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Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned. Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required. Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.
Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008. Lists are subject to change at any time. Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.
Just after the antagonism of World War I, America faced the domestic issue of radical political dissidents on its home soil. Refugees escaping the ravages of war and reconstruction in their own countries came to America with politics that were, occasionally, outside the acceptable limits of democratic ideology. The politics of post-nationalism had become a threat with the success of the Russian revolution, and the rhetoric of union bosses seemed equivalent with that of socialists and bomb throwing anarchists. America began to organize its culture and its political machinery against the ravages of anarchism, socialism, communism, and fascism-a process that often meant withdrawal into attitudes of isolationism and racism.
This class will cover the creation of American enemies during three decades of the Twentieth Century (from the end of the First World War to the opening moves of the Cold War). We will be looking at American propaganda campaigns, commercial film successes, print journalism, and the political literature that helped to define UnAmerican ideology from the First Red Scare to the Second. The goal of this class is to interpret American anti-ideological propaganda-its development, its general trends, and its obvious implications for later attempts at defining the American enemy. Prerequisite: None
|Heroes and Martyrs CD||Zinn||$20.00|
|Red Emma Speaks||Goldman||$29.98|
|V Was for Victory||Blum||$21.95|
|America Views the Holocause, 1933-1945||Abzug||$17.75|
|America's Second Crusade||Chamberlin||$12.00|
The semester is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Students will present research in progress and read and critique each other's writing. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Everyone lives someplace, but how people conceive of where they live differs according to particular cultural senses of space and place. In this course we will draw on readings from a number of world areas to consider how spaces may be embodied, engendered, inscribed, torn apart, crossed, and drawn together; how people relate to different places experientially and expressively; and how how different places reflect and help create -- or problematize people's identities. An integral part of the class will be student-conducted fieldwork on course-related topics. Prerequisite: Coursework in the social sciences
|Anthropology of Space and Place||Low||$52.95|
|Senses of Place||Feld||$29.95|
This course will explore how the body is experienced and used to make sense of the world. We will begin the semester considering a range of issues having to do with the body: the symbolic and metaphorical body, the body in motion, body senses, the gendered body, the body politic, the body at the beginning and end of life, body parts. The final several weeks will be devoted to a consideration of the body understood in ritual contexts. Prerequisite: None
|Body: The Key Concepts||Blackman||$24.95|
This tutorial will examine the artists of Delft, more specifically Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch, focusing on how art from this providence was unique to the specific identity of Delft, if indeed it was. I would like to focus on scenes of domestic life within these two authors oeuvres and learn more about how these two artists dealt with ideas of gender and the domestic sphere. I would also like to spend some time reading about iconology specific to the Dutch baroque.
Early Renaissance Italy was a place ripe for artistic and cultural revolution: the return of the papacy to Rome, the Venetian conquest of Constantinople, the rediscovery of Plato and Aristotle, and the beginning of empirical science redefined the social and political landscape. In this course we will discuss the impact of these factors on the rise of later Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. How did new discoveries in anatomical dissection, for instance, affect artists' rendering of the human body? But perhaps more importantly, how did such discoveries and depictions change our understanding of what it means to be human in the first place? Our concepts of genius, competition, and scholasticism arguably originated in this period. Students will thus explore the role of art in the shaping of these and other key themes in early modern history. Prerequisite: None
|Art in Renaissance Italy 3rd||Paoletti||$124.80|
This course will provide an introduction to the history of mostly Western painting, sculpture, architecture and other media from the Renaissance through the present day. Emphasis will be put on cultivating the analytical skills needed to critically discuss and interpret canonical works of art and movements. Prerequisite: None
|Gardner's Art Through the Ages: a Global History V. 2 13th||Kleiner||$159.95|
During the last thirty years, the People's Republic of China has achieved economic growth on a historically unprecedented scale. But at what cost? This class will consider some of the problems that have attended China's tremendous development: environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, and human rights. While each problem has roots that run deep in Chinese history, each also has very distinctive contemporary expressions. After a brief survey of contemporary China's political, economic, and geographic framework, we will examine the relationship between individuals, social movements, and the state through case studies on water quality, ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, the pro-democracy movement of Tiananmen Square, and the One-Child Policy. Students will write frequent responses to the reading, and will track, over the course of the term, specific issues of interest to them using on-line resources. Prerequisite: None
|Will the Boat Sink the Water?||Guidi||$15.95|
|Neither Gods nor Emperors||Calhoun||$24.95|
|Governing China's Population||Greenhalgh||$26.00|
|River Runs Black 2nd||Economy||$19.95|
Reading the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi may tell us what Daoists believe, but what do they do? In this course we will consider not the tenets, but the central practices of Daoism. Using the works of historians, anthropologists, scholars of religion, medical practitioners, tai-chi masters, poets, and other wanderers on the way, we will explore ritual, self-cultivation, health, and community organization in the Daoist experience. Students will write a substantial research paper over the course of the semester. Prerequisite: Prior coursework in Asian Studies or prior training in meditation or martial arts
|Web That Has No Weaver||Kaptchuk||$21.95|
|Taoism: The Enduring Tradition||Kirkland||$36.95|
The objective of this class is to learn about the biology behind many of today's social issues, including antibiotic resistance, infectious diseases, stem cell research, environmental land use and climate change. Prerequisite: None
General Biology serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. In this second semester we will explore biological concepts at the organismal and population level. Topics will include evolution, the diversity of life, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, and ecology.
