Fall 2013 Seminars

AAAS 89S    
Representing Slavery   (SS, CCI)

This course will examine representations of the Atlantic slave trade within academic scholarship, documentaries, literature and film. Through these various media, we will examine portrayals of Africans, Europeans, and those who were enslaved, as well as the nature of capture, the Middle Passage, and plantation life. We will also explore contemporary commemorations of the slave trade within museums, and the political mobilization of this history within the reparations movement. Through an examination of the construction of history in these sites, we will ask what is at stake when representing slavery?
Instructor:  Bayo Holsey
Bayo Holsey (Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University) is an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology. Her work examines the public history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in West Africa and the African diaspora. She is the author of Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana, which won the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology and the Association for Third World Studies’ Toyin Falola Africa Book Award. Currently, she is completing a second book entitled Afterlives of Atlantic Slavery: History, Ethics, and Racial Politics in the New Millennium.

AMES 89S    
Audiovisualities   (ALP, CCI, EI)

Introducing students to various aspects of audiovisual culture including, film, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, music and sound; part of the Franklin Humanities Institute Humanities Lab on Audiovisualities that incorporates innovative scholarship with undergraduate education; iIntroduces students to visual and sound studies and their interconnected relationship to the constitution of the sensible world; focuses on both visual and audio theory and practice by engaging with on-going projects as well as special workshops with invited theorists and practitioners.
Instructor:  Guo-Juin Hong
Guo-Juin Hong (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.  His teaching and research interests include film theory and historiography, postcolonial theory and theories of culture and globalization; film and other media of Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

AMES 89S / LIT 89S / CULANTH 89S / SXL 89S / ICS 89S / WOMENST 89S    
Interethnic Intimacies: Transpacific Traffic between Asia/America   (ALP, SS, CCI, EI)

Examination of cultural politics and political economies of interethnic intimacies or intercourse of and about “Asia,” from East Asia to the Middle East. Literature, visual culture, and history read with theories of critical race studies, gender and sexuality, postcolonialism, globalization, visual culture, and other representative technologies. Topics range from missionaries, picture brides, transnational capital and labor flows, techno-Orientalism and “Asian exotica” to international adoptions, military prostitution and interracial romance. Examines why cultural representations matter in the ways societies produce and consume objects of desire and repulsion.
Instructor:  Nayoung Aimee Kwon
Nayoung Kwon (Ph.D., UCLA) is an Assistant Professor of Korean and Japanese Literatures and Cultural Studies in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies with affiliations in Women's Studies and the Program in the Art of the Moving Image. She is currently working on a book, Translated Encounters and Empire: the Conundrum of Representing the Colonized which examines the legacies of bilingual writers and translators in the Japanese empire and its aftermath. Her research and teaching interests include cultural co-productions between Korea and Japan; Korean and Japanese literature and film; theories of empire, translation, and postcoloniality; globalization and Asia-Pacific migrations and cultural flows.

AMI 89S    
Making Moving Images   (ALP)

This moving image practice course gives students the opportunity and skills to produce contemporary non-fiction and experimental videos within their local communities, while exploring alternative modes of production and distribution. Cinema has constantly evolved over the past century: though periodically declared dead, a casualty of new technologies such as television, the video cassette, the remote control, digitization and the Internet, it continues to adapt. Today, moving images are everywhere and reach us through our computers, mobile devices and on billboards as well as more traditional means. Through weekly workshops and readings that consider a diverse group of art practices that attempted, in their own time, to redefine existing modes of production and distribution students will have the opportunity to develop moving image projects that respond to cinemas mutating future.
Instructor:  Shambhavi Kaul
Shambhavi Kaul (National Institute of Design, India) is a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Instructor in the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. Her field of teaching and research interests are in experimental film and video.

BIOLOGY 89S  
Pathways to Biological/Biomedical Research   (NS)

Science is not a collection of facts to be memorized, but rather it is a way of thinking about the world around us. Scientific research, therefore, is not about knowing the answers but instead is about asking questions. In this course, students will learn about the wide range of research being conducted in the biological and biomedical sciences at Duke, from genetics and evolution to pharmacology and neurobiology. Because science is highly collaborative, students will work in teams to process and understand the scientific literature and to work on case studies. We will have frequent guests -- including faculty, postdocs, and graduate students -- who will not only participate in discussions about their research, but who will also share their stories about how they became passionate about becoming a scientific researcher.
Instructor:  Julie Reynolds
Julie Reynolds, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Biology.  She teaches writing-to-learn courses in Biology for both first-year students and seniors who are completing honors theses. Her specialties are in Ecology and Population Biology.

