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Summer 2013 Course Schedule
Summer I (Dallas) June 3 - July 2 (6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.)
The African Diaspora: Literature and Culture of Black Liberation (GLO) (AMS) (HUM) (HRJ) (GEN)
Days taught pending
3 Credit Hours
Struggles for African independence in the mid-20th century had their roots in cultural awakenings throughout the African Diaspora: Pan-Africanism, the Harlem Renaissance, Negritude, African Humanism, the Black Arts Movement, just to name a few. Drawing on an interdisciplinary framework and resources, the course will examine the impact of the slave trade, of historical figures and their thoughts, and of these creative expressions on evolving notions of African diasporic identity. Film, music, historical essays, cultural criticism, and theories from the growing field of diaspora studies will supplement the primary texts. This course may be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: Humanities, American Studies, Global Studies, Gender Studies, Human Rights and Social Justice and Arts and Cultural Traditions.
Instructor: Angela Ards
Angela Ards is an Assistant English professor at Southern Methodist University. Research/Teaching Interests include 20th Century American Literature, African American Literature. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Reading Poetry (WI) or (HUM)
3 Credit Hours
This course develops the skills of analytical thinking and reading to make students informed readers of poetry, able to take emotional and intellectual pleasure in the most primal art form in the world: the patterned words, sounds, sensations, and feelings of poetry. It also develops students' skills at writing clear, concise, evidence-based, focused, and analytical arguments of the kind necessary for graduate study.
Instructor: Rick Bozorth
Dr. Bozorth is a graduate of Princeton and the University of Virginia, where he received his Ph.D. Since coming to SMU in 1998, he has taught courses in British literature, poetry, modernist literature, and LGBT studies. He is the author of Auden's Games of Knowledge (Columbia UP, 2001), and is currently completing a book on historical consciousness in modern lesbian and gay literature.
Art of the Italian Renaissance (ACT) (HUM)
3 Credit Hours
This course will explore painting, architecture, and sculpture during the Italian Renaissance from its beginning in the early fourteenth century through the High Renaissance in the sixteenth century. Major artists and their works are discussed within their cultural contexts, and focus is given to technique, stylistic influence, and iconographical developments.
Instructor: Dianne Goode
Dr. Goode earned a PhD in Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas; an M.A., Art History, Southern Methodist University; and a B.A., Art History, The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a member of the MLS faculty since 1981, and has served multiple terms on the MLS Academic Council. Dr. Goode is an art historian who regularly teaches courses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, and modern painting. She also teaches two-week summer courses abroad in Italy and France, offering MLS students an extraordinary and memorable opportunity to experience the magnificent artworks in their historical and cultural contexts.
Athens and Democracy: The Great Experiment (HUM), (GLO)
3 Credit Hours
Athens invented democracy and it is one of the great stories of Western civilization. From its beginnings with the reforms of Draco to its height under Pericles to its fall and restoration at the end of the Peloponnesian War, the story is a riveting one that we will explore with primary readings and other texts, slide presentations, and ongoing discussions about the form and nature of ancient democracy, and its modern counterparts.
Instructor: Marsha McCoy
Dr. Marsha McCoy has degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Oxford University, Harvard University, and Yale University, and has taught at Harvard, Yale, New York University, and elsewhere. She has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University in Munich, Germany, and a Mellon Fellowship at New York University, and has received scholarships for study at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece, as well as at the American Numismatic Society in New York City. She has been a finalist numerous times for the National Collegiate Teaching Award of the American Philological Association.
Communication and Persuasion (CMT)
3 Credit Hours
This course analyzes nonverbal communication's role in structuring our experiences and in shaping our interactions with and understanding of others. Topics include the effects of space, time, body movements, environment, objects, and voice quality on human communication. Persuasive communication ideas and issues are discussed--including modern mass media, classical foundations of persuasive communication theories, and the ethics of persuasion.
Instructor: Jan Sayers
Dr. Sayers has taught communication courses at SMU since 1990. Her particular areas of interest are public speaking, persuasion, voice and articulation, and oral interpretation of the literature, either through the undergraduate education program or the graduate Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program in the School of Education and Human Development. She directed the SMU forensics program for three years including an award-winning team in 1993 and 1995.
