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AA297Jj    Freedom Now and Then: The Black Freedom Struggle and Its Legacies Listed as History 297J. Three credit hours. H, U. Asch
AA338j    Field Study in African Development Listed as Government 338. Three credit hours. Seay
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
AN145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus Listed as Classics 145. Two credit hours. J. Roisman
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
AR151j    Art of the Monotype: Methods for Painterly Printmaking Monotypes are one-of-a-kind prints created by transferring to paper an image that has been painted, drawn, or photocopied on a plate made of plexiglass or another material. Transfer is accomplished by using an etching press, hand rubbing, and other techniques. Direct, immediate, and often surprising images result. Students explore materials and their applications, with step-by-step demonstrations of various imaging techniques. Each student makes a portfolio of unique prints. The monotype process is accessible to students with any level of artistic experience. Nongraded. Materials cost: $70. Two credit hours. Mitchell
AR217j    Figure Drawing and Anatomy Introduces all aspects of drawing the figure using graphite, charcoal, ink, and mixed media. Covers the hands-on applications of fundamental drawing issues, while encompassing the various historical iterations of drawing the human form. In addition to daily technical instruction pertaining to drawing the figure, image presentations give students comparative understandings of the legacy of the figure in art and help them to find their place as 21st-century visual thinkers. Previously offered as Art 297 (2015). Three credit hours. Engman
AR393j    Asian Museum Workshop: Zao Wou-Ki in Context We will curate a small exhibition of artwork from Colby's permanent collection to supplement the larger exhibition, No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki. During the first week of Jan Plan, we will travel (all expenses paid) to New York City to see No Limits during its final days at the Asia Society Museum. After our return, we will stay abreast of the transportation and installation of No Limits at Colby. We will also develop a smaller exhibition that contextualizes Zao's art within Colby's larger collection; our end product will consist of a gallery guide and labels for our "Zao in Context" exhibition. Previously listed as Art 293. Three credit hours. Weitz
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
AY211j    Human Rights and Social Justice in Global Perspective Listed as Global Studies 211. Three credit hours. W2. Razsa
AY247j    Colombian Politics through Film Examines contemporary Colombian political culture through readings and contemporary Colombian feature films. Themes include political identity and belonging, insurgencies and guerrilla warfare, rural economies and urban development, drug trafficking and illegal economies, discrimination, memory, and social conflict. Students will learn a range of perspectives on recent Colombian history, politics, economy, and social relations. Through readings, films, and discussion, students will develop their anthropological thinking and critical analysis skills, and enhance their abilities to express complex ideas and to support their arguments using concrete evidence in both written and oral modes of communication. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Three credit hours. Tate
BC176j    Exercise Physiology Designed for those who are interested in the science of exercise and fitness. Topics include how the human body and its systems respond and adapt to exercise, factors that affect athletic performance, and basic principles of nutrition. Students participate in assessment activities to develop a personal wellness plan. Fulfills the laboratory science requirement. Students with prior credit for Biology 265, 362, or 367 cannot receive credit for Biochemistry 176. (During Jan Plan Selection, select only your preferred lab as one of your four choices. Students who are confirmed in the course will automatically be registered for the lecture after Jan Plan Selection closes.) Prerequisite: Any 100-level college biology or chemistry course. Three credit hours. N, Lb. Millard
BI111j    Emergency Medical Technician Training Prepares students to administer out-of-hospital emergency medical care. Provides practice in patient assessment, airway management, CPR, automatic external defibrillation, oxygen delivery, dressings and hemorrhage control, splinting, spinal immobilization, childbirth, lifting and moving patients, and extrication. Also includes clinical experience in a hospital emergency department and/or ambulance service. Provides eligibility to sit the National Registry of EMT and State of Maine licensure examination. Meets the requirements outlined in the National Highway Transportation Administration EMT Education Standards and Maine EMS EMT Curriculum. Supplemental cost of $770 covers materials, uniform shirt, and a required CPR course, but not text and workbook. Students are required to wear the uniform shirt and dark blue chinos to class. In addition, there is a national registry fee of $80. Nongraded. Cannot be counted toward the biology majors. Two credit hours. Berkner
BI118j    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
BI176j    Exercise Physiology Listed as Biochemistry 176. Three credit hours. N, Lb. Millard
BI197j    Genes, Chromosomes, and Genetic Disorders Introduce the exciting world of DNA and its effects on everyday life. Deoxyribonucleic acid is the molecule of life. Stable for years, it has proven its scientific value in many areas such as paleontology and forensics. On the other hand, DNA mutations introduce the variation that is the original source of all genetic diversity. Unfortunately, the ability to change is what makes DNA vulnerable as well, since genetic instability leads to a variety of genetic diseases including cancer. Cannot be counted toward the biology majors. Three credit hours. N. van Oers
BI197Jj    Food and Drink: Everyday Biology and Chemistry Listed as Chemistry 197. Cannot be counted toward the biology majors. Three credit hours. N. Hudson