BIOLOGY 89S / ENVIRON 89S    
US Food Production: What Are We Really Eating?   (NS, STS)

The impact of climate change on food security, food contamination, the growth of crops for biofuel all continue in the news. The impact of current agricultural methods on our environment has also become important in consumers food choice. In the last years, local farmers’ markets have increased in response to food cost and the demand for sustainable agriculture. To understand the nature of US food production, we will compare large-scale agriculture (agri-business) and local agriculture for environmental, economic, and social impacts. What effects do monoculture have on the environment? On our diet? What are the ecological consequences of industrialized animal farming? We will examine issues such as the pre and post ‘green revolution’ agriculture and associated pollution, sustainable agriculture, decoupling of food production and consumption. We will explore these issues through the popular writings of environmental journalist Michael Pollan, nutrition professors Marion Nestlé and Joan Gussow, and writer Paul Greenberg among others. We will use Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemna as our road map. Through discussions and role-playing debates, both problems and potential solutions at the ecological and societal level will be addressed.
Instructor: Chantal Reid
Chantal Reid (Ph.D., Duke University) is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Biology and Environmental Sciences and Policy. Her research and teaching interests include physiological ecology and global change.

BIOLOGY 89S    
Welcome to the Anthropocene – Human Domination of the Earth   (NS, STS)

The Earth system is currently operating well outside its average state of the past 500,000 years. Why? Because the effects of human activities are massive. Consequently, the Earth has now entered the Anthropocene, which is a new name for a new geologic epoch—one defined by the overwhelming impact of humans on the planet. We are building megacities (vast collections of man-made materials, e.g., steel, glass, concrete); we have converted 40% percent of the planet's ice-free land to agriculture; we are burning billions of tons of coal and oil, which has changed the composition of the atmosphere leading to global warming, rising sea levels, and acidification of the oceans; tropical rainforests are being eliminated from the face of the Earth, which will exacerbate climate warming and further contribute to the current global species extinction rate that is already 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than before the Anthropocene; and the global population continues to soar, unchecked (it is projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050). Undoubtedly, you are aware of these (and other) gloom-and-doom topics but have you stopped to think that it’s your generation and your children who will have to cope with this mess? Are you inheriting a planet in peril? In this course, we identify key global change topics and explore their environmental, social, economic and political implications. Can geo-engineering avert catastrophic climate change? Is global warming reversible? Why do some people claim global warming is a hoax in spite of overwhelming factual data to the contrary? While you may not always have specific answers to all of these questions, after taking this class you will have acquired useful knowledge based on FACTS and will be well-prepared to contribute to the debate on the greatest challenge facing human society: global environmental change. Welcome (for better or worse) to the Anthropocene!
Instructor:  James F. Reynolds
James F. Reynolds (Ph.D., New Mexico State University) is a Professor of Environmental Science and Biology. His interests center on the response of plants and ecosystems to disturbance, e.g., climate change and human land use.

CANADIAN 89S / FRENCH 89S / HISTORY 89S    
French Presence in North America   (CZ, SS, CCI, EI, W)

This course will explore the French Presence in North America with emphasis on history, geography, literature, language, and culture. At its height, the North American French Empire included Canada, the Louisiana Territory, Haiti and other Caribbean islands, but most of the holdings were lost through wars, treaties, slave rebellions, and land sales. In examining the French colonial past, we will concentrate on the issues of encounters with Indigenous Peoples, the role of the Catholic Church, slavery, wars, and nationalisms. After studying how the French Empire was built and lost, we'll focus on its postcolonial legacy. What remains of the French language, culture, and heritage? How have minority French-speaking communities survived and developed? What is distinctive about North American French-speaking communities and cultures? What choices have Quebec nationalists made in order to preserve their distinctive Francophone culture? What is the legacy of slavery in the former French colonies? The course will take an interdisciplinary approach using historical documents, literary texts, and films to study Québec, Acadie, Louisiana, Haiti, and other francophone communities.
Instructor:  Jane Moss
Jane Moss (Ph.D., Yale University) is a Visiting Professor of History and Canadian Studies. Her fields of teaching and research interest are in Francophone North America, Women’s Studies, and Theater.