(NEW) Business and the American Dream in Literature (WI) or (HUM), (ORG), (AMS)
3 Credit Hours
This course examines the evolution of "The American Dream" in literature historically, from the eighteenth century to the current time. Themes include the achievement and meaning of material success in America and the impact of business and technology on character development and human values. This course also seeks to identify those qualities of leadership which enhance realization of "The American Dream," and those types of organizational structure and culture which either support or obstruct it. The course is divided into three units: "The Dream Defined," "The Dream Delivered," and "The Dream Distorted." Forms of literature studied will include autobiography, novels, plays, essays, poetry, and films. Emphasis will be placed on different forms of writing, such as the response paper, the literary analysis, and the research paper. This course may be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement or applied to the following curricular field concentrations: American Studies, Humanities, and Organizational Dynamics.
Instructor: Gerry Perkus
A native of New York, with a B.A. from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in English literature from the University of Rochester , Dr. Gerry Perkus has served as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities in the MLA/MLS program since 1986 and has taught literature, writing, and interdisciplinary courses at colleges and universities in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas. At SMU, he has taught Business Communications in the Cox School of Business and has also held the position of Director of Off-Campus Education for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to Business and the American Dream in Literature, Dr. Perkus' teaching and research interests include Love in Literature, and Psychological Fiction.
The Psychological and Religious Significance of Dreams
3 Credit Hours
Instructor: Leroy Howe
Dr. Howe is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at SMU's Perkins School of Theology, where he taught courses in theology and pastoral care and counseling, including dream interpretation, for 30 years. He now teaches regularly in the MLS program. Dr. Howe's published writings include eight books and numerous articles and reviews in academic, professional, and general audience journals and magazines. His website, HoweAbout.com, contains twice monthly articles on faith, theology, and everyday living.
Inspiring Creativity Through Original Works of Art (ACT)
(May 30 – July 6 (Thurs 5:30p – 8:30p, Sat 10:00a – 2:00p)
3 Credit Hours
Most encounters with works of art are limited to learning about them - when, where, why and by whom they were created. Seldom are visitors invited to spend time with the works and explore their complexities, nor are they encouraged to discover personal connections and construct their own meanings. This course will invite students to consider works of art in a variety of contexts, to learn through them and be inspired to think and respond creatively.
Instructor: M. Carmen Smith
Dr. Carmen Smith is Director of Education at the Meadows Museum where she designs and oversees programs for a large, diverse audience on and off campus. She received her undergraduate degree in Business and Spanish from Marquette University, her Masters degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech University, and her doctorate in Art Education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Smith has over 25 years of experience as an art museum professional, including three years as Family and Special Programs Coordinator at the Kimbell Art Museum and twelve years working in several capacities at the Dallas Museum of Art. She has broad teaching experience with different age groups in both the museum and classroom settings.
Summer II (Dallas) July 5 - August 6 (6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.)
The History and Culture of Rock and Roll (ACT) (HUM) (AMS)
3 Credit Hours
This course uses the pre-history and history of Rock and Roll as a means to explore American and trans-national histories. Topics include the Black Diaspora, minstrelsy, the Great Migration, the Black Atlantic, youth culture, the sexual revolution, student uprisings, The Civil Rights Movement, consumerism, and Rock as oppositional in culture.
Instructor: Bruce Levy
Dr. Levy has published articles on late nineteenth century American Literature and Culture and the history of American social reform. He is currently completing a book on the Midwest and American Modernism, and is at work on a new book on the idea of economic freedom within American culture. At SMU, he directs the Center for Academic-Community Engagement, which involves students in coursework that engages them as well in community work. He teaches courses on Adolescence in America, Social Class and Democracy, the idea of "community" as both a lived and imagined experience, and the literatures of minorities.
(NEW) The History of Nineteenth-Century Racial Thinking Before and After Darwin (HRJ), (GLO), (HUM)
3 Credit Hours
This course examines the history and development of Western racial thinking during the nineteenth century before and after Darwin's The Origin of Species (1859). It analyzes racial thinking from a rigorous historical perspective and according to a particular set of traditions and cultural circumstances. This course may be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: Humanities, Human Rights and Social Justice and Global Studies.
Instructor: Michael Keevak
Dr. Michael Keevak received his B.A. (English and History) from Columbia and his Ph.D. (Renaissance Studies) from Yale, and since 1992 has been teaching in Taiwan, where he is a Professor of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University. He has published four books, including three on the history of Western perceptions of the Far East. His most recent publication is Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking, published by Princeton University Press in 2011.
Women’s Lives and Literature (WI) or (HUM), (GEN), (HRJ)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
3 Credit Hours
This course deals with women writers grappling with the phases of women's lives: childhood, friendship, marriage, motherhood, and old age. We will employ literary analysis as we examine the particularity of women's life span.