BI265j    Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Designed especially for students interested in health professions (e.g., physician, nurse, dentist, allied health) and for anyone who wishes to learn more about how the human body works. Students will understand how physiological functions are performed by specific anatomical structures and that these functions follow physical and chemical principles. They will also learn anatomical terms used to describe body sections, regions, and relative positions and about the organ systems in the human body and how these systems work together. Lecture and laboratory. Students cannot earn credit for this course if they have previously taken Biology 275. Prerequisite: Biology 131 or 163 or equivalent. Three credit hours. N. Klepach
BI297Cj    Disease Ecology Listed as Environmental Studies 297C. Three credit hours. N. McDowell
BI297Dj    Global Change Impacts on Marginal Marine Ecosystems Listed as Environmental Studies 297D. Three credit hours. N, Lb. Price
BI371j    Applied Biomedical Genomics A laboratory-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 mammalian or cancer genomes, and will be exposed to clinically relevant research including patient-derived xenograft (PDX) mouse models. One to two weeks spent at an off-campus facility (the Jackson Laboratory), with the rest of the time spent on campus. Nongraded. Previously offered as BI397 (Jan Plan 2015). No extra student cost. Prerequisite: A 200-level biology course and permission of instructor. Three credit hours. Tilden
BI397j    Synthetic Biology Introduces students to the latest advances in synthetic biology, genome editing, and genetic engineering. We will explore these technical advances, study practical examples, and use a marine protozoan parasite as a model system. We will also discuss and debate the role that genetic engineering is playing and ought to be playing to benefit society. Prerequisite: Biology 279. Three credit hours. Fernandez-Robledo
CH176j    Exercise Physiology Listed as Biochemistry 176. Three credit hours. N, Lb. Millard
CH197j    Food and Drink: Everyday Biology and Chemistry Introductory chemistry and biology are explored in the context of food and drink: the biology of crops, culinary chemistry, and the biochemistry of brewing. Major chemistry topics include atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, acid-base chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, colloids, and solubility of gases in liquids. Major biology topics include photosynthesis, respiration, plant and yeast life histories, cellular reproduction, and metabolism. Three credit hours. N. Hudson
CI215j    The Image of Women and Men in American Film How Hollywood films of "the Sixties" (1958-1978) reflected and helped determine the vast social and psychological changes that women, men, and the country were experiencing—or were denying experiencing—during a tumultuous period of U.S. history. Topics include gender roles, genre, directorial style, historical background, the effects of camera placement, movement and lighting, and the function of narrative—how to "read" a film. A few additional required screenings will be scheduled and some class meetings may be extended for longer films or double features. Previously offered as American Studies 115 and 215. Three credit hours. Eisen
CI243j    Narrative Film Production Students will learn the essential skills required to produce a compelling narrative short film through development of preproduction skills from initial idea, to writing a script, to storyboarding, to creating a shot list. We will learn the basics of cinematography, casting, and directing. Finally, students will learn how to edit and manage a postproduction workflow. Previously offered as Cinema Studies 297 (2014). Three credit hours. Murphy
CL143j    Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology The material remains of the ancient Greeks and Romans—pottery, sculpture, monuments, temples, and other artifacts. Our inquiry will focus on construction of identity, development of religion and myth, organization of social and political structures, and components of everyday life. Our exploration of the remains of Greek and Roman civilizations from the Trojan War through the fall of Rome will take us from temples in the mountains of Greece to Roman shipwrecks in the deepest trenches of the Mediterranean Sea. The broad range of evidence will also highlight the diverse archaeological methodologies used to uncover and interpret these remains. Previously offered as Classics 197 (2013, 2014). Three credit hours. H. Jarriel
CL145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus How Julius Caesar and Augustus both contributed to the crisis of the Roman republic and tried to resolve it. Topics include conflicts between republican traditions and a monarchical regime, Caesar's dictatorship, his image, the Ides of March, Augustus's attainment of sole power, his relationship with senators, commoners, and slaves, the Roman games, and society and literature in the Augustan age. Revolutions theme course. Two credit hours. J. Roisman
CS269j    Computer Game Design Focuses on the process of taking stories, situations, puzzles, or challenges and defining them so a computer can execute the construct within which the game resides. Students will design a 2-D computer game using a standard game engine. Topics include game design, artistic concepts, image manipulation, game scripting, and artificial intelligence. Students will work in groups to design and develop a 2-D game to be distributed at the end of the term. Each group will make weekly presentations to the class, demonstrating their progress in game design. Prerequisite: Computer Science 151 or 152. Three credit hours. Maxwell
EA251j    Gender Politics in Chinese Drama and Film A historical survey of Chinese drama and film from the 13th century to the present with a focus on representations of gender and sexuality. Paired readings of major works from various genres that make up the Chinese dramatic tradition with viewing of modern and contemporary films are informed by reading secondary scholarship in order to place these works and their portrayals of gender and sexuality in their historical and cultural contexts. Students will hone analytical skills and improve their ability to communicate insights both orally and in writing. Three credit hours. L. Besio
