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Global Diversity and Cultures
Lee Jefferson, NEH Associate Professor of Religion
In order to be a global citizen, and particularly a leader within that citizenry, one must be aware of the great diversity our society affords. Especially in our current global climate, it is more important than ever to be literate in the cultures and belief systems that our world offers. Students in this track will examine and study religious diversity, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism within our immediate context, as well as examine cultural diversity through the lens of sustainability, including food. By being immersed in contemporary theories, readings, and through experiential learning, students will be well versed and literate in the global diversity of our contemporary world.
Mirror, Crystal Ball, Looking Glass: Film and Society
Prof. Stacey Peebles, NEH Associate Professor of English and Film Studies
Why do we like to watch movies?  And what do we see when we do?  Since its inception, film has been immensely popular both as art and entertainment. This course will follow some of the major movements in film history from the early silent era to the present day, and examine the structures and functions of film in a variety of cultural contexts.  We will learn how to describe and analyze film's textual elements (narrative, character, plot, etc.) and its technical elements (mine en scene, cinematography, editing, sound, etc.), all with an eye to exploring film's relationship to the larger culture. We will consider questions about the relationship of art and life, authority and resistance, the dynamics of gender and race, and the attractions of genre.
The Medicine of the Forest
Prof. Aaron Godlaski, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience & Psychology
Our species evolved in the forest. For 99% of our evolutionary history we lived among the trees, and only yesterday, in evolutionary time scale, did we invent cities. Only this morning becoming an industrial civilization living busy, stressful, modern lives. This course explores the emerging science of how spending time in nature can heal us physically, mentally, and emotionally; and how new research is forcing us to rethink our relation to the natural world. If you have ever wondered why you love being outside, or if trees talk to one another, then this is a course for you.

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