEM 100-46 (CRN 5518) The Ritual of Our Lives - Bells, Smells with Stories to Tell

Why do we throw babies off the side of temples to awaiting families? Why do we put our hands in gloves filled with stinging ants? Why do we physically alter our bodies with specific markings or piercings? Why do we prepare to watch athletic events with dances, arm gestures, elaborate costumes and ceremonies? Why do some groups express reverence for the sacred with ecstatic dances and others with meditation and silence? ARE WE JUST NUTS OR ARE WE REMARKABLY HUMAN? This course will examine our habits, customs and traditions: THE RITUAL OF OUR LIVES. You will examine the nature of rituals of many cultures and how they compare and contrast in their explanation of the Circle of Life. Finally, we will critically examine whether or not rituals are outdated, need to be replaced, or no longer have value for contemporary life. Let's find out together. This course includes a weekly success lab.

Your Professor

Michael Fronk, the University Chaplain, is a graduate of Stetson University where he received his BA in Religious Studies. He received his M. Div. from Southern Seminary. His special expertise is in the area of changing expressions of death rituals in America where he continues to be a national speaker, writer and consultant. This has lead him to embrace the faith practices of cultures that are not his own and to encourage students to find excitement in the meaningful journey of people who do not share their history. He is known for his ability to find humor in the quest to be human and believes that truth and self discovery happens in the most unlikely places.

FSEM 100-48 (CRN 5242) The Anxiety of Identity

I think therefore I am... I think? Our identity, we wish to believe, is housed in our control over our thoughts, in the choices and memories we have made. What does it mean, then, when someone else takes control of my "I"? Even scarier, what happens when I cannot avoid this "I," and "I" takes me places where I don't want to go? Art often taunts this anxiety, teasing us with competing concepts of the self that shake the stability of identity. That "I" scams people (me, too!), commits crimes, stalks victims. All the while, I uncomfortably enjoy the alienating experience. In this course, we will concentrate on analyzing literature and films which use this "I" to question the stability of the self. We will explore novels and short stories, mystery and horror films that creatively manipulate first-person narration for different, subversive purposes. This course includes a weekly success lab.

Your Professor

Nicole Denner, PhD, attended Indiana University for her undergraduate and master's degree and received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University. She studied horror films at IU and eighteenth-century Enlightenment literature for her doctorate (they aren't so different after all). She has taught at Stetson since 2001 in both the French and English departments. She is most interested in how and why texts so frequently turn inward and comment upon themselves. 

FSEM 100-51 (CRN 5251) Writing the Revolution: Civic Engagement & Rhetoric

Regardless of political orientation, class, nationality (or any perspective that informs a worldview), everyone is in agreement that something is wrong with the "system." As we examine a wide range of historical reform figures and their strategies to effect social and institutional change (i.e., Lycurgus, Cicero, Gandhi, Assange), you will work to emulate and/or adapt these models to achieve some degree of measurable civic improvement, either in a local or national context. Given this purpose, your success in the course will depend, at least partly, on the written, verifiable impact you have. For example, for every meaningful email response you receive (from city/county leaders) or for any published letter to the editor, you will receive credit. All non-violent political perspectives (and agendas) are welcome. Significant research is required, with a portfolio that consists of your accumulated research, communications, and action narratives which, taken together, argue for your overall ability to persuade others of your point of view.

Your Professor

While intermittently working on his graduate degrees (Clemson, MA, English; University of South Carolina, PhD, Composition and Rhetoric), Michael Barnes taught, wrote and traveled in the Far East, calling Tokyo home for four years. Tenured at Stetson University in 2006, his current research interests focus on computer-facilitated empirical studies on academia via overlooked institutional artifacts (textbooks, internal communiques and so forth). Pedagogically a sophist, most of his courses push students to "argue both sides equally well."

FSEM 100-52 (CRN 5266) Us & Them: Human and Un-Human

What does it mean to be human? Or, more specifically, how does 'my brand of humanity' compare to that of others? Since the dawn of humanity, groups of people have constructed norms, ideals, values, attitudes, and behaviors that distinguish those considered the right and proper people from those who are not quite ideal but who are tolerated, finally from those whose presence, or even whose very existence is considered anathema. Over the millennia, this construction of the human ideal has been translated into misogyny and sexism, racism and slavery, heterosexism and homophobia, and, at its very worst, genocide.

Us and Them promotes awareness and value of diverse peoples by deconstructing the concept of the 'other' and the role it plays in fostering fear and discrimination. Our primary goal throughout the semester is to gain a better understanding of how the concept of humanity is constructed and the ways that those who are different are excluded from that construction by taking a historic approach, starting with the Greco-Roman construct of humanity, and continuing on into modern times. With that understanding we will learn to see past the veil of culturally-accepted biases and prejudices, and gain the ability to "re-construct" those groups that have been historically written out of humanity.

Your Professor

Kimberly Flint-Hamilton is department chair and professor of sociology and anthropology. She has taught at Stetson University for fifteen years. Her research areas include the construct of humanity in the Homeric world and the search for justice and humanity in the modern United States.

FSEM 100-58 (CRN 5412) Eastern Culture & the Media

How have Eastern philosophy, practices, and culture been introduced to North America during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries? What about Asian pop culture, such as horror movies, Bollywood films and Japanese animation? In this course, topics will range from the religious and spiritual to the stuff of pop culture. We begin with the introduction of Buddhist philosophy and the martial arts in America, then move on to the more recent popularization of yoga, meditation, acupuncture and other holistic practices. Discussions will also touch upon the late-twentieth century introduction of Asian popular culture in America. What has been the role of media in helping Eastern philosophy, practice, and culture gain a greater acceptance in America? How have these subjects been depicted in movies, music, magazines and on TV? What about news coverage? What are the implications of treating Asian philosophy and spirituality as products? Finally, what is new on the horizon of Asian cultural exports?

Your Professor

Mario Rodriguez may have studied media and communication, but he has always had a fondness for Asian culture. Though his research focuses on social network privacy, his teaching and research interests are varied and include popular culture and visual culture. He has a strong interest in critical cultural studies and teaches a range of courses, including New Media & Privacy, Communication & Technology, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Visual Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. Professor Rodriguez hopes that by focusing on the role of media in exporting Asian culture he can raise students' cultural awareness and introduce them to the vast possibilities of globalization.


