FRO 100.001 Where the Wild Things Are: Representations of the American Wilderness

This seminar brings together the work of adventurers, children's writers, visual artists, natural scientists, and visionaries to trace changing perceptions of the American wilderness. Their works span the continental United States and range from America's virtual obsession with the cowboy to our tendency to glorify individual forays into the wilderness. Our class will focus on interpreting texts - written texts and visuals texts, fiction as well as nonfiction. We will explore how works such as James Dickey's Deliverance, Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, and a statue in Disney's Epcot Center form a literary and visual record of changes in external but also internal landscapes: What happens to us when we step across the frontier separating the garden from the wilderness, the tamed from the untamed?

Instructor: Mary Marchand

Mary Marchand

Associate Professor Mary Marchand teaches in both the English Department and the American Studies Program. This course comes out of her fascination with American culture and her love of wild places, most notably her family's cabin in northernmost Minnesota.

FRO 100.002 Living in the Margins: Experiences of Vulnerability

All of us have had moments when we felt nearly invisible: times when instead of being the story at the center we were just a note jotted in the margin. This class will explore the realities of being marginalized by looking at groups of people who are frequently not visible. In the first part of the semester, we will read personal stories, agency reports, and scholarly works to learn about vulnerable populations. Some of the vulnerable populations we will consider are: homeless people, immigrants, the elderly, and children who have been separated from their birth parents. We will consider the history of marginalized people and may explore policies and attitudes that impact them. Together, we will formulate questions, gather information, and share our newfound knowledge. Each student will be expected to be a vital component of the learning environment as we seek to understand the realities of complex situations and people. During the second part of the semester, each student will work independently and with the support of the class and college resources to explore the realities of a marginalized group that they are particularly interested in.

Instructor: Joan Wilterdink

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After over twenty years of teaching, Joan Wilterdink still finds it thrilling to observe students' progress and development into amazing adults over the four years of college. Joan's household includes three teenage boys, two young daughters she and her husband adopted through the foster care system, and three cats.  Trained as a biological psychologist, Joan loves looking at how behaviors and biology are interrelated.  For her, life is one big laboratory.

FRO 100.003 Frontiers in Musicality

This course, designed for the total beginner as well as the advanced student, provides the experience and knowledge for you to understand your own musical self. Recognizing that each person has different natural tendencies and relationships to music, the course examines four types of musicians: improviser, composer, arranger, and interpreter. We will explore the issues confronting each type and the techniques available for each type to achieve musical expression. The course will consider different uses of music (concert, commercial, and theater music) and distinguish broad categories of music, such as song/dance, absolute/program music, and folk/art music. Other topics addressed are music theory and notation, music in sociological and historical contexts, the origin and analysis of musical styles, and acoustical versus psychological aspects of music. Course participants will play music and talk about music, and reading assignments will be taken from the writing of major composers and theorists.

Instructor: Jeffrey Chappell

Jeffrey Chappell

Jeffrey Chappell has performed as a concert pianist throughout the United States in recitals and chamber music and has been a soloist with major symphony orchestras. He has also concertized in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Chappell is a recording artist, an award-winning composer, a jazz musician, an improviser for silent films, and an author of articles for music magazines. He is a graduate of Curtis Institute and Peabody Conservatory.

FRO 100.004 FRO Latino Experience in the United States

There are more than 50 million Latinas living in the United States, making them the nation's single fastest-growing and largest ethnic group. By 2050, Latinas are projected to account for more than 30 percent of the U.S. population. If Latinas in the United States today formed a country, they would rank as the 12th-largest global economy. This course draws on the interdisciplinary field of Latina studies and on a variety of sources from the colonial period to the present to introduce students to the social, political, and cultural history of this vital ethnic group. Readings and assignments will focus on Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Central, and South American communities, examining their experiences living as individual groups and among one another. Key course topics include: past and present immigration, Latina identity and perceptions of Latinas in the United States, the formation and transformation of cultural identity, and the Spanish language in media and education. Central to your active learning will be the community-based learning component of the course through which you will participate in Goucher's Futuro Latino Learning Center.