CCS 89S / PUBPOL 89S     
Adolescence Today: Coming of Age in the Modern World   (SS, CCI)

Is adolescence biologically distinct stage of life, or social “holding ground” invented by modern culture for young people unready or unwilling to assume responsibilities of adulthood? At what age should youth be granted full rights of adulthood? At what age should they be held accountable as adults in court of law? This multidisciplinary course explores these and other questions about biological, social, and legal forces that define boundaries and shape experience of adolescents’ growing up in modern world. Students learn about: (1) historical changes in understanding and treatment of adolescents; (2) anthropological accounts of adolescence in preindustrial societies; (3) puberty-related biological changes marking the beginning of adolescence; (4) brain, behavioral, and social development during adolescence; (5) contemporary debates regarding age of adult maturity, and their implications for law and policy. Course may be of interest to students considering Child Policy Research certificate offered by Center for Child and Family Policy. More details available on the certificate webpage: http://www.childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu/teaching/ccscertprogram.php

Instructor:  W. Dustin Albert
Dustin Albert (Ph.D., Temple University) is a Research Scientist. He utilizes behavioral and neuroscientific methods to investigate the cognitive, affective, and contextual dynamics of decision-making in adolescence.

CULANTH 89S    
Culture, Science, Technology   (SS, STS, R, W)

In this course we will examine the intersection of culture, society, science and technology. This course is designed to challenge assumptions concerning the insulated, value-free nature of scientific practice from the cultural and social world in which it operates. We do this by examining both broadly conceptual considerations of the nature of scientific thought and practice as well as historically and ethnographically particular examples of the “situatedness” of science in daily life. In addition, we will examine the impact of technology and its products (particularly global, mobile communications and information services) on daily life and interpersonal relations.
Instructor:  Richard Collier
Richard Collier (Ph.D., Duke University) is an Instructor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology. His teaching and research interests include science and technology, and the cultures of medicine, marketing and advertising.

CULANTH 89S    
Music as Mirror, Mediator and Prophet   (CZ, SS, CCI, R)

This course investigates the ways in which music serves as a mirror, a mediator and a prophet in societies undergoing political and social transitions. It explores how history is reflected, the present is expressed and the future is envisioned through music.
Instructor:  Ingrid Byerly
Ingrid Byerly (Ph.D., Duke University) is a Senior Lecturing Fellow of Cultural Anthropology. Her fields of teaching and research interest are in cross-cultural communication, video production, cultural anthropology, education and ethnomusicology.

DOCST 89S / ARTSVIS 89S   
The Photographic Essay: Narrative through Pictures   (ALP)

Teaches the language of photography through the study of classic and contemporary photographic essays and through the completion of assigned photographic essays by the students themselves. Learn to make, choose, sequence, and pace their own images for class discussion and for digital projection. Complete three assigned photographic essays of at least ten images each, focusing on a particular theme or subject to be announced. Final project consisting of a compilation photographic essay of at least twenty images combining work from all three assignments.
Instructor:  William Bamberger, Jr.
William Bamberger (B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill), Visiting Lecturer in the Center for Documentary Studies, is known for the innovative ways he has engaged whole communities in the production of his work. His projects explore large social issues of our time by looking at how they are manifest in our families and communities. Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory with Cathy N. Davidson won the Mayflower Prize in Non-Fiction and was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His photographs have appeared in Aperture, Doubletake, The Washington Post Magazine, Harper’s and the New York Times Magazine. He is currently working on BALL, a grassroots project that explores the democratization of basketball and the intersection of sports and culture in American life.