FSEM 100-59 (CRN 5451) Comics & Graphic Novels

Stories told in words and pictures go by many different names all around the world, such as comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, manga, bandes dessinées, fumetti, tebeos, comix, imagetexts, sequential art, and graphic narratives. Whatever they are called, comics and their influence are everywhere-on magazine racks, online, in literary journals, in museum galleries, and on movie screens. They have been used to tell the simplest of jokes, to create the wildest fantasy worlds, and to explore the depths of the most profound human experiences. This course will examine the art form that the French call "The 9th Art" in order to: Examine how words and pictures combine to make meanings; Survey a variety of texts from different times and places; Investigate where comics have come from, where they are now, and where they might go in the future. We will work together on reading visual/verbal texts closely, on writing analytically, and on finding ideas and presenting them in class. Students will have the opportunity to design a creative project in which they make their own comic or create a work of art about comics.

Your Professor

Joseph "Rusty" Witek, professor of humanities, has been teaching English and Humanities courses at Stetson University since 1989. He is known as one of the first academics in the United States to focus on comics as an art form, making Stetson one of the first universities to offer regularly scheduled courses on comics and graphic novels. He has published books and articles on such topics as comics criticism and theory, autobiography and history in comics, war comics, 9/11 in comics, and the fact that Donald Duck can't fly. He is presently working on a book project that examines some of the worst comics ever published.

FSEM 100-61 (CRN 5457) Asian History in the Cinema

Have you ever watched a film which depicts a major historical event and asked yourself what really happened? Are you a fan of Jet Li or have you wondered what it was like to be a samurai? If you are curious about any of these issues and or some aspect of Asian culture or history, consider taking this course. This course will examine films about Asia's past, including both Asian and Western blockbusters. It will analyze how filmmakers have influenced both Western and Asian perceptions of Asia's past by using artistic license while portraying important events and personalities. Case studies for this fall 2014 semester will include a recent samurai blockbuster based on a popular manga, one of the highest-grossing South Korean films of all time, an award-winning Chinese film about an event which has been called "the forgotten Holocaust of World War II," and a film which set the record for most number of nominations in Hong Kong Film Awards history.

Your Professor

Leander Seah, PhD, teaches East Asian history, Southeast Asian history, and modern world history at Stetson. In terms of research, as an ethnic Chinese citizen of Singapore who lives in the United States, he is particularly interested in migration and diasporas, maritime China and maritime Southeast Asia, modern China, modern Japan, and transnational and world history. He has published journal articles, has presented his work at conferences in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China, and is currently revising a book manuscript based on his doctoral dissertation, "Conceptualizing the Chinese World: Jinan University, Nanyang Migrants, and Trans-Regionalism, 1900-1941." His accolades include seventeen fellowships, research grants and awards from the Association for Asian Studies, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Center for Chinese Studies in Taiwan, the National Library Board of Singapore, the National University of Singapore, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stetson University. Funding from many of these sources has enabled him to carry out research in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, and the United States. His current personal interests include traveling, supporting Liverpool Football Club (soccer) and the Philadelphia Phillies, enjoying Asian movies and Asian cuisine, reading historical fiction, and collecting academic books. 

FSEM 100-63 (5024) Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

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Your Professor

Scott Jones, PhD, is associate professor of marketing in the School of Business Administration. Jones earned his PhD at the University of Oregon. He has published more than 25 intellectual contributions including manuscripts in the Journal of Service Research, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Internet Commerce, and Sport Marketing Quarterly. Broadly, his research focuses on the relationship between consumers and brands. Jones teaches courses in Stetson's First Year Seminar program, sport marketing as well as other core marketing requirements including Marketplace and Consumers. He is the advisor for Stetson's American Marketing Association.

FSEM100-70 (CRN 5263) Finance in Film

The class will examine films with finance-related themes. The course will review various movies such as: comedy classic Trading Places, which deals extensively with the futures markets; Wall Street, which portray the rampant deal-making of the go-go Eighties; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which exposes the greed and unethical behavior behind one of the biggest accounting scandals in U.S. history; and Too Big to Fail, which documents the early days of the financial crisis and the government's response to a crumbling financial sector. In the process, we will cover finance and economics from an academic standpoint to better understand the concepts dealt with in the films.

Your Professor

Giovanni Fernandez, assistant professor of finance at Stetson University, was born in Miami to Cuban-American parents, both of whom had previously majored in finance. Fernandez' father, a former professor and financial advisor, inspired him to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career in the field. Giovanni enjoys tying in theory in finance with real-world application from his experience as a financial advisor. Courses such as Personal Finance and Risk Management and Insurance allow him to prepare students for what is expected of them if they choose to pursue a career in financial advising. Giovanni received his PhD in Finance from Florida International University, and his areas of research are investment performance and corporate bankruptcy prediction.

FSEM 100-71 (CRN 5267) Building Wealth and the Lifestyle You Desire
    in Both Good & Bad Economic Times

Your economic future will be decided partially by choices you make individually and partially by events and circumstances that you have no control over. This course is designed to help you identify and choose a course of action related to your future assets and liabilities so that you can become monetarily successful in life. The course is also designed to recognize and adjust to the behavioral habits of 300 million people walking in tandem in a capitalistic society. My purpose is to teach you, the student, how to build your economic success and to do so in an ethical manner.

Your Professor

Richard Copeland is associate professor in the School of Business Administration. He received his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1972, and his LL.M. from the University of Miami in 1973, majoring in tax. For 36 years he has been an associate professor at Stetson University. Copeland has extensive experience in the areas of taxation and estate planning and for 39 years has had his own law practice specializing in the purchase and sale of businesses, probate, guardianship, sale of real estate, and adoptions. He is an active speaker in the Florida Bar Association, Florida Institute of CPAs, at estate planning meetings for numerous churches, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, insurance companies, and others. 

FSEM 100-74 (CRN 5527) Love, Hate, Passion and Deceit: Four Centuries of French Love Stories

"And they lived happily ever after." That's how most fairy tales end isn't it? But what happens if you meet Prince Charming on your wedding day, or if Prince Charming is a womanizer and a rogue? What if Snow White isn't as pure as the driven snow? The French novels that we will read and discuss this semester will present us with scenarios that differ considerably from those of most fairy tales with different endings and different ways of looking at love and the consequences of falling in love. Does faithfulness always lead to happiness? Is it possible to live up to someone else's ideal of a lover? Can jealousy blind one to the truth about the other? Does trust in God lead to happiness in love? These are some of the questions that we will seek to answer through our reading of these novels set in four different periods of French history with very different perceptions of the relationship between a man and a woman. Along the way, we will explore French culture, art, music and history as they help us to look at the meaning of love.