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. Previously listed as Administrative Sciences 231. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Three credit hours. Largay
EC171j    Global Financial Markets An 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 market events in disparate markets to underlying non-financial economies. We will also provide an introduction to esoteric financial instruments and techniques such as credit default swaps, securities lending, and others. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Previously offered as Economics 197 (2014). Three credit hours. Atkinson
EC297Jj    Energy Economics and Policy Study of the economics of energy production and distribution. Students will learn the methods used to understand energy markets, while familiarizing themselves with frontier research at the intersection of energy economics and environmental management. In a mock electricity market, they will value firms based on their portfolios, participate in spot markets, and present arguments for and against the regulation of energy producers and the restriction of greenhouse gas emissions. Topics include auction theory, basics of resource economics, common mechanisms for combating greenhouse gas emissions, and modern advancements in the field of energy economics. Prerequisite: Economics 133. Three credit hours. Otto
EC345j    Research in Economics An analytical, not descriptive, research paper in economics, to be coordinated with an elective economics course in which the student is concurrently, or previously has been, enrolled. May be used to fulfill one of the 200-level elective requirements for any of the economics majors. Does not count toward the elective requirement for the managerial economics minor. Prerequisite: Economics 224 and permission of the instructor. Three credit hours. Faculty
ED221j    Creating Media for Social Change Explores how to create entertaining and educationally effective digital media for youth (preschool to high school), with an emphasis on socially charged curricular areas such as conflict resolution and cultural tolerance. Through extensive screening of media from around the world, lecture, and discussion, students learn to create their own goal-driven media projects. This will include working in small teams to 1) create a short film as part of a collaboration with an Iraqi youth peace initiative, and 2) develop a multimedia, series treatment that addresses an issue that targets American youth. Three credit hours. Pierce
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
ED437j    Student Teaching Practicum Students serve full-time as student teachers in a local secondary school, working under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and making use of lesson plans, assessments, and unit plans developed in Education 431. Students manage classrooms and complete administrative tasks associated with secondary teaching. Faculty members observe students in the classroom and note their progress toward meeting Maine's Standards for Initial Certification of Teachers and applying the framework of teaching for social justice. Faculty members meet weekly with students to discuss practical aspects of acquiring teacher licensure as well as topics selected jointly by the students and faculty member. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Education 433. Three credit hours. Howard
EN115Jj    English Composition: Critical Writing We use Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a starting point for analyzing and developing student writing. We write in several different modes as we take on critical writing in several forms: writing about literature, analyzing and using primary and secondary sources, approaching the problems associated with different kinds of writing projects (argumentative essays, comparison/contrast essays, summary essays, etc.), identifying and conquering usage and grammar problems that impair clarity, using research and close reading to develop ideas and arguments. We work with an array of materials in addition to our work with the primary text. Three credit hours. W1. Osborne
EN200Jj    Foundations of Literary Studies Required for the English major, this introduction to college-level literary studies incorporates poetry, drama, and fiction, explores canon formation with a historical range of literary works, and emphasizes close reading, interpretive vocabulary, and critical writing skills. Also introduces students to critical perspectives and scholarly research. Previously listed as English 172. Prerequisite: Any W1 course or equivalent. Three credit hours. Sagaser
EN231j    Tolkien's Sources An examination of some of the mythologies, sagas, romances, tales, and other writings that are echoed in the stories of Middle-earth. Not an introduction to Tolkien's fantasy literature; a knowledge of The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings is assumed. Topics include the role of myth and fantasy in society and the events of Tolkien's life as they relate to the world he created. Three credit hours. L. Pukkila
EN237j    Postcolonial Pastoral: Ecology, Travel, and Writing A critical examination of the pastoral as a literary genre from a global postcolonial perspective. Conducted in Kalimpong, India, enables students to work with Shiva's outreach center on biodiversity, ecology, and wilderness. Students combine their interest in civic engagement with a critical study of traditions relating to land, food, ecology, sustainability, and community, emerging in the global south. Students reflect on and write about their experiences of land and community from the perspective of informed observers, participants, and travelers. Fulfills English D requirement. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. L, I. Roy
