Spring 2019AR323: Destroying Culture: Iconoclasm from Antiquity to Today
Four credit hours. Ameri
Students in this humanities theme lab work together to create a digital map and timeline that traces the history of iconoclasm and cultural destruction from antiquity to the present. They explore the religious and political contexts linked to the production, protection, and destruction of material culture by examining specific case studies over a wide geographic and historic span. Students are encouraged to question the forces behind different instances of destruction as well as the meaning they hold for us today. Assessment consists of reading responses, short writing assignments, and a group project.
AR425: Intimate Things
Four credit hours. Harkett
Focusing on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe and America, this seminar explores relationships linking objects, intimate experience and memory. We will ask: How did everyday practices of keeping, wearing, touching, and viewing things shape personal identities, connect people together, and enact stories about the past and the present? How, for example, did miniature paintings mediate relationships between lovers and among friends and family? How did albums and private museums collect and represent the past? How did death masks and hair jewelry help people come to terms with loss? Students will address these questions by reading relevant texts and developing a semester-long research project. Presence of the Past theme course.
AY298: Cultural Accounting of Business and Work
Four credit hours. Menair
An intellectual opportunity to examine business and work as part of culture. We focus on the motives and methods of business with readings from Veblen, Weber, Marx, and Graeber as well as contemporary business textbooks. Students will reflect on people’s lived experiences of markets and work, the culture of modern individualism, and the precarity of work in the 21st century.
CL138: Heroes of the World
Four credit hours. O’Neill
The Greeks, the Romans, the Irish: peoples around the globe have produced their own unique heroes appropriate to the needs and desires of their particular cultures. Nevertheless, these heroes share a variety of traits and experiences. We will examine the similarities and differences of the heroes of Ireland, Greece, Rome, and other cultures and explore why we still crave heroes and how that craving has shaped our present.
CL398: Athenian Democracy as Reality and Idea
Four credit hours. Welser
The rise of democracy in ancient Athens had radical consequences not only for Athens itself, but for the entire Greek world and the whole subsequent course of human history. In this seminar, we will explore what democracy meant to the Athenians and how they sought to realize its ideals. We will examine some of the varied presentations of Athenian democracy in later political thought and evaluate the extent to which democracy can be held responsible for the Athenians’ triumphs and failures. In so doing, we will seek to sharpen our modern understanding of democracy and assess conventional claims concerning democracy’s strengths and weaknesses.
EA263: Buddhism across East Asia
Four credit hours. Orzech
Introduces students to the histories, texts, material culture, and practices of Buddhism in East Asian cultural settings. The spring 2019 offering will focus on Chan/Son/Zen traditions in China, Korea, and Japan. Is there really such a thing as Zen? To answer this question we will do intensive reading of key primary texts (such as the Platform Sutra) and important historical and critical secondary works.
EA355: Aging and Public Policy in East Asia
Four credit hours. Zhang
Students will combine ethnographic studies with demographic data to compare and analyze how East Asian countries cope with challenges of rapid population aging and to explore public policy shifts regarding state and private responsibility for the wellbeing of the elderly. Utilizing interactive data from the United Nation Population Division to compare and project aging trends including fertility rates, life expectancy, median age, and dependence ratio in East Asia. Students will also make two field trips to local eldercare facilities to gain comparative insight on the challenges of aging and eldercare provision in Maine, one of the grayest states in the United States.
EN120: Inventing Nature in New England
Four credit hours. Gibson
This humanities lab course will combine field trips around Maine with work in the Colby Museum and the rare book room. We’ll read some of the classics of New England nature writing, make our own “field journals” on Mayflower Hill, and think about how our ideas of and relationships to the natural world are shaped by our knowledge, our technology, and our historical situation. We’ll read prose and poetry, from Emerson to Maine writer Sarah Orne Jewett’s short stories, to modern poetry broadsides in our library’s collection. When spring finally comes we’ll make a field trip to the Maine coast to see for ourselves the world described in Celia Thaxter’s The Isle of Shoals. We will keep journals and write and revise both research essays and journalistic essays.
