January Program


Courses of Study

AA213Jj    Philosophical Inquiries into Race Listed as Philosophy 213J. Three credit hours. S, U. Gordon
AA216j    Deconstructing Daughters of the Dust: African American Origins Intensive exploration and analysis of Julie Dash's film Daughters of the Dust in order to examine Gullah/Geechee culture and its vital role in the origins of African-American culture in the United States and its connection to the African Diaspora. In addition to an introductory historical overview of the African-American experience, the film and readings invite examination of African ethnicities, family, foodways, religion, music, political activism, migration, gender, spirituality, political economy, slavery, and social change. Three credit hours. S, U. Gilkes
AM117j    Fundamentals of Screenwriting An introduction to the craft of writing film scripts, with a strong emphasis on screenplay format and the three-act structure. Besides studying films and screenplays, students will complete exercises in character development, scene construction, dialogue, and description. The final project will be a complete script for a short (no longer than 30 pages) three-act feature film. Two credit hours. Wilson
AM216j    Deconstructing Daughters of the Dust: African American Origins Listed as African-American Studies 216. Three credit hours. S, U. Gilkes
AM254Jj    Surveillance Culture Introduction to the history and contemporary manifestations of surveillance culture in the United States and its global implications. We ask, what is the role of surveillance in American culture, and how does it shape our bodies, behaviors, relationships, communities, and political possibilities? We look at how surveillance unevenly affects marginalized communities, and consider how artists and activists have responded to surveillance culture through re-purposing these technologies into tools of resistance. Students will familiarize themselves with surveillance technologies, such as iris scanning and drone imaging. Three credit hours. U. Hickey
AR101Jj    Reading Images An introduction to art-historical inquiry in which students acquire the basic skills needed to read images and interpret them within socio-historical contexts. How do we translate a visual experience into a verbal description? How does art generate meaning through form, technique, and content? How do systems of power, tradition, and belief shape the production and meanings of art? Through close looking, structured research, and frequent writing assignments, students learn to analyze objects in the Colby College Museum of Art. Art majors and minors are encouraged to take this course early in their studies. Three credit hours. Plesch
AR131Jj    Introduction to Studio Art Provides a thorough understanding of the organizational and visual components of two-dimensional art, and introduces a working relationship with the characteristics of color. Projects, completed in a range of media, emphasize discovery through experimentation and problem solving. Students develop a variety of observational and expressive capabilities that enable them to creatively perceive, formulate, analyze, and solve visual challenges. Three credit hours. A. Bourne
AR136j    Introduction to Digital Media Design Students will explore the computer as a tool for visual communication. Using the Adobe Creative Cloud 18, students will have introductions to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and After Effects. An exploration of art history & design principles will also enable students to become critical of visual media. Students will acquire basic digital media skills in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and After Effects and gain an overall understanding of the software interface & function; produce/present compositions created digitally; establish an understanding of the basic digital file types, image resolution, digital output, file management & vector/raster graphics; develop an awareness of Fair Use, Copyright & Creative Commons Licensing; understand the Principles of Design, Gestalt in design. Three credit hours. A. Jacobson
AR218j    Architectural Design Workshop In this intensive introduction to architectural design, students work an a conceptual design project. Students will explore introductory tools, techniques, and craft used in the practice of architecture. Three credit hours. Shaw
AR221Jj    Drawing I Lays the foundation for visual thinking and perceptual understanding. Through a sequence of projects, students acquire a working understanding of single and two-point perspective, composition, the use of tonal contrast, and the editing process necessary for clear visual communication. Students will experience drawing both as an analytical tool and an expressive language. Media used include graphite, vine and compressed charcoal, and ink. Outside work is essential. Evaluation includes group critiques, midterm, and final portfolio reviews. Previously listed as Art 141. Three credit hours. A. K. Engman
AR288j    Global Photographies Surveys photography's role in shaping world histories, cultures, and identities, and examines the impact of globalization on photographic practices since 1980. Topics include the worldwide production and dissemination of photographic images; the local and global character of specific genres, such as portraiture and photojournalism; the photographic representation of human movement and migration; and (post)colonial photographies. Presented thematically, lectures and discussions focus on photography of the Americas, Europe, Africa, East Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East. Writing assignments and oral presentations incorporate original artworks and a variety of research sources. Three credit hours. A, I. Nolan
AR297j    Contemporary Chinese Art Listed as East Asian Studies 197. Three credit hours. A. Walt
AY119j    The Anthropology of Utopias Examines classic utopic and dystopic literature, philosophy, anthropology, art, and film from Plato to the present. Utopian literature involves anthropological reflection about the range of possibilities for human community and related anthropological themes of human social and cultural variability, conflict, and cooperation. Critically explores different utopian and dystopian discourses as vehicles for thinking about a world in crisis and its possible futures, as well as the effects these have on contemporary debates about politics and governance, citizenship, new technologies, media, family, and more. Three credit hours. S. Hriskos