Your Professor

Richard Ferland has a BA in French from Assumption College, and A.M. and PhD degrees from Harvard University. He also has an M.BA degree from Stetson University. His main interest is the History of Ideas in 18th Century France with an emphasis on the conflict between Enlightenment writers and the established Church. His other academic interests include the Marquis de Sade, French Comic Theater and French feminist writers. At home, he loves to cook, putter around in his yard and read spy novels and thrillers whenever he has the time. In addition to teaching at various universities in the U.S., he has taught in Paris and Freiburg, Germany.

FSEM 100-81 (CRN 6122) How to be an Ancient Historian

For every student fascinated by ancient Egypt, the Greeks and Romans, the ancient Near East and the Fall of the Roman Empire, there is a nagging question of how we know so much about such long departed societies, especially when so few ancient documents were preserved. This course will introduce the student to the various ways in which ancient historians study these societies. You will learn how to use archaeology, how to read coins and inscriptions, and how to study the ancient natural environment. You will also have the chance to learn about current trends and controversies in ancient history, and how historians use the written and non-written evidence to study the distant past. The class will be challenging and interactive, as we look at what we can learn from actual coin "hoards", excavations, inscriptions, and the voices of the ancients themselves. No knowledge of ancient language is needed.

Your Professor

Dr. Kimberly D. S. Reiter is Associate Professor of Ancient and Medieval History at Stetson University. Her scholarship focuses on the Western Roman Empire, specifically the Aquitaine Basin, and in the impact of Romanization in perceptions of the wilderness. Within her own field, she is interested in the differing perceptions of "Romanization" as a measurement of Roman involvement and agency, and has recently co-authored a textbook in Western Civilization. Dr. Reiter has had extensive experience designing and teaching courses in environmental history and environmental issues and has presented and published papers on the teaching of environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. She is currently President of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA). She is very active in student field projects as well, and directs the Stetson British Field Course on the Early English landscape. She is also advisor for the Stetson chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the History honors society, and chairs the Stetson Undergraduate Research committee.

FSEM 100-83 (CRN 6126) The Spirit of Travel

What's the relationship between travel and spirit? Pilgrimages have long been a part of religious and cultural traditions. Consider, for example, the centuries of trips to the Holy Land, Mecca, Bodh Gaya, Lourdes, and Santiago. Think about secular pilgrimages to places like the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Vietnam War Memorial, or Graceland. Besides pilgrimages to one specific place, many travelers have more free-ranging objectives: for example, the Australian walkabout or even the post-college rite of backpacking around Europe. Why is travel such a catalyst for spiritual growth? In this course, we'll focus on the ways in which travel--especially unpredictable travel outside one's comfort zone--has an effect on the spirit. We'll read books like Siddhartha, A Razor's Edge, The Art of Travel, and The Little Prince, and we'll watch movies like The Way and Touching the Void, all as jumping-off spots for discussions and writings about the spiritual transformations of travel. This course includes a weekly success lab.

Your Professor

Nancy Barber has been a lecturer at Stetson University since 1998. She majored in political science at Davidson College, then worked as a journalist before getting an MA in English at Stetson, and an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Florida. Barber specializes in creative nonfiction. Among her other writings, she published an essay on human cannonballs in Raritan Quarterly in 2006 and co-wrote Meals Worth Stopping for in Florida: Local Restaurants within 10 Miles of the Interstate, published by Globe Pequot Press in 2008. She is also a veteran of both sacred and secular pilgrimages. 

FSEM 100-84 (CRN 6135) Living Our Values

Stetson University recently established a fresh approach to its institutional values, re-emphasizing commitments to global citizenship, personal growth and intellectual development. This course will critically examine specific aspects of this work, paying special attention to issues of diversity, religion and spirituality, health and wellness, academic excellence, social justice and gender. We will explore each of these topics broadly and then examine how the University itself strives to "practice what it preaches." The course includes a focus on ways our developing awareness of values implies and informs change on an individual level, potentially leading to personal transformation. We will enjoy interactions with key values-oriented figures at Stetson as well as with carefully selected community leaders. This is a class designed to challenge your ideas in a way that will enhance your own life experience.

Your Professor

Robert Sitler teaches Spanish and Latin American and Latino Studies courses at Stetson. He is especially passionate about the Native peoples of Latin America, the Maya in particular, a culture that has powerfully shaped his life. He is a radical environmentalist, an intensely committed social activist, a lover of experiential learning, and a strong proponent of natural living and preventive approaches to illness. He loves free-diving in local springs, working with the local Mexican-American community, eating high-quality vegetarian food, exploring his own "spirituality," and walking every day to work. He travels extensively in Latin America and his experiences there powerfully inform his teaching. He is currently Leader of the University's Values Commitment Steering Team. 

FSEM 100-89 (CRN 6254) 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, PhD, 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 100-94 (CRN 6523) Global Flashpoints

Somalia... Palestine... Tibet ... Cuba... Myanmar... human trafficking... the Arab Spring. Politics and greed mingle with economics, history and culture, seeping into 21st century life to form deep-seated societal rifts that periodically erupt like dormant volcanos. In this course, students will discuss and debate some of the major global and regional conflicts, and wrestle with the prospects of whether potential solutions should inspire hope or whether futility and skepticism are the only realistic outcomes.

Your Professor 

William Andrews, PhD, is chairman of the Department of International Business at Stetson University and has over 17 years of experience on various company boards including roles as board chairman. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia in strategic management and his Master of International Management (M.I.M.) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He has taught or lectured in nine countries and led student trips to Spain, Cuba, and Panama. In addition, he earned his Certified Financial Manager designation with the Institute of Management Accountants and his Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor certification with the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors. He is an active member of the Florida Venture Forum -- the South's largest association of venture capitalists.

FSEM 100-96 (CRN 6577) The Art of Listening to Music

For people who don't have a background in music, going to a classical concert may be unfamiliar, boring or even intimidating. In "The Art of Listening to Music", students will learn to increase the enjoyment of classical music, particularly orchestral masterpieces, through intelligent listening. You will learn how to write about music, talk to professional musicians, hear them with perform on their instruments, and discuss the main elements of music: rhythm, pitch, melody, and tone.

No musical training is required to fully participate in course activities. The course is open to non-music majors only.

Your Professor

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cellist David Bjella has a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist. He is professor of cello at Stetson University as well as co-principal of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern and a member of the Inman Piano Trio represented by Phillip Truckenbrod. He was one of the featured IRIS chamber musicians for the Naxos-released CD "Music of Stephen Hartke" which was chosen as a Top Ten Classical Recording of 2003. Bjella has been principal cellist of the Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony.