DOCST 89S / ARTSVIS 89S   
Multimedia Documentary   (ALP)

A fieldwork and production course focused on the publication of interactive web-based multimedia presentations, as pioneered by washingtonpost.com, nytimes.com, Magnum in Motion, and independent producers. Utilizing digital audio and photography to work as a team to create a series of narrated slide shows around a common theme in a documentary style. Learn current technologies and techniques for multimedia publications; basic field recording and digital audio editing techniques; digital photography and editing in Adobe Photoshop; and graphic design principles. Investigate and understand fieldwork and productions ethics. No prior experience with computer or web programming required.
Instructor:  Christopher Sims
Christopher Sims (M.A., UNC – Chapel Hill; M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art) is an Instructor in the Center for Documentary Studies.  He has worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He currently designs and manages websites for CDS and its projects. His most recent exhibitions include shows at SF Camerawork, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, the Light Factory, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His recent project on Guantanamo Bay was featured in The Washington Post, the BBC World Service, Roll Call, and Flavorwire. He is represented by Ann Stewart Fine Art in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., and Clark Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2010, he was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers. His work on the Web can be seen at http://www.chrissimsprojects.com.

ENGLISH 89S / JEWISHST 89S  
Jewish-American Literature:  Old Worlds and New   (ALP, R) 
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It has been said that the hyphen in "Jewish-American" is "the cutting edge of a sharp sensibility." In this seminar, through the lenses of fiction and film, we will trace the realities and challenges of being Jewish in this country from the late 1880s to the present. We will explore such topics as the immigrant experience, assimilation and acculturation, anti-Semitism, politics and economics, the influence of Yiddish on American life and art, the evolution of the "Jewish mother" stereotype, various modes of practicing Judaism, relationships between Jews and other minority groups, the role of Israel in American-Jewish identity, and more. We will examine the continuities and differences between the first generation of Jewish-American fiction writers and succeeding generations, in terms of themes and techniques. Above all, we will read and discuss some very good literature. Authors to be studied include, but are not limited to, the household names of Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, and Joseph Heller, along with such less well-known writers of the past as Henry Roth, Abraham Cahan, Michael Gold, and Anzia Yezierska, and finally some representatives of the "new breed" of Jewish-American authors, like Jonathan Safran Foer, Dara Horn, and Nathan Englander. You don't have to be Jewish to take this course!

 

 

Instructor:  Judith Ruderman
Judith Ruderman (Ph.D., Duke University) is Visiting Professor of English. Her teaching and research interests include D. H. Lawrence and modern and contemporary English and Jewish literature.

GERMAN 89S  
MANN, KAFKA, WOOLF BORGES: STORIES FROM THE MODERN WORLD   (ALP, CZ)

We will read major texts by four central modern authors: Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Thomas Mann, and Virginia Woolf. Works include Kafka's Metamorphosis, Mann's Death in Venice and Woolf's To the Lighthouse. How do these authors describe the modern world? What values guide them? How can their visions change the way we think of our lives? Two papers will be required, a midterm paper analyzing a single text and a comparison-based final paper. No exams, but class participation essential.
Instructor:  James Rolleston
James Rolleston (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor Emeritus of German. His teaching and research interests include literature, German studies, and the 20th Century.

HISTORY 89S
Islam and Nationalism in the 19th and 20th C. Middle East, Asia and Africa   (CCI, EI, R)

This course offers students an introduction to the history of the 19th- and 20th-century Muslim world, using the lens of the development of different forms of nationalism. Because this is a major theme of modern history across the globe, this course will serve as a valuable introduction for students interested in exploring histories of various parts of the world. We will investigate both the intellectual roots and expressions of various nationalisms, as well as the social and political factors behind popular mobilization. The class will be focused on several case studies, including Egypt, Algeria, India-Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, and Nigeria. Students work will be focused on weekly readings, and on a semester-long research project.
Instructor:  Bruce Hall
Bruce Hall (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies.  His areas of interest include Saharan and West African ideas about racial differences, intellectual history and commerce.

HISTORY 89S    
Middle Passages   (CZ, SS, EI, R, W)

Middle Passages” offers to first-year students the opportunity to conduct original research about the greatest pre-1870 human migration in history: the forced migration of African captives across the Atlantic to the Americas. The instructor will guide students to ask their own questions about the Middle Passage, then to use primary sources to explore and (when possible) answer those questions. Instructor and students will avail themselves of the wealth of newly accessible on-line primary sources, as well as published sources. Although the seminar stresses primary sources, it will also acquaint students with a range of published scholarship about the Middle Passage.
Instructor:  Jan Ewald
Janet Ewald (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison) is an Associate Professor of History. Her teaching and research interest is in African History.