BI111j    Emergency Medical Technician Training This course prepares students to provide prehospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Includes online learning and simulated clinical experience using programmed patient scenarios. Sessions will be in-person on Mon/Thurs and online Tues/Weds/Fri. Provides eligibility to sit for the National Registry of EMT and State of Maine licensure examination. Students are responsible for $80 national registry fee. Meets requirements outlined in the National Highway Transportation Administration EMT Education Standards and Maine EMS EMT Curriculum. Course materials and textbook $1,156. Students are expected to have separate BLS CPR certification, which is offered through CER (kfburt22@colby.edu). Nongraded. Cannot be counted toward the biology majors. Two credit hours. Taylor
BI117j    Introduction to Marine Organisms and Habitats An introduction to the principles of marine science with a focus on biology. Students will research life histories and evolutionary aspects of marine organisms. Together we will discuss the physical properties of the marine environment and take an academic tour of marine habitats. Three credit hours. N. Sisson
BI118js    Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Agriculture is a fundamental way in which humans interact with their environment and is at the nexus of ecological, social, and economic systems. An introduction to the ecological bases, practicalities, and philosophies of food and agricultural systems. Provides a foundation in such concepts as agroecology, sustainable soil management, pest and weed control, and organic farming. Also considers social, economic, and public-policy issues. Field trips to local farms and other agricultural institutions. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Three credit hours. N. Marshall
BI242j    Comparative Biomechanics An exploration of the physical properties of the natural world to understand how they influence fundamental biological processes. Students will study the basics of animal movement through air and water, identify common biomaterials, describe their composition and how they constrain ecology and organismal growth, and dissect and reconstruct biological structures. The primary objective of this course is for students to understand each of these biomechanical principles in detail, understand when and how they vary across the tree of life, and understand how this variation influences ecology, physiology, behavior, and evolution. Previously offered as BI297E (Jan Plan 2019). Prerequisite: Biology 164. Three credit hours. O'Brien
BI371j    Applied Biomedical Genomics A computation-intensive course designed to familiarize students with modern molecular, genomic, and bioinformatic approaches to biomedical research. Students will use next-generation sequencing platforms to investigate biomedical questions in collaboration with MDI Biological Lab and Jackson Lab (no travel away from campus this year). No prior computation experience necessary. Prerequisite: A 200-level biology course. Three credit hours. Tilden
CH297j    Fate and Effects of Organic Pollutants in the Ocean An examination of how the physico-chemical properties of organic pollutants determine their fate in the ocean. We discuss how the environmental behavior and ecotoxicity of legacy and novel chemicals (petroleum, pesticides, microplastics, "forever-chemicals") are influenced by fundamental processes like partitioning, biodegradation, and photodegradation. Lecture, discussions of recent papers, as well as laboratory projects will be involved. Prerequisite: Chremistry 241. Three credit hours. Aeppli
CI287j    Postwar U.S. Cinema and Culture, 1946-1964 We examine postwar US culture by focusing on a variety of types of film and moving image production, including Hollywood, the avant-garde, and television in the context of cultural, political, and socioeconomic developments, including the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, and the Baby Boom. Discussion topics including the red scare, the rise of youth culture, suburbanization, shifting concepts of gender and sexuality, and the anxiety surrounding nuclear weapons as we consider the political implications of representation within a historical moment in which the competition between prominent ideologies manifested in popular culture. Three credit hours. Hauske
CL146j    Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece The material culture of the ancient Greeks*their pottery, sculpture, monuments, temples, and other artifactslhas long gripped the imaginations of the societies that came after. But what can these often fragmentary remains really tell us about how people lived? This course will introduce students to the types of evidence and methods that art historians and archaeologists use to reconstruct the ancient Greek world, tracing its development from the end of the Bronze Age up to Late Antiquity. Our inquiry will focus on the construction of identity, development of religion and myth, organization of social and political structures, economy, and components of everyday life. Additionally, we will also consider the ˋafterlife˕ of Greek antiquity and the politics of archaeology and cultural heritage. Three credit hours. A. Garland
CL149j    Gladiators and Ghosts: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Rome Offers an introduction to death - and life - in ancient Rome. Come explore Roman culture, history, philosophy, art, and literature (from love poetry to ghost stories) as we investigate Roman attitudes toward death and the afterlife. We will consider questions like how death was linked to spectacles, how the dead were memorialized, and how famous death scenes in literature served as rubrics for judging an individual's virtue. Special emphasis will be placed on Roman attitudes as compared to what is found in other ancient and modern societies. Previously offered as Classics 197B (Jan Plan 2020). Three credit hours. L. Currie
CS297j    Data Driven Decision-Making Develops the students' foundational competencies related to data management that allows them to perform effectively in a broad range of knowledge professions. All students need the ability to critically analyze complex problems using a variety of data sources correctly and effectively present their ideas to others. We will be using data searching techniques, basic statistics, SQL queries and Tableau visualizations to develop a cohesive and persuasive story through the use of data. Prerequisite: Computer Science 151, 152, or 153. Three credit hours. Garfield
EA143j    Music and Culture in Modern China Explores Chinese music in relation to China's modern history (1911-to present) and key cultural elements. Surveys a wide range of genres from traditional to modern, from colonial Shanghai to Mao's proletarian art, and from folk to rock. Examines the unique role of music in Chinese society through wars, nation building, and ideological conflicts. Knowledge of Chinese language is not required. Three credit hours. A. Zhu