EN264: Comparative Studies: Emily Dickinson and English poetry
Four credit hours. Sagaser
This course compares poems by 19th c. American poet Emily Dickinson with poems by writers she admired and read intensely, from Shakespeare and Milton to Keats, the Brontës and E. B. Browning. Students will gain analytical skills and creative strategies for engaging with poetry as they discover poetry’s power to bring thoughts and voices from faraway centuries and continents into the minds and memories of newly present readers and thinkers. They will explore some additional contexts for for Dickinson’s reading and writing, including her education, material conditions, and the Civil War.
EN298: Fake News and the Rise of the Novel
Four credit hours. Reed
Examines the early novel as a site of conjecture and debate about fake news, truth claims, and credibility. We will read four novels spanning almost a century, and let those novels teach us how to distinguish truth from lies, and where such distinctions are most needed.
EN398: Life in Times of Extinction
Four credit hours. Walker
We are living through an event known as the Sixth Extinction. Human impacts on the environment are causing the largest extinction in the last 65 million years. At the same time, humans are discovering and celebrating life in all its biodiversity. Photographs, films, ethological narratives, and biological databases attesting to human interest in newly discovered, and newly endangered, species proliferate. To address this incongruity, this humanities lab will explore a recent strain of scholarship in the environmental humanities that asks how extinction comes to matter to us culturally, ethically, and evolutionarily.
EN493: Seminar: Poetry and Cognition
Four credit hours. Sagaser
Long before psychology and neuroscience were fields of study, poets experimented with language and cognition, discovering ways to engage attention and amplify memory. It makes sense therefore to ask what insights poetry and cognitive science might offer each other now. We’ll invite to our table poetry from the Renaissance to the present along with readings from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and and philosophy of mind. In connection with this year’s Humanities Center theme, we will focus in particular on poetry as a non-electronic yet mighty (because cognition-savvy) technology for bringing together minds and voices not living in the same shares of spacetime.
ES276: Global Change Ecology
Four credit hours. Bruesewitz
Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the principles of climate, ecosystems, and biogeochemistry needed to understand human impacts on the natural environment. Students will study the impacts of climate warming, our changing atmosphere, land-use change, altered hydrologic and nutrient cycles, and other global changes. We will examine key elements of global ecosystem function and investigate how human activities have altered global ecosystems since the Industrial Revolution. We will critically assess scientific evidence for anthropogenic changes, and consider both impacts and solutions to the challenges of global changes. Relies heavily on reading of primary scientific literature and group participation and discussion. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 118 and one college-level science course.
FR361: Creolization, Culture, and Society in the Indian Ocean Islands
Four credit hours. Mauguiere
Explores issues of race, gender, identity, diversity, cultural contact, and conflict in Indian Ocean island cultures and literature written in French through selected writings from Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion, the Seychelles, and the Comoros. We will examine the complex social, cultural and historical context of the region with an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include slavery, “marronage”, cultural hybridity, “métissage,” “coolitude,” and the development of colonial and postcolonial identities and subjectivities. Students will develop their presentation and writing skills through the production of critical essays and research projects.
GE262:Earth’s Climate: Past, Present, and Future
Four credit hours. Koffman
Those who study Earth’s climate history see the presence of the past all around us. In this course we will examine the physical, chemical, and biological interactions that define Earth’s climate. From this foundation, we will explore the mechanisms that shape environmental evolution across a range of timescales, including the role of humans. By collecting and analyzing a lake sediment core, we will develop our own record of past climate change in Maine (last year’s core spanned the past 12,000 years!).
GO238: Politics of War Crime Tribunals
Four credit hours. Rodman
Examines the politics of establishing tribunals to hold individuals criminally accountable for genocide and other atrocity crimes, from the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials after World War II through the International Criminal Court. Central questions involve the nature of post-conflict justice, the degree to which international legal bodies are insulated from or influenced by politics, and the impact of prosecution on transitions from war and dictatorship to peace and democracy. Academic and legal analysis combined with simulated court proceedings. Areas of application include South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Milosevic trial, the Pinochet extradition hearing, and issues surrounding Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.
GS/AY316: Religion and Social Change in Contemporary Africa
Four credit hours. Halvorson
This seminar will build students’ awareness of the religious diversity of contemporary African societies using selected studies from Madagascar, Tanzania, Mali, Mozambique, and other sites. Students will learn to identify the relationship of African religions with diverse, transforming views on biomedicine and healing, urbanization, gender relations, political protest, development and humanitarianism, and the colonial legacy. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical approaches that analyze the role of African religions in dynamic processes of political, economic, and cultural transformation.