Instructor: Frances Ramos-Fontán

Frances Ramos-Valdez

Frances Ramos-Fontán has been teaching Spanish language, literature and culture at Goucher since 1997. Her areas of interest include foreign language acquisition and Caribbean Literature. As a recipient of a grant from the Department of Education three years ago, she had the opportunity to design and teach a course on the contemporary Puerto Rican family, which allowed her to share her love for her homeland with Goucher students. She is the proud mother of three children who generate a lot of the energy and enthusiasm she brings into the classroom.

FRO 100.005 Free Speech

In this age of rapid globalization and heightened cross-cultural contacts, nations, communities, and individuals are working hard to hold on to and reaffirm their own identities and values. In the United States, one of the most precious values is free speech, embedded in the First Amendment to the Constitution and regarded as a primary tenet of American democracy. But arguments and controversies over the boundaries, if any, of free speech have become frequent and intense, and all the more so in the era of electronic communication.

This course will examine the dialogue that is taking place within the United States and around the world on these issues – sometimes in a civil manner, and at other times as a political or cultural confrontation that all too frequently turns violent. Our sources will include writings and statements made by the participants in these debates, a classical treatise on liberty by the political philosopher John Stuart Mill, media reports, commentary by scholars and journalists from different societies and cultural positions, and your own experiences about what you can and cannot say.

Instructor: David Zurawik

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David Zurawik, assistant professor since 2012, has been a TV/media critic at the Baltimore Sun since 1989. Zurawik, a regular guest of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Fox News’ “Media Buzz” during the last decade, earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (pop culture-media studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000. He has an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in specialized reporting (pop culture) and is the author of "The Jews of Prime Time," a look at 50 years of Jewish identity in network TV (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2003). He was previously TV critic/columnist at the Dallas Times Herald and pop culture correspondent at the Detroit Free Press. Zurawik also appears each week talking about TV and media on Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR.

FRO 100.006 Prima Donnas: Social Constructions of the "Fantasy Female" in Performance

In this course we will together enjoy constructions of the prima donna from early modern times to the present. We will look at her agency as a voice in her culture, and how that voice is presented, received, manipulated and sometimes repudiated by the people who produce it (that means "us"). Prima donnas often hold up images we are passionate to see because they help us negotiate, ignore, or justify something complex in our cultural space. These complexities and ambiguities are essential to the Prima Donna. Through them she becomes a cultural fantasy, so we will look at her, but also at social concerns that help define her. The purpose is not to judge but to look critically at how cultural icons emerge, and how they might resonate with viewers of diverse backgrounds. Some of the figures we will examine include a Renaissance courtesan, castrati, and "stars" from opera, jazz, film, and popular music, including Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Hattie McDaniel, Marilyn Monroe, and a transgendered community in NY. We will move fluidly back and forth between "then" and "now," choosing from contemporary figures that interest you and me. Your assignments will include visual ones, primarily movies or documentaries, balanced by a series of short critical readings for each section. Our ultimate goal will be to look at icons in our own space with a new awareness of how we tell our own stories.

Instructor: Thomasin LaMay


Thomasin LaMay is a singer and music historian with a masters in history and a Ph.D. in music history and performance studies.  She has written about women in music from the Renaissance to modern times, and enjoys all kinds of music.  She has a long standing interest in social justice, including work with the Equal Justice Initiative, The Children's Peace Center, and food co-ops for Baltimore's poor.  She is also a Pilates instructor, and away from work enjoys writing, reading just about anything, and consorting with animals.

FRO 100.007 Vintage Black Glamour

This course will explore 20th century Black entertainment, fashion, and culture through historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, artists, writers, and activists, such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, and Diana Ross. As we view and engage the performing and visual arts of the day, we will analyze the impact of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other social formations on the lives and artistry of entertainers during this period. We will also improve our media literacy and cultural competency by considering issues of diversity and inclusion. We will connect the foundations of vintage Black glamour with prominent contemporary figures in popular culture, such as Beyoncé, Laverne Cox , and Lupita Nyong'o, and question how their lives and works might inspire us today.

Instructor: Mel Lewis

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Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Mel's research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, specifically addressing Black queer feminist thought, identity and performance, and feminist and critical pedagogies. In addition to her teaching and research, Mel is as a volunteer aquarist at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. Originally from Bayou la Batre, on Alabama’s gulf coast, she has a passion for conservation, aquaculture, and the preservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.