EA197j    Contemporary Chinese Art Examines the artistic expressions of China, from the early 20th century to the present day. We explore the roles played by artists and their art in defining and articulating change; consider both traditional and new forms of art (woodcuts, film, fashion, performance); and learn about Chinese arts global identity today. Attending to the complex interactions between art, history, politics, and culture, we investigate focused topics such as: environment issues, society, politics and the state, and popular culture. Students write 2 short essays and present an oral project. Three credit hours. A. Walt
EA197Bj    Contemporary US-Japan Relations The US-Japan relationship is one of the most intriguing in modern history. These two disparate nation-states fought an extremely destructive war that led to a seven-year occupation by the US, and yet they have developed one of the world~Rs most stable and positive political, military, economic, and social relationships. This class will examine how that relationship looks 68 years after the end of the occupation in the age of global communications, American isolationism, and the increased power of China. Topics will include the military alliance in light of a strengthen China and the Japanese government~Rs attempt to change the Constitution, economic relations in a post-Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) world, the fate of cross-cultural programs such as the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. Three credit hours. Stronach
EC117j    Introduction to Financial Decision Making Five topical areas: (1) planning, including career planning, financial budgeting, and personal federal taxes, (2) consumer credit, costs of credit, and identity theft, (3) major purchasing decisions including housing and automobiles, (4) insurance such as property, health, disability, and life insurance, and (5) investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds for now and retirement. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Three credit hours. Largay
EC171j    Global Financial Markets Fast-paced and challenging investigation of global financial markets and their effect on the world's domestic economies. We will define and explore the primary components of global financial markets, analyze the roles of the public and private sectors in the markets, and develop recognition of the linkages between financial events in disparate markets to underlying non-financial economies. We will also examine esoteric financial instruments and techniques such as credit default swaps, securities lending, and markets related to the VIX index. Does not count toward the economics majors or minor. Three credit hours. Atkinson
EC297j    Visualizing Our Energy Future The climate crisis is one of the defining challenges of our age, and itGs a crisis that calls for data-driven solutions bridging economics and environmental science. Cities are experimenting with policies that incentivize energy efficiency as a means of achieving near-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Two increasingly popular policy instruments, benchmarking and performance standards, are steeped in principles of open data and behavioral economics. Data visualization is one tool for policy makers to translate goals into action. Students will learn to communicate data insights to a variety of audiences through hands-on data exploration and visualization activities, using data from real-world building energy efficiency programs. Prerequisite: Economics 133. Three credit hours. Santoro
ED197j    Allyship in Racial Justice Will engage past and present aspects of civil rights and racial justice movement(s) along with federal and state policies affecting racial and ethnic minority groups, particularly AFRICAN Americans, First Nations, and peoples within other postcolonial contexts. Participants will become more informed about the nuanced systems of inequity, more skilled at engaging in constructive cross-cultural dialogue, more organized in their comprehension of systemic inequities and more equipped to participate in social change as Racial Justice Allies. Three credit hours. U. Bonam, Fort
ED225j    Teach Freedom Explores the role of education in a free and democratic society which is necessarily concerned with the production of free people capable of developing minds of their own, even as they recognize the importance of learning to live together in association with others. A central goal of education in a democracy is the creation of independent citizens, not "subjects." We will examine how that lofty goal can be approached, and perhaps achieved. Previously offered as Education 297 (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. Ayers
ED228j    Women, Children, Gender, and Human Rights Utilizing the arts and reading widely from fiction, legal cases, and human rights reports to explore the boundaries of infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We will inquire about child survival, children crossing borders, family separations, child protection, health care, education, adoption, and youth in conflict with the law. We will discuss and debate the roles that race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual identity play in disproportionate arrest, detention and incarceration of young people, in hazardous labor, sexual violence, child marriage and polygamy, and in the pervasive nature of harmful traditional practices. Previously offered as Education 297B (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. Dohrn
ED236j    Indigenous Knowledge(s), Education, And Schooling Takes a socio-cultural, philosophical, and historical approach to Indigenous knowledge(s) along with federal and state policies affecting Indigenous peoples, particularly Native Americans, First Nations, and peoples within other postcolonial contexts. Together, we will engage with indigenous knowledge(s) across time and space, both inside and outside of the formal schooling environment. For example, we will consider how critical pedagogy and culturally responsive curriculum aim to transform practices of schooling that continue to exclude Indigenous knowledge(s) and peoples. This class will also consider how culture and knowledge systems of First Nations and Native Americans have been represented in public spaces like museums. Previously offered as Education 297B (Jan Plan 2020). Three credit hours. Saba
ED351Jj    Practicum in Education Provides opportunities to serve as assistant teachers, tutor students, work with students individually, observe professional teachers, and prepare and present lesson plans to whole classes in an elementary, middle, or high school. Placement in the Waterville area will be arranged by the professor; students will be responsible for arranging placements in other areas. Nongraded. Prerequisite: At least one course in education and sophomore standing. Three credit hours. Proto
