Spring 2014 seminars

AMI 89S / LIT 89S
Fundamentals of Film Production    (ALP)

This course exposes candidates to the Western-style narrative tradition with special attention to creative writing and Hemingway’s approach to it. Students will address the aesthetic qualities of filmic communication, the conceptualization and visualization process, and the tradition and application of visual, tonal and verbal expression. Students will also be taught the usage of available technology and engage in still and portrait photography. Besides filmed exercises, students will also develop a camera-ready screenplay to be shot in any narrative or experimental classes they may subsequently take. The combination of theory and hands-on experience will help enable students to put these skills into practice. No prerequisites to the course.
Instructor:  Janos Kovacsi
Janos Kovacsi, M.F.A. (University of Theater and Film Art, Budapest, Hungary) is an Adjunct Professor of Arts of the Moving Image.  His teaching and research interests include film directing, directing the actor for the camera and advanced screenwriting.
Ancient Chinese Sculpture in the Modern World    (ALP, CZ, R)
Statues and relief carving were made in China for over two thousand years but not collected or valued as fine art or antiquities. It has only been in the mid-nineteenth century that such objects were treated by Chinese collectors as valuable and, later still, before Chinese figural objects were discovered as “sculpture” in the eyes of Western collectors and scholars. In depth study of how Chinese sculpture was “discovered” as a product of modern times and values. Focus on Chinese antiquarian practices, the role of antiquities for the modern nation-state, global modernization of visual analysis and display, and the modern aesthetic qualities of Chinese sculpture.
Instructor: Stanley Abe
Stanley Abe, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.  He has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the construction of art historical knowledge.  He is writing a critical study of how Chinese sculpture became a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Language of Art: How Art, Architecture and Advertising Communicate    (ALP, CZ, CCI, R)
In a world increasingly saturated with images, visual literacy is central to critical thinking in the 21st century. Using examples from Ancient Rome to American popular culture, we will learn how to “read” works of art, not only what they communicate but how they communicate. The course will challenge widely held beliefs of what constitutes “beauty” and enable students to read works of art from multiple points of view. Topics will include: The relationship between verbal and visual languages; the importance of titles, religion and art, the potential for mis-reading images, viewing as a culturally determined activity, vision and gender, and what counts as a legitimate interpretation of a work of art. Readings will draw from the mass media, and the fields of sociology, art history and cultural studies.
Instructor:  Pamela Kachurin
Pamela Kachurin, Ph.D. (Indiana University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.  Her teaching interests include modern art of Europe, North America and Russia, and has research interests in Russian and Soviet art.  Her monograph entitled “Making Modernism Soviet” was just released.
How Organisms Communicate    (NS, STS)
Speech often is cited as one of the unique characteristics of Homo sapiens that sets us apart from other animals. How unique is human language? What, if any, precursors to language do we find in the natural world? How do organisms other than humans communicate and what do they have to say? This course will explore the communicative world of animals, from the simplest chemical signals used by slime molds when they aggregate to the complex vocalizations of birds, whales and primates – including humans. We will explore fundamental principles of evolution that shape communication systems, the physics and physiology of different communication modalities, and connections that can be made across very different ways of communicating. This class is not just for scientists, however – anyone with an interest in how the natural world relates to the human condition will find this class a useful multidisciplinary exploration of how one organism may affect the behavior of another. Students will prepare for class sessions using readings, video lecture segments, and other multimedia materials, with class time reserved for team-based discussion of this material. Other activities include demonstrations, presentations, reading and interpreting primary scientific literature, and short writing assignments.
Instructor:  Rindy Anderson
Rindy Anderson, Ph.D. (University of Miami) is a Research Associate in Biology.  As a behavioral ecologist, she studies the form and function of animal communication systems.  Her research examines the proximate mechanisms underlying the evolution of behavior, especially acoustic communication behavior in birds and humans.  Dr. Anderson also is a self-made master at mini-golf and aficionado of pop music across several generations.