FRO 100.008 Childhood Left Behind? Challenges to Education in 21st-Century America

As American students have fallen behind their international counterparts on a variety of standard measures of achievement, many have come to perceive that the U.S. public education system is failing and in desperate need of overhaul.  Fears that our schools are not preparing students for success in the "global marketplace" have led to the development of government initiatives (such as Bush's "No Child Left Behind Act" and, more recently, Obama's "Race to the Top" program) that involve imposition of high performance standards, standardized and stripped-down curricula, strict assessment procedures, financial incentivization, and sometimes severe sanctions and even school closings.  In this course, we will address the broader psychological, social, and political underpinnings, implications and repercussions of this "standards" movement in education. At the same time, we will engage with a variety of alternative perspectives in which student performance and motivation are framed in the context of an educational system that, in its zeal to improve the educational product (i.e., achievement outcomes), has failed to account for the importance of social justice concerns, teacher-student relationships, or the valuing of students' needs, interests, and feelings for promoting quality learning and healthy social and emotional development. Through discussion of the work of Kohn, Neill, Rogers, Kozol, Ravitch, and others, we will explore the possibility of a more student-centered, humanistic education that stresses the value of meaningful experience and holistic psychological development.

Instructor: Brian Patrick

Brian Patrick

Dr. Patrick is an Associate Professor of Psychology and teaches courses in social psychology, existential and humanistic psychology, and human motivation. His research interests center on the exploration of students' experiences of connection/disconnection in school. Outside of his work, he enjoys spending time with his wife (an elementary school principal whose experiences inform his teaching in Frontiers) and two children, including coaching his daughter's basketball and softball teams. He also loves a cappella music and musical theater, and has recently had the pleasure of performing with students in Goucher's Musical Theater and Opera Workshops.

FRO 100.009 Everyday Narratives: Storytelling, Identity & Society

Creating stories in conversation is a day-to-day activity, more common than brushing our teeth. Telling stories is what we do to make sense of our experiences, to tell each other who we are, to enjoy the thrill of what we can't be, and to dream about what we want to become. Stories are powerful because they carry with them an emotional truth, one that can shake our very being towards transformation, but the direction that transformation takes will depend on our capacity to critically examine the stories we tell and the stories we are told. In this course we will share stories, however, the goal of this course is to examine how stories shape us, and our society.

Instructor: Florencia Cortes-Conde

Instructor: Florencia Cortes-Conde

Associate Professor Florencia Cortes-Conde teaches in the Hispanic Languages, Literature and Culture Department. This course comes from her interest in how experience becomes stories and how stories shape identity and language. Her fascination with this theme comes from her bicultural and bilingual experience.

FRO 100.010 Resistant Ecologies: Writing the Latin American Landscape

It has often been said that the landscapes of Latin America defy description. From the soaring Andes Mountains to the vast Amazonian waterways, from the wide-open expanse of the pampas to impenetrable forests, the region we know as Latin America has long inspired wonder and admiration. In this course we are going to explore some of the ways in which Latin American writers have examined, imagined and represented the human-environment connection in their area of the world. Additionally, we are going to move beyond a strict literary study of Latin America’s natural world in order to investigate some of its current environmental issues, challenges and possibilities.

Some of the questions we will consider throughout the semester as we work with literary texts and environmental concerns are: What are the various ways in which “environment” can be defined? How is nature presented in a particular text? How do humans impact the natural world? And how are they, in turn, impacted by it? How do categories such as race, class and gender inform one’s interaction with and understanding of the natural world? How must issues such as globalization and development be taken into consideration when discussing Latin America and the natural world?

Instructor: Jeanie Murphy


An Associate Professor in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Jeanie Murphy has been a member of the Goucher faculty since 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin American Literature at the University of Arizona and her teaching and research interests reflect the interdisciplinary training she received there. She has taught courses on Latin American theatre and short stories, environmental literature, the history of women writers in Latin America, artistic expression in revolutionary societies, Latin American history and political activism in Latin America. Some of her most recent publications are “Personal and Private Memory of Dictatorship: La buena educación by Liria Evangelista” and “Through the Eyes of the Child: The Narrator in Balún Canán”. She is currently collaborating with a colleague on a collection of essays devoted to the symbolic nature of rivers in Latin American letters.