GS/AY455: Intervention: The Ethics and Politics of Humanitarianism
Four credit hours. Halvorson
What does it mean to seek to relieve suffering on a global scale? How could such an impulse be political? Students will have the opportunity to critically analyze and understand humanitarian action in global perspective. We will investigate the principles and history of humanitarianism and consider their application on a global scale by a range of humanitarian actors, such as NGOs and states. We will investigate the politics and ethics of philanthropy, volunteerism, and humanitarian-military intervention and will discuss and debate the intersections and divergences between humanitarianism, human rights, and development.
HI232: American Women’s History, 1870 to the Present
Four credit hours. Leonard
An exploration of critical topics in the history of women in America from Reconstruction to the present, including the struggle for suffrage, black women in the aftermath of slavery, women and the labor movement, the impact on women of two world wars, birth control and reproductive freedom, women’s liberation, the feminization of poverty, and the backlash against feminism.
HI255: Slavery, Diaspora, and Revolution: Global Histories of Southeast Asia
Four credit hours. VanderMeer
Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the world and central to President Obama’s pivot to Asia. As the geographical name implies, the region is seemingly locked between two powerful neighbors, India and China, which means that it has received relatively little attention from scholars and contemporary observers alike. This is a shame, as Southeast Asia – consisting of the modern states of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam – has been a crossroads for people, cultures, languages, flora, and fauna for millennia, making it one of the most diverse, surprising, and fascinating regions in the world. For instance, how do we explain that the world’s largest Buddhist temple can be found in the world’s largest Islamic state?
HI297: New Perspectives on the American Revolution
Four credit hours. Reardon
Patriotic narratives associated with the birth of the republic are deeply engrained within the American political identity. Recently, the hit Broadway musical Hamilton brought the production’s namesake and the familiar cast of Founding Fathers back to the center stage of American pop culture. The contributions of political elites of course merit popular and scholarly attention, but should we also consider the experiences, perspectives, and contributions of those outside centers of formal political power? This course will ask that students examine the ways African-Americans, Native Americans, women, loyalists, common farmers, and urban artisans experienced and contributed to the Revolutionary Era.
HI320: Seminar: Joan of Arc: History, Legend and Film
Four credit hours. Taylor
Yes, here we are still talking about her. Joan has inspired tens of thousands of works in every genre since her short lifetime (1412-31). As Marina Warner states: “A story lives in relation to its tellers and receivers, it continues because people want to hear it again, and it changes according to their needs and tastes.” The most important questions surrounding Joan concern the “whys.” Why did experienced nobles and mercenaries follow a teenaged peasant girl to war? Why were the English so afraid of her that they preordained her execution? Why did other clerics in English-controlled areas suffer exile, imprisonment and threats of death rather than take part in her trial? Why did clothing and gender play such an important role in her trial? Why, in 1920, after 500 years, was she canonized? Was Joan a saint or a heretic? Effective military leader/strategist or a figurehead? Woman, Amazon, or androgyne? Patriot, revolutionary or anti-imperialist? Why has Joan become a figure for all times?
HI377: Crossroads of the World: The History of Modern Southeast Asia
Four credit hours. VanderMeer
This class explores the fascinating multi-cultural history of Southeast Asia – “Crossroads of the World” – from the 18th century till the present. While the term “Southeast Asia” is fairly recent (post-1945), the region has been a thoroughfare for people, flora, fauna, and commodities between East Asia, South Asia, Africa, and the Pacific for millennia. Subsequently, it is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the world today. It is home to over 600 million people, has two of the largest cities in the world (Manila and Jakarta), the 2nd largest port in the world (Singapore), the greatest linguistic diversity, the most countries with a majority Buddhist population, the country with the largest Muslim population, the country with the third largest Catholic population, the largest community of overseas Chinese, and does not only have the fourth most populous country, but as many as four countries with larger populations than the United Kingdom. The geography and natural environment of Southeast Asia – such as the contrasts between the rugged uplands and fertile lowlands, the great river systems of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, the most (active!) volcanoes as well as 25,000 plus islands of the Malay Archipelago – has profoundly shaped its history. Taken together, Southeast Asia was cosmopolitan before there even was such a thing.