Instructor: Martha Satz
Dr. Martha Satz exploits her dual background in philosophy and literature and experience in trans-racial culture to teach and write about a diversity of topics. She teaches courses in minority literature, most notably African American and Jewish American literature, ethics and children's literature, literature and disability, and ethics and literature. She is on leave fall 2006 to complete a work on literature, culture, and trans-racial adoption.
Remembering the Sixties (AMS), (GLO), (HUM), (CMT), (ACT)
3 Credit Hours
Was it the decade that America came unraveled, or was it the dawning of the Age of Aquarius? This course examines eyewitness accounts, participants' recollections, and fictional and film representations of our most controversial decade in order to discover how mass media influence our cultural perceptions, and how later commentators on this era have constructed nostalgic or demonized versions as ammunition in continuing contests over values.
Instructor: John Lewis
Dr. Lewis joined the SMU English Department in 1970, specializing in American Literature. From the first he has been heavily involved in the design and teaching of general education courses at SMU, and this involvement has led him to broaden his interests to include work in Western cultural and intellectual history from the Greeks forward, with a special interest in early modern America and Europe. He has also designed and taught courses in poetry, creative and expository writing, and linguistics.
The Spectacle of Theater (ACT), (HUM)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays
3 Credit Hours
The intent of this class is to make the casual theatre supporter aware of the origins, developments, and purpose of theatre in our lives. When one attends a play whether on Broadway or in Dallas, the playwright, director, actors, and designers all collaborate to shape how we interpret the performed word. Often supporting the spoken word is an elaborate environment created by the design team in the areas of costume, scenery, sound, and lighting design. Whether the ancient Greek gore wagon or the flying rig in Spiderman, design though the areas shares many of the same traits and approaches.
Instructor: Steve Woods
Steve Woods has enjoyed international success at the Festival L'Imaginaire and the Festival Blues Sur Scene in Paris as well as productions in Berlin, Moscow, London Athens, Taipei, Budapest, the XIX Winter Olympics, and dozens of other locations around the world. His work in New York City includes the Lincoln Center, Theatre for a New Audience, Ohio Theatre, the Ice Factory, as well as the Joyce and York Theatres. Regional work has been seen at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Undermain Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Cumberland County Playhouse as well as Jacob's Pillow, American Dance Festival and Spoleto Festival. Dance credits includes the Jose Limon Dance Company (a member since 1988), Compania Nacional de Danza and work with Phyllis Lamhut, Garth Fagan, John Cranko (Stuttgart Ballet), Donald McKayle, and Daniel Nagrin. Television credits include PBS Broadcasts of Rigoletto, Lucia de Lammermoor, Susannah, Evangeline, and Lewis and Clark, as wells as events for MTV, BBC, Showtime and CBS. Currently Woods serves Professor of Theatre and as Head of the Stage Design Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
The Lively Mind (HUM)
3 Credit Hours
Explores ways to develop intellectual powers through a twofold approach: an examination of the biological and historical evolution of the human mind; and the development of perception, memory, imagination, and judgment.
Instructor: Jody Potts
Dr. Potts' research and teaching focus on the biographical aspects of the American experience. Through the writings of key Americans, her course Ideas Shaping the American Character explores the ideas-political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic-that shaped the American character from the Puritan Era through the twentieth century. An additional research interest involving left and right brain learning concepts resulted in Dr. Potts' creation of an MLS course titled The Lively Mind: Creative and Critical Thinking, as well as left/right brain seminars for public school faculties nationwide. Dr. Potts has served as University Spokesperson on the Texas Council for Social Studies Textbook Adoption Review Committee and as a member of the TCSS curriculum committee. She is on the University of North Texas Department of History Advisory Council and is a past member of the Presidents' Circle of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2001 she was honored as an outstanding alumna of the University of North Texas.
(NEW) Women and Minorities in the Media (CMT), (GEN), (HUM)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
3 Credit Hours
This course explores the topic - women, minorities and the media - with a critical eye. It approaches media criticism by incorporating feminist theory as well as a broader critical/cultural perspective that focuses on gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation. Analyzing the content produced by a handful of powerful conglomerates that today comprise "the mainstream media," this class looks below the surface of the media used for entertainment and/or information to explore what it says about our political economy, our norms and values, our society. This course may be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: American Studies, Communication, Media and Technology and Humanities.
Instructor: Camille Kraeplin
Dr. Camille Kraeplin spent nearly a decade working as a food writer/restaurant critic and features editor for publications including The Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly. She developed an interest in studying media representations of racial and ethnic groups while working as a newspaper reporter in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, ethnicity, class and gender and how these factors affect both media use and portrayals, especially portrayals of women. Kraeplin also completed one of the first broad-based studies of media convergence. She is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters and often presents her work at conferences. She enjoys teaching such critical studies courses as "Women & Minorities in the Media" and "Human Rights & the Journalist" for the Journalism Division, and was recently named director of Meadows new Fashion Media minor.