FRO 100.011 The Secret Life of Puppets

Puppets are arguably one of the earliest forms of performance--used to educate, incite, enlighten or just delight. They were and remain a staple of theatrical performance. A puppet is, however, a very special performer, made from humble materials, fashioned into a living form and finally animated or brought to life by the mind and body of a person either directly or at a distance. This "bringing to life", this mysterious alchemy at the heart of puppets, is perhaps why this otherwise ubiquitous theatre form often remains in the shadows. In this seminar/workshop we will look at the history, forms, uses and theory of puppets and ask questions such as: Is Homer Simpson a puppet? Why do puppets go in and out of fashion? What is the relationship between the puppet and the maker/animator? What stories do puppets need to tell? What drama ensues between the little Dog, the Dish, and the Spoon when the kitchen light goes out? Through creative exploration, guided improvisation and the making of original puppet performances, these questions and many more will be answered in The Secret Life of Puppets.

Instructor: Allison Campbell

Allison Campbell

Associate Professor Allison Campbell teaches design in the Department of Theatre at Goucher College. During her career as an educator and freelancer she designed sets, lights or costumes for over seventy productions. Like designing, puppetry allows her to imagine and craft new worlds and, in addition, to perform, to create characters, tell stories and explore in immediate and dynamic ways the intersection between the material and the transcendent -sometimes referred to as, "the magic of theatre."

FRO 100.012 Our Environment, Chemicals and Cancer

Modern conveniences and scientific progress are not always without cost. In this course we will take a look at what we put in the environment and what we take from the environment, while exploring how our “giving” impacts the natural world and our “taking” impacts the health of our communities and lives. We will ask questions about how different parts of the world approach policy making, how chemicals may improve or harm our lives, and who is really being impacted by chemical use.

Instructor: Jenny Lenkowski


Assistant Professor Jenny Lenkowski has previously dabbled in research on endocrine disruptors (chemicals in the environment that act like hormones when in an animal) and developmental toxicology. Now at Goucher, her research interests are in neurobiology, developmental biology, regeneration, and cell biology of the retina. If you’re interested in biology, you will find her in a variety of classrooms - intro biology, cell biology, or developmental biology, or literally running around campus.

FRO 100.013 Reason and Its Limits: Should We Read Dead White European Males?

Western philosophy begins with the idea that we can come to know the true nature of reality if we just think about it hard enough. But many philosophers were also fascinated by the limits of reason, the boundaries of what can be known. This course presents the history of philosophy as the story of a tension between human reason and its limits. As we examine the development of this tension over time, we will also ask what the philosophical tradition has to do with young people's lives today. Why philosophize? Readings will cover classic texts from the Greeks to the 21st Century, and students will work together to compile their own, unique archive of the philosophical questions that concern them.

Instructor: Margret Grebowicz


Margret Grebowicz is Associate Professor of Philosophy and currently teaches courses on feminist and queer theories, postmodernism, animal studies, and environmental philosophy. She has published extensively on topics ranging from Internet pornography to environmental aesthetics. She is the author of The National Park to Come, Why Internet Porn Matters, co-author of Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures With Donna Haraway, and editor of Gender after Lyotard and Sci-Fi in the Mind's Eye: Reading Science Through Science Fiction. Besides philosophy, her loves include reading science fiction, hiking in deserts, and photographing her cat, Sasquatch.

FRO 100.014 Shakespeare on Screen

Shakespeare’s plays shouldn’t work on screen. The plays are highly verbal… film and television are highly visual media. The plays were written to be interactive with a live, present audience… film and television project to a passive and distant audience. Why then are Shakespeare’s plays so often “translated” for the screen, often very successfully? This course involves reading several of Shakespeare's plays, doing in class performance exercises, analyzing and critiquing films and film clips of Shakespeare's works, and writing about Shakespeare on the screen. Students, working in small production teams will make ten-minute videos inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.

