What is Frontiers? Each year Goucher offers close to 25 seminars just for first-year students. These small, discussion-based classes are designed to show you the ropes of real academic inquiry. The courses cover a wide range of topics and disciplines. None assumes prior experience with the topic. Take your time, click on the links to read course descriptions, and pick a topic that intrigues you!

FRO 100.001 Where the Wild Things Are: America’s Relationship to Wilderness

M/W/F 12:15-1:10 p.m.

When the early settlers first glimpsed the wooded shores of New England, they were horrified: here was a “hideous” and “howling desert wilderness” filled with “wild beasts and wild men.” Americans now travel hundreds of miles and spend thousands of dollars for even a glimpse of these same thick forests and wild animals. In this course, we’ll use film, art, young-adult literature, and philosophical and environmental writings in order to try to understand this profound shift in our perception of wild places and wild things. Along the way, we’ll also explore how our attitude toward wilderness is inextricably connected to our changing attitude toward civilization.

Instructor: Mary Marchand

Mary Marchand

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 Pursuing Sustainable Happiness

M/W/F 9:25-10:20 a.m.

The United States is one of a handful of countries on the planet where people have a constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness, but the question that the Constitution has left unanswered is the process by which we can achieve it. Some scientists and practitioners say that happiness, like a foreign language, can be learned and practiced. Implicit in this assertion is the possibility not only of improving our level of happiness through practice but also of even being able to measure it. Consequently, in this course, we will explore this notion of happiness as a skill that can be developed, and we will use an interdisciplinary perspective, relying on scientific, cultural, societal, and literary lenses. Further, we will evaluate whether the pursuit of happiness could have a positive effect on the natural environment by linking sustainability concepts and approaches to those of well-being. Necessarily, this course will provide opportunities for you to engage in sustainable happiness practices and to measure their outcomes.

Instructor: Gérman Mora

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Associate Professor Gérman Mora has been teaching environmental courses at Goucher for seven years and is the founding Director of the Environmental Studies Program. His research interests center on better understanding the effects of climate change on human settlements and natural ecosystems. He is also interested in green living, which, coupled with his own pursuit of happiness, is the inspiration for this course.

FRO 100.003 Exploring Your Musical Self

T/TH 11:10-12:35 p.m.

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. 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 writings 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 American Romantic Comedy Films

T/TH 9:35-11:00 a.m.

This course explores the American romantic comedy from the “screwball” era of the 1930s-1940s to its “radical” turn mid-century in the wake of the sexual revolution and women's liberation movement, to some of its contemporary incarnations: the gay romcom, the “chick flick,” and the “bromance.” We'll examine how romantic comedy has changed and stayed the same stylistically, thematically, and ideologically. At the heart of our explorations will be ongoing consideration of how romantic comedies reflect and negotiate ever-changing cultural concepts around gender roles, relations between the sexes and those of the same sex, and issues of race, class, ethnicity, age, work, friendship, family, and nation.

Instructor: Maria San Filippo

Frances Ramos-Valdez

Assistant Professor Maria San Filippo teaches in the Communication and Media Studies Department. Fascinated by how media shapes our thinking about gender and sexuality, she has published a book on bisexuality in film and television. A lifelong film buff, she writes about twenty-first century film and film-going on her blog, The Itinerant Cinephile.

FRO 100.005 Free Speech

T/TH 8:00-9:25 a.m.

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 and digital communication.

This course will examine the dialogue that is taking place within the United States, around the world and on college campuses over 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 feel you can and cannot say as you navigate your new home in the Goucher community.

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: Images of America in performance

T/TH 11:10-12:35 p.m.

In this course we will look at select prima donnas in American popular culture from the 19th century through the present, with particular focus on gender, racial difference, and socio-economic prerogative. Our journey will move between past and present, from 19th century opera and her partner, minstrelsy, to Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, the women of Gone with the Wind, a transgender community in Harlem, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong’o and others in our space. We will ourselves become diverse viewers looking in on these iconic and provocative characters as they reflect a collective vision for what it means to be American. Is our prima donna really a single person? How many diverse perspectives go into holding her up in icon-status-ville? How do some get seen and others ignored? What is the “melting pot” and who sees which pieces of it? There are many of us looking: what do we see?

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 Buddhist Meditation on the Nature of Reality

M/TH 1:40-3:05 p.m.