EN297Jj    Plants, Animals, and (Almost) Humans Investigates the relationship between humans and our others: first plants and animals, and then androids, aliens, and clones. From HD's harsh sea roses to the carnivorous Venus fly trap of Little Shop of Horrors, from London's narrating dog to Wallace's sentient Maine lobsters, from Butler's sensuous Oankali to Ishiguro's clueless clones, these "others" confront us with the radically dissimilar and uncannily familiar and ask us to reimagine our rigid categories of plant, animal, self, and other. Incorporates 20th-century texts from various national traditions and includes poetry, drama, fiction, comics, essays, film, and video art. Fulfills English C requirement. Three credit hours. L. Ardam
EN413Rj    Author Course: Edith Wharton How biographical information and critical responses aid in understanding the key themes, literary projects, and central problems of works by one of the most famous writers of the American literary tradition, Edith Wharton. Fulfills English D requirement. Three credit hours. L. Stubbs
EN413Sj    Author Course: Two Early 19th-Century Novelists: Scott and Austen The origins of the Victorian novel, exploring themes of race, class, and the narrative structure that would shape the social and literary structures of classic narratives. The preconditions of the female-centered plot, ideological uses of raced identities, the Austen heroine, and the origins of feminism and commodity culture will be considered through literary and film versions. Fulfills English C and D requirements. Three credit hours. L. Suchoff
ES120Jj    Community Responses to Environmental Hazards An introduction to community-level environmental problems related to hazardous waste and the impacts on and responses of affected communities. Explores the concept of environmental justice and how the risk of hazardous exposures is related to race, ethnicity, class, and gender. We discuss U.S. policy debates on hazardous waste regulation and environmental injustice claims, and we consider the evidence for the inequitable distribution of environmental quality and adverse health impacts, the mechanisms for environmental and public health decision making, and community access to informational resources and empowerment. Three credit hours. W1. Carlson
ES141j    Green Building Design: Making the Case for Change Presents the theory and practice of green building design through lectures, discussions, presentations, guest speakers, and field trips. Studies the processes used to quantify the environmental impacts of building construction and introduces effective mitigation strategies. Concepts include integrated design techniques, site and landscape considerations, passive design techniques, water efficiency, materials and resource mitigation, occupant health and engagement programs, energy efficiency and reduction, construction best practices, commissioning, and knowledge management. Students will also undertake group projects using Colby as a case study. Three credit hours. Bright
ES143j    Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business Provides a broad overview of sustainable and socially responsible business principles and the ways in which companies incorporate them. Also introduces sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies and reviews their potential impact and effectiveness. Through a series of readings, lectures, guest speakers, and real-world case studies, students are exposed to the issues and opportunities facing green businesses. Includes small-group and individual presentations. Previously offered as Environmental Studies 197A (2013). Three credit hours. Penney
ES151j    Landscapes and Meaning: An Exploration of Environmental Writing An exploration of the works of selected 20th-century environmental writers and how their life experiences contribute to a sense of connection with and action on behalf of the Earth. Through readings, film, writing assignments, group discussion, and journaling, students will develop critical thinking and communication skills while reflecting on their own personal relationship with nature. Previously offered as Environmental Studies 197C (2010, 2013). Three credit hours. L. MacKenzie
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
ES297Cj    Disease Ecology An introduction to disease ecology and how connections among wildlife, livestock, and humans create opportunities for disease transmission. Explores zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed from animals to humans) and how the changes humans make to the environment affect disease. Involves lectures, discussion of case studies from Spillover, and evaluation and manipulation of simple disease models. Students will also develop communication and research skills through group discussions of primary literature, independent research, and presentation of a wildlife disease of interest. Prerequisite: Biology 263 or Environmental Studies 271. Three credit hours. N. McDowell
ES297Dj    Global Change Impacts on Marginal Marine Ecosystems Investigates impacts of global change on "marginal" marine ecosystems, using the subtropical reefs of Bermuda as a case study. The month will combine experiential learning at the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences with subsequent lab analyses at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Hands-on field work, including snorkeling and underwater photography, use of contemporary water quality sensors, readings in primary scientific literature, and use of biological and chemical analytical capabilities, will teach students technical skills and develop their capacity to think critically about environmental science. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Biology 164, Chemistry 142, Environmental Studies 118, or Geology 142. Three credit hours. N, Lb. Price
FR127Jj    French III (Paris) An intensive version of the last course in the required language sequence, held in Paris, France. Students not only learn French (developing their speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing abilities), they use French to learn, doing analytical work related to France's past (using Louis Malle's screenplay and film Au Revoir les enfants as a point of departure) and France's present (through class excursions). Students also learn to adapt to a foreign culture while immersed in a French-speaking environment. Estimated cost: $3,300. Prerequisite: French 126 or equivalent. Three credit hours. Davies