HI398: South African Women’s Memoir
Four credit hours. Duff
Critical thinking about the entanglement of the past and the present, focusing on a selection of memoirs written by South African women during the segregationist, apartheid, and post-apartheid periods. Memoir was a powerful tool for these women, allowing them to set the (historical) record straight and to describe and rewrite familiar histories from radically new points of view. Provides students with a thorough introduction to modern South African history; they will learn about the politics, uses, and limitations of memoir as genre and will explore the multiple uses of the past in the present.
MU234: From Rockabilly to Grunge: A History of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Four credit hours. A. Zelensky
A survey of rock music, from its roots in country and blues to the alternative rock scene of the 1990s. Rock music will be considered in relation to race, sex, gender, drugs, technology, marketing, and politics to better understand its powerful position in constructing, challenging, and reinforcing various positions of identity. Students will learn to discuss the musical characteristics of a work, identify its genre and era of composition, and contextualize it within a broader framework of American culture and politics.
PS259: Lifespan Development
Four credit hours. Arterberry
A study of human development across the lifespan with emphasis on the general characteristics of development from birth to death. Various theories will be explored to explain developmental processes. Topics include perceptual, cognitive, social, and identity development; the role of families, communities, and culture in development; and death and dying. Students have the option to participate in civic engagement activities in the local community. This applied work helps students explore how to apply the findings of research or tenets of theory to real-world contexts.
RE182: Jews, Judaism, and the Modern World
Four credit hours. Freidenreich
A survey of the social, cultural, intellectual, and political history of the Jews of Europe, the United States, and Israel/Palestine from the 17th century to the present. Traces the emergence of contemporary Judaism in its various manifestations. In addition to developing basic familiarity with the subject matter, students will learn how to interpret specific ideas, movements, biographies, and works of cultural production within the framework of broader dynamics associated with Jewish life in modern times.
RE217:Religion in the Americas
Four credit hours. Harper
Examines religion and culture in the Americas, beginning with Native American religions and European-Indian contact and moving forward to contemporary movements and phenomena. Topics will include slavery and religion, politics and religion, evangelical Christianity, Judaism and Islam in the United States, “cults” and alternative spiritualities, and religion in/as popular culture. While the United States will serve as the primary focus, we will consider issues of cultural exchange across national boundaries in the Western Hemisphere, especially Mexico, Canada, and Caribbean countries. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher standing.
RE298: The Jewish Jesus
Four credit hours. Emanuel
If Jesus is the epicenter of modern Christianity, does it make sense to situate him historically in a Jewish context? Could there be a difference between the contemporary Christian “Jesus of faith” and the “Jesus of history?” How have some persons argued that Jesus is best understood historically as Jewish, and others as Aryan? This course engages these questions and offers extended study into the historical, cultural, and theological contexts from which Jesus—and those who wrote about him—emerged. It also introduces students to the various approaches scholars use to guide these investigations.
RE298B: American Spirituality and the Environment
Four credit hours. Harper
Examines historical and contemporary connections between spirituality and environmentalism in American culture. From early Quakers to mid-19th-century Romantics to contemporary Buddhists, we explore how individuals and groups in the United States have conceived of the relationship between environmentally responsible living, spiritual discipline, and social witness. While the course will span geographic regions, special attention is paid to movements and figures centered in Maine.
SP234: Diversity and Racism in Contemporary Spain
Four credit hours. Allbritton
This course focuses on the cultures and communities that make up contemporary Spain, with particular emphasis on the modern waves of immigration that have radically changed the country. Covering the latter years of the dictatorship and into the democracy (from 1970 forward), we examine how regionalism, multiculturalism, and diversity have been represented across a range of media and literature in Spain. Topics may include Latin American, African and Asian migration and diasporas, sex and sexuality, racial politics, and linguistic and cultural difference in Spain.