What truly exists and how we do we know? Does anything last through time, or is everything radically impermanent? While these questions may seem abstract, certain strains of Buddhist philosophy view them as deeply relevant to our everyday lives. These questions intersect with the most important question of all: what are suffering and happiness, and how can we live with less of the first and more of the second? In this class, we will learn about Buddhist philosophy and develop the meditation techniques to contemplate these questions. This will require hard but deeply rewarding work, including developing a daily meditation practice.

Instructor: Justin Brody

Justin Brody

Assistant Professor Justin Brody teaches in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. He has a long-standing interest in meditation and Buddhist philosophy, and is particularly interested in touching the ground of lived experience.

FRO 100.008 Childhood Left Behind? Getting Schooled in 21st-Century America

T/Th 8:00-9:25 a.m.

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 Ravitch, Kohn, Kozol, Khan, and others, we will explore the possibility of a more student-centered, humanistic education that emphasizes 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, and Social Justice

T/Th 9:35-11:00

Stories have an emotional truth that gives them power over our identities, our lives and the decisions we make in our day-to-day living. Power must never go unquestioned. Thus, the goal of this course is to examine critically the stories we tell and the stories we are told: to explore how narratives can be the voice of the unheard, harmful to our social fabric and our individual story. We will hear stories, tell stories, and develop critical thinking through a careful examination of narratives, and ask ourselves: “How do stories shape us?”

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 Genomes for Jocks and Docs

M/W/F 12:15-1:10 p.m.

Are elite athletes or talented artists shaped by their genes or by their training? Can the science of genetics help differentiate between the two? How accurately can a geneticist predict that an individual will develop cancer or another disease? This course will examine how genetics impacts an individual’s talent, abilities or propensity to develop specific diseases. We will also consider the ethical and public policy implications of genetic technology. The first half of the course will focus on athletic talent, but examples and readings will cover a range of topics. The second half of the course will focus on individualized medicine from the patient's point of view. No previous background in genetics is assumed or necessary.

Instructor: Mark Hiller

Mark Hiller

Dr. Mark Hiller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In addition to Frontiers, he teaches Introductory Biology and Genetics at the basic and advanced levels. His research interests include deciphering how genetic information is outwardly expressed using the classic genetic model animal, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

FRO 100.011 The Secret Life of Puppets

T/Th 9:35-11:35 a.m.

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 Oceans, the Forgotten Frontier: Submarines, Sea Slugs, and Slime

M/W/F 12:15-1:10 p.m.

Oceans comprise 70% of the Earth’s surface, yet 95% of this realm remains unexplored. In this course, we will examine such topics as the physical properties of oceans and the adaptations organisms have evolved to deal with them, as well as ocean exploration and the use of submarines. We will also delve into the impressive diversity of marine species, including those that inhabit the inhospitable deep sea environment, and some of the more unusual species that glow, poison their predators, or use magnetic fields for navigation. Finally, we will consider why oceans are important, as well as the threats that impact them, including the trash vortex in the Pacific, overfishing, extraction of natural resources, and climate change.

Instructor: Cynthia Kicklighter


Associate Professor Cynthia Kicklighter teaches in both the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Program. As a graduate student, she dove to the ocean bottom to a depth of 1.5 miles in the ALVIN submarine. Aside from the deep sea, her aquatic interests include coral reefs, salt marshes, giant squid, and marine worms. Her terrestrial interests including hiking and almost any project that requires the use of a power tool.

FRO 100.013 Mathemagic

T/Th 11:10-12:35 p.m.

We will explore mathematical concepts through card magic tricks. The card tricks will help illustrate abstract concepts in a concrete way. You will literally hold mathematics in your hands. Even if math was not your favorite subject in the past, I plan on changing your mind by engaging your curiosity in the workings of magical effects. The course will culminate in a magic show.

Instructor: Jill Zimmerman


Jill Zimmerman is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. She enjoys thinking about strange programming languages and what makes them work and has several robotic friends. Outside of the lab, she loves to be active with cycling, hiking, and kayaking.

FRO 100.014 Shakespeare on Screen

T/TH 9:35-11:00 a.m.

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 short 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 Alternative Energy for Everyone

M/W/F 12:15-1:10 p.m.

This is a lecture/laboratory hybrid course designed to provide an appreciation and in-depth understanding of alternative energy. Topics will be taught in an interactive environment and will include hands-on activities/projects in the construction of selected devices related to alternative energy. As the title implies, this class is designed for everyone, which includes both science and non-science students; the one prerequisite is an interest in the topic.