ED374Jj    Educating All Learners in Inclusive Classrooms Considers rights of students and responsibilities of educators as they relate both to teaching students who have disabilities as well as to teaching students with other individual learning characteristics. Course topics explore psychological, philosophical, historical, and policy foundations of special education within a critical frame of disability studies. Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of civic engagement in a classroom that provides accommodations for students with disabilities or other challenges to learning. Prerequisite: Education 201, 213, 215, 245, or 247. Three credit hours. Pariser
EN227j    Visual Poetics Explores the various ways that poetry and the visual arts intersect, examining how visual elements have shaped poems. We will trace the history of this intersection, including ekphrasis, illuminated books, erasures, Øopen fieldã poetry, and hypertext poetry. How do white space, typography, and other graphic elements contribute to the effect of a poem? WeŤll read work by a range of writers that includes George Herbert, E. E. Cummings, Larry Eigner, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jen Bervin, Matthea Harvey, and Tyehimba Jess. In response, students will compose close readings of poems, and produce their own creative hybrid texts. Fulfills English C and P requirements. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. L. Giannelli
EN233Jj    Enlightenment Data and Literature Examines the origins and history of data in its epistemological context, focusing on the ways that literary texts contributed to Enlightenment notions of data and on how literary texts provide data. Combines histories, imaginative literature, philosophy of science, and theories of data and data science to critically assess the relationship between data and meaning. Fulfills English C and E requirements. Three credit hours. L. Hanlon
EN297Aj    Black Liberation Theology in Kendrick Lamars Studio Albums Posits contemporary Hip Hop artist Kendrick Lamar as a Black Liberation Theologian whose albums are sermons in verse form. As such, he follows an exegetic tradition that began with Jupiter Hammon and Phillis Wheatley in the late 18th century, but which coalesced in the 20th century with Martin Luther King and Malcom X. Black Liberation Theology understands God as principally concerned with the dignity and lives of oppressed multitudes, and interprets the Bible as a liberatory text. These strands of thought and interpretative practices come together in Lamarȳs four studio albums. Fulfills English C and D requirements. Three credit hours. L, U. Plasencia
EN297Bj    Style and Substance: Writing Fiction by Imitation Plagiarism is stealing, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In this class we will read collections of short fiction from contemporary writers, as well as classic writers, analyzing the style and substance of their stories. These discussions will be followed by writing assignments which focus on specific elements of those stories, using them for inspiration and guidance. Students will write and revise four short stories, after feedback from the class and professor. Hybrid course, taught in a mix of live and remote sessions. Prerequisite: W1 course. Three credit hours. A. O'Donnell
EN297Cj    Lunch Never Lies: Telling the Truth by Writing About Food By reading essays and excerpts by some of the greatest literary food writers, we will discover the ways in which they get at complicated and difficult truths by evoking food memories. Students will then respond to these with their own essays of varying lengths and approaches. Critiques of others work and revision of ones own are also essential features of the course. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. A. Christensen
EN297Dj    Beyond Kryptonite: Graphic Novels and Social Change We will explore how graphic novels have been used to address issues such as war, genocide, and U.S. empire. We will begin by examining ‡picture novels– and discussing the era of Marvel and DC comics. We will then look at early graphic novels, considering the shift in formal elements their publications marked. The remainder of our time will be dedicated to reading graphic novels about the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina, among other timely topics. Our analyses will be informed by postcolonial theory, queer theory, and critical race studies. Fulfills English C requirement. Three credit hours. L. Sibara
EN297Ej    Especially Heinous:: Sexual Violence in Contemporary Media We will focus on how contemporary culture represents sexual violence, interrogating the ethics and cultural uses of such representations. Does representation of violence help survivors or further violate them? Do such representations subdue the desire to testify or show survivors how to do so effectively? Do they ask the victimized to trust authority or question it? We will encounter textual objects including memoirs, crime procedurals, and television and film. The class will be led by an experienced, sensitive facilitator, but students should be prepared to talk about, read, and watch depictions of sexual violence. Fulfills English C requirement. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. L. Spampinato
ES214Jj    Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis An introduction to geographic information systems' (GIS) data management and visualization capabilities as well as the theory and application of spatial analysis techniques. Topics covered include spatial data representation in a GIS, effective map making, coordinate systems and projections, exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA), and spatial statistical analysis. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher standing. Not open to students who have completed Environmental Studies 212 or 214. Three credit hours. Gimond
ES224j    Creative Environmental Storytelling Explores the roles of awe, mindfulness, and active imagination in environmental writing. Students will be encouraged to access their "inner hermit" and explore how, as biological beings, we can create effective storytelling to envision a future where all life thrives. Students will explore the writings of others and practice writing their own stories. Introduces the idea of the evolutionary body and how it can relate to effective engagement for positive environmental change. Previously offered as Environmental Studies 297C (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. Williams
ES237j    Advocating for the Environment Listed as Jan Plan 237. Three credit hours. Inches