GE111j    Geology of National Parks U.S. national parks and monuments will provide the focus for an introduction to basic geologic processes, including plate tectonics, geologic time, weathering and erosion, volcanism, earthquakes, caverns, shorelines, and the rock cycle. After an introduction to the regional geology of the United States, the focus will shift to the parks and monuments within these regions. Students will become aware of aspects of physical and historical geology, regional geography, environmental issues, the aesthetics of nature, and the interactive processes that have shaped the country. A field trip to Acadia National Park is included. Lecture only. Three credit hours. N. Rueger
GE197Aj    Earth in Revolt The world is naturally a dangerous place, and some human activities are making it more so. Students will not only come to appreciate and understand the scale and scope of geologic hazards, but how human industry and activities are making some of these hazards even more dangerous. Will help students learn how to avoid putting themselves at risk, as well as how their actions can help to mitigate some of these risks to others. Closed to students who have completed Geology 141 or 146. Revolutions theme course. Three credit hours. N. Nelson
GE242j    Hydrogeology Examines the fundamental principles of hydrogeology and introduces geophysical techniques (surface and borehole) used to investigate flow through the subsurface. Designed to provide the tools necessary to understand and characterize groundwater systems. Topics include the hydraulic properties of rocks, aquifer storage and subsidence, flow potential, analysis of pumping tests conducted in water wells, and interpretation of geophysical field data. Includes lecture, homework from textbook, oral presentation, and analysis of a variety of geophysical logs. Previously listed as Geology 297 (Jan Plan 2014 and 2015). Prerequisite: Geology 141 or 146, and Mathematics 121, 122, or 161. Three credit hours. Morin
GM151j    Dungeons and Dragons: The Middle Ages in German Literature (in English) A selection of readings from the Middle Ages to the present. Particular focus on representations of medieval popular topics such as knightly adventures, magic, and voyaging, as well as changing cultural notions of class, gender, and love. Poetry and prose readings, alongside selections of popular operatic and filmic adaptations. Conducted in English. Three credit hours. L. H. Koch
GO216j    Political Rhetoric An introduction to the theory and practice of political rhetoric through the study of historically significant political speeches and the composition and delivery of original addresses, including intensive practice in persuasive writing and public speaking. Topics include the moral status of rhetoric and the identification and use of rhetorical figures and modes of persuasion. Works studied include the funeral oration of Pericles, speeches from Shakespeare such as Antony's subversive "Friends, Romans, countrymen," Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and King's "I Have a Dream." For the culminating exercise, students will compose and deliver their own political speeches. Three credit hours. Reisert
GO297Bj    9/11: Origins, Event, Aftermath Actions undertaken by al-Qaeda against targets on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001, shocked the American public and the world at large. Why did 9/11 happen in the first place? What prompted al-Qaeda to target the United States? How was the event portrayed, explained, and interpreted? Is it possible to come up with alternative representations, explanations, and interpretations? If yes, what are they, and why were they obscured at the time? Our purpose is to reflect on these questions and controversies in order to cultivate a critical perspective on the origins, nature, and consequences of 9/11. Three credit hours. S. Babik
GO338j    Field Study in African Development Students will spend approximately three weeks in Uganda comparing international, local, and diaspora-driven approaches to economic and social development. Through discussions with local, international, and development practitioners, observation of development projects, a rural home stay, and meetings with local and international policymakers, students will learn to identify, compare, and contrast varying theoretical and practical approaches to development in Africa, assess the effectiveness of international, diaspora-driven, and local approaches to development and its promotion in Uganda. Previously offered as Government 397 (Jan Plan 2015). Three credit hours. Seay
GS211j    Human Rights and Social Justice in Global Perspective Human rights have become one of the primary frameworks for understanding justice and injustice globally. Drawing especially on anthropology, with its longstanding commitment to exploring the diversity of human experience, we first examine critically the contradictory consequences of this new human rights universalism. Moving beyond simplistic arguments of relativism and anti-relativism, we scrutinize human rights claims in the face of concrete contexts of cultural difference and inequality. Central to this course will be student participation in the selection of a front-line artist-activist as next year's Oak Human Rights Fellow on the theme "Film/Photography and Human Rights" Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Three credit hours. W2. Razsa
HI275j    Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America Listed as Latin American Studies 275. Three credit hours. H, I. Fallaw
HI297Jj    Freedom Now and Then: The Black Freedom Struggle and Its Legacies As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversaries of many civil rights movement milestones—Freedom Summer, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act—students will explore how the movement challenged and reshaped American politics and culture. Using the Mississippi Delta as a case study, students will examine how the movement transformed the rural South, yet failed to uproot patterns of inequality that keep the region resiliently separate and unequal to this day. In addition to reading books, studying films, and doing research about the movement, students will interact electronically with young people in the Mississippi Delta to learn about the struggles they face growing up today in what remains a largely segregated world. Three credit hours. H, U. Asch