Instructor: Ruquia Ahmed-Schofield

Ruquia Ahmed-Scofield

Dr. Ruquia Ahmed-Schofield teaches in the Chemistry Department. This course comes out of her interest in alternative/renewable energy and her involvement in outreach activities where she and her students participate in numerous educational STEM Expos.

FRO 100.016 The Mic is Mightier than the Sword

M/TH 4:50-6:15 p.m.

This course will look at the relationship between poetry and social change. Exploring the work of contemporary U.S. and international artists, as well as case studies from history, we will ask: what is the role of a poet, or any artist for that matter, in enacting real and lasting change for all people? What are some myths about poetry, and what are the facts about the ways that poets and poetry have functioned in societies, in history, around the world? What are the craft differences between a poem that lives on the page and a poem that lives in performance? And why, in the U.S., do we have such a social split between so-called “academic poetry” and so-called “spoken-word”? In answering these questions, we will necessarily look at the role of power and identity; we will look deeply at, and experiment with, the wide range of poetry’s tools; and we will meet several visiting poets who will share their practices with us. No prior experience with poetry or creative writing required; experienced poets and writers most welcome.

Instructor: Ailish Hopper

Ailish Hopper

Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society and the chapbook Bird in the Head. Individual poems have appeared in APR, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poetry, and other places. In addition to page poetry, she has performed with the band Heroes are Gang Leaders, along with poets Thomas Sayers Ellis, Yolanda Wisher, and Randall Horton, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. Her essays on art that deal with race and racism have appeared in Boston Review and the anthology, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race. She teaches classes in the Peace Studies program.

FRO 100.017 The Dark Ages Illuminated: Journeys of Wonder, Magic, and Memory in the Medieval Imagination

T/TH 9:35-11:00 a.m.

Were the so-called “Dark Ages” really that dark? This course explores the vibrant culture of literature, ritual, and the visual arts between the 4th and 14th centuries from Western Europe to the Edge of the known World. Through key works of literature and art, we will consider ways in which the cultural dimensions of the middle ages relate to our own ideas and traditions today. Topics for discussion will include medieval notions of reduce/reuse/recycle, hoarding, love and desire, dreams and the visionary, journeys and adventure, foreigners and the exotic, and games.

Instructor: April Oettinger

April Oettinger

April Oettinger Associate Professor of Art History, specializes in Italian Renaissance art and literature, 14th-16th century Venetian painting, the history of landscape, and the history of the book. She first studied abroad in Venice as an undergraduate, and later lived in Venice and in Rome for two years as a graduate student. She often travels to Venice for her research. During her time in Venice, she learned to row gondolas and other types of Venetian boats, and has rowed in regattas and Venetian civic ceremonies.

FRO 100.018 The Power of the Photograph

T/TH 11:10-12:35 p.m.

In 1984 the photographer Richard Avedon stated: “All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” Since photography’s invention in 1839, photographers and photography have revealed convincing truths about the world and told us monumental lies. This course will examine how photographic images have shaped our understanding of culture and the way we literally see the world. By studying photography’s history and making photographic images, we will explore both sides of the camera and engage with Susan Sontag’s assertion that “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” No prior experience with photography required; experienced photographers are enthusiastically welcome. Photographic work will be made with Smartphones. No other specialized photographic equipment is required.

Instructor: Laura Burns

Laura Burns

Laura Burns is a photographer who teaches in the Departments of Art and Art History and Communication and Media Studies. This course stems from her endless fascination with the fact that photography continues to be truthful and deceitful. In 2006-2007, Burns was a Fulbright scholar making work and teaching courses in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

FRO 100.019 Perceptions and Misperceptions of the Arab World/s

M/TH 1:40-3:05 p.m.

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 International Comics and Graphic Novels: The World through the Lens of Comic Artists

M/TH 1:40-3:05

The past decade has seen an explosion of comics and graphic novels in many parts of the world. Artistically impressive and wide-ranging in topic, this genre has attracted broad readership, won critical acclaim, and even stirred controversy – at home and abroad. In this class we will read and compare comics from different decades, countries, and continents. Our goals are to understand the genre and to interrogate its popularity as an art form in the 21st- century. We will talk about how comics and graphic novels tell stories, how we read their texts and images together, and what they can tell us about different cultures, histories, and art trends. This class will include an event hosted by an internationally renowned German comic artist: Simon Schwartz. We will also take some time to explore the thriving comic art scene in and around Baltimore.

