I to I is a voluntary course and often sections fill up quickly. If you are interested in taking the course, check the schedule below and register for it when you schedule the rest of your classes during your CheckMarq registration.

Fall 2014 Schedule: 
Session 1 -
8/25/2014 - 12/13/2014
Class meets - 8/25/14 - 11/7/2014

Days & Times Instructor
Joss Wheadon and the
Meaning of Life
8:00-9:15 a.m.
Dr. Susanne Foster
The Chemistry of Energy
8:00-9:15 a.m.
Dr. Scott Reid
My Friend Nellie: Dog as
Window Into Cultural
 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Dr. Ed de
St. Aubin
The Long 1960s: Ideals and Realities
2:30-3:45 p.m.
Dr. James South

Joss Wheadon and the Meaning of Life:
From Buffy's seven season struggle to understand the relationship between her identity and her calling to Kaylee's innocent sensuality; from Dr. Horrible's ascent to the Evil League of Evil to Angel's realization that, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do, Whedon's characters struggle to find meaning in their lives. The quest for meaning is as deeply philosophical as any, but as everyday and practical as the human condition. In this course, students will watch a variety of Whedon's characters grapple with the question of what is worth pursuing, and they will use a variety of philosophical essays to assess these characters' answers. By the end of the course, we will have shared popcorn and heady discussions and discovered why one might get academic credit for watching tv.

The Chemistry of Energy
What’s the big deal about renewable energy?  Should I be worried about nuclear power? What’s up with global warming?  In this seminar, we will examine these and other questions related to the chemistry of energy production and consumption, and associated pollution. In discussing the environmental impact of substances produced and/or consumed by humans, we will examine the connections between scientific discoveries and public policy decisions related to energy.

My Friend Nellie: Dog as Window Into Cultural Psychology
Dr. de St. Aubin and his Weimaraner dog Nellie will co-teach this course.  Dogs exist on every continent and in nearly every culture of the world.  By using the "custom-complex" mode of inquiry, we will examine the function and meaning of dogs within various cultures in order to learn about the larger societal dynamics that define these groups of people.  We will also examine the differences and commonalities of cultures as these relate to human-dog relations. 

The Long 1960s: Ideals and Realities
Historians increasingly acknowledge the fact that the 1960s is a period that began earlier than 1960 and ended after 1970. We will explore some ideals present in the long 1960s and detail how those ideals continued or were countered. Using case studies such as the Civil Rights Movement, the ascendency of Rock 'n Roll Music, the emergence of Pop Art, and the rise of a new sensibility in movies, we'll look at their antecedents and consequences. These consequences are still with us in various guises, and we will try to understand how the 1960s are still part of our everyday experience in 2014.


Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

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