ES297j    Conserving the Western Maine Mountains Conserving the Western Maine Mountains (WMM) is a multi-disciplinary seminar that will engage students in solving real-life problems confronting a region of global ecological significance that is struggling to reach its economic potential. The class will examine the biological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of conserving the WMMs landscape and way of life. Each student will conduct a research project that analyzes a challenge facing the region and proposes a policy or economic solution. Examples might include: recognition of the regions Indigenous People and culture, benefits and costs of motorized recreation, forest carbon credits in land conservation, and the future of the ski industry in a changing climate. Prerequisite: Environmental Science 118. Three credit hours. Gauvin
ES297Bj    Climate Geoengineering: Evaluating Strategies to Sequester CO2 Human emissions of CO2 are changing Earth)s climate. Increased attention is focusing on ways to actively remove and sequester atmospheric CO2. Such approaches carry ethical and technical risks, as well as costs and benefits that must be carefully evaluated if we are to make informed decisions about their potential use. We will review geoengineering approaches to atmosphere CO2 removal, including technical and biogeochemical bases and potential financial costs. We will consider the risks of action and inaction, as well as governance structures that could regulate geoengineering activities. Discussion and presentation of primary literature will be the focus of the course, culminating in a final paper advocating for a specific course of climate action. Prerequisite: Chemistry 121, 141 or 147 and a 100-level biology, environmental studies, or geology course. Three credit hours. Emerson, Twining
ES297Cj    Fate and Effects of Organic Pollutants in the Ocean Listed as Chemistry 297. Three credit hours. Aeppli
ES371Jj    Current Topics in Environmental Science: Corals Explores emerging and cutting-edge topics in the field of environmental science, with a focus on the global crisis in coral reef systems. Students will focus on contemporary scientific literature reviewing emerging topics from leading journals in environmental science and ecology journals, as well as engaging a variety of experimental designs, laboratory methods, and statistical approaches to investigate and understand environmental processes and human impacts in these ecosystems. An independent research assignment will enhance writing skills. Prerequisite: Biology 271 or Environmental Studies 271. Three credit hours. Neal
GE297Bj    Climate Geoengineering: Evaluating Strategies to Sequester CO2 Listed as Environmental Studies 297B. Three credit hours. Emerson, Twining
GK111Jj    Introductory Greek An introduction to the ancient Greek language as spoken and written at Athens during the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. The first of a two-semester sequence in which students learn to read authors such as Homer, Sophocles, and Plato. Careful attention to grammar, syntax, and vocabulary forms the foundation of the course. Three credit hours. Barrett
GO330j    Law and Lawlessness in the United States About the law and its limits in contemporary American politics. Topics include impeachment of public officials, the delegation of governing authority, the legal violation of citizen rights, and government policies that delegitimize political opposition. Students will gain practical experience in casework and legal theory by applying their understanding of lawlessness to timely and relevant cases. By the end of this course, students will have a deeper appreciation of the laws social foundations, including the conditions under which the law improves or intensifies pre-existing social, political, and economic inequities. Previously offered as GO397 (Jan Plan 2020). Prerequisite: Government 111 or 115. Three credit hours. S, U. Jacobs
HI226j    Cities from Scratch: A Global History of New Towns What does an ideal city look like? During the twentieth century, urban reformers believed that they could answer that question. They created holistic new towns that countered the sprawling, squalid, unjust, and polluted conditions of the metropolis. This course will explore the planners' goals for their cities and the messier realities, as well as how planned cities often became vehicles for political propaganda. Students will acquire a grasp of modern urban history, methods of analyzing both written and visual sources, and conduct a historical research project on a new town. Previously offered as HI297C (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. H. Meredith
HI229j    America's Whitest State? Immigration in Maine, Yesterday and Today Maine is often called "America's whitest state," a term that obscures the state's rich history of immigration. In this interactive, discussion-based course, students will explore how the state and its residents have responded to and been shaped by various waves of immigration to the state, from English and French farmers in the early 19th century to Irish and French Canadian mill workers and Lebanese Christians in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to Somali, Iraqi, and Syrian immigrants today. In addition to studying books, articles, and films, students will deliver an oral, multimedia presentation. They also will have the opportunity to meet many "New Mainers" as guest speakers and explore the diverse cultures of Waterville, Augusta, Lewiston, and Portland. Previously offered as HI297J (Jan Plan 2020). Three credit hours. H, U. Asch
HI297Jj    Europe and the Second World War An exploration of the origins of World War II, its military, civilian, and diplomatic aspects, and its effects. With a special focus on foreign occupations during the war and on the bloody aftermath of the conflict. Goal is to understand history in its dramatic and unsettling open-endedness - important, as the outcome of the war was initially hard to predict, leading many Europeans to make decisions based on expectations that turned out to be false. Although the focus of the class is on Europe, the global dimensions of the war receive ample consideration. Focus on critical reading and writing skills and on understanding historical patterns of oppression, violence, and resistance. Three credit hours. H, I. Scheck
JA125Jj    Elementary Japanese This course introduces the fundamentals of the Japanese language, with an equal emphasis on all four domains of language usage: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will master basic sentence patterns and core vocabulary necessary for everyday conversation. They will also gain command of the two phonetic writing systems used in Japanese, hiragana and katakana, and learn 60 of the most commonly used ideographic characters, or kanji. Three credit hours. Shmagin
JP007j    Blacksmithing An intensive introduction to the fundamental processes involved in forging and forming iron (steel), taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. Primary focus will be the development of the skills and understanding necessary to complete assigned exercises using fire, hammer, and anvil. Students will also work individually with the instructor to design and execute a final project. Materials fee: $100. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Prospective students should submit a brief essay outlining their interest in the course to the instructor, Steve Murdock, at scmurdock@uninets.net. Final selection will be by personal interview. Noncredit. Murdock