FSEM 100-97 (CRN 6578) Call of (civic) Duty: Video Games in Society

From Pong to Grand Theft Auto 5, this course will examine how video games have become a part of our society over the last 40 years. Video games have gone from primitive pixels on the screen to complex narrative devices. During that time they have been hailed as everything from the epitome of art to purveyors of violence and depravity. Portrayals of violence, sex, gender and race will be considered as they appear in video games. So too will the issue of moral panics and how society can sometimes overreact, even in absurd ways, to new media. This course will examine how society reacts to video games and other new media and, in turn, how video games have shaped society.

Your Professor

Chris Ferguson is department chair of psychology and has extensively studied the impact of video games on human behavior. He participated in discussions about video game effects hosted by Vice President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. He has published numerous research articles, particularly on the topic of video game violence, but also on moral panics and how video games have sometimes been (mainly falsely) accused of causing serious societal ills. He enjoys the occasional game of Bioshock himself but mainly plays Lego games with his 10-year-old son and can only watch with befuddlement as his beautiful wife obsesses over Mahjong. 

FSEM 100-98 (CRN 6579) Island of Identity: Overseas France from the South Pacific, the Caribbean, to the Indian Ocean

From the Broadway musical South Pacific to the escape from Devil's Island in Papillon, to Paul Gaugin's paintings of Tahitian women, to the sugar cane plantations and rum distilleries that haunt Haiti and Martinique, to the story of how Madagascar and Reunion Island introduced vanilla to the world, we will trace French exploratory and colonizing encounters across the world's oceans. We will analyze this in terms of images (films, graphic novels, photography, and advertising) and food-ways (tastes, flavors, and transmission of spices, dishes and drinks), thinking about islands as points of contact and exchange between cultures, and how these islands have (re)shaped France as much as it shaped them.

FSEM 100-102 (CRN 6591) Ghost Stories: East & West

A few buildings at Stetson University are said to be haunted, most notably Elizabeth Hall and the remnants of Hulley Tower. Central Florida abounds in ghost stories overall and such tales can be found all over the world. Students may be familiar with the misty apparitions that glide through walls or walk noisily upstairs in the middle of the night, but what about the life-sucking powers of Chinese fox spirits, the gory appetites of Tibetan flesh-eating demons, or the unrelenting stalking of Japanese vengeance ghosts? This course will introduce students to both classic examples of Western ghost stories and gothic tales as well as folklore and fictional accounts from India, Tibet, China, and Japan. Western examples will include the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James, and H.P. Lovecraft, while eastern stories will include Indian tales by Rudyard Kipling, Pu Songling's "Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio," and the Japanese "Tales of Moonlight and Rain" by Akinari Ueda. Students will read these stories and compare and contrast how ghosts and otherworldly spirits are portrayed between cultures. Assignments will also focus on how these stories reflect the societies in which they were written and include viewings of popular Chinese and Japanese horror films.

Your Professor

Christopher Bell received his B.A and M.A from Florida State University and his PhD from the University of Virginia. His specialization is in Tibetan Buddhism, with a secondary concentration in Asian religions overall. He is particularly interested in Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese demonologies. He has presented papers and published articles on Tibetan deity cults, oracles, and divination. Prior to joining Stetson in the fall of 2013, he taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, conducted fieldwork in Tibet and India, and lived in the south of Turkey. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. 

FSEM 100-104 (CRN 6604) Social Justice in Film: Prejudice, Discrimination and Persecution

The class will examine films with social justice-related themes; specifically prejudice, discrimination, and persecution related to Apartheid and the Holocaust. The course will review various movies such as: The Power of One, Skin, Conspiracy, Sophie's Choice, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and Perlasca. We will discuss the issues and concepts related to prejudice and discrimination as represented in these films and cover social justice from an academic standpoint to better understand the concepts dealt with in the films. We will go beyond prejudice and discrimination to discuss the personal and social implications of diversity for both majority and minority group members. We will consider how historical, political, economic, and societal factors shape the way people think about and respond to diversity. Be prepared to be involved in thought-provoking class discussions.

Your Professor

Stuart Michelson is the Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance. He teaches corporate finance and investments at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He was formerly Dean of the Stetson School of Business Administration (three years) and Director of the Executive M.BA program (four years). He is editor of the refereed academic journal Financial Services Review. He is a member of the editorial board of several scholarly journals, a board member of Financial Executives International, and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a past president of the Academy of Financial Services, Financial Executives International (Central Florida) and the Academy of Business Education. Michelson has published over 50 refereed academic journal research articles. His current research areas include: behavioral finance, tax efficiency in retirement accounts, the use of alpha to increase portfolio returns, the use of technology in education, mutual funds, portfolio risk budgeting, and academic honesty. He received the School of Business Administration Professor of the Year award in 2009, Researcher of the Year for several years (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007), and Outstanding Service Award in 2008. He received the Stetson University Hand Award for Outstanding Research in 2008. 

FSEM 100-105 (CRN 6606) TED Talks: How Innovation of the Past Shapes the Future

This writing-intensive and critical thinking course will focus on innovation in the private and academic sectors and how such innovations shape the future of businesses and individuals. The course will feature innovations presented in TED Talks of the past and present as well as readings from various news sources on how companies are adopting these innovations. The course will focus largely on technology and topics will include drones, artificial intelligence, medical advancements, and engineering. The required text for this course is HBR's 10 Must Reads on Innovation.

Your Professor

Matthew Hurst, assistant professor of finance at Stetson University, earned a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Finance from the University of Central Florida. His passions include investing, education, and innovation which he sees as three key components of success. Hurst's teaching areas include Real Estate, Banking, Corporate Finance, Investments, and Markets and Institutions. Professor Hurst enjoys traveling, culinary experiences, reading, and TedTalks.

FSEM 100-106 (CRN 6607) Here We are: Latinos and Latinidades in the U.S.

By the year 2050 the United States will have the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. This interdisciplinary course will explore a wide range of Latina/o issues in the US, and its relationship to Latin America. As a class we will explore the complex and historically specific processes of identity construction among Latinos by examining the intersection of race, gender, socio-economic background, ethnicity, politics, citizenship, and 'national origins' (place and location). Throughout this course we will raise questions such as: What are the political differences and implications of calling oneself a "Latino" or a "Hispanic"? What is "Spanglish" and what does it tell us about processes of "assimilation"? Which elements unite and separate Latinos in the U.S? Students will actively engage with course material including artistic, historical, and literary representations of Latinos. We will also analyze popular culture, including television programs, political speeches, cartoons, and news reports. Students will bolster their classroom discussions with experiential learning opportunities on campus through La Casita Cultural Latina. In addition, students will collaborate with local organizations that cater to the Latino community, including the Farmworkers Association and schools (among others) in order to deepen their analysis and learn how Latina/o studies as a scholarly discipline can help us better understand the complexities and diversity of the lived experiences of Latinos in the United States.