Instructor:  Stephen Nowicki
Stephen Nowicki, Ph.D. (Cornell University) is Bass Fellow and Professor in the Departments of Biology, and in Psychology and Neuroscience in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and in the Department of Neurobiology in Duke Medical School.  He is Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.  His research interests span behavioral ecology and neuroethology, in particular the structure, function, and evolution of animal communication systems.  In his spare time he plays trombone and juggles.
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 A. 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.
The Politics of Evolution    (NS)
This course will explore the cultural setting in which evolutionary theory was derived, and its subsequent cultural impacts. Special focus will be placed on the ongoing complexities related to popular acceptance of evolutionary theory, particularly in the United States. According to a study conducted in the year 2006, more than 80 percent of people living in European countries, including Denmark, Sweden, and France, said they accepted the concept of evolution. In the United States, only 14 percent of adults thought that evolution was "definitely true." The only country included in the study where adults were more likely than Americans to reject evolution was Turkey. Students will read and evaluate key historical works and current readings to explore the evidence underlying the theory of evolution, as well as case studies and contemporary media reports focused on ongoing controversies relating to science education.
Instructor:  Anne Yoder
Anne Yoder, Ph.D. (Duke University) is a Professor of Biology.  She is the Director of the Duke Lemur Center with research interests in phylogeny and the evolution of mammals, with an emphasis on the mammals of Madagascar; conservation genetics; historical biogeography and biodiversity of Madagascar; Old World biogeography.
Politics of Contemporary Israel    (CZ, SS, CCI, EI)
This course focuses on the concept of Israel as a Jewish state and as a liberal democracy and the political tensions through which Israel has been defined. The course will address questions of state violence, terrorism, demography, the legacies of WWII, genocide, and occupation. We will ask how thinking about Israel can help us understand the relationship between the state and the concept and treatment of difference. Asking this question through the example of Israel will put other terms into question, including citizen, origin, value, rights, sovereignty, and equality. The course is divided into three sections: 1) the political context of 1890s-1930s Europe and the development of the Zionist movement; 2) the period of WWII and its immediate aftermath in Europe and in British Mandate Palestine, and; 3) Israeli contexts from 1948 to the present, including the on-going Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Instructor:  Netta van Vliet
Netta van Vliet, Ph.D. (Duke University) is visiting faculty in the Department of Cultural Anthropology.  Her research interests have focused on Israel, having conducted three years of fieldwork there.  She teaches courses in both Cultural Anthropology and Women’s Studies.
Multimedia Documentary: Editing, Production, and Publication    (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. Utilize 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. and, at CDS, has coordinated the exhibition and awards programs. He currently designs and manages websites for CDS and its projects. His work can be seen at http://www.chrissimsprojects.com
EGR 89S / HISTORY 89S    (CZ, STS)
This seminar introduces the concept of a great engineering project and uses case studies to illustrate the complex interactions among the engineering, political, economic, environmental, aesthetic, and social aspects of such projects.
Instructor:  Henry Petroski
Henry Petroski, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), is the A.S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History.  His interests include the nature of invention and the history of engineering and technology, with his current research focusing on the interrelationship between success and failure in design.
Imagining War    (ALP, EI, W)
In this course, we will consider how the experience of war has been represented in American fiction, non-fiction, and film. We will investigate how attitudes toward war have evolved throughout American history: our timeline begins with the Civil War—the traumatic event that birthed the modern American state—and ends with the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In particular, we will attend to the ethics of representation, asking who is assigned the roles of hero, villain, and victim in the works we study, and why the writers and film directors have made the choices they do. The arguments made by these books and films are part of evolving conversation about the nature of organized violence, and our task will be to account for these shifts in perspective. In order to do so, we will have to attend not only to the technological innovations that have so dramatically changing the nature of modern warfare and our reaction to it, but also to changing political context of America’s presence in world affairs.