Instructor: Michael Curry


Michael Curry is a professor in the Department of Theatre where he has served on the faculty for twenty-seven years. He also serves as the managing director of the Maryland Shakespeare Company. He has acted and directed in numerous theatre productions on campus and in the Baltimore area. He has also done industrial films and commercial voice-overs for Maryland Public Television, Monumental Life Insurance, the Air Force and others. He has acted in special educational outreach programs for the Maryland Historical Society, Action Theatre Company, and the Baltimore Science Center, and has served as a training consultant for the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

FRO 100.015 Picturing America

In this course, we will explore how important aspects of American cultural identity and conflict have been expressed in visual form from the earliest colonies to the 21st century. We will investigate questions of race, ethnicity, gender, economics, politics and religion, as well as attitudes towards the natural world, looking closely and carefully at a range of paintings, prints, sculptures, and films and undertaking a number of written and visual assignments. No artistic talent or art history background is required, but a desire to analyze and discuss visual material is a must.

Instructor: Gail Husch

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Gail Husch has taught art history at Goucher for twenty-four years; among her research interests is the place of apocalyptic belief in American culture. She is the author of Something Coming: Apocalyptic Expectation and Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Painting, as well as The Button Field, a novel set in late-nineteenth-century New England.

FRO 100.016 Food for Thought

What should we have for dinner? Every time we answer this question, we operate in a bewildering terrain of fast food and fad foods, our choices shaped by culture and family, corporations and advertisements, rituals and relationships. This writing intensive course will give us a chance to savor treasured memories even as we grapple with the global economic and environmental implications of the ways that food is produced, distributed, presented and consumed. Books, films, guest lectures, and community projects will provide “food for thought” as we consider such questions as the ethics of eating meat and the experience of hunger in the United States and abroad. This is a writing-intensive course, and you will have the chance to experiment with a range of genres, from memoirs, recipes and restaurant reviews to analytic arguments and independent research projects.

Instructor: Barbara Roswell

Barbara Roswell

Barbara Roswell has taught writing at Goucher for over 30 years and is one of the founders of the Goucher Prison Education Partnership. Author of Reading, Writing and Gender, Writing and Community Engagement, and Turning Teaching Inside Out, she enjoys leading writing workshops both on campus and in community settings, including prisons, homeless shelters, and retirement communities. The inspiration for this course was cultivated by her family’s enthusiasm for raising chickens, keeping bees, and growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

FRO 100.017 Screenwriting and Adaptation

This introductory course is designed to develop your understanding and appreciation of the many layers and elements involved in the screenwriting process. We will examine writing methods useful to preparing the blueprint-like plans required in the film medium. We begin by reviewing prominent model screenplays from a variety of genres as means of gaining familiarity with an array of styles and techniques in narrative design. Our semester will culminate in the planning and execution of a screenplay from an original idea provided by the student.

Instructor: Bill U'Ren

Bill U'Renn

Bill U'Ren, assistant professor of English, has worked in film adaptation since his undergraduate days at UCLA when he wrote Box 100 for Columbia Pictures. He recently adapted John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat for Canum Entertainment and is working on a remake of The Thief. Bill previously taught film at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Houston, where his courses received the President's Award. His work has also earned Donald Barthelme and Cambor Awards.

FRO 100.018 Neurobiology Meets Buddhism: The Promise of Mindfulness

Modern neurobiology and the wisdom of Buddhism have come together in demonstrating how each of us has the power to change our brains. Only recently have scientists come to understand that the brain changes throughout one’s life and that we are to a considerable extent in control of these changes. Much of this understanding has come from MRI studies of the brains of Buddhist monks before, during and after meditation. In this course the science behind the practice of meditation will be investigated. Studies validating the benefits of meditation in improving emotional and physical wellness, social relationships, academic performance and memory will be examined. Organizations incorporating meditation as an integral part of their operations will be explored- organizations from high tech companies to public school systems. Students will be asked to participate in a contemplative practice.

Instructor: Esther Gibbs


Professor Esther Gibbs mainly teaches courses in the chemistry department. Her research interests have been in utilizing metal containing compounds to probe problems of biological significance. Her interest in the contemplative arts started in her teen years. This interest and her daily meditation practice catalyzed her desire to share what she has learned and experienced with Goucher students.