*No Spanish is required to fully participate in this course.*

Your Professor

Pamela Cappas-Toro, PhD, earned a BA in Physical Education from the University of Puerto Rico (2001) and an MA in Spanish & Latin American Cultures from the University of Texas in San Antonio (2006). She earned a PhD in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013) where she taught numerous ESL, Latina/o Studies, and Afro-Latin American workshops at the Education Justice Project in Danville Correctional Center, Illinois, a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their communities, and families. At Stetson University, Cappas-Toro teaches Spanish language, Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures, Latina/o studies, and Portuguese and Brazilian studies as well. Cappas-Toro's passion for social justice, community engagement and commitment to undergraduate education guide her efforts as the director of La Casita Cultural Latina at Stetson University. This program creates bridges between Stetson University's classrooms and our Latino/a communities. It prepares students to forge meaningful partnership with Latino/a communities, while promoting critical awareness about social justice issues and institutionalized disparities.

FSEM 100-107 (CRN 6630) SALSA: Multicultural Music of the Caribbean

Have you ever been to a Latino party? Have you ever listened to SALSA? Have you ever danced SALSA? What do you know about SALSA? This course explores the origin and history of one of the most versatile and popular musical genres of the 20th and 21st centuries. SALSA has transcended the borders of the Caribbean and the entire American continent to European and Asian latitudes because of its complex and irresistible rhythms, its attractive melodies, and its sensual and romantic lyrics. What is the musical power of SALSA? What is inside of this contagious rhythm that communes magically with the content of a text? How can performers improvise words and new phrases without departing from the main message? We will examine the different styles of SALSA in its various forms and its vocabulary and slangs to identify musical momentums, as well as to recognize their rhythmic structures and sounds. Will you dare to play it, dance it, and sing it?

Your Professor

Jesus Alfonzo is associate professor of music in viola, chamber music and music history at Stetson University, where he also conducts the Viola Consort and leads the Viola Clinic. He is also a member of the Bach Festival Orchestra in Winter Park, Fla. and has been a member of the Rios Reyna String Quartet since 1987. He received a diploma and post-graduate Diploma from the Juilliard School of Music and master of music and doctorate in musical arts degrees from the Michigan State University.

Alfonzo was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a founding member of the EL SISTEMA, The Venezuelan National System of Youth Orchestras, in which he had the opportunity to develop both his teaching and playing skills. In 1980 and 1981, he was principal violist of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. Later, he became principal violist of Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for sixteen years. In his vast orchestral experience he has worked with distinguished conductors and soloists including Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Leonard Bernstein, Jose Antonio Abreu, Maxim Schostakovitch,Kristoff Penderecki, Zubin Mehta, Serge Baudo, Carlos Chavez, Jerzy Semkov, Eduardo Mata, Claudio Arrau, Joseph Silverstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, PinchasZukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Monserrat Caballe, Jean PierreRampal, Yehudi Menuhin and Henry Szeryng. He has taught in Venezuela at the Conservatorio de Musica Simon Bolivar, the Institute of Musical Studies and the ColegioEmil Friedman.

Since 1998, he has given an annual series of viola and string pedagogy master classes at EL SISTEMA in almost every state of Venezuela. In 2008, he wrote the First Catalogue for Latin American Viola Music.

FSEM 100-111 (CRN 6654) Global Citizenship: Individual, Community, World

Today, more than ever before, globalization is part of our everyday local lives. We are linked to others on every continent:

  • socially through the media and telecommunications
  • culturally through movements of people
  • economically through trade
  • environmentally through sharing one planet
  • Politically through international relations and systems of regulation.

In a fast-changing and interdependent world, education can, and should, help people to meet the challenges they will confront now and in the future. Global Citizenship is essential in helping people rise to those challenges. In this course we will define global citizenship. We will discuss what steps need to be taken in order to prepare to become a global citizen. We will reflect on what it means to be an individual, what it means to be a citizen in your local community, and what it means to be a citizen in the world.

Your Professor

Savannah-Jane Griffin has over six years of higher education experience focusing on community engaged learning, campus-community partnership development, strength-based leadership and non-profit leadership. Savannah-Jane has facilitated community engaged learning and community capacity building training for faculty, students, and community partners nationally through Campus Compact, the Bonner Foundation, and the IMPACT National Conference. She is the founding Director of Stetson University's national award-winning Center for Community Engagement and has led Stetson University's efforts in institutionalizing community engagement across the curriculum. She has a Master's in Business Administration with a focus in Management from Stetson University and is currently serving as a Bonner National Fellow. She is a current executive board member of the IMPACT National Conference and the Mainstreet DeLand Association. Savannah-Jane has a passion for empowering individuals to use their strengths to create positive change in our local and global communities. 

FSEM 100-117 (CRN 6845) Chemistry and Society: From Beer Brewing to the Atomic

Advances in chemistry allow humans to live and interact in ways that could not be imagined by our ancestors. Sanitation, crop fertilization, and medicine are a few of the chemical technologies that allow our civilization to exist in its current form. This course is a study of the impact advances in chemistry had and continues to have on societies. Topics covered will included the impact of beer brewing, Hellenic science, alchemy, medieval and Renaissance medicine, the Chemical Revolution, and the development of modern chemistry.

Your Professor

Paul Sibbald is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. He received a BS degree in chemistry and a BA degree in history from Alma College. After college, he received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington where he developed new chemical reactions and studied their mechanisms. He worked in a postdoctoral position at the Center for Drug Design housed in the University of Minnesota where he synthesized novel anti- malaria drug targets. His primary teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced organic chemistry with a focus on student-centered learning.

FSEM 100-119 (CRN 6856) Beautifully Tragic: Justice & Injustice in Contemporary Musicals

A study into the realm of Social Justice through the lens of modern musicals including Rent, Wicked, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Into the Woods. The class will examine diversity, oppression, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, ability, sex, sexual orientation, and social and economic status, the discriminations associated with these subjects, and how the evolution of the modern musical has exposed these social issues, and even offered new directions in thinking and action for their audiences. The class will also examine the lives several Social Justice Leaders including Dr. Seuss, Hellen Keller, and Nelson Mandela.