Instructor: Antje Krueger

Antje Krueger

Assistant Professor Antje Krueger teaches in the Center of Modern Languages and leads the Berlin ICA. While a native German, her work and life are rooted in international experience. Her studies began in Bamberg, Germany and ended at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She came to Goucher in 2007 by way of Austria, where she ran a study abroad program for American students. Aside from German language and culture, her interests include international film, comparative literature and environmental thought. When she is not teaching or traveling, she is in the kitchen expanding her repertoire in German baking (much to her students’ delight).

FRO 100.021 Imagining the Middle East through Film and Literature

T/TH 11:10-12:35 p.m.

Film and literature offer insights into the culture, society, and politics of the Middle East that often challenge conventional assumptions about the region. Examining issues through personal narratives, short stories, film screenplays, and cinematography broadens the scope for thinking about the Middle East. Recognizing that film and literature are important forms of political, social, and cultural commentary, we will critically assess the different visions and images presented by filmmakers and writers on religious and ethnic identities, popular culture, gender, as well as war and conflict. We will watch films and read books by filmmakers and writers primarily from the Middle East. Western writers and films are included in the syllabus, but our focus will be on those who observe and document events and trends from the region. Over the course of the semester you will begin to imagine the Middle East from the myriad perspectives offered by both films and literary works.

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 The Power of Physical and Creative Expression

T/TH 11:10-12:35 p.m.

The human body is a powerful tool of self-expression and an extension of your intellectual and creative self. In a constantly changing world, creative thought, experimentation, and practice are integral to the development of the whole mind - a mind that has the ability to produce fresh, innovative ideas and fearlessly forge into unknown territories. This course will challenge you to integrate your intellectual, physical, and emotional responses to the world around you, and to use your unique body as a powerful, creative medium to express what words sometimes cannot. Movement skills will be developed and practiced through improvised and structured studio experimentation. The class will also investigate the creative process and basic, artistic, compositional tools, concepts, and methods. By viewing the world around us through these lenses, we will transform our ideas, observations, discussion topics, readings, and individual and group research into powerful performance pieces. Prior movement or dance experience is not necessary for this course. Everyone has the capacity to fulfill their creative potential and discover the power of their physical and creative voice.

Instructor: Linda Garofalo


Linda Garofalo Linda Garofalo is a full-time instructor in the Dance Department, where she teaches courses in modern and ballet dance technique, introduction to dance technique, and community outreach. She is a performing artist and choreographer whose creative work has been presented on campus and throughout the eastern United States. Linda is very inspired by the interdisciplinary and holistic aspects of dance education and its power to develop creative, deep, and broad thinkers. This course was created because of her passion for sharing the joys and enlightenment that come with collaborative, creative experimentation, and her belief that everybody (not just trained dancers) should have the opportunity to explore and fulfill their creative potential

FRO 100.023 Hair Stories

T/TH 8:00-9:25 a.m.

As is true of almost every part of our body, our hair communicates something about ourselves, our history, and our culture. If your hair could talk, what story would it tell? This course will explore the history of African-American hair as a way to explore our own hair stories.

Instructor: Kelly Brown Douglas

Brown Douglas

Kelly Brown Douglas is a professor of Religion. Author most recently of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, her research and teaching explore the issues surrounding womanist theology and black sexuality. Her interest in hair stories reflects her interest in African-American struggles for life and wholeness.

FRO 100.024 Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say: How We Communicate

T/TH 8:00-9:25 a.m.

This course will focus on "language" as a form of communication- verbal, nonverbal, and written. In artistic expression, is it the lyrics we hear, the fantastic dance moves, the attraction of the celebrity? Or is it a more complicated mix that attracts us? This class will examine song lyrics (multiple genres from rap to country) for language as expression of the human condition (selections to be submitted by students). Spoken and body language will be discussed in film and videos. Communication between the genders (Fine!) will be explored in TV sitcoms and the media, along with considerations of dress and accent. Everything from Internet memes to the latest pop/flop sensation is fair game. The interwoven theme of the class will be everything you ever wanted to know about English and its grammar- where did it come from, where is it going- in relation to other major languages of the world. Designed to supplement your foreign language class, as well as to take a serious look at why some celebrities make it big, while others become fodder for late night monologues.

Instructor: Annalisa Czeczulin

Angelo Robinson

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.

FRO 100.025 Am I Black or White? Am I Straight or Gay? CONTROVERSY?

T/TH 9:35-11:00 a.m.

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 100.026 Beyond Capitalism

M/W/F 12:15-1:10 a.m.