Summer III (Dallas) June 3 - August 6 (6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.)
The Impact of the Arab Spring on Israel and the Middle East (GLO) (HRJ) (GEN) (HUM)
3 Credit Hours
Analyzes the impact of the Arab Spring on the Islamic legal system, the Muslim religion and social order, Israel, the West, and international law. Students explore numerous areas of Islamic and Israeli law, international law, culture, crimes and punishments, economic developments, fundamentalism, and moderation. The course also focuses on human rights in the Islamic legal tradition and in all countries of the Middle East and North Africa in light of international human rights standards, and examines the Arab Spring in light of historical and present Islamic thought.
Instructor: John Vernon
John M. Vernon is a practicing attorney, licensed in Texas, Utah, and the District of Columbia, with The Vernon Law Group, PLLC, who advises and counsels clients on cross-border international and domestic transactions, international trade, and international franchising. He has taught seminars and spoken as a guest lecturer at law schools both in the US and in many other countries. Mr. Vernon is also adjunct faculty to the SMU Dedman School of Law.
(NEW) New Art in New Mexico (ACT), (AMS), (HUM)
July 7-15, 2013
3 Credit Hours
This course presents contemporary art that straddles the 21st century and sets the stage to explore new art in situ while studying at SMU's Taos campus. The course focuses on 50 familiar artists, their signature styles, and how they changed the course of art history. In particular, this course helps students develop confidence looking at new art, enchancing their own aesthetic judgment and expanding their awareness of how the southwestern environment impacts artists and collectors. This course may be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: Arts and Cultural Traditions, American Studies and Humanities.
Instructor: Joan Davidow
Maybe you've heard Joan Davidow during drive time on KERA's Morning Edition or during All Things Considered. Her commentaries about today's art and the urban environment air monthly. Or maybe you heard her insightful arts reviews in the 1980s during her six years as weekly broadcaster on KERA 90.1, when she also aired national stories on NPR. Director Emerita after nine years as Dallas Contemporary Director, Davidow transformed the local arts space into a non-collecting contemporary museum, raising $4.4 million in capital funds to purchase and move it to its heady industrial quarters in the Design District. Gaining national attention, The Wall Street Journal recognized Dallas Contemporary as a respected museum for presenting group exhibitions of young artists to watch. The international magazine, ArtNews, spotlighted Davidow's prior ten years at the Arlington Museum of Art for developing Texas' premier venue for cutting-edge art. Statewide recognition came with a Texas Monthly profile naming Davidow the most imaginative and adventurous museum director working in Texas.
Biotic Communities of the Southwest (ENV), (AMS)
July 7-15, 2013
3 Credit Hours
Bring your hiking shoes, hat, water container, backpack, rain gear and sunscreen and get ready to explore the major life zones of the Southern Rocky Mountains of north central New Mexico. In an area 7,000 feet in elevation, this course provides outstanding field experience. Field trips will include the Fr. Burgwin campus on the first day and a trip to the Taos Pueblo followed by trips to Bandelier National Monument, Ghost Ranch, the La Junta clear cut forest, trail 69, Italionalis canyon and finally a longer trip to Williams Lake in the Ski Valley. Beginning with easier drives and hikes, finishing with a more moderate hike to 11,000 feet at Williams Lake. The Ft. Burgwin campus in Taos New Mexico is a fabulous place to examine the major life zones through lectures and field trips during this week-long course. You won't want to miss the annual firework celebration in Taos as well as our concluding dinner at the Stakeout Restaurant in Taos. Note: SCCL 7106 is the writing component of SCCL 7206 which is submitted after the trip. Students enrolling in this course for credit must enroll in both SCCL 7206 and SCCL 7106 for a total of 3 credit hours.
Instructor: John Ubelaker
Dr. John Ubelaker is a Professor Biological Sciences and is highly recognized as an outstanding teaching Professor at SMU. In 1993 the University recognized Dr. Ubelaker as an Altschuler Outstanding Lecturer by awarding him a Distinguished Lecturer Award of the University. He has taught on the Taos campus for the past 20 years and knows the area extremely well. He is currently working on several monographs of plants from this region of New Mexico.