Your Professor

Florida native Jamison Walker, tenor, has appeared as soloist in many venues, including recital, oratorio, music theater and opera. He has performed roles such as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, Tito in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Tamino in Mozart's Zauberflöte and Romeo in Gounod's Romeo e Juiliette, as well as several Rossini leading tenor roles in Il Barbieri di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, and L'Italiana in Algeri in professional as well as academic settings. He has appeared with Augusta Opera, New World Opera, Florida Grand Opera, First Coast Opera, and Central Florida Lyric Opera and is frequently featured as an oratorio soloist in works such as Handel's Messiah, J. S. Bach's Magnificat, and Rossini's Stabat Mater. Before completing his education, Mr. Walker served as a Counterintelligence Agent in the U. S. Army; he has more recently performed as soloist for the Signal Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon with the Army Band, performing in over 400 venues. After completing a Vocal Performance degree at Stetson University, Mr. Walker was awarded a graduate assistantship in opera and studio voice at Florida State University, obtaining an MM in Voice Performance where he has completed the majority of the degree requirements for the DMA in Vocal Performance as well. Mr. Walker joined the Stetson University School of Music Faculty in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Voice.

FSEM 100-120 (CRN 6886) Disney's Musical Universe

Music permeates every aspect of the Disney experience. Disney cartoons, films, Broadway shows, TV channels, parades, theme-park attractions, resorts--each is saturated with music. What does all this music do? Among other things, music functions as a tool for marketing, education, and, most of all, of identity construction—Disney's own, children's, and adults'. Are these identities real or imagined? And what are the consequences of using music in such ways? In this course we will attempt to answer these and other questions by exploring the culture, phenomenon, and implications of Disney's music. We will ponder the way music in Disney interacts with the moving image, visual art, architecture, cuisine, and much else. The course is conceived in two broad units: the first considers the role of music in Disney films (covering, among others, Fantasia, Mary Poppins, and Frozen); the second examines music as part of the Disney theme-park experience. We will take full advantage of our proximity to the Walt Disney World, designing creative projects around it. We will also have guests--people associated with music-making at Disney--visit our class.

Your Professor

Daniil Zavlunov earned a BA from Queens College - CUNY, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. He is a musicologist specializing in 19th century opera, with a particular emphasis on the Russian and Italian traditions. His current work focuses on Mikhail Glinka, and he is in the process of writing a cultural history of opera in Russia during the reign of Nicholas I (1825-1855) at the center of which are Glinka's two operas. Daniil's other research interests include 17th and 18th century music, Soviet music and intellectual thought about music, theories of musical form, and music analysis. In addition to scholarly pursuits, he is also an avid harpsichordist. 

FSEM 100-121 (CRN 6891) Exploring the World Through Photography

Our lives are infused with images, photography is omnipresent and ranges from advertising to selfies. The medium of photography generates public and private viewing directions and worlds, and shapes the viewer's perception and imagination. This course focuses on different perspectives and approaches to how visual media constitutes notions of reality and construct. It investigates the visual language of photography, examines the ways of seeing, surveys photographic history/histories through images, texts and genres. We will work together on reading visual/verbal texts and films, on writing analytically, on practically approaching basic photography, on developing ideas and presenting them in class. An excursion to the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach is part of the course. Our main focus will be on documentary photography, reportage, portraits, self-portraits, amateur photography, souvenir photos and forgotten private photographs. Students will have the opportunity to design creative projects in which they make and present their own photographic and written work.

Your Professor

Susanne Eules received a PhD in German Studies, Art History and Musicology from the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg/Br. and a MA in Music and Art Education from the University of Education, Freiburg/Br., Germany. She teaches Italian, German, Art History and a Gender Studies Film course at Stetson University and interdisciplinary courses of Art History, Gender Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany. She is the Program Director of Stetson's Freiburg Summer Program. Her professional career includes positions as director, curator and designer of various museums and art galleries in Germany and the US as well as freelance editor and photographic assistant for a German Publisher. She is the author of ůbern růckn des atlantiks/den rand des nachmittags (across the ridge of the atlantic/the edge of the afternoon), Hamburg 2012 and has published in literary venues in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the US. For her poetry, prose and translation, she has received various grants and literary awards in Germany and in the US. In 2013 her photography accompanied Oscar Bluemner's sketches in Oscar Bluemner's Germany: Juxtaposing Jerichow at the Hand Art Center. Her drawings were part of group exhibitions at the Walden Kunstausstellungen, Prenzlauer Berg/ Berlin, Germany (2015) and POWER DEN EICHHØRNCHEN at the Kunstvereinin Heringsdorf, Usedom, Germany, 2013.

FSEM 100-122 (CRN 7035) Andy Warhol, Artist & Brand

"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it." 
-- Andy Warhol

This course is designed to do exactly the opposite. We will go beyond the surface, examining artistic career of Andy Warhol, commercial artist, major Pop Art artist, queer icon, filmmaker, producer, founder and publisher of Interview magazine, successful businessman, and ultimate celebrity. We will consider these aspects of Warhol's public and private persona as they continue to influence contemporary artistic practice. The central objective of this course is to understand how Warhol redefined what it meant to be an artist in contemporary culture, introducing celebrity logic into artistic production. Special attention will be paid to the role of business and marketing, the media, and the art market in the artist's construction of his stardom.

Your Professor

Katya Kudryavtseva, PhD, assistant professor of art history at Stetson University. She specializes in art of the twentieth century, and her research focuses on the intersecting trajectories of art history, politics, law, and business and their role in the development of the canon of modern and contemporary art. Her teaching interests include historiography and canon formation; collecting and display; aesthetic and critical theory of modern and contemporary art; and the impact of art institutions and the art market on the art historical discourse. Her book, The Making of Kazimir Malevich's Black Square, is under contract with NLO publishing house (Moscow, Russia) and will come out in 2012.

FSEM 100-123 (CRN 7037) Water & Society

Water is life. We are water. We are drawn to water. We surround ourselves with water in every way possible, except when we try to expel it or hold it at bay. This multi-disciplinary course will explore human interfaces with water: water in music, literature, art, architecture, engineering, religion, culture, politics, business, geography, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and the fluid earth. Students will read essays and excerpts ranging from travel writing to oceanography, view art, listen to music, swim in springs, and smell sewage. They will create works of writing and other artistic expression to reflect on and express how they understand water, and will use all of these perspectives to address this ultimate question: Is Clean Fresh Water A Fundamental Human Right?

Your Professor

Wendy Anderson studies various physical and biological movements of materials across ecosystem boundaries, particularly land-water interfaces. Since 1995, she has focused her research questions on marine impacts on terrestrial soils, plants and animals on islands in the Gulf of California, Mexico and the San Juan Islands of Washington state, always traveling with teams of student researchers. These studies have led to numerous publications and presentations, including a 2011 Oxford University Press book, Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion and Restoration. In Florida, she plans to focus her research questions on water quality impacts on plant communities within and around springs. Anderson joined the Stetson faculty as a professor and chair of environmental science and studies in 2014 after 16 years at another institution where she had served as a faculty member, department chair and campus sustainability director. In addition to her specific field research interests, her other scholarly interests include climate change, sustainable design, conservation biology and nature writing.