Prerequisite: General Biology 1 or permission by instructor.
|Biological Science 3rd||Freeman||$202.67|
Further exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting with independent student projects and a survey of campus vernal pool ecosystems. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology II
Sexual reproduction in flowering plants involves a complex series of processes. How is pollen transferred among plants? How do seed and fruit production occur? How are seeds and fruits dispersed? How do seeds germinate and seedlings become established to begin the next generation of plants? We will explore physiological, ecological, and evolutionary dimensions of these questions. Examples will include a diversity of plant taxa in ecosystems throughout the world. Prerequisite: General Biology or permission of instructor
|Ecology of Seeds||Fenner||$65.00|
This course will introduce students to the primary forming methods in ceramics as well as providing the building blocks for a technical understanding of the material and processes. Students will be encouraged in a variety of making techniques working both sculpturally and functionally. Prerequisite: None
Building on basic wheel-throwing skills, assignments will examine the use of the wheel in the creation of both functional and sculptural work. Focus will be on component pieces and strategies for altering the symmetrical wheel thrown form. See Theory in Art Practice for optional 2 credit add-on. Prerequisite: Ceramics I
The central topic of general chemistry is the composition of matter and transformations of matter, and we will continue to focus on how these microscopic transformations underlie our macroscopic experiences. In the second half of this course we will examine in detail models of chemical bonds, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria, and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of organic chemistry, and environmental chemistry will continue to be a secondary theme of the course as we relate all of these topics to the effects of human activity on our environment.
We will start each chapter with an overview & presentation of selected topics, followed by discussions of the chapter, problem-solving sessions and homework review.
Prerequisite: General Chemistry I (NSC158)
|Principles of General Chemistry 2nd||Silberberg||$207.35|
The laboratory sessions for the second semester will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on the properties of organic compounds, reactions of organic compounds, and bio-remediation. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and we will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in our lab experiments. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic chemistry takes its name from the ancient idea that certain molecules - organic molecules - could only be made by living organisms. In second semester organic chemistry we will continue our study of different classes of organic compounds and their reactions. The first part of the semester will include material on important analytical techniques such as IR spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. In the latter part of the semester we will turn to the original realm of organic chemistry - living systems. For example, we will examine properties and reactions of amines, carboxylic acids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides and proteins, and lipids. This semester will also include a special focus on the process of olfaction in humans. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I (NSC12)
|Emperor of Scent||Burr||$16.00|
|Organic Chemistry 6th||Bruice||$223.80|
This is a beginner's course in Ancient Greek. Greek is a truly special language, with an incredible variety of expression, beauty of sound, and richness of thought, literature, and history. It is also a challenging language, and students should be prepared for regular short quizzes to reinforce material as we go along, but consistent effort will pay rich dividends. We'll be working from John Taylor's 'Greek to GCSE', which introduces students to the basic elements of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary through stories set in authentic Ancient Greek contexts. Prerequisite: None
|Greek to GCSE Pt. 1||Taylor||$24.95|
This is a continuation of Latin IA. Prerequisite: Latin IA
|Wheelock's Latin 6th Rev.||Wheelock||$21.99|
|Wheelock's Latin Workbook||Wheelock||$17.99|
|38 Latin Stories||Groton||$19.00|
This course is a continuation of Latin IIA. We will finish Wheelock's Latin and move on to studying a variety of original Latin by the end of the semester. This course is a necessary foundation for Plan work in Latin. Prerequisite: Latin IIA
|Cambridge Latin Anthology||Carter||$20.00|
This course will fall into three parts: first we will look at the Roman emperors and their opponents, from the bumbling Claudius to the debauched Nero; second, we will consider Roman society from top to bottom - from miserable slaves and the urban poor to the provincial elites who aped and opposed their imperial masters in equal measure; finally we will turn to religion, contemplating the radically unfamiliar 'pagan' religious system, the position of Jews in the ancient world, and the astonishing rise of Christianity at the end of our period. Throughout we will encounter some eminently modern themes: the corrupting nature of power; the enduring role of propaganda and public relations; the nature and meaning of meaning of cultural change; the varied forms of oppression and resistance; and the position of minority groups in a multicultural world.