JP021j    Integrating Mindfulness into Work, Health, Play, Relationship Mindfulness is the study and practice of paying attention to what is happening right here, right now, before judgment, and responding to the situation from the place of balance and center rather than reacting from old patterns. We will study the history and neuroscience research of mindfulness with emphasis on techniques for everyday life. With lightheartedness we will study the mind/body connection. Our study and practice comes from the work of Nancy Hathaway, founder of the Center for Studying Mindfulness, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and director of the Mindfulness Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Nongraded. Noncredit. Hathaway
JP025j    Engaging the World - The Liberal Arts in Practice Liberal arts education prepares students to engage and contribute to a complex world. In this course (which is designed for students in isolation/quarantine), students will examine the foundations of liberal arts education and will then apply those liberal arts skills to a contemporary issue. Students will both discuss current events and then construct a compelling analysis of a timely issue. Noncredit. Sloat
JP118j    Handbell Choir Handbells are an old and unique instrument where each person is vital to the performance. We will be looking at the notation, techniques, and terminology specific to handbells. As the music requires, we will also use handchimes. Prior experience with handbells is not required, but a basic understanding of music notation is suggested. The performance at the end of the session will be the final exam. Nongraded. Previously offered as JP197F (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. Kelly
JP123j    Art of the M&A Deal Executing a business acquisition may be the most high-stakes challenge any executive could face. Featuring an experienced M&A professional and other special guest speakers who have spent their careers on the frontlines of major deals, students will learn real-world insights about successful deal making, through the major stages of the process. Students will evaluate a target company and its industry, understand the due diligence process (including data and analytics), price and structure a deal, formulate a negotiating approach and analyze post acquisition considerations to create sustainable value in a transaction. Three credit hours. McHale
JP135j    Multicultural Literacy Introduces students to the knowledge and skills that constitute multicultural literacy, including 1) understanding and respecting differences based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, and ability; 2) being aware of one's own culture/background and biases and how these may shape one's interaction with those who are different; 3) mastering key theoretical concepts that shape and inform contemporary approaches to diversity and social justice; and 4) communicating effectively across differences, managing conflict in positive ways, and intervening in negative situations. Prerequisite: First-year standing. Three credit hours. U. Duplessis
JP137j    AIDS and the Meaning of Life This class will stimulate personal emotional growth and self-empowerment; it might even change your life. The HIV/AIDS issue is not over, nor is our obligation to address it. Together, we will consider this important topic using a variety of disciplines, from the epidemiology of the disease to the cinematic/theatrical portrayals and everything in between, including the history, sociology, biology, spirituality and poetry of AIDS. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to apply their own interests so that others can benefit from their perspective and expertise. One important "textbook" for this course will be the professor's personal experiences living with HIV from its emergence in the '80s. Three credit hours. Fried
JP145j    Malaria: An Introduction Focuses on malaria, a vector born disease caused by the Plasmodium parasite and transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes that continues to afflict the poorest populations on the planet. Students will learn about the biology and epidemiology of malaria, transmission dynamics, evolution, clinical treatment and prevention and social implications. The course will be conducted in a seminar format with readings, discussions, written homework assignments, one presentation and a final exam. Previously offered as Jan Plan 197C (Jan Plan 2020). Three credit hours. N, I. Larson
JP146j    Values Education: Understanding and Teaching Values in Everyday Life Provides an in-depth exploration of key concepts and a history of values in the United States, different approaches to values education, how values systems are formed and function within groups, and the relationship of values and leadership. Course material includes readings from the literature about values, examples from current media, and use of films, literature, and other material from the arts. Participants in this course will come away with a better understanding both of their own values and those of the society in which they live. Previously offered as JP197C (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. S. Merson
JP148j    From Idea to IPO: Business Strategy Basics for Next Gen Titans Poses a key question: why do some organizations succeed and others fail? Through the lens of recent initial public offerings (IPOs) including Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Snap, Levi's, Beyond Meat and others, students will focus on the concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Beginning with the basics of strategy, students will assess how entrepreneurs take an organization from an idea to an IPO. The class will ponder the decisions made along the way and ask why some firms choose to complete an IPO, while others remain private. Through the use of case studies, students will work in teams and will analyze companies that have succeeded and failed in complex and dynamic environments. The course will conclude with student-led mock board presentations. Three credit hours. Powis
JP151j    Water and Sanitation in Developing Communities An introduction to water supply, quality, and treatment in rural and urban developing communities; sanitation practices and technologies; other interventions for improvement of public health; and the social and political issues surrounding water and sanitation in such communities. These topics will be explored through lectures, case studies, readings, and guest speakers who work in international development. Students will critically assess a water or sanitation solution and present their findings to the class. Previously offered as JP197G (Jan Plan 2019). Three credit hours. Wain