MATH 89S
Game Theory and Democracy  (SS, QS, STS, R)

As the trend towards democracy continues, the question of determining what democracy actually means becomes increasingly important. For example, given a finite number of choices, how does a group of equals choose the option which "best" reflects the will of the group? With two choices, the accepted answer is "majority rule." However, in the case of decisions with more than two options, this is an open question in the sense that philosophical notions of "best" are not universally agreed upon. In this seminar, we will use mathematics to aid us in our discussion on the meaning of democracy and to examine the pros and cons of different approaches to this question. We will discuss preferential ballot elections (where each voter ranks all of the choices) and cover some of the most common vote counting methods used to determine a winner in a preferential ballot election. We will see how some of the most "obvious" vote counting methods, such as Instant Runoff Voting (used on many college campuses), have some significant theoretical defects. Finally, the seminar will include an introduction to game theory which is an essential tool for predicting how intelligent people with agendas behave given carefully defined rules.
Instructor:  Hubert Bray
Hubert Bray (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a Professor of Mathematics and Physics. His fields of teaching and research interest are differential geometry, general relativity, and astrophysics.

MATH 89S  
The Magic of Numbers   (QS, STS, R)

An introduction to various topics in pure mathematics through examples from, and applications to, technology, the arts, and everyday life. Through a selection of elegant and accessible subjects, students will explore the roles that pure mathematics plays in nature and technology. Specific topics to be covered include: counting problems, probability, and number sequences; appearances of the Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio in nature and music; modular arithmetic and cryptography; Platonic solids and polyhedra. Although these subjects cover a great deal of ground, they are unified through the mathematical technique of analyzing patterns inherent in numbers and geometric shapes. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and crafting rigorous mathematical arguments, and appreciating ways in which mathematical patterns can be applied to the world around us. For the latter, a major section of the course deals with number theory, with the goal of describing how to create "unbreakable" codes with applications to internet security. As the culmination of this course, students will actively investigate a topic of their choosing, on a real-world application of one of the mathematical topics covered in the course. They will write a 15 page paper and give an in-class presentation to share their results with the class.
Instructor: Lenhard Ng
Lenhard Ng, (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is Associate Professor of Mathematics.  His fields of teaching and research interest are geometry and topology.

MUSIC 89S    
Composers of Influence   (ALP)

Throughout the history of the arts in Western civilization, certain individuals stand out whose achievements seem to propel the very nature of their respective art forward. They are said to stretch its boundaries by manipulating its raw materials in ways not conceived of prior to their time. These artists end up exerting enormous influence on others - those working in the same field and the culture in general. This course examines the lives and works of specific composers who have had an unusually powerful influence in the process, informing us a great deal about music's path through the ages. It may also yield insights into the nature of influence and progress themselves. Composers to be studied are J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, and Stravinsky.
Instructor: Harry Davidson
Harry Davidson (M.Mus., Pacific Lutheran University) is a Professor of the Practice of Music and Director of the Duke Symphony Orchestra. He made his major orchestra debut conducting the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has guest conducted numerous professional and conservatory ensembles, including the Charlotte Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory orchestras. His teaching and research interests include orchestral conducting; opera conducting; and music history.

MUSIC 89S    
The Beatles, Ellington and the Magic of Collaboration   (ALP)