This course will above all be centered around the close reading of a set of core sources (both literary and visual), but we will also consider famous recent artistic interpretations of the period (including 'I Claudius', 'Gladiator', and 'Caligula'). We will approach this period from as many angles as possible in our effort to build up a full picture of this incredible society (literary, artistic, architectural, economic, and even sociological) and so this course would make an ideal complement to other courses in areas such as history, culture, religion, or politics. Prerequisite: None
|Lives of the Caesars||Suetonius||$13.95|
|Aspects of Roman History AD 14-117||Alston||$39.95|
|Roman World 44 BC-AD 180||Goodman||$45.95|
A close look at a number of classic computational recipes and the ideas behind them. Topics may be drawn from data structures, sorting, searching, compression, randomness parsing, cryptography, and numerical methods. This is an intermediate level foundation course, strongly recommended for folks considering further work in computer science, and an intro to the material in the Artificial Intelligence course next fall. The programming languages used will depend on the participants but will likely include C. Prerequisite: Experience with programming and discrete math
A hands-on exploration of interactive electronics using a programmable microcontroller such as the Arduino, some sensors, motors, and a computer. (A lab fee will cover basic electronic components. You may decide to get more depending on the term project you choose.) Expect to play around with multimeters, soldering irons, and a 3D printer. As project based do-it-yourself experience, this may be repeated for credit. And as someone with lots of experience with this stuff, Alex Hiam will co-teach it with Jim.
Prerequisite: some exposure to foundation courses in physics and/or computers
A mathematical introduction to the theory of computation. Topics include automata such as Turing machines, formal anguages such as context-free grammars, and computability questions as described by "NP-complete" problems and Godel's incompleteness theorem. This is an upper level course that presents the foundations of theoretical computer science. Expect practice with lots of mathematical proofs, with programming examples to
build intuition. Prerequisite: Programming experience and formal math
|Introduction to the Theory of Computation 2nd||Sipser||$237.00|
An exploration of cultural ideas of geography and history identifying the "East" and "West" with a focus on the Balkans and connections between European cultures and the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. We will use history, literature, and film, to discuss orientalism, "nesting orientalisms," and self-orientalizing, as part of multiculturalism, recent wars, and contemporary struggles over national identity. Prerequisite: Reading-centered coursework in the humanities or social sciences
|Bridge on the Drina||Andric||$15.00|
|Balkans: A Short History||Mazower||$13.95|
|Imagining the Balkans||Todorova||$24.95|
|Wild Europe: The Balkans||Jezernik||$24.95|
"Comes over one an absolute necessity to move," D.H. Lawrence wrote, "And what is more, to move in some particular direction." Traveling has always been part of human life, but how did it become a form of entertainment or leisure? Tourism today is one of the largest industries in the world; what is its impact on the way we organize societies, create and present our cultural identities, and envision the world of others? In this course, we'll explore the history of travel for pleasure, the nature of tourist experiences, the tales we tell of travel, and the ways people are changing their lives in response to tourism-- in cultural displays, social interactions, and commercial ventures like theme parks, packaged tours, television contests, and public stories of life as an accessible adventure. Prerequisite: Coursework in the humanities or social sciences
|Israeli and Palestinian Postcards||Semmerling||$24.95|
|On the Beaten Track||Lippard||$18.95|
Learn a vocabulary of expressive movement, how to follow, lead, and improvise in a close partnership, all to a variety of great music. Argentine Tango is an evolving social dance, popular throughout the world - even here in Brattleboro. Prerequisite: None
This course will examine the many ways in which gender is represented, constructed, and questioned through the dancing body. American stage performance and the training of stage performers will be our primary locus of study. However, the course will also engage in some investigation of social dancing, exotic dance, and dances of other cultures. Drawing from gender theory, feminist theory, queer theory, we will build a conceptual framework to help us analyze the embedded gender narratives in the dances we see and do. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
|Male Dancer 2nd||Burt||$35.95|
In this course, students will develop students skills in modern dance movement and performance, supported by an introductory study of dance notation. Labanotation, a system for recording and analyzing movement, is an important, albeit complex, tool for the articulate dancer, requiring extensive study to master. Fortunately a community of practitioners has evolved from it a simplified system, motif notation, to help dancers think and communicate about dance. The technique component of this course will use motif notation as a tool for clarifying the primary intention of a movement and a memory device for learning and remembering movement sequences. The repertory component will further explore motif notation as a strategy for generating movement ideas and elaborating on themes. In addition to improvisation and rigorous technical training in the dance classroom, students will be expected to write and to generate material from written scores outside of class-time.