Instructor:  Michael Maiwald
Michael Maiwald, Ph.D. (Duke University) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English.  His teaching includes Writing and Critical Thinking, Modernism, and 19th and 20th Century American Literature.  His research interests are Ernest Hemingway, the Harlem Renaissance, and Modernism.
Into the Woods: Exploring the Duke Forest    (NS, STS)
What kind of tree is that? Why does it grow here? What other organisms depends on it? Preserving biodiversity, whether in a remote tropical jungle or right in your back yard, is a major world issue. Through class discussion and local field trips, this course will introduce students to the history and ecology of the Duke Forest, and the importance of forests to our quality of life. Topics will include community ecology and natural history, organism and habitat identification, and history and management of the Duke Forest. Field trips during class period will visit forested areas around campus as well as research and management sites in the Duke Forest.
Instructor:  Nicolette Cagle
Nicolette Cagle, Ph.D. (Duke University) is a Visiting Lecturer at the Nicholas School of the Environment.  Her teaching and research interests include natural history, environmental education, professional writing, and environmental communication.
FRENCH 89S-1 / DANCE 89S / VMS 89S
From the Court of Louis XIV to the Hip-Hop Garage: Dance in French Culture
    (ALP, CCI, FL)
This seminar traces the practices, histories and theories of dance in France. Taught in French and focusing on francophone materials, this survey course introduces students to some key French literary and artistic moments and movements (classical theater, romanticism, surrealism, modernism and various avant-gardes) through a reflection on dance and its centrality in French culture. Properly interdisciplinary, it investigates the role of and the approaches to dance through various artefacts and media, examining classical treatises and archives, Molière's comedy-ballets, Gautier's literary texts for the romantic ballet, sculptures and drawings by Rodin and Brancusi, paintings by Degas, Matisse, Picabia, Delaunay and Klein, modern ballets by Cocteau and Diaghilev, philosophical texts on movement by Valéry, Bergson and Nancy, films by Clair, Denis and Wiseman, as well as videos of contemporary dance (such as Roland Petit's balletic adaptation of Proust and Jérôme Bel’s conceptual dance) and hip-hop. This course views the study of movement and its representations as a window into broader cultural processes and historical contexts, exploring issues such as the political origins of the ballet de cour, the relations between dance, literature and the visual arts, dance and performance, gender in dance, the cinematic treatments of dance, the redefinition of urban and social space through hip-hop.
Instructor: Anne-Gaelle Saliot
Anne-Gaelle Saliot, D.Phil (Oxford University) is an Assistant Professor of French Studies.  Her teaching and research interests include French and Francophone Comparative Literature; Modern and Contemporary European Studies; Modernity and Modernism; Film, Media and Visual Studies; Critical Theory, Philosophy.
Europe in the Seventeenth Century: Calamity, Catastrophe, Crisis?    (CZ, CCI)
War, natural disaster, and political upheavals seem to have struck Europe with uncommon frequency around the middle of the seventeenth century. How did people describe and explain what was happening around them? This course will approach this question through a number of edited, but also printed original sources from seventeenth-century Europe. Reading and interpreting this material will allow us both to get an overview of European history in the period and to take a peek into the workshop of the historians who try to re-/create this past for the public. Working with original materials, you will be able to start practicing the craft of history for yourself – and thus gain some insights into the challenges that doing history holds.
Instructor:  Anke Fischer-Kattner
Anke Fischer-Kattner, Ph.D (Ludwig-Maximillian Universität – Munich) has a faculty appointment at the Bundeswehr Universität (the Armed Forces University) and is a visiting Volkswagen Stiftung Postdoctoral Fellow in History.
The Great War in Literature and Film    (ALP, CZ, CCI, W)
This course examines the experiences of men and women who lived during the World War I by means of the literature and film they left behind or that we, in later generations, have produced. Why did the men of that era go to war willingly, for the most part, and how did they come to terms with the horror and pointlessness of the war? How did they use literature and film to express their despair, anguish or hope? What does the war mean to us, now, almost 100 years later? We will read poetry, plays, novels and memoirs and see films made by participants in the war and by those in later generations who have tried to understand it.