STUDY AWAY PROGRAMS
International Organization Collaboration: Dublin, Ireland (ORG) (HUM) (GLO)
June 16 - 23, 2013
3 Credit Hours
The course, International Organizational Consulting will be presented in the 16th century halls of Trinity College, Dublin. This class will focus on the processes and approaches that have been successfully utilized by numerous organizations to build and sustain functional international relationships. This course incorporates a unique design format and includes one weekend at the SMU-Plano campus followed by the week of activities in Dublin. This format will allow students ample time to explore Dublin and integrate a fuller cross-cultural experience with classroom learning. The course also makes use of a variety of guest speakers to provide students with multiple perspectives on the field of international collaboration and consulting.
Instructors: Charlotte & Robert Barner
Dr. Barner received an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. Her master of education in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technologies is with honors from George Mason University; and her undergraduate degree in Business and Human Resources Administration is from Barry University. Charlotte is honored to be the MLS faculty advisor for the Organizational Dynamics concentration. She has over 20 years of experience in the area of human and organizational learning and development. Prior to joining SMU, she held senior corporate leadership positions responsible for creating and implementing development strategies and systems. Most recently, she established and lead Organizational Effectiveness for one of North America's top sales and marketing companies with clients such as AT&T, Best Buy, Disney, HP, Microsoft, and Wal-Mart, as well as the major movie and gaming producers.
Dr. Robert Barner currently holds the position of Associate Director of Executive Education, within the School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. He is also a full-time lecturer within the School's Graduate Program of Dispute Mediation and Conflict Resolution, where he teaches graduate classes in executive coaching, team building, group facilitation, and organizational consulting. Dr Barner holds a Masters and Doctorate in Organization Development, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and Bachelors degrees in Education and Psychology.
Religion and Dispute Resolution: Florence Italy (HRJ) (ORG) (HUM) (GEN) (GLO)
June 23 - 29, 2013
3 Credit Hours
Study-tour focusing on religion and conflict against the backdrop of the artistic and ecclesiastical history of the Italian Renaissance. This course educates students in a powerful transformative mediation model, interspersed with on-site tours that highlight the spirit of artistic rivalry and revival, conflict and creativity, that blossomed into the Italian Renaissance. This interactive course is designed to prepare leaders to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. Although primarily focused on the religious environment, the skills learned are directly transferable to other settings, and will be invaluable to managers in business, attorneys, mediators, and other professionals who manage conflict. This class satisfies the State of Texas mediation requirements and the mediation course requirement for the Dispute Resolution program.
Instructor: Richard Blackburn
Richard Blackburn, Ordained Mennonite Minister
He serves as Executive Director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) in Chicago. He is also an ordained minister in the Mennonite church. He has twenty-five years of experience as a trainer, mediator and consultant working primarily with conflicted churches and their leaders. The congregational intervention model he developed represents a transformational model of mediation placed within the context of Bowen family systems theory. Richard is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and a variety of other professional organizations in the field of alternative dispute resolution.
(NEW) Writing the City – Oxford/London/Normandy/Paris (CRW)
July 15 – 23, 2013
3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on the writing of stories to be related to fictional individuals/characters living in a possible variety of U.S. and/or International cities. While all elements essential to the writing of good, literary fiction will be addressed, this seminar will focus especially on the development of effective, well-developed characterization, and the uniqueness of specific settings. A possible city considered, initially, for this seminar will be Oxford, England. Any city selected will have its own literary history, and this history will be introduced as part of the seminar. The cities selected will be the primary location for the student's writing of fiction (short stories and, perhaps, beginning work toward a novel). This course may be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: Humanities and Creative Writing.
Instructor: Gary Swaim
Dr. Swaim received his A.B. in English from the University of California at Riverside and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the University of Redlands and Claremont Graduate University in California. He has taught broadly in literature and creative writing. A playwright (with plays produced in California and Texas), a widely published poet, and a published writer of short fiction, Dr. Swaim concluded his eight years of teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. Dr. Swaim has been selected as a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor of Excellence for the State of Texas.
Human Rights Field Experience: AUSTRALIA (HRJ) (HUM) (GLO) (GEN)
Aug 1-14, 2013
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Instructor: Rick Halperin
Dr. Rick Halperin is Director of the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Education Program, and teaches courses at SMU including: America's Dilemma: The Struggle for Human Rights; America and the Age of Genocide; and America Enraged: From Brown to Watergate, 1954-1974. Dr. Halperin has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1989-1995, and from 2004-2009; he served as Chair of the Board from 1992-1993 and again from 2005-2007. He is also a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (serving as President from 2000-2006 and from 2007-2008).
Postal Mail: Master of Liberal Studies, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750253, Dallas, TX 75275-0253