Prerequisite: Prior dance experience and permission of the instructor
T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a gentle exercise that can be done by all. An investment of ten minutes per day of T'ai Chi practice in the morning and evening can yield a great return for one's overall health and psychological well being. At advanced levels, the principals of T'ai Chi are a formidable system of self-defense. In this course, students will learn the first half of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing's "simplified" Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan form.T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a gentle exercise that can be done by all. An investment of ten minutes per day of T'ai Chi practice in the morning and evening can yield a great return for one's overall health and psychological well being. At advanced levels, the principals of T'ai Chi are a formidable system of self-defense. In this course, students will learn the first half of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing's "simplified" Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan form. Prerequisite: None
An introductory course in West African Dance. Students will learn traditional movements, rhythms, and dances from different ethnic groups of Guinea, West Africa. All classes will be accompanied by live drumming, and instruction will be given on the different types of drums used in these traditions, as well as the complex polyrhythms that will be played. Students will learn to respond to the various breaks given by the drummers signaling them to start, change or stop their movement.
Lectures on African history, geography, and culture provide a background for understanding the importance of dance in African life. Some video viewings will be shown of Professional Guinea dancers both in performance, and live footage from different Dundunba's (Guinea dance
parties) in Conakry, Guinea. Assignments may include attending a performance outside of class and participating in a showcase at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: None
Political economists, politicians, and pundits offer various and seemingly contradictory analysis and advice on the present state of the economy and the urgent policy challenges we face. Can we reconcile -or at least appreciate-these differences, and can we arrive at our own informed understanding? This course draws on insights from economic theory, institutional analysis, and current events in considering such aspects of macroeconomic structure and performance as inflation, unemployment, growth, taxation, inequality, debt, money and credit, exchange rates, and trade policy. This course and Intermediate Microeconomics together constitute the core sequence in Economics normally required for Plan work in the field. Prerequisite: Introductory economics or permission of instructor
The nonprofit sector includes museums, international aid agencies, colleges, environmental NGOs, foundations, cooperatives, homeless shelters, religious institutions, community development organizations, and health clinics, among many other types, but not all such organizations. And why these? This course surveys the political economy of nonprofit organizations in the US and around the world--their diversity and scope, reasons for being, sources of support, and varied roles in policy-making and value formation.
Additionally, the course examines charity and philanthropy as practices closely intertwined with the nonprofit sector. Course readings will be supplemented by individual research projects. Students should consider co-enrolling in Kate Jellema's Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management, a course for nonprofit professionals offered at the Marlboro Graduate School and open for the first time to Marlboro undergraduates. Undergraduate enrollment in that course is limited to 6 students; priority for that course will be given to students co-enrolled in this course. Co-enrolled students may elect a 2-credit option in this course if needed to manage credit load.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
|Taking Philanthropy Seriously||Damon||$27.95|
|Freedom from Want||Smillie||$24.95|
Sustainability is a widely used term suggesting the ability of a system to maintain itself or for a process to continue indefinitely. In this course, we will examine the ecological basis of sustainability and explore agricultural, forest, marine, and urban systems. Although we will focus on ecological sustainability, a senior Plan student will lead documentary viewings and discussions regarding cultural and economic, as well as ecological, dimensions of sustainability in Latin America. Prerequisite: None
This workshop will provide students with hands-on opportunities to edit episodes of the Marble Hill comedy series and, by doing so, enhance their skills and theoretical background. Students will be given weekly assignments that focus on particular aspects of cutting narrative material. Emphasis will be given to the idea of orienting the viewer fully in the scene, through the establishment of mood and place, timing narrative articulation and pacing, and character development. Outside films will also be screened to illustrate editing technique. Students who wish may also work on their own projects and bring them into class for review and critique. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Students will work to continue development and production of the Marble Hill series of ten-minute comedy episodes for a web-based series. Writers, directors, actors, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists are encouraged to enroll so that students can work in groups where they collaborate and draw on each others interests and abilities.
The goal of this class is to advance production skills development and facilitate the students' acquisition of the means to achieve more disciplined expression in narrative film. This will involve focused work in script development, film acting, directing, camera coverage, lighting, sound recording, design, and editing.
Student production teams will develop scripts, plan production, scout locations, shot list, cast, rehearse, produce and post-produce the episodes.
Students interested in participating should e-mail Jay Craven at email@example.com.
The 1960's American film movement combined independent sensibilities with studio distribution that made possible the most creative period in Hollywood history. Influenced by the French New Wave and other European filmmakers, the New Hollywood included John Cassevetes, Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Brian DePalma, Dennis Hopper, Woody Allen, George Lucas, Arthur Penn, Paul Schrader, Terrence Mallick, and others. The films scheduled for screening include Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Graduate (1967), Easy Rider (1969), Chinatown (1974), Annie Hall (1977), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), American Graffitti (1973), The Conversation (1974), Badlands (1973), The Last Picture Show (1971), Woman Under the Influence (1974), Blue Collar (1978), and Sisters (1973).