Capitalism is the dominant economic, political, and cultural system on our planet today, and it is through capitalism that the unprecedented transformations that have shaped the modern world have emerged. While many of these transformations have had powerful benefits for millions, it is worthwhile to consider ways that the logics of capitalism have contributed to social and environmental crises and suffering, and to look at other possibilities. In this course we will broaden our view by exploring non-capitalist economic and social systems, and innovative efforts to develop post capitalist forms of production, exchange, consumption, culture, and organization. We will ask together, beyond capitalism, what else is possible?

Instructor: Rory Turner

Rory Turner

Rory Turner is an assistant professor and teaches anthropology courses in Goucher College’s Center for People Politics, and Markets. He founded the Maryland Traditions program at the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore Rhythm Festival, and Goucher College’s Master of the Arts in Cultural Sustainability program. A folklorist, drummer, breathwork practitioner, and cultural activist, Rory led an intensive course abroad in Bali in January 2016, and looks forward to returning soon to that remarkable island. He created this course to bring the vibrant conversations happening in cultural sustainability to our newest students.

FRO 100.027 The Art of Negotiation

T/TH 9:35-11:00 a.m.

The Art of Negotiations involves the art and science of settling conflicts and resolving problems through mutual agreement. This course is designed to increase students’ competence, confidence, and satisfaction in dealing with a broad range of negotiating circumstances and roles. This course will involve an examination of negotiation strategies and tactics, and participation in practical exercises. The goal of the course is for students to develop a working concept of negotiation theory as well as acquire and practice these useful skills.

Instructor: Dr. David A. Grossman

Dr. David A. Grossman

Dr. David A. Grossman is an Associate Professor of International Business and Marketing in the Business Program at Goucher College. He teaches International Business, Marketing, and Strategic Management courses. His research interests include the aspirations of middle class consumer as well as entrepreneurial spirit in emerging markets. He has taken students on study abroad trips to Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, and Cuba.

FRO 100.028 Philosophical Explorations of Music and Art: The Dionysian Space

M/W/F 12:15-1:10 p.m.

Every creative performance requires a certain kind of empty clearing in which to take place. This clearing is the Dionysian Space. The artist’s performance offers a threshold to a transformed world. Every philosopher sees “things” in a new way that changes the way the rest of us see “things.” The focus of this course is truly basic. We enter into the Dionysian space in which artistic performance and philosophy re-create the world. Any aspect of artistic performance and philosophical engagement is an enactment of a new, shared world. Philosophy and art have gotten jealous, quarreled, broken up, reunited, but never rested; and their relationship is never dull. What do we expect? Does art make you a better person? How could philosophy and art be corrupting? To whom? Would it be appropriate for all societies? How do we perform this? How do we now make space and create the next world? What should be cleared? What can we imagine, create, perform, when we crossover into the Dionysian space?

Instructor: John Rose

John Rose

John Rose is a Professor of Philosophy and performing jazz and blues guitarist. He has cultivated a life-long interest in philosophy and music ever since he found out that Plato said music and philosophy are the same thing. While many people have tried to convince him to choose one over the other, John has always successfully found strategies to do both at the same time. This course is his most recent attempt.

This section will have as a frequent guest participant, Dr. Jose Bowen, president of the college.

FRO 100.029 The Latino Experience in the United States

T/TH 11:10-12:35 p.m.

There are more than 50 million Latin@s living in the United States, making them the largest ethnic minority group in the nation. By 2050, Latin@s are projected to account for more than 30 percent of the U.S. population. This course introduces you to the social, political, and cultural history of this vital and diverse ethnic group. Key topics include: past and present immigration; Latin@ identity and perceptions of Latin@s in the U.S., the formation and transformation of cultural identity; and the Spanish language in media and education. You will be asked to take an active role in the learning experience through participation in the community-based learning component of the course. This component will provide the opportunity for you to reflect on your views and the perspectives presented in class through interactions with Latino immigrants from area neighborhoods.

Instructor: Frances Ramos-Fontán

Frances Ramos-Fontán

Frances Ramos-Fontán has been teaching in the Department of Hispanic Languages, Literatures and Cultures since 1997. She is also the Director of the Futuro Latino Learning Center at Goucher. Her areas of interest include foreign language acquisition, community-based learning and oral history. She co-produced an oral history video project that documents the local immigrant experience called Una Mejor Vida: Latino Voices on Survival and Transformation. She taught an interdisciplinary course abroad on the Puerto Rican family, which allowed her to share her homeland with Goucher students. She loves cooking Puerto Rican cuisine, particularly arroz con gandules and flan. Spending time with her three children generates a lot of the energy and enthusiasm she brings into the classroom.