This course will explore two of the greatest musical collaborations in music history, The Beatles and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. We will pay close attention to the nature of the collaboration, which was unique in each case. In doing so we will gain familiarity with two great periods in the history of popular music, first Big Band Jazz from the 1920s through the 1960s, second Rock and Roll in the 1950s through Rock in the 1960s. Ellington worked with his soloists and later with Billy Strayhorn to produce extraordinary music; he was recognized as a leader in developing dance band music into something much more, artistic music that could articulate a modern identity for African Americans in powerful ways. The Beatles are commonly said to have turned rock into art. Both Ellington and the Beatles were intimately familiar with African-American dance music and that was one basis for their collaborative successes. Without their particular working methods, these musicians would have been good; with them they make claims to the status of genius. For a term paper, each student will select another area of creative collaboration for study. How do the collaborative methods in your are compare with those of Ellington and the Beatles? How are collaborations different in different arts? A range of art forms is encouraged. Readings: Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu, Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington by John Hasse, Summer of Love: The Making of Sgt. Pepper by George Martin, Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald Graded work: Two short papers, one on Ellington and one on The Beatles, 25% each, term paper 30%, Class participation and weekly assignments 25%
Instructor:  Thomas Brothers
Tom Brothers (Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley) is a Professor of Music. His teaching and research interests include popular music, jazz, late medieval and early Renaissance music, and African-American music.

PHYSEDU 89S    
Hot Topics in Health

This course will provide an overview of several health areas (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, substance use, etc.) and then for each area we will focus more specifically on a few current trends or issues. A practical, hands on approach will emphasize information, resources, and skills to help students achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, as well as an understanding of the broader health issues facing our current society.
Instructor:  Janis Hampton
Janis Hampton (M.A., UNC-Greensboro) is Assistant Professor in the Practice of Health, Wellness and Physical Education. Her fields of teaching and research interest center on developing awareness of health and fitness issues for the general population as well as young adults.

POLSCI 89S     
Politics and Popular Culture: Music and Lyrics of Protests   (CZ, SS, CCI)

Course explores the role of popular culture in galvanizing protest movements or opposition politics. Examines the use of folktales, music, caricatures, and comedy as a form of political mobilization and opposition. The course will illustrate with modern historical cases as well as contemporary examples from the Arab Spring, Russia, and South Africa.
Instructor:  Abdeslam Maghraoui
Abdeslam Maghraoui (Ph.D., Princeton University) is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Political Science and Core Faculty in the Duke Islamic Studies Center. His research and teaching interests address key political questions facing contemporary states and societies in the Middle East.

PSY 89S        
Beyond Reason: Empathy and Identity   (SS, NS, R, W)

Developmental science approach to integrating knowledge across the biological and social sciences and humanities about engaging difference and the nature, development, and enhancement of personal epistemology, empathy, and identity. Videotaped clinical cases and documentary films are used to stimulate reflection and discussion.
Instructor:  Robert Thompson, Jr.
Robert J. Thompson, Jr (Ph.D., University of North Dakota) is Professor of Psychology. His research interests include how biological and psychosocial processes act together in human development; the adaptation of children and their families to developmental problems and chronic illnesses, including sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis; and the assessment of teaching and learning in higher education.

THEATRST 89S
Acting Basics   (ALP)

It’s a common misconception many beginning actors make: acting is pretending. Action, by definition, is based in reality but we rarely see that on the stage, in television, or on film. Most performances seem to be self-involved, shallow, forced, and self-conscious as a result of this belief that we have to PRETEND to react to what’s going on in front of us. By inflating your awareness and developing deeper sensibilities and listening skills, we can not only gain ease and purpose on stage but create an identifiable reality for the actor and the audience. We will begin to find this through physical group exercises. We will use ACTION as the basis of our technique. We will work with one another in a close and responsible way, considering our partner's/partners' safety above all.
Instructor:  Kristen Marks
Kristen Marks, M.F.A. (American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University) is an actor, teacher, and director based in Durham, NC, teaching acting and movement here at Duke.

WOMENST 89S / RELIGION 89S
Gender in the Christian Tradition   (CZ, SS, CCI)

Because Christian tradition permeates our culture and shapes our society, the particular ways women are scripted by Christianity become latent in the cultural and social constructions of women, whether or not those women are practitioners of the Christian faith. Understanding the historical rendering of women by Christianity will help us answer the following questions: What were the controversies that shaped Christian doctrine? What were the decisions that shaped church polity? Who were the people that shaped Christian teaching? How have these choices influenced gender roles at the intersection between the Christian tradition and the world in which we live?
Instructor:  Jennifer Copeland
Jennifer Copeland (Ph.D., Duke University) is a United Methodist chaplain and executive director of the Duke Wesley Foundation. Her research and teaching interests of both Religion and Women’s Studies are perfectly combined in this course.