FSEM 100-125 (CRN 7058) Passion, Politics & Policy

The founding purpose of institutions of higher education was to create citizens who have the knowledge and civic skills necessary to collectively address the most pressing challenges facing our communities. At that time, “politics” was seen as a noble endeavor for such citizens seeking to improve their communities, rather than as a dirty word with connotations of lying and corruption. This course will reclaim the classical spirit of politics as a force for doing good in our democracy by examining the dynamic relationship between the individual and the community through the lens of citizenship and political action. Through this course, students will:

  • Examine their passions and values
  • Understand challenges facing our communities, such as poverty, education, and homelessness
  • Learn about the scope and operations of local political institutions
  • Learn about the role of local political and local civic organizations
  • Identify ways to address community challenges using political institutions and civic organizations

Your Professor

Kevin Winchell is a civic and community engagement strategist who specializes in connecting citizens to civic institutions so that they can turn their passions into policy. He serves as the assistant director of the Stetson University Center for Community Engagement, through which he directs Stetson University's nationally recognized political engagement efforts to conduct research and increase student voter registration, voter education, voter engagement, and voter turnout in elections. He also founded and operates the political and civic consulting firm Democracy Strategies, which works with candidates, organizations, businesses, and nonprofits to identify strategies for creating change through political institutions. You can probably spot him around campus wearing an Uncle Sam outfit while registering students to vote.

FSEM 100-126 (CRN 7077) 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.

FSEM 100-127 (CRN 7081) Water, Peace and Prosperity

This class will study how societies allocate a critical natural resource, water. Analysis will range from the Incas in Peru to the Fertile Crescent in the Near East for historical context, then study modern water use in the Western US and Israel. You will learn the economics of water allocation, and the environmental, political and social impacts of water policies.

Your Professor

Dr. de Bodisco is an environmental economist whose focus is water allocation issues in Florida and globally. His secondary interest is economic development, also with both local and global applications.

He holds a PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a BA from New College of the University of South Florida. After earning his doctorate, Dr. de Bodisco conducted applied research on agricultural and public water demand at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) at the University of Florida. More recently, he conducted a range of environmental policy analyses (e.g. protection of Florida's source waters, and optimal policies to mitigate damage from sea level rise for Florida's coastal communities) as an economic consultant in Orlando.

FSEM 100-128 (CRN 7083) Psychology of Popular Fiction

It is impossible to avoid "pop psychology" in books, movies, and television shows today. Some of it is based in research, and some of it is pseudoscience. How do we know what's true about the mind and human behavior? Moreover, what it is about heroes or villains that make them appealing to an audience? Students will analyze and integrate ideas about the intersection of the reality of Psychology and how it is represented in the media, including Harry Potter, Star Trek, and Hannibal. Students will choose their own topics (subject to approval) in order to critique the flaws and identify the correct representations of psychology in a fictional work. Students will also give two oral presentations on the psychological principles in a work of fiction.

Your Professor

Laura Crysel is a social psychologist whose research focuses on the dark side of human nature. Dr. Crysel received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2014. She is particularly excited to teach this course because it will encourage individuals to understand the value of scientific truth and artistic experience. In her spare time, Laura attends comic conventions and goes to theme parks. Her hobbies include swimming, photography, and rock climbing.

FSEM 100-129 (CRN 7132) Inked: Tattoos in Society

From the geometric line-work found on the 5,000 year old mummy of Ötzi the Iceman to the full-color, photo-realistic portrait of their dog that someone, somewhere is getting tattooed right now, tattoos have been a part of societies across the globe for millennia. In this seminar, we will explore the art of tattooing, examining different styles and methods, as well as delve into tattoos as self-expression and their place in various cultures and subcultures. Through frequent writing assignments, lively classroom discussions, oral presentations, and debates we will examine the questions of why do people get tattoos, what do they mean, how are they received by others, and much more.

Your Professor

Colin MacFarlane comes from a social science background with a focus on quantitative analysis and postmodern historiography. He is heavily tattooed, receiving his first piece at the age of 18 and continuing to build his collection every year since. His ink is diverse in content but has predominant stylistic influences from Japanese Traditional and Art Nouveau. He is a strong proponent of identity exploration and expression and has facilitated dialogues and presented workshops around identity development and intercultural competence with college students, business leaders, and higher education professionals. Joining Hatter Nation in the fall of 2012, he serves as the Director of Assessment and Operational Effectiveness where he leads the division of Campus Life and Student Success in answering the questions of what we are doing, why we are doing it, and how could we be doing it better. He received his Master of Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been working in higher education since 2009.

FSEM 100-130 (CRN 7139) Still Free: The Road to Serenity

“I don't care, I'm still free,

You can't take the sky from me.”

Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity have become cult classics, and their popularity is still growing ten years after the show was cancelled. Part of the Joss Whedon universe, Firefly & Serenity presents us with a thought-provoking and genre-bending space western. We will discuss a wide range of themes found in the stories such as social class, culture, religion, ethics, effects of war, and colonialism, among others. Assignments will respond to the works and critical essays focused on the series and film. Be prepared to have thoughtful conversations, substantive analysis, critical thought, & reflection. Students will need to have consistent, reliable access to Firefly & Serenity (available via Netflix, Amazon, and other sources). NOTE: Prior knowledge of (or an affinity for) the series is not necessary.

Your Professor

Michele Randall holds degrees in Technical Writing (BA), Creative Writing (MA), and Poetry (MFA), and has taught College Writing, Composition, Creative Writing, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. Her book, Museum of Everyday Life (Kelsay Books) was published in 2015, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Painted Bride Quarterly, The Potomac Review, Newport Review (First Prize Flash Fiction), and elsewhere. Her current work focuses on the new-realities of mental health patients and was a finalist for the Peter Meinke Poetry Prize. She appreciates a good sense of humor and has been known to geek out over Dr. Who, Torchwood, Star Trek, and Star Wars.

FSEM 100-131 (CRN 7142) Every Hero Has a Story

From Luke Skywalker to Katniss Everdeen, all heroes are pulled from a place of comfort and thrust into an adventure that will change their lives forever! The Hero's Journey is a pillar of narrative development in mythology, literature and film. During this course, students will learn about the various stages of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth and how each stage is crucial not only in the telling of the story but the growth and development of the hero. Students will explore what it means to be a “hero” through examples from history, literature, film, and television. Finally, students will have a chance to tell the story of their own “hero's journey.” In the words of Joseph Campbell, “you are the hero of your own story!”