Students will be expected to write weekly film critiques that engage the picture and develop a personal response that enlarges our thinking. The class is open to all interested students-with an enrollment cap of 12.
This course will provide an introduction of the study of history focused on Europe from the end of the medieval period till the beginning of the modern Era. Prior to mid-terms, we will cover major elements in the development of European nations and peoples including religious changes, imperial expansion, economic systems, and cultural identity. After having covered the basic timeline, students in the course will choose and present on several areas that will be covered in greater depth. Options might include but are not limited to: Early Navigation, the Reformation, Enlightenment Philosophy, the 17th Century Crisis, Sex and Gender, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution or others. These topics will involve the presentation of a historiographic debate and will frequently be student led.
|Early Modern Europe 1450-1789||Wiesner-Hanks||$47.00|
|Reformation and Early Modern Europe||Whitford||$39.00|
By focusing on the historical archives and primary source material available here in Windham county, students will be able to do genuine historical research based in the archives of our local townships. Throughout the semester, we will look at the history of Vermont, Marlboro, Brattleboro, and the college itself through a variety of lenses including natural history, archeology, photography, and archival work. We will discuss persistent questions addressed through local and micro-history as well as focus on the more advanced techniques useful in all areas of historical research. The long Thursday afternoon timeslot will be used to visit to several historical societies and museums. Prerequisite: permission of instructor
|Pursuit of Local History||Kammen||$34.95|
|Deep Look at a Small Town||Holzapfel||$31.50|
|On Doing Local History 2nd||Kammen||$32.95|
The seminar will follow five paths through the years 1870-1970 to illuminate the development of several issues in the contemporary world. These paths will include three French republics and their army, Japan in the Pacific, the British in Asia, the question of Palestine, and the United States becomes a world power. This class fulfills the WSP course requirement for The Origins of the Contemporary World. Prerequisite: Previous work in American Studies, Cultural History, Asian Studies or permission of the instructor
|Unmaking of the Middle East||Salt||$18.95|
|In the Ruins of Empire||Spector||$16.00|
|First Vietnam War||Lawrence||$27.00|
|1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War||Morris||$22.00|
Introductory class on topics of Space Studies, including history of the Space Race and exercises in coordination and cooperation. Taught by student: Eric Toldi Prerequisite: None
This course will cover a wide variety of research techniques and develop the students' knowledge of the many databases and search platforms available at the college. We will also spend some time looking at persistent questions in research such as the role of online information, plagiarism, and others. This course can compliment any year of course work. Much of the practice use of databases and search systems can be used directly for work being done in other courses - it is our hope that this course will generally make your life easier. Prerequisite: None
Students will master the fundamental elements of running a nonprofit agency. Topics include: Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Marketing, Donor Fundraising, Grants and Earned Income, Financial Management for Nonprofits, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, and Boards and Governance. The class will meet at the Marlboro College Graduate School in downtown Brattleboro on 10 Fridays during the spring term, each time from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Students will be assessed on the basis of three elements: (1) creation of a short "case report" on a particular nonprofit organization; (2) participation in the face-to-face workshops, and (3) active engagement in ten time-limited online discussion forums. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a professional development certificate in nonprofit management issued by the Marlboro College Graduate School, and will be prepared to take a leadership role in any mission-driven organization.
Undergraduate enrollment in Fundamentals of Nonprofit Management will be capped at 6 students. Priority will be given first to students co-enrolled in Jim Tober's Philanthropy, Advocacy and Public Policy seminar; and thereafter to students for whom this could be a Plan course; sophomores or juniors; and students with experience working in the nonprofit sector. Enrollment by permission of instructor: please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
This course is designed for students with previous of the Arabic language. Arabic IB will be divided in two parts. The first part is a revision on the Alif Baa book. The second part of the course introduces the text Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One. Building upon the skills gained in the first part of the course, we will focus on developing the four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). We will also immerse ourselves in Arabic language and culture through various activities. Building vocabularies and mastering basic grammatical structures. We'll also stress training in reading and writing Arabic sentences and in enhancing spoken skills necessary for a variety of daily activities. As the course progresses, more emphasis will be placed on describing self, family members, career plans, and abstract matters like personal feelings and decisions. Prerequisite: Arabic IA
|Al-kitaab Pt. 1 2nd||Brustad||$59.95|
This is the second half of first-year Chinese. Its aim is still to help students to develop communicative competence in the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing the Chinese language. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use in everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. Students continue to learn Chinese characters as well as pinyin in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese situations. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course.