FRO 100.019 Perceptions and Misperceptions of the Arab World

In this Frontiers section, we will examine our perceptions of the Arab World and learn about the conflicts and upheavals that have shaped modern Arab society and culture. Throughout the semester, we will be introduced to a wide variety of thought-provoking Arab films, stories, poetry, and music that will spark a new understanding of the major trends and themes of this region. This will be a discussion-based seminar, in which our short essays will be geared toward developing the critical tools and skills needed for academic success in this course and beyond.

Instructor: Zahi Khamis

Zahi Khamis

Zahi Khamis is the director of the Arabic program at Goucher. He is also an instructor of Arabic and a visual artist. His academic concerns are focused on literary theory, comparative literature and cultural studies. Zahi has a B.A in mathematics and an M.A in Liberal Studies.

FRO 100.020 Stolen or Salvation? Culture, History, and Property

In this seminar, students will examine ethical issues that arise in conflicts between producers and “owners” of culture. Students will encounter contemporary and historic examples through books, articles, documentaries and more – including Western European encounters with Egyptian cultural artifacts, American use of Native American spaces, and competing claims on Middle Eastern cultures. We will be challenged to consider the rights of cultures to own property, and how concepts of culture and property have changed throughout history.

Instructor: Elizabeth De Coster

Elizabeth De Coster

Elizabeth De Coster is the User Services Librarian at the Goucher College Library. She has a Master’s in Library Science with a concentration in Information & Diverse Populations, and researches information services for underrepresented populations and the digital divide. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, their cat, and an alarming number of books.

FRO 100.021 Middle East Politics Through Film and Literature

Film and literature offer insights into politics and policy that often challenge conventional assumptions about the politics of the Middle East. Examining issues through personal narratives, short stories, film screenplays and cinematography broadens the scope for thinking about the region. Recognizing that film and literature are important forms of political commentary, we will critically assess the different political visions of issues presented by filmmakers and writers on the recent Arab protests, religious and ethnic identities, Israeli culture and society, Palestinians, oil and politics, and Islamism. Books for the course will include Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Baghdad Burning, a blog recounting the 2003 Iraq war written under a pseudonym, and Men in the Sun, as well as films by Israeli, Iranian, and Egyptian-American filmmakers. American writers and films are included in the syllabus, but our focus will be on those who observe and document political events and trends from the region. You will comment on what you read and watch in film and book reviews, and group projects will examine the political landscape of the Middle East. Over the course of the semester you will begin to develop a nuanced understanding of a range of issues and be able to articulate opinions on some of the complex and current issues in the Middle East.

Instructor: Amalia Fried Honick

Elizabeth De Coster

Amalia Fried Honick has been teaching courses in international relations at Goucher since 1987. In addition to teaching Middle East politics, her classes include international organizations, with a focus on the UN, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Vietnam war. Her interests include U.S. foreign policy, the role of the media in foreign affairs, and foreign policy decision-making. She lives in Baltimore with her family and loves spending time at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

FRO 100.022 Where Does Art Come From?

This course explores the significance of the concept of art. We will begin by asking a deceptively simply question: “What is Art?” To pursue an answer, we will read a selection of philosophical writings on the subject, each of which tries to draw conclusions about what characteristics make an art object different from the other objects that fill our daily lives. As we shall see, the modern notion of art—that art is, in fact, something distinct from our normal lives—is not only a relatively recent understanding, but is largely a Western one as well. We will also explore how the modern art museum is in large measure the offspring of early nineteenth-century nationalism that began to see culture as an essential component of state politics. We will ask, for instance, how the work of art came to be esteemed as “priceless,” how the museum functioned as an arbiter of class difference, and how the work of art represents the quintessential embodiment of what Pierre Bourdieu refers to as “cultural capital.” Any adequate answer to the question “What is art?” must delve into the political, social, racial and historical factors that helped produce the institutions, economies and values that, in the West at least, sustain the notion of “fine art.”

Instructor: Steve DeCaroli

Steve DeCaroli

Steve DeCaroli Steve DeCaroli is Associate Professor of Philosophy. His work and research interests are rooted in both the early modern period (17th and 18th Centuries) and contemporary political thought. He also has a long-standing interest in Chinese philosophy and Buddhism.

