Core Honors Seminars

Spring 2018

HOPR 2953H (Honors Upper Level Seminar)
HOPR 3957H (Core Honors Capstone Seminar)

HOPR 2953H (Honors upper level seminar), 2 cr, s/u

HOPR 2953H 901 Dance History and Cultural Expression
Caty Ott Thompson, Digital Media and Performing Arts
MW 9-9:50 am
This dance history class focuses on the sociological, spiritual, and political influences on dance and art throughout the ages. The study begins in prehistoric times and proceeds through an analysis of Ancient Greece and Rome, Middle Ages in Europe, 19-20th century Russia, and 21st century American dance.  The course covers one chapter a week (*1 hour of reading per week) as well as a dance studio exploration of movement styles, customs, and dances that correspond with each era.  No dance experience is required, but students will be moving for 1/2 of each class.

HOPR 2953H 902 Animals in Captivity
Gerry Canavan, English
W 6-7:40 pm

This course considers the lives of animals in captivity: in zoos, in amusement parks, for the purposes of medical research, as workers, and as pets. As the line between human and animal becomes more and more blurred by advances in biological, behavioral, and genetic science, how must our relationship with the animals around us change? Our interdisciplinary study of animals will make unexpected and rich connections between a variety of academic approaches in science, medicine, history, philosophy, theology, literary study, economics, and the law, as well as probe significant disagreements about what is good and bad about the way we treat animals today.

HOPR 2953H 903 American History through Hollywood Film II, 1800-1900
Bryan Rindfleisch, History
M 4-5:40 pm
This course uses Hollywood film to explore the most important issues in American history from the founding of the United States (c. 1800) to the onset of an American Empire abroad (c. 1898-1902). Films - such as the award-winning 12 Years a Slave and The Revenant, under-the-radar films like The Immigrant and Amigo, and even science-fiction movies like Snowpiercer  - will explore themes such as cross-cultural encounter and colonialism, slavery and race, empire and revolution, immigration and class, in addition to a number of other issues. This class will revolve around discussions of the films we will watch together, along with an assigned article. Students will write one film analysis essay that assess the historical quality of an outside historical movie.

HOPR 2953H 904 Big Data and You
Heather James, Research & Instruction Librarian
David Kwasny, Emerging Technologies Librarian
T 5-6:40 pm
Because “data” is simultaneously ubiquitous in our daily lives and ambiguous in how it’s specifically defined, it offers a rich subject matter for analysis and engaging conversations. We will begin the course with a broad overview of the various definitions of data, including a historic survey of various examples of what types of information have been labeled data, from there, we will introduce the concept of “big data,” and how the shift to ubiquitous data gathering and reuse in our society has arisen. In addition to class readings and participation, students will be expected to culminate the class with a small final project – either written paper or presentation – in which they explore one of the topics we’ve covered (or one they generate themselves) more closely. Goals for the class: students will build awareness of how data functions in our world so that they can make informed choices about their interactions in data transactions (contributing/generating data, reusing data, comparing/evaluating data).

HOPR 2953H 905 IMAP: An Ignatian Pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic
Ann Mulgrew, Campus Ministry
Th 3-4:40 pm

Following the traditions of the Jesuits, this seminar uses the practices of Ignatian scholarly and spiritual reflection and prayer to prepare for an actual pilgrimage trip to the Dominican Republic, May 12 – 19, 2018. The program offers 2 credits to prepare students for immersion into the border region of the Dominican Republic with Haiti. The trip is a non-credit extension of the seminar that will cost students roughly $1800. Ideas for fundraising for the cost of the trip will be discussed. All are welcome from any faith tradition or culture to join us on a pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic. To learn more about our past trip to the Dominican Republic and the IMAP way of proceeding, check out our information on the Campus Ministry website at Contact with any questions,

HOPR 2953H 906 Narrating Freedom: Gender and Mass Incarceration
Theresa Tobin, Philosophy
M 12 - 1:40 pm
This seminar approaches traditional philosophical questions in a nontraditional way, including: the nature, limits and conditions of human freedom; free will vs. free action; in what sense is gender real and how is it related to biology; how gender conditions freedom; how (gendered) individuals are related to societies/communities; how our societies and communities limit and make possible both freedom and gender; how incarceration, freedom, justice (including especially restorative justice) and gender are related; and whether and how capitalism depends on and fosters incarceration. Other nontraditional aspects of the seminar will include employing narrative techniques and practices, in particular the possibility of nontraditional media for a final project (e.g., podcast), and mindfulness techniques/practices to explore senses of freedom and as a tool for listening and learning in general. NOTE: The weekly seminar will consist of students from Marquette University (MU) and women from the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center (MWCC), and will meet on alternate weeks at MWCC and at MU. Enrollment is by application; contact for an application. Preference will be given to sophomores who have not yet taken HOPR 2953H.


HOPR 3957H (Core Honors Capstone Seminar), 1 credit, S/U

HOPR 3957H 901 #blacklivesmatter
W 5–6:15 pm
Sheena Carey, Diederich College of Communication
Donte McFadden, Educational Opportunity Program
Grant Silva, Philosophy
A critical examination of the #blacklivesmatter movement, reactions to it, and the social, political and economic atmosphere which created the conditions for its birth. Drawing from philosophy, rhetorical studies, and media-analysis, this course will also explore justice related issues, intersectionality, and the magnification of marginalized narratives. Consisting of three large lectures and planned discussion sections, this course challenges students (and the university and greater Milwaukee area) to address racial justice in the 21st century.

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