SP:398 In the Shadow of Medieval Spain
Four credit hours. Savo
This course examines some well-known medieval literary depictions of Iberian society by Christian, Jewish and Muslim authors, considering the ways in which each literary text portrays, critiques, and/or fabricates a social landscape. These readings are juxtaposed with an exploration of how nostalgia for an absent medieval past is used as a literary topos in modern narrative and poetry. Students will interrogate dichotomies of tolerance and persecution, exile and belonging, originals and translations, while exploring how our modern interpretive frameworks shape the construction of knowledge about the past.
ST120: Information Before and After Google: Impacts and Technologies
Four credit hours. Kugelmeyer
Explores the nature of information and how technology has changed our experience and understanding of it over the past 75 years. Emphasizes the relationship between information and technology and explores the impact of information technologies on societies, organizations, and people. Participants explore how people understand and evaluate information and in what contexts information is valued and why. Students will develop and improve their understanding, critical thought processes, and analytic skills around a range of information technologies. Class format is discussion based, and the focus is on developing scholarly writing skills.
ST132: The Presence of the Past
One credit hour. Cook, Jiang, Walker, van der Meer
How does the past shape our contemporary moment? How does the present inform what we know and feel about the past? To address these questions, this course will explore how our relation to the past is shaped by politics, art, science, and culture. Students will attend public lectures by visiting scholars and Colby faculty. These lectures will examine the political stakes of negotiating between the past and present from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Students will engage in focused discussion and short reflection papers. Nongraded.
JanPlan 2019HI297: Revolutionary Culture in Contemporary China
Three credit hours. Parker
A study of the Cultural Revolution, investigating how present discourses of revolutionary heritage and nationalism shape and define its history. Combines historicizing interpretations with original documents: photojournalism with poster art, present day news with revolutionary speeches, films with their revolutionary predecessors, memoirs with diaries. Placing culture at the center of historiography, we bring into focus the competing epistemologies of the Cultural Revolution itself — its anti-Party, grassroots and anarchic visions — to grapple with how the Chinese Communist Party deploys competing versions of its own historical legitimacy.
TD261: Topics in Performance: Activist Storytelling Workshop
Three credit hours. Weinblatt
Students will create original story-based performance pieces inspired by their own passion — issues such as the environment, race, poverty, reproductive justice, freedom of speech, LGBTQ+ rights, disability, diversity, access to education, etc. Students will explore a variety of writing and performance styles and techniques to engage in creative process and generate material. Culminates in a showcase presentation of solo and small group pieces at Colby and at a professional performance venue in Portland, which will require additional travel and rehearsal time the final week of Jan Plan. No previous writing or performance experience necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
TD361: Advanced Topics in Performance: Presence/Past
Three credit hours.
Directed by a collaborative team of guest artists rooted in visual art, theater, and dance, students will collaborate to create a multi-arts, immersive performance to be installed and performed on tour in Boston. Through both practiced and cutting edge methods, the process examines the tenuous state of communication in our technologically-mediated culture. Artists will examine the relationship between personal and collective histories translated through memory. Interested students studying abroad in either the fall or spring semesters should contact Professor Annie Kloppenberg. Prerequisite: Theater and Dance 164 or audition.
Fall 2018AR285 History of Photography
Four credit hours. Saltz
Introduction to the major aesthetic and cultural debates surrounding photography, from the announcement of its invention in 1839 through the postmodern era (ca. 1990). Investigates aesthetic styles and the ways they respond to the question of whether a mechanical medium can produce art. Considers documentary and ethnographic uses of photographs and asks how they construct ideas about “the real.” Primary focus is on the Anglo-American tradition. Essay assignments, oral presentations, and discussion emphasize visual analysis skills and the ability to read images in their aesthetic and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Art major or minor, or sophomore or higher standing.
AY232: Oral History Ethnographic Research Lab: Waterville Main Street
Two credit hours. Tate
In this ethnographic research lab, students will explore the theory and practice of oral history. They will read from a range of sources about the challenges of producing oral history, and they will conduct both archival research and produce oral histories examining the history of Waterville Main Street using Colby’s Special Collections and with Waterville residents. Drawing on Digital Maine’s previous projects (including American Studies 221, “Mapping Waterville”), the class will produce a collective project presenting oral histories of Waterville Main Street.