JP153j    Meteorology Using text and real-time data, students discover how the basic principles of meteorology are used to understand weather systems and learn how to forecast weather patterns using these principles. A field trip allows those enrolled to interact with working meteorologists and discuss how forecasts are made for the public and private sectors. Students present their own meteorological research efforts, demonstrating their understanding of the principles and practices presented during Jan Plan. (Does not earn lab science credit.) Three credit hours. N. Epstein
JP197Bj    Art and Challenge of Servant Leadership Leading through power or leading through influence? In these challenging times, it is imperative that emphasis and development be placed far more on the latter rather than the former. Students will learn, analyze and reflect upon the eight critical Servant Leadership behaviors identified in James Hunters book The Servant with the goal of developing a personal action plan to utilize the skills required of true Servant Leaders. Other topics will be the review, analysis and application of the three critical communication skills required of all great leaders as well as use of the DISC Behavioral Assessment in everyday interactions. Three credit hours. Theriault
JP197Dj    Jan Plan Institute: Career Accelerator Jan Plan Institute is a career acceleration program for students who haven't had time to deal with career exploration or preparation or arenŒt sure how to get started. In just four weeks, students will dazzle employers with their new resume, chock filled with job-ready skills and relevant work experiences, and gain the confidence, know-how and professional networks to chart their path to career success. In addition to self-discovery and career discovery activities, students will complete a series of digital skill training modules and apply new skills to employer-sponsored team projects, yielding impressive resumes and plenty to talk about in interviews. Three credit hours. Noble
JP197Ej    Health and Safety Challenges of COVID-19 at Colby College Many colleges have found that student voices play a critical role in establishing and maintaining a healthy, safe campus environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on the experience and knowledge of those involved in Colbys virus planning and operations, this course will provide an examination of the challenges and requirements to protect a residential college community against COVID-19. The course will include a workshop in which students develop an array of communications and other tools to combat the virus at Colby in the spring semester. Three credit hours. Terp, Uchida
JP237j    Advocating for the Environment This is a communications and advocacy course for environmental studies, environmental policy and government majors, as well other interested students. It covers both conceptual and practical advocacy skills required to create change in the environmental field. It presents the practical side of how to effectively communicate and advocate in the current political climate. It coincides with the second half of 129th Maine Legislature, and students will have a chance to observe policy making in action. Students will learn about the psychology and mental models underlying public policy, apply analytical tools, and draft testimony on an environmental topic of their choosing. These skills are essential for those who would like to pursue social change, public policy, government, and/or environmental issues as part of their career path. Previously offered as JP297E (Jan Plan 2019). Prerequisite: Any Environmental Studies course. Three credit hours. Inches
JP297j    Psychology of Creativity and Innovation Business leaders and scholars cite the importance of creativity and innovation for profit and organizational success. Based on industrial and organizational psychology, this course explores how we can apply creativity and innovation to the workplace. Students will learn about theories, predictors, consequences, and measurement of creativity and innovation. As part of an applied project, students will work individually or in pairs or small groups on an innovative business idea, which they have the option of entering into a pitch competition. In this seminar-style course, meetings will focus on class discussions of assigned readings, and will also include in-class activities and some lectures. Prerequisite: Psychology 111. Three credit hours. Brooks-Shesler
LA221j    Crime, Violence, and Security in Latin America Through the examination of three cases - Mexico, El Salvador, and Brazil - students will explore the various manifestations of crime and violence occurring in Latin America and the diverse responses to it by states, citizens, and private entities. Some of the major themes and issues covered in the course include the significance of weak and corrupt state institutions; historical legacies of authoritarianism, inequality, and racism; the role of U.S. domestic and foreign policies; the upsurge in organized crime and street gang membership; and the emergence of private security. As part of the course, students will break into groups and create their own anti-crime and violence organization for one of the countries under study. Previously offered as LA297A (Jan Plan 2020). Three credit hours. Puck
MA102j    Calculus with Pre-Calculus II A continuation of Mathematics 101. Successful completion of both Mathematics 101 and 102 is equivalent to completion of Mathematics 121. Prerequisite: Mathematics 101. Three credit hours. Q. Gouvea, Taylor
MU091fjs    Music Lessons: Noncredit or JP Noncredit instruction in voice and instruments for qualified students. Regular offerings include violin, viola, violoncello, piano, voice, flute, guitar (classical, American traditional, and jazz), and selected brass and woodwind instruments. One 30- or 60-minute lesson weekly in fall and spring; two 45-minute lessons weekly in January. For additional information concerning fees, scheduling, and related matters visit http://www.colby.edu/musicdept/applied-music-lessons/ Noncredit. Faculty
MU114j    Jazz Improvisation Basic jazz theory and improvisation, including melody-, scalar-, modal-, and chord-based improvisation. Introduction to arranging for jazz groups and interactions between soloists and background musicians; jazz style and performance practices. Includes semiprivate instruction and performances in large groups and smaller combos. Listening assignments include jazz greats. Instrumentalists and vocalists welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to sing or play major scales. Three credit hours. A. Thomas