FRO 100.023 Your Body, Your Health: An Owner’s Manual

In this era of breaking news there is always some new information being disseminated regarding human health. This information can pertain to a wide range of health issues from nutrition to reproductive health to cancer. As a consumer of medical information and medical services how can you manage this avalanche of information? How do you ask good questions regarding your own health, and how do you evaluate the quality of the answers you find? Through largely a problems based approach this course will exam some of the basic assumptions of what it means to be healthy, and how to bring critical thinking skills to the evaluation of newly publicized information. The course will cover topics in nutrition, cardiovascular health and cancer, among others.

Instructor: George Delahunty

George Delahunty

George Delahunty George Delahunty is a Professor in the Biology Department and served on the faculty for 36 years. In addition to teaching a wide variety of majors and non-majors courses he is also the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Advisor at the college. He has been a Guest Worker in the Diabetes Branch of National Institutes of Health and a Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Delahunty has an interest in the hormonal control of growth and metabolism, and currently conducts research related to Type II diabetes using an amphibian model.

FRO 100.026 Am I Black or White? Am I Straight or Gay? CONTROVERSY?

Am I Black or White? Am I Straight or Gay? CONTROVERSY?" Since its founding, and long before recording artist Prince penned these lyrics in the 1980s, America has been a space and a place demanding and mandating polarized definitions of race and sexuality. This course will examine the reasoning behind and ramifications of these dichotomies from the Colonial Period to the present in genres that include literature, film, and music. We will also explore how these binaries affect people who identify as biracial and bisexual. This discussion-based course requires intensive reading, viewing, and listening and will foster your critical thinking and analytical writing. Topics of discussion will include the "one-drop rule," the slavery debate, miscegenation, racial passing, segregation, integration, interracial desire, and sexual passing. Special attention will be given to individuals who and organizations that refuse to follow racial and sexual dictates. Authors will include Thomas Jefferson, Nella Larsen, James Weldon Johnson, James Baldwin, Ann Allen Shockley, Prince, Adrienne Rich, E. Lynn Harris, and Barack Obama.

Instructor: Angelo Robinson

Angelo Robinson

Angelo Robinson is an associate professor of English at Goucher College where he teaches courses in the English Dept., American Studies Program, and the Africana Studies Program. He has published articles on issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

FRO 100.027 The Power of Physical Expression

The body is a powerful tool of expression and an extension of your intellectual self. This seminar and movement lab will explore how basic movement education can enhance your mind's capacity to creatively problem solve, think critically, and analyze a broad variety of social, political, and artistic topics from multiple perspectives. Through readings, discussion, and movement experimentation we will discover together the power of your physical and creative "voice". Prior movement/dance experience is not necessary to awaken a mind/body connection to enhance how you view the world.

Instructor: Linda Garofalo

Linda Garofalo

Full time Instructor, Linda Garofalo, teaches in the dance department and is a performing artist and choreographer. She is constantly inspired by the interdisciplinary and holistic aspects of movement education and its power to develop deep and broad thinkers. She developed this course because of her belief that everybody, not just trained dancers, should have the opportunity to explore and fulfill their creative potential.

FRO 102.001 Out of the Shadows: Women in Russia

This course will explore the role of Russian women in the world by carefully examining the significance of contributions by these women. Diverse perspectives will be explored (Russian and Russian National). Students will examine and analyze texts written by and about women struggling with questions regarding patriarchal and male-based society. The fact that these women have remained hidden from Russia and the world at large will also be addressed, using feminist methodologies. This course will provide students with the opportunity to pursue their own questions in dialogue.

Instructor: Annalisa Czeczulin

Annalisa Czeczulin

Annalisa Czeczulin, Assistant Professor of Russian, teaches at both Goucher College and the Johns Hopkins University as part of the Goucher-Hopkins Cooperative Russian Program. Her areas of expertise include Slavic Linguistics and Second-Language Acquisition. In addition to teaching, Dr. Czeczulin has extensive experience editing and producing of Russian textbooks and directing study abroad exchanges between the United States and Russia. A former member of the Lyman Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, she is still active in the Russian community in maintaining the Russian Olympiada, the Maryland semifinals of which are presently held at Goucher College on an annual basis.