Instructor:  Kristen Neuschel
Kristen Neuschel, Ph.D. (Brown University) is an Associate Professor of History.  Her concentrations are on late medieval and early modern France and Europe.  Her current research focuses on war and culture in northern Europe between 1400 and 1600. 
Applications of Mathematics in Physiology and Medicine    (NS, QS, R)
Topics usually include: the heart and circulation, heat and temperature regulation, oxygen uptake in the lungs, the immune system and infectious diseases, nephrons and the kidney, ovulation number in mammals, chemistry and cell metabolism, sensory neurobiology. Other topics may be substituted depending on the interests of the students enrolled.
Instructor:  Michael Reed
Michael Reed, Ph.D. (Stanford University) is a Professor of Mathematics.  He teaches analysis and mathematical biology with his research interests concentrating on the applications of mathematics to biological systems. He is the Principal Investigator of a large National Science Foundation Training Grant for students interested in mathematical biology.
Drama Through Music    (ALP, CCI)
Sex, seduction, murder, deceit, infidelity, betrayal, jealousy, impersonation, thievery, evil spirits: the stuff of opera. Opera scares some. The "O" word can conjure up visions of corpulent people on stage singing at each other for hours on end. Yet, what is opera: a curious sort of mega art form, a sublime means of musical and dramatic expression or an expensive luxury void of relevance in today's popular culture? This seminar will examine the works of five great composers of opera: Purcell, Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Berg.
Instructor:  Harry Davidson
Harry Davidson, M.M. (Pacific Lutheran University) is a Professor of the Practice in the Music department 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.
Making Music Today    (ALP)
This course is an introduction to the evolving subfields of Music, as they are studied in our department and beyond with guest lecturers. Students will be introduced to the breadth of different methodologies and ways of creating music and will attend performances sponsored by Duke Performances and possibly in the Department of Music, inviting students’ further entry into arts courses.
Instructor:  Stephen Jaffe
Stephen Jaffe, A.M. (University of Pennsylvania) is the Mary and James H. Semans Professor of Music Composition. His teaching and research interests include music composition and performance.  His recent collaborations have been with the National Symphony Orchestra, The North Carolina Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Chamber Players.
Music and Criticism    (ALP)
One of the great challenges in music is simply writing about it, especially in a non-technical way. This seminar focuses on the problem via the medium of music criticism, not that theoretical of literary kind, but simply the act of describing and evaluating music of various periods and various types from classical to popular genres. The course will consist of readings about criticism, readings of excellent examples of criticism, and in-class presentations of your own critical evaluations. We shall write reviews (often comparing examples of recorded music) and later critique live performance on Duke campus.
Instructor:  Bryan Gilliam
Bryan Gilliam, Ph.D. (Harvard University) is the Frances Hill Fox Professor in Humanities.  His teaching and research interests include German Opera, Vienna, Wagner, Strauss, film music, and 19th and 20th century music.
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.
History and Issues of American Sport
An overview of the history of sports in America with special emphasis on past and current issues in specific sports.
Instructor:  Al Buehler
Al Buehler, M.A (University of North Carolina) coached Duke track & field for 45 years, retiring from the head coaching position in 2000. During his coaching tenure, he coached several all-Americans and was three-times team manager for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team, plus many more achievements on the state, national, and international level. He has been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the Duke Sports Hall of Fame. He has just retired as chair of the HPER Department after serving nineteen years in this position.