Your Professor

Aaron Distler serves as the Associate Director of Academic Success and Accessibility at Stetson University. He earned his BA in psychology with a minor in sociology and MA in mental health counseling from the University of Central Florida before joining Stetson in 2013. He believes in the power of storytelling as a catalyst for personal growth. The more we learn about our strengths through our various life experiences, the better prepared we are for the next challenge thrown our way. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading novels and comics, watching television and movies, and spending time outdoors. He is excited to dive into some very popular tellings of the Hero's Journey and work with students to tell their stories!

FSEM 100-132 (CRN 7143) Self Discovery Through Creativity

Do you know what you want to learn? Do you know how you want to learn it? What challenges or issues in the world do you want to tackle? This course allows you to begin to answer these questions using creativity as a tool to learn more about yourself (bonus: NO artistic skills are required!). The creation of art has been shown to improve self-esteem and self-awareness, regardless of the skill level of the artist. Activities will focus on life as a college student in addition to what your life might look like after college. Exercises will vary between time spent on individual artwork, group activities, reflective discussion, written assignments and oral presentations. The final assignment will allow you to conduct research on an artist of your choosing.

Your Professor

Melena Postolowski comes from a counseling and psychology background and has been working with college students in a career counseling capacity for 6 years. She also has past experience utilizing art to work with clients in mental health settings. Melena joined the Stetson community in the fall of 2015 and serves as the Associate Director of Career and Professional Development. She has taught Strategic Career Management, Job Search Strategies and First Year Seminar courses at other universities for both undergraduate and graduate level students. Most recently, Melena's own artwork was featured in the Melbourne Main Street Art Festival in fall of 2015.

FSEM 100-134 (CRN 7145) Popular Music in Unpopular Times: Soundtrack of American Social Movements

Music functions as a cultural tool for change and is an effective way to observe the social climate of any given time. Studying the music of a particular historical period gives a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of its people. While this type of study can include many genres of music, this class will focus on popular music from the 1930s to the present, including artists like Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Tupac Shakur, and Ani DiFranco. Pieces chosen to study will be connected to a variety of social issues such as racism, times of war, sexism, and political corruption.

Your Professor

Marja Kerney, a native of Michigan, has been teaching in Stetson's School of Music since 2010. A percussionist by trade, she earned her BM from Michigan State University and MM and DMA from University of Missouri-Kansas City. When not teaching, she is busy performing with various orchestras and theatres in Central Florida. While her area of expertise within the percussion field is classical percussion, this class offers the opportunity to join two separate areas of interest: American social conflict (cultivated during her own freshman seminar, which began one week after 9/11) and protest music.

HON 101-01 (CRN 5706) Enduring Questions (Honors Only)

"We should live sustainably!" seems a recent exhortation, but perhaps it is no more than a return to the literary tradition of Utopias. Are we not telling stories about an intentional community based on idealistic visions? How do such comparisons between sustainability and Utopias fail to account for contemporary realities? What are the dystopic aspects to sustainability? The primary work of this course will be to historically situate the sustainability movement within a historicity of Utopian and dystopian thought. What is the relationship between contemporary calls for sustainable living and the rich tradition of Utopian thought? In what ways can the Brundtland Report, which popularized the notion of sustainability, be seen as continuous with a corpus as heterogeneous as Plato's Republic, Augustine's The City of God, Marx's Manifesto of the Communist Party?

Your Professor

Joshua Rust is an assistant professor of philosophy and faculty advisor to both the Philosophy Club and Film Club. A committed fan of all things pop-cultural, he has recently co-authored an essay in the book True Blood and Philosophy. His wife gave birth to their first child recently, a big baby boy named Quinn.

HON 101-02 (CRN 5707) Enduring Questions (Honors Only)

"We should live sustainably!" seems a recent exhortation, but perhaps it is no more than a return to the literary tradition of Utopias. Are we not telling stories about an intentional community based on idealistic visions? How do such comparisons between sustainability and Utopias fail to account for contemporary realities? What are the dystopic aspects to sustainability? The primary work of this course will be to historically situate the sustainability movement within a historicity of Utopian and dystopian thought. What is the relationship between contemporary calls for sustainable living and the rich tradition of Utopian thought? In what ways can the Brundtland Report, which popularized the notion of sustainability, be seen as continuous with a corpus as heterogeneous as Plato's Republic, Augustine's The City of God, Marx's Manifesto of the Communist Party?

Your Professor

Tony Abbott is a Geographer and Political Ecologist. Research foci include agricultural biodiversity, clean energy, greenhouse gas and other environmental policy, and sustainability science with a longstanding regional interest in the Americas, especially Ecuador.

HON 101-03 (CRN 5708) Enduring Questions (Honors Only)

"We should live sustainably!" seems a recent exhortation, but perhaps it is no more than a return to the literary tradition of Utopias. Are we not telling stories about an intentional community based on idealistic visions? How do such comparisons between sustainability and Utopias fail to account for contemporary realities? What are the dystopic aspects to sustainability? The primary work of this course will be to historically situate the sustainability movement within a historicity of Utopian and dystopian thought. What is the relationship between contemporary calls for sustainable living and the rich tradition of Utopian thought? In what ways can the Brundtland Report, which popularized the notion of sustainability, be seen as continuous with a corpus as heterogeneous as Plato's Republic, Augustine's The City of God, Marx's Manifesto of the Communist Party?

Your Professor

Melinda C. Hall is an assistant professor of philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics and continental philosophy, and her research interests include the intersection of contemporary bioethics and disability studies, the ethics of human enhancement and the social and cultural construction of disability. She received her PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University; her dissertation developed a critique of the notion that enhancement - especially the genetic selection of one's offspring - is a moral obligation. Her work is published in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and the Disability Studies Quarterly.

EDUC 265-2M (CRN# 4198) Principles & Methods of Instruction for Diverse Learners - Music

Introduction to Music Education: Principles and Methods of Diverse Learners is an introductory course that provides a foundation for upper-division coursework in education. Emphasis will include research-based literature on teacher effectiveness and student learning with classroom observations/participation. This course is designed to help music majors explore the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of music education while examining issues that focus on music curricula, goals, and objectives of music programs and the many aspects involved in teaching music. Teacher effectiveness and student learning are demonstrated through classroom observations and instruction.

Your Professor

Jared Rawlings serves as Director of Music Education and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Stetson University School of Music. He teaches courses in the School of Music and Department of Education, advises and supervises undergraduate music education majors, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the Music Education degree program.