HI388j    History of the Crusades Exploration of the historical circumstances of the Crusades primarily from a Middle Eastern perspective. The goal is to foster a broader understanding of the sociopolitical, religious, and economic forces driving the Crusades and their effects on the Middle East. Focus primarily on the Crusades of the 11th-13th centuries, but consideration is also given to their legacy and long-term effects. The nature of "holy war" from both Christian and Islamic perspectives, the nature of Christian-Muslim conflict, armed conflict in a premodern context, and whether there was such a thing as an East vs. West conflict. Three credit hours. H, I. Turner
IT125Tj    Italian I in Genoa Basic comprehensive course for students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian. Focus is on developing the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to gain fluency in Italian and on familiarizing students with basic aspects of Italian culture and geography. Learning in the classroom takes place entirely in Italian and is task based, involving group activities, interviews with fellow students, and role-playing exercises. Estimated cost: $3,500. Three credit hours. Ferrando
IT141j    Introduction to Italian Literary Studies: Poets, Lovers, and Revolutionaries Explores the intriguing connections between love, poetry, and political power, analyzing the revolutionary character of vernacular love poetry through time. We will concentrate on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as the Romantic Age, which saw the rise of the revolutionary struggles for Italian independence, the Risorgimento. Students will learn about artistic genres and hone analytic skills and writing (rhetorical figures, form, content, stylistics). Students will become familiar with key figures of Italian culture and will learn to trace ideas in literary texts. Lectures in English, discussion section in Italian. Prerequisite: Italian 128 or equivalent. Three credit hours. L. Buonocore
IT153j    Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona Held in Verona, Italy, a close study of five authors whose work spans the 20th century. Readings (translated to English) include Silvia Bonucci's Voices from a Time, Lia Levi's The Jewish Husband, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's The Leopard, Antonio Tabucchi's Pereira Declares: A Testimony, and Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog. Includes field trips to Venice and Italian cultural centers around Verona. Written work required: three analytical essays. Cost: $3,300. Prerequisite: For more information, contact Patrick Brancaccio (pbranca@colby.edu). Three credit hours. L. Brancaccio
IT197j    Introduction to Italian Literary Studies: Poets, Lovers, and Revolutionaries (in English) Explores the intriguing connections between love, poetry, and political power, analyzing the revolutionary character of vernacular love poetry through time. We will concentrate on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as the Romantic Age, which saw the rise of the revolutionary struggles for Italian independence, the Risorgimento. Students will learn about artistic genres and hone analytic skills and writing (rhetorical figures, form, content, stylistics). Students will become familiar with key figures of Italian culture and will learn to trace ideas in literary texts. In English. Does not count toward the Italian minor. Three credit hours. L. Buonocore
JP003j    Premed Academy Students will be paired with MaineGeneral-affiliated physicians in the Waterville area for intensive job shadowing and clinical observation. They will also develop and complete a project of benefit to the practice of the supervising physician and spend time reflecting on their experiences through group discussions centered on relevant readings. Prerequisite: Biology 163 and 164, or Chemistry 141 and 142, or 145; sophomore or higher standing; and significant interest in medicine as demonstrated through previous volunteer work or job shadowing. Application required. Upload résumé, unofficial academic record including courses in progress, and cover letter describing your learning goals and the relevance of the course to your professional plans in CareerLink. Noncredit. Berkner
JP006j    Furniture Making An introduction to the basic techniques and design skills that will enable students to create fine furniture. Hand- and power-tool techniques taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. $100 lab fee. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Contact Daniel Camann at djcamann@colby.edu Noncredit. Camann
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. 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. Previously offered as JP097 (2013). Noncredit. Hathaway
JP024j    Sheep to Shawl Visit a Maine sheep farm where you will skirt and wash a fleece and dye skeins of farm wool. Learn to spin and design yarn on a spindle and on a wheel. Thinking about your creative process, learn the characteristics of various fibers (wool breeds, silk, bamboo, cotton and sparkle) and design and create a fiber object using knitting, felting, crochet or other fiber technique. We will talk about the history of hand spinning in the context of the global textile industry. No previous experience is needed. Students will complete a portfolio and fiber object. Nongraded. Noncredit. Fowler
JP143j    Introduction to Entrepreneurship An introduction to the new venture development process, from initial idea through funding and market launch. Identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities, and the development of a comprehensive business plan and funding summary are key learning objectives. Topics also include a review of the new venture funding industry and how these funding sources evaluate, value, and select potential investments. Nongraded. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Previously listed as JP297B (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Prerequisite: Economics 133 recommended but not required. Two credit hours. Downs