MU118j    African Music An introduction to the music of Africa, an integral and defining aspect of the culture of Africa. Hands-on experience with various instruments (e.g., drums, rattles, bells), as well as singing and dancing, to provide important insights into the cultures of Africa. Various African music themes will be explored through films and recordings. Culminates in a final performance by the class. Nongraded. Three credit hours. A. Benissan
MU218j    Seeing, Then Hearing: Graphic Design for the Music Industry While it may seem counterintuitive, visual attraction is a central concern in the business of music. Getting music to the attention of the widest possible audience demands an increasingly refined, international visual fluency. We will look at and listen to well-known releases with an eye to the differences in the visual publicity and packaging in the European, Asian, and American markets. Students will use readings and hands-on work with Adobe Creative Suite to formulate and debate answers to a number of complex multicultural design problems. Three credit hours. A. Jee
MU223j    Perception of Music An inter-disciplinary exploration of music and psychology. Our discussion will focus on the fundamental aspects of music theory and musical structure. Using these ideas as a foundation, we will consider some of the predominant theories of how we perceive music, including ideas about memory and music. We will draw upon concepts central to cognitive psychology, melodic and rhythmic grouping, schematic frameworks, and hierarchical structures in music. Students will actively experience and create music and relate what they are hearing to the theoretical models. Central to the class is discussion of each student's individual responses to music and exploration and development of ways to map their experiences. Intended for students with little or no background in music theory. Three credit hours. A. Helm
PL213Jj    Philosophical Inquiries into Race A philosophical treatment of several aspects of race and racism: ontological issues surrounding what race is; existential and phenomenological issues about embodiment as a visible racial minority; social and political issues regarding oppression, colonization, and discrimination; and ethical issues involving racial minorities in the American context. Three credit hours. S, U. Gordon
PL297j    Philosophy of Technology Listed as Science, Technology, and Society 297. Three credit hours. Honenberger
RE242j    The Good Life What does the good life look like? What does it mean to live life well? We explore these questions through in depth engagement with a number of diverse traditions including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Sikhism. We will also examine intellectual traditions (including Emerson and Thoreau) and modern imaginings (The Good Place). This class will include visits from contemporary individuals who understand their lives to be shaped by the traditions in question. Three credit hours. S. Asch
RU125Jj    Elementary Russian I Intensive introductory course equivalent to RU125f. Upon successful completion of the course, students may proceed to Elementary Russian II, RU126s. Enables students to acquire a high degree of competence through communicative learning and interaction. Acquisition of grammar and vocabulary through substantial engagement in repetition, memorization, role playing, and creative communication, reinforced by listening, readings, writing, and speaking assignments outside of the classroom. Cultural practices of Russians are studied through language. Three credit hours. Karpusheva
SO212Jj    Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis Listed as Environmental Studies 214J. Three credit hours. Gimond
ST233Jj    Enlightenment Data and Literature Listed as English 233J. Three credit hours. L. Hanlon
ST297j    Philosophy of Technology What is technology? How do technologies matter for societies? What are their promises and risks for human and social values such as liberation, self-determination, social order, well-being, and justice? In what ways are technologies and their uses manifestations of desire or fear; human nature or local cultures; idealistic vision or struggles for power? In this course we critically review answers to these questions from Aristotle, Marx, Heidegger, Latour, and others and apply their concepts and methods to case studies in contemporary technology such as AI, big data, surveillance, geoengineering, social media, human enhancement, resource management, and domestic labor-saving devices. Three credit hours. Honenberger
TD261Jj    Topics in Performance: Activist Storytelling Workshop In this interactive writing and performance workshop, students will create original story-based performance pieces inspired by the issues that matter to them the most, such as climate change, racial equity, reproductive justice, freedom of speech, LGBTQ+ rights, disability justice, sexual assault, domestic violence, access to education, etc. We will analyze Ted Talks, The Moth, and other popular story-based media to help us understand what elements we need to create authentic connections with audiences. Students will explore a variety of writing and performance styles and techniques to engage in a collaborative creative process. Depending on safety measures, "Show Up. Stand Up. Speak Up." will culminate in a live performance for a small audience which will be filmed to share digitally online. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Three credit hours. A. Legawiec
TD297j    Dance for Health How can movement shift our experience of illness or pain? Can we quantify the effects that dance can have on health and well-being? We examine dance can be a tool for transformation, finding joy and creativity for those living with illness. Class explores three methods bringing dance into the spheres of health and well-being: the IMPROVmentŖ method, currently being tested in an NIH-funded randomized clinical trial; Dance for PD; and Dance Movement Therapy. As a culminating project, students will design their own program that brings dance into a healthcare environment. Three credit hours. Laurita-Spanglet
WP297j    Public Speaking: Building Confidence and Passion Communicating ideas effectively is one of lifes most valuable skills. In this course, you'll learn to create and deliver powerful messages using acting skills (physical, vocal, intellectual and emotional expression) while receiving intensive and specific coaching from both peers and the instructor. For many people, public speaking is reported to be one of the most stressful activities. Using breath control and mental imagery, you'll learn to channel your nervous energy and build your confidence. In a small group, you'll have plenty of time to practice in a safe environment or, as Samuel Beckett wrote: Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Three credit hours. Warren-White