AY344: Black Radical Imaginations
Four credit hours. Bhimull
A seminar about the complex history of black radical imagination. Explores how black people have long used imagination as a strategy for survival, resistance, emancipation, liberation, and to create worlds of joy and love. It is concerned with black intellectual activism in the African diaspora and examines a range of cultural movements against racialized forms of oppression, including black surrealism and Afrofuturism.
EC470 Seminar: The City in Economic History
Four credit hours. Siodla
Since its founding, the United States has steadily become urbanized. What economic forces have caused people to move to cities? Can history explain today’s urban locations and spatial patterns? Focusing primarily on U.S. urban growth since 1800, students will read, present, and discuss academic articles on topics such as suburbanization, zoning, local infrastructure investment, urban quality of life, housing, and racial and economic inequality. Students will build the economic models and tools necessary to complete an original empirical research paper in urban economic history.
EN397: Poetry Remixes
Four credit hours. L. Ardam
Remixing, re-visioning, rewriting, appropriation, quotation, and recycling are key methods and concerns for many 20th- and 21st-century poets. This humanities lab will study 100 years of poetic remixing in units on gender, race and identity, and culture. We will work with Special Collections and the Colby Museum, including a project on the found language poetry of Bern Porter. We will ask questions such as: How and why do poets engage other art and cultural forms? How does remixing shape our understanding of history and politics? What does our poetic engagement with the past tell us about how we view our political moment?
GS245: Memory and Politics
Four credit hours. Yoder
This writing-intensive course invites students to consider how governments and other actors frame the past, for what purposes, and with what effects. The focus is on post-1945 Europe, however students are welcome to examine non-European cases in their own work. Through a variety of writing exercises, students will engage with discipline- and culture-specific debates about whether and how a society should address its past, particularly after periods of violence and authoritarian or totalitarian rule.
HI338 History in Reverse: Backwards through the Records from Now to Then
Four credit hours. H. Leonard
Professional historians are often drawn to the field by their interest in or concern about current affairs, whose historical roots they seek to understand. Similarly, we will begin by focusing collectively on a contemporary issue, problem, or development (such as the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton or the collapse of the paper industry in central Maine), and then trace backwards through the relevant historical records for evidence of causation and contingency. Students will then choose a topic of interest and repeat the process, developing skills in effective research, clear and precise writing, critical source analysis, and oral presentation.
LT297 Seneca’s Medea
Four credit hours. O’Neill
In this class, we shall read selected passages from Seneca’s Medea. Seneca’s version of the story of Medea’s terrible vengeance on the guilty and innocent alike warns us that injustice begets injustice, and asks how divine power can permit evil to triumph. The play draws on contemporary dilemmas of Imperial Rome (Seneca’s “Present”) but explores them in the “safe” context of a Greek tragic “Past.”
RU242: Back to the Future: Recent Russian Cinema
Four credit hours. Monsastireva-Ansdell
What role does Russia’s “most important art” play in shaping the nation’s myths, its present and future? How does it legitimate or subvert the official notions of usable and unusable past? What has caused the shift from the rigorous interrogation of the Soviet past in the 1990s to the revival and reintegration of Soviet-era policies, practices, and values in the 21st century? How does the Kremlin use the cinema as an ideological tool against the West and Hollywood? What are the artistic and discursive strategies of the Putin-era independent filmmakers, variously referred to as “the New Wave” or “New Quiets,” in an increasingly homogeneous and controlled public sphere (Wilmes)? Examins a variety of genres (drama, the war film, comedy, fantasy, criminal thriller, historical epic, the musical), as well as a range of social issues and changing representations of social structures, ethnic relations, and gender roles in contemporary Russia.
WP115G First-Year Writing: Rich and Poor in American Novels
Four credit hours. W1. Harrington
This humanities lab invites students to explore 19th-21st century American novels through the lens of class extremes, with a special focus on homes and material domestic culture. Through a close study of four novels centered on dwelling spaces, from mansions to migrant camps to squats, students will investigate how narrative and artistic production construct and reiterate characterizations of “rich” and “poor,” reflecting critically on their own notions of class in today’s era of income inequality. Lab components include musical research, a trip to the Victoria Mansion in Portland, a Colby Museum writing assignment, a reflective blog, a curated exhibit in Miller Library, and group presentations on material culture.