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
JP197j    Resettling Refugees and Immigrants in Portland Held in Portland and Westbrook, Maine, where people from more than 80 different countries, speaking more than 55 languages, now live. Students will each live with a refugee or immigrant family, work in public school classrooms as a teacher's aide or at a community health facility, and encounter issues confronting immigrants from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Students write two short reflective essays, keep a journal, meet regularly with the instructor, and attend arranged events. Learning goals include strengthening skills of written and oral reflection and active listening and questioning, increasing self-confidence and self-awareness, learning more about international cultures embedded in American culture, and gaining firsthand knowledge of public education and health issues. Fulfills Practicum requirement of the Education Department. Cost: $100 deposit. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Application, by October 3; deposit by October 15. Contact Professor Thaler at Jeffrey.Thaler@maine.edu for more information or to request an application. Three credit hours. Thaler
JP197Bj    Mental Health: Strength-Based and Person Centered Designed to build awareness and basic skills related to mental health that would benefit any student considering a career in social work, education, human services, mental health, or public safety. Taught from a strength-based approach, includes two national certifications as part of the course work. Students will become nationally certified in the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid curriculum as well as the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum. Specific topics include understanding the perspectives of family members and individuals with a diagnosis, and the role that lived experience can play in driving both service delivery and system change. Three credit hours. Mehnert
JP254j    Stress and the Human-Environment Interaction Explores the scientific evidence of psychological stress resulting from our interaction with the complex environment of modern Western society. Many aspects of our contemporary environment act as stressors and can lead to a wide spectrum of unhealthy stress-induced behaviors and conditions. These stressors can originate from a variety of sources ranging from the normal function of society (e.g., traffic noise, city lights) to the extremes of pollution disasters (e.g., oil spills). We will examine the epidemiological and neuroendocrine evidence of environmentally induced psychological stress. Previously listed as JP297C (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Three credit hours. Buccigrossi
JS097j    Kitchen Judaism: Jewish Identity Formation through Cooking How does food—and more specifically, the act of cooking—shape identity? Meeting in Beth Israel congregation's kitchen in Waterville, we will examine Jewish dietary laws and history before cooking dishes from a range of geographically diverse Jewish cuisines. Students will read food-related memoir and first-person accounts, and each session will begin with a roundtable conversation and brief lecture. After that, we hit the kitchen! Noncredit. Weiss
JS121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik Listed as Music 121. Three credit hours. A, I. Silver
LA247j    Colombian Politics Through Film Listed as Anthropology 247. Three credit hours. Tate
LA275j    Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America Interdisciplinary history of Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, the rise of Getulio Vargas's Estado Novo in Brazil, the role of Zapata as an agrarian warlord in the Mexican Revolution, the failure of the Spanish Republic, and the emergence of Franco's regime. Three credit hours. H, I. Fallaw
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 an application (required) and additional information concerning fees and scheduling, see the Music Department secretary. 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
MU121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik "Degenerate Music" was the term Nazis applied to any music influenced by jazz, the avant-garde, or written by composers of Jewish descent. This music was banned, its composers driven into exile and/or murdered in concentration camps, creating a lost generation that altered the direction of 20th-century musical development. Now there is a worldwide effort to find a historical place for these artists, and this course contributes to that effort. Topics include German anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic thought in works of Wagner, Nazi racial laws targeting Jewish musicians, official agencies and cultural policies, performers and composers as victims and survivors. Three credit hours. A, I. Silver
MU297Jj    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 for albums by Katy Perry, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, and Kiss. Students will use readings in world and art history, ethnomusicology, and cultural theory, and hands-on work with Adobe Photoshop to formulate and debate answers to a number of complex multicultural design problems. Three credit hours. A. Jee
PH416js    Physics and Astronomy Research Continuation of research begun in Physics 415. Prerequisite: Physics 415. One or two credit hours. Faculty
PL253j    Skepticism East and West For as long as there have been philosophers engaged in passionate pursuit of knowledge, there have been skeptics critical of the entire enterprise. Can we really know the Truth about anything? For that matter, how important is it for us to know the Truth? Skeptical thinkers have appeared in all times and cultures. We will engage with three venerable texts: the Zhuangzi from ancient China, Nagarjuna's writings on the Middle Way from ancient India, and the Outline of Skepticism by Sextus Empiricus from ancient Greece. Our goal is to put these authors into dialogue and then join in that dialogue. Prerequisite: A prior course in philosophy. Three credit hours. Cohen
