2014 - 2015 D-Term Verandahs
How to Register
These one-credit hour courses are included in the Winter 2015 listings under the course designation "Verandah" within Merlin. Be sure to change the credit option from "0" to "1" to register for credit.
|VER EXP D1||Instructor: Neil Nicholson|
|Dec. 1 - 5, & Dec. 8 - 10, 2014
||1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
|Exploring Christmas Traditions
Families and friends celebrate the Christmas season in a myriad of ways: music, reflection, volunteering, religiously, shopping, food, reminiscing, theater, discussion, film, and through other outlets. We will experience various forms of Christmas celebration and discuss their impacts to our lives and the greater community. Most transportation provided. E-mail Neil Nicholson for more information.
|VER EXP D2||Instructor: Nicole Rivera
|Dec. 8 - 12, 2014
||8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
|Researching In Informal Learning Spaces|
Children’s museums and other cultural institutions provide important opportunities for informal learning related to a range of disciplines as well as important family experiences. This verandah course will focus on doing research and evaluation in informal learning spaces. Students will travel to the DuPage Children’s Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo to learn how these institutions use research. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn about specific research techniques and practice those techniques. Email Nicole Rivera for additional information.
|VER EXP D3||Instructor: Patricia Bayona
|Dec. 2 - 5, 2014||10:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm; 12/4: off campus (time TBD)|
|Language Cocktails: Mixing Languages with Taste
“Lazy talk”, “ignorant talk”, “incomplete bilingual” are some of the names given to code switchers. This class is for all language lovers who are familiar with -producing or witnessing- the use of more than one language in a sentence. We will explore what is behind code switching and go hunting for some more. All language/cultural backgrounds welcome. Email Patricia Bayona for more information.
|VER EXP D4||Instructor: Kelly Tatro|
|Dec. 1 - 5, 2014||Times to be determined|
Musical improvisation often inspires wonder in listeners, who hear performers creating music on the spot, seemingly from nowhere. Scholars who have studied improvisation, however, emphasize that it is a learned skill. In this course, students will have the opportunity to experiment with improvisatory music making through guided listening and performing activities, created specifically for musicians who have no experience with improvisation or its most well-known genres, such as jazz. Additionally, we will explore various world musical traditions that incorporate improvisation, gathering ideas and resources for students who may wish to dedicate themselves to further honing their improvisational abilities beyond our classroom experience.
|VER EXP D5||Instructors: Sheryl Finkle & Jack Shindler|
|Dec. 1 - 5, 2014||9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.|
|Face to Face: Connecting Cultures/Crossing Borders
This verandah course gives students an opportunity to become personally acquainted with students of other cultures while learning how cross-cultural interactions can influence a person's personal and professional learning, decision-making, and actions. Verandah participants will be assigned to a reading pair with a person from another culture. Pairs will select, read, and discuss two short pieces of literature, each selected according to the work's appeal to the readers and its treatment of issues and values significant to the cultures of the readers. All participants in the verandah will join in opening and closing activities that prepare each member for the reading experience, probe insights across the reading pairs, and support each member in appropriately incorporating perspectives of "others" in their daily thinking and behavior. Email Sheryl Finkle or Jack Shindler for additional information.
|VER EXP D6
||Instructor: David Schmitz|
|Dec. 1 -5 and Dec. 7-11, 2014
||12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.|
|Mathematics of Square Dancing|
Following a brief history of the development of square dancing as an American folk dance, participants will be shown several connections between square dancing and mathematics. Students will be taught around 100 calls and 10 concepts (call modifiers) primarily from the first 3 levels of square dancing. The "final exam" will be a dance called by one of the top square dance callers in the country. Neither dancing experience nor specialized knowledge of mathematics is required, but having a knack for spatial visualization will help. All majors welcome. Email David Schmitz for additional information.
|VER EXP D7
||Instructor: Joanne Quimby
|Dec. 1 -5 and Dec. 7-11, 2014||1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
|Food, Culture, & Society in East Asia
Food is an essential part of our daily lives, and is an integral element of cultures all over the world, but how often do we stop to think about the role of food in our culture, or in others? In this verandah experience we will consider the idea recently put forth by culinary historians that “food is culture,” focusing on the cultural significance food in the East Asian cultures of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea. Our primary texts will be films that highlight the cultural significance of food; by watching and discussing these films together we will consider the different “food cultures” of East Asia and will reflect on our own cultural traditions as well. A visit to a large Japanese grocery store will provide first-hand experience of just how different food cultures are around the world, and we will shop for, prepare, and eat a feast together. Guest speakers, family visits, and additional outings to local Asian restaurants may also be arranged. Email Joanne Quimby for additional information.
|VER EXP D8||Instructor: Daniel R. VanHorn
|Dec. 1 -5, 2014||Times Will Vary
|Exploring the Intersection of Visual Art and Visual Science|
This course explores what the visual arts can teach us about the organization of the human mind and how we can use what we know about the human mind to better understand the visual arts. The course will include selected readings and films, student presentations, exploring the Art Institute of Chicago, dissecting a cow eye, and completing your own visual work of art. The course will meet every day from December 1 to December 5. Contact Dr. VanHorn for more information.