Connected by Sound      (ALP, NS, CCI, STS)
Most people live their lives surrounded by sounds. The particular mixture of sounds a person experiences varies with when and where a life is lived, economic and social status, and choices made by oneself and by others nearby. “Soundscape” recently has become a popular term for referring to such acoustic environments. How would your soundscape be different if you had been born into some other era or culture? What effects have soundscapes had on literature, music, personal safety and health? What effects have they had on connections among people and other animals? How does sound connect architecture with theatre and music, technology with safety and health, one historic time and place with another? What important roles has sound played in science, warfare, and politics? What influence is your soundscape having on your future – on your music, on your outlook, on who you are? Only very recently did sound recordings join oral tradition and visual and written records as tools for preserving our cultural past. The current interest in better understanding past soundscapes is yielding a wealth of material (mostly written) for exploring profound sound-mediated influences among a wide range of fields of study. In addition to using such materials, students in this course will make and share their own audio recordings to examine and document soundscapes of today. Recent class projects in this seminar have included production of an MP3 event for the whole University community and use of computer simulations to recreate the sound of a long-lost performance space.
Instructor:  Dewey Lawson
Dewey Lawson, Ph.D. (Duke University) is an Adjunct Professor of Physics.  His fields of teaching and research interests are in acoustics, including sound in liquid and solid helium at ultra-low temperatures, room acoustics, musical instrument acoustics, environmental acoustics and cochlear prostheses.
Environmentalism and American Values    (EI)
Exploration of whether core American values such as individualism, equality and self-rule are compatible with environmentalism; ongoing debates about public land use and environmental regulation and will be explored in detail, as will recent efforts to create an alternative to the industrial food system. Readings include Jefferson, Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan, and Julie Gruthman.
Instructor:  Nora Hanagan
Nora Hanagan, Ph.D. (Duke University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science.  Her research interests include American political thought, democratic theory, feminist theory, and food and politics.  She is currently writing an article on the local food movement, and completing a book manuscript that brings the ideas of Henry David Thoreau, Jane Addams, Dewey and Martin Luther King, Jr. to bear on contemporary debates about responsibility and citizenship.
Women and Politics    (SS, CCI, W)
This course explores the political meaning of gender in the American context. We will study the concept of gender - what gender is, how it is socially constructed, and why gender is relevant for American politics and society. Specific attention will be given to how gender affects the workings of Congress, the political engagement of individuals, and the impact of public policies.
Instructor:  Danielle Thomsen
Danielle Thomsen, Ph.D. (Cornell University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science. Her teaching and research interests include American politics, U.S. Congress, political parties, and gender and politics.
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.
Inequality and Mental Health in Contemporary America    (SS, CCI, W)
This course is designed to provide a critical overview and exploration of how social inequalities based on race, class, gender, geography, and age, are related to contemporary manifestations of mental health in American society. After presenting students with a synthesis of the prevalence of certain types of mental health disorders across the life course, and a complementary discourse on theories of inequality as they are linked to mental health outcomes, the course will implement a “hot topics” design to encourage students to think about how the social expressions of mental health issues and the dynamics of social inequalities are tied to some of the most alarming trends in social behaviors witnessed in America in the last twenty years. Some of the topics we intend to cover include: violence, substance abuse, bullying, eating disorders, access to mental health treatment, domestic violence, and more.
Instructor:  Linda Burton
Linda Burton, Ph.D. (University of Southern California) is the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology.  Her teaching and research interests include poverty, intergenerational families, family life course transitions, neighborhood context, and ethnographic methods.
Mapping and Modeling Early Modern Venice    (ALP, CZ)
Beginning with Napoleon’s forced entry into city in 1797, urban landscape of Venice experienced notable change. Significant intervention included destruction of many Renaissance monuments and great loss to architectural and artistic patrimony of city. Goals of Wired! freshman seminar: map urban landscape of early modern Venice; re-constructing lost architectural gems of fifteenth-sixteenth century and immediate surroundings. Use of digital tools, such as Sketch Up, to translate historical and modern maps, prints, engravings, and paintings into 3-D models. These monuments will be mapped onto present-day Venice.
Instructor:  Kristin Lanzoni
Kristin Lanzoni, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.  Her teaching and research interests include Renaissance and Baroque Art History.