PS352Dj    Seminar: Psychology of Prejudice Despite increasing efforts to eradicate prejudice in our society, we have yet to achieve equality in the treatment and opportunities for many social groups across race, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, and other features. From a social psychological perspective, we will examine the causes and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in their many forms. Both individual and group-level processes impact judgments, performance, and attributing blame to people who hold prejudiced beliefs or people who are targets of prejudice. We will study empirical research and theory to better understand the ways in which stereotypes can be automatic, maintained, and reduced. Prerequisite: Psychology 253. Three credit hours. Bell
RE121j    Catholic Church and Hollywood Explores various ways in which the histories of the Catholic Church and Hollywood intersect: in the works of God/church-obsessed directors (e.g., Alfred Hitchcock and Clint Eastwood); in Hollywood's treatment of Catholic teachings and ritual and of pivotal moments in the Catholic community's history; and in the Catholic hierarchy's attempt to act as Hollywood's censor. Designed to increase students' understanding of Catholic history and culture; provide practice in the art of discussing controversial religious topics; refine students' writing through brief, focused essays on Catholic films; and prepare students to reach their own conclusions about Catholics and Hollywood. Three credit hours. H, U. Campbell
RE297j    The Good Life What does the good life look like? What does it mean to live life well? We explore these questions through engagement with the lives and visions of founding figures from six diverse traditions of imagining a good life: the Buddha, the Hebrew Bible and Talmud, Jesus of Nazareth, Muhammad, John Stuart Mill, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Includes visits from contemporary individuals who understand their lives to be shaped by the traditions in question, and an overnight retreat focused on the 'spiritual autobiographies' of students in the course. Three credit hours. Nelson
RU113j    The Literature and Art of St. Petersburg In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students read Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and other major St. Petersburg writers, and learn about the city's art, architecture, and history in classroom lectures and museums. Theater and concert performances are included. Residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Cost in 2017: $3,300, not including visa application (approximately $300) and optional weekend trip to Moscow ($350). Required meetings on campus in the fall. Early registration required. Contingent on adequate enrollment. Three credit hours. Monastireva-Ansdell
RU297j    Destiny and Chance: The Cinema of Kieslowski (in English) The renowned Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski is best known in the West for his compassionate inquiries into modern society's spiritual and moral dilemmas in his award-winning French films Blue, White, Red, and The Double Life of Veronique. One of the central questions in Kieslowski's ouevre is that of providence. Is there a God who intervenes? Or are the events caused by blind chance? Examines the evolution of Kieslowski's views and art as he moves from realistic esthetics of documentary filmmaking to progressively more philosophical explorations of the inner life, developing a unique style and visual poetics to express issues of transcendence. Conducted in English. Three credit hours. A. Monastireva-Ansdell
SO212Jj    Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis Listed as Environmental Studies 214J. Three credit hours. Gimond
ST197j    Biology and Society: Pandemic Legacy From environmental crises to medical advancements and global food shortages, the life sciences are implicated in some of today's most pressing social issues. Using the board game "Pandemic Legacy" to examine these issues, we scrutinize how developments in biology have shaped and are shaped by society. We will address topics ranging from the role of universities, governments, and public-private partnerships in the development of biology, to controversies about regulation, access, and the role of race and social position. We will also examine how biological facts are used to answer the question of what it means to be human. Three credit hours. Charenko, Lusk
TD264Bj    Applied Performance/Production: Musical Theater Workshop Inspired by the story and music written and composed by Katie Monteleone '18 and Josua Lutian '18, this intensive ensemble workshop performance experience combines professional musical theater artists with Broadway guest artists to establish a creative incubator to stage Lemonade Stand as an original musical theater work. This exciting and rigorous opportunity allows students to fully experience the development of an original work while learning more deeply about musical theater as a genre. Includes a weeklong developmental residency (all expenses paid) in New York City. Performances in Strider Theater Feb. 9-11, 2017. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Auditions on October 24-25. Three credit hours. A. Nuss, Thurston
WG297j    Fashion and Feminism: The Politics of Dress Provides students with a feminist perspective of the intersecting relations of power in which ideas about jfashionr are culturally constructed and in which fashion markets operate. Students will critically examine various chains of the fashion industry, through production, distribution, marketing, and sales from the beginning of the 20th century to present day. Through course readings, films, and independent research, students will develop a deeper understanding of theories that address key concepts such as embodiment, objectification, cultural appropriation, imperialism, militarism, alienated labor, violence, agency, and resistance. Three credit hours. S, U. Macke