Prerequisite: Elementary Chinese I or permission of the instructor
|Chinese Link: Elementary Chinese Workbook Simplified Character Version||Wu||$73.33|
|Chinese Link: Elementary ChineseText Simplified Character Version||Wu||$104.00|
This course builds on the basic knowledge acquired in Elementary German I, allowing students to gain a better understanding of the German-speaking peoples and their language and culture. All four foreign language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) will be practiced to help students acquire communicative competence. In addition, through a wide variety of media, students will deepen the insight gained in Elementary German I into the inextricable relationship of language and culture, providing a foundation for critical awareness of both "things foreign" and their own native culture(s). The course is intended for students who have successfully completed a first-semester college-level German course or at least one year of German in high school.
|Kontakte 6th Workbook||Tschirner||$79.00|
Offers a dynamic and interactive introduction to Spanish and Spanish American cultures. The course covers the basic grammar structures of the Spanish language through extensive use of video, classroom practice, and weekly conversation sessions with a native-speaking language assistant. It is a continuation of Spanish I. Prerequisite: Prior semester Spanish or some Spanish
|Vistas 3rd MAESTRO WebSAM Passcode||Blanco||$65.00|
|Vistas: Introduccion a la lengua Espanola 3rd||Blanco||$143.45|
This course is the continuation of Intermediate Chinese I. Students will continue to learn more essential skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to modern Chinese society. While equal emphasis will be given to both characters and structures, students will be guided to write more Chinese essays. Activities related to the broad spectrum of Chinese culture will be organized to facilitate language learning with knowledge and analysis of the cultural background of the language.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Chinese I or permission of the instructor
|Chinese Link Intermediate L. 2 Pt. 2||Wu||$54.67|
|Chinese Link Workbook L. 2 Pt. 2||Wu||$40.00|
Modern Standard Arabic Upper Intermediate Course is designed to further develop students' proficiency and communication in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The main objective of this course is to enhance the students' abilities to converse on a variety of topics (e.g. the press, literature, social aspects, education, etc.). Another objective is to read, narrate and discuss authentic materials in Arabic. Students will gain a complete understanding of almost all of the basic grammar structures of Modern Standard Arabic. This knowledge will enable them to perform all of the functions listed in Al-kitaab (part II) chapters. In addition, they will read and discuss one short story written in Modern Standard Arabic. A brief introduction to some aspects of the Arab literature and Classical writings of the Islamic world will be provided on weekly basis. Prerequisite: Intermediate Modern Arabic IIA
|Al-kitaab Pt. 1 2nd||Brustad||$59.95|
|Al-Kitaab 2nd Pt. 2||Brustad||$59.95|
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the major issues in syntactic theory, including phrase structure, the lexicon, case theory, binding, movement, locality conditions, and logical form. It aims to strengthen students' foundational knowledge of linguistic theory and prepares them for more advanced study. Prerequisite: Grammar of Science or permission of the instructor
|Introduction to Government and Binding Theory 2nd||Haegeman||$77.95|
This course is an introduction to cognitive linguistics, which studies language and thought together. Linguistic behavior provides some of the most complex and explicit evidence about many aspects of human cognition, and cognitive science in general explains many fundamental features of language. Why and how does a single linguistic label get linked to a particular range of meanings? How are categories different across human languages and cultures, and how are they similar? Do people think differently when they use different linguistic categories? Why do all languages have metaphoric and metonymic extensions of categories? What is the role of metaphor in reasoning? How does language shape human understanding and experience? This course responds to these and related questions, and the perspective it takes in answering them assumes that human thought is ineradicably embodied. Cognition, in other words, arises from the sensorimotor experience of an embodied neural system in interaction with its physical environment. Prerequisite: None
|Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things||Lakoff||$26.00|
|Body in the Mind||Johnson||$26.00|
|Way We Think||Fauconnier||$22.00|
|Metaphors We Live By||Lakoff||$16.00|
This course will center on the "American Renaissance"--that period between, roughly, 1830 and 1870 that witnessed the burst of intense intellectual and artistic energy that produced some of the most memorable and enduring American literature. We will examine as much of that literature as we can, in a range of genres: slave narratives from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, essays from Emerson and Thoreau, novels from Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, poetry from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Our goal in examining these works will always be double: on the simplest level, we will be interested in how these writers interpreted and responded to the places and times in which they lived; on a deeper level, though, we will consider how each of these works--and all of them together--attempts to create something we might call now an "American consciousness," attempts to invent, or re-invent, America. The point of the course is to read as much as we can, more than anything else--to develop a firm understanding of both canonical and non-canonical 19th century American literature, and to consider how that literature has helped to shape not just the literature that followed it, but the way we think about ourselves as Americans. This will NOT be a writing seminar: it will involve far too much reading for that. Students, though, will be expected to write about what they read on a regular basis and to lead discussions on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: Must have passed the writing requirement. Otherwise, a love for the written word and at least a liking for American literature.
|Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson||Emerson||$16.95|
|Walden and Other Writings||Thoreau||$11.95|
|Uncle Tom's Cabin 2nd||Stowe||$21.30|
|Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl||Jacobs||$18.00|
|Narrative of the Live of Frederick Douglas||Douglass||$11.00|
|Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson||Dickinson||$21.99|
|Moby Dick 2nd||Melville||$22.05|
An experiment in the relation of poetry to performance, as something other than text. We will recite and perform poems, critiquing performance. Emphasis will be on oral presentation, but we will also consider poems set to music, graphic presentations of poems, et cetera. Prerequisite: None
|Anthology of Modern American Poetry||Nelson||$69.95|
Designed as an introduction to drama, poetry and prose fiction this course familiarizes students with literary analysis and further develops their oral and written skills. The course explores the formal elements of drama, poetry, prose fiction and essay through readings from Spain, Spanish America & Equatorial Guinea. Special emphasis is placed on writing critically and persuasively. Ideally, students will develop a greater understanding of Spanish by learning to read closely, argue clearly, and speak confidently about literature. Conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: 3/4 semesters of college Spanish or equivalent
|Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica 6th||Virgillo||$111.50|
Kings, queens, knights, damsels, battles, magic, quests, the Holy Grail. These are some of the common images associated with King Arthur and his court. This course will survey a number of medieval and modern works surrounding the stories of King Arthur, his knights, Merlin, and the quest for the Holy Grail. Medieval authors will be studied before turning to authors from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The class will begin with an exploration of the "traditional" Arthurian legend. Discussion will then be directed to the historical treatment and development of Arthur and his legend before considering the later versions. The course will examine the ways in which traditional characters and themes have been adapted and altered to deal with more modern interests and mores. Prerequisite: None
|Idylls of the King and a New Selection of Poems||Tennyson||$6.95|
|Once and Future King||White||$7.99|
|Le Morte Darthur||Malory||$20.60|
"Genius is but childhood recovered at will." Charles Baudelaire
In this course, we will be reading novels (American, British, Nigerian, Indian, Caribbean, Australian, Irish) told from the perspective of a child or a young adult. Many of these novels are haunting in their exploration of a child's mysterious, beautiful, and often painful journey into adulthood, Central to our discussion will be an examination of how each child narrator/protagonist creates a self/constructs an identity often against enormous personal, societal, and cultural obstacles. We will consider how particular cultural moments and pivotal historical events shape these children, and are, in turn, shaped for us, the readers, through the lens of their young eyes. Authors may include: James Joyce, Chris Abeni, Seamus Deane, Jonathan Safron Foer, Dave Eggers, Marjane Satrapi, Danzy Senna, Colm Toibin, Ben Okri, Allison Bechdel. Prerequisite: Coursework in literature
|God of Small Things||Roy||$16.00|
|Lark and Termite||Phillips||$14.95|
|Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close||Foer||$14.95|
We build on the theory and techniques developed in
Calculus. Topics include techniques and applications of integration, epsilon/delta definitions, power series, parametric equations and differential equations. Prerequisite: Calculus I or equivalent
|Single Variable Calculus V. 2 Early Transcendentals 6th||Stewart||$119.95|
This course mainly studies differential equations, including first order differential equations, second order differential equations, etc, on their solutions and properties. We also study the applications of differential equations in mathematical model for physical problems, such as heating and cooling of buildings. Prerequisite: Calculus I or equivalent
|Fundamentals of Differential Equations||Nagle||$140.00|
This course will give students a chance to test and develop their puzzle-solving ingenuity. We'll attack a series of puzzles, going from Lewis Carroll's logic problems via the classic "recreational math" puzzles of Lucas, Loyd and Dudeney to modern crazes such as the sudoku. Pass/Fail grading. Prerequisite: None
This course is open to students in all fields that require statistical skills. The course begins with data collection methods, methods for data description, and then studies the elementary concepts of probability and sampling, binomial and normal distributions. The course also covers data analysis hypothesis testing, correlation and simple linear regression, etc. We will learn how to use R to do statistical computing and graphing as well. Prerequisite: NSC 556 or equivalent
|Elementary Statistics 10th||Triola||$150.67|
This course covers a wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into over 50 units (listed on the course web page). One credit will be earned for each group of 6 units completed. Students select units to improve their weak areas. There are also tailored streams for students who wish to go on to study calculus or statistics and for those who wish to prepare for the GRE exam. Over this semester and next, 42 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made to study the non-timetabled units or to study units earlier than their scheduled session. Prerequisite: None
An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument and read music. Course may be repeated for credit.
Study of contrapuntal techniques of the 18th century. Two-part invention, chorale elaborations and fugue in the style of Bach will be covered. Prerequisite: 16th Centrry Counterpoint or permission of instructor
|Elements of 18th Century Counterpoint||Andrews||$22.95|
In this course, we will investigate some of the more common software and studio techniques used by electronic musicians and composers, including basic sound recording conventions and technical considerations such as microphone design, choices and placement, use of compressors, limiters, equalizers and effects units and basic mixing and editing techniques.
Other topics include advanced software based editing, mixing and mastering practices. Guest lecturers/performers may supplement the syllabus. Assignments will employ hands-on application of course concepts using the computers in the lab, while comparing outcomes in Audacity, Garageband and ProTools software. For part of the course we will mix and master the rough tracks of a professional regional group for CD and web distribution. Class attendance is mandatory. (This course meets in the evening.) Prerequisite: ART 658 or permission of instructor
This course seeks to examine the elements of its title: the origins, theory and practice of a peculiarly Western way of understanding and examining musical practices that are not those of Western Art music.
We will begin by speaking of how music is and has been thought of in the culture that gives rise to the field of Ethnomusicology, then move through the examination of several musical ethnographies and
theoretical texts, and finally devise, as a class, a final group project that involves ethnomusicological work, the guidelines for which will be defined by the class as a whole. There will be weekly readings (some complex), most of which will be on reserve or Moodle, and students will be expected to keep a reading journal as the course progresses which will be a factor in their final grade. Vigorous class participation is necessary to successful completion of this
course. Prerequisite: None
Miles Davis is one of the most significant figures in the world of jazz. We will study his music and the groups he lead to give us an understanding of the history of jazz during his lifetime. We will listen to and perform Davis' compositions to attain a practical understanding of the numerous styles in which he served as a leader. Using Davis' autobiography as our roadmap we will begin with the bebop era and travel through cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz and jazz-rock fusion, performing at least one tune from each style. The course will conclude with a concert open to the Marlboro Community. Prerequisite: Ability to read music
|Magic of Miles Davis w. CD||Aebersold||$15.90|
Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Ability to read music helpful
A study of the development of musical forms during the period 1600-180016001 and its importance in the society of this period. Ability to read music recommended. Prerequisite: None
|Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries||Taruskin||$39.95|
This semester the workshop will emphasize compositions for small choir or vocal ensemble. Students will write compositions weekly which will be performed by fellow students in workshop. Prerequisite: Theory fundamentals, ability to read music
This course will focus on the human figure, beginning with life drawing and moving into oil painting. To picture the body is difficult. This class will work primarily from direct observation of the model, building technical skills and conceptual approaches in figurative painting. Concurrent registration in ART 2265, Theory in Art Practice, is encouraged. Prerequisite: Drawing I or Painting I or permission of instructor
What is a "good" life? What makes an action "good"? What is the foundation for moral action and ethics? Or, is there in fact no adequate foundation for morality? Through careful readings of classic and contemporary texts we will consider these questions, and other themes, including: the role of character, virtue, and vice in a good life; the properties of right or wrong actions; how our understanding of what it means to be human guides our understanding of the good; the relation between reason and emotion in ethics; morality and cultural context; ethics and the rejection of objective moral value; the relation between morality and luck; and the relationship between science, particularly evolutionary biology, and morality.Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
|On the Genealogy of Morality||Nietzsche||$16.95|
|Nicomachean Ethics 2nd||Aristotle||$15.95|
|Primates and Philosophers||Waal||$15.95|
|Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals 3rd||Kant||$9.95|
This course is an introduction to the most significant philosophical issues raised by the production and experience of art: the nature of art, aesthetic experience, aesthetic properties, taste, beauty, imagination, art and truth, aesthetic judgment, aesthetic interpretation, expression, representation, aesthetic objects, art and emotion, art and ethics, art and society, art and nature, art and economics, art and culture, etc. We will address these issues through careful readings of some of the most important texts in the history of Western philosophy of art as well as significant contemporary writings in philosophical aesthetics. The final part of the course will be specifically devoted to the nature and questions raised by contemporary art. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
|Art and its Significance 3rd||Ross||$31.95|
|But is it Art?||Freeland||$14.95|
This course provides an introduction to black and white photography and select digital photographic processes. Students will learn basic camera operation, film exposure, black and white film development and enlargement printing, along with digital skills such as negative scanning and inkjet printing. Through the course of the semester students will complete photographic assignments, give an artist presentation and produce a final project of their own design. Student work will be discussed regularly in critique where visual communication will be emphasized alongside technique. Prerequisite: None
|Photography: The Essential Way||London||$97.80|
In this course we will explore photography both as a means of representing the body, and as a way of extending or pushing the limits of the body's powers of perception. Topics include self portraiture, the body as form and shape, measuring the body, photographic typologies, time exposure, and multiple perspectives. We will also explore the transition from analog to digital photography, looking at evolutions in the physical practice of photography as well as changes in the images of the body that are produced. Through the course of the semester students will complete regular photographic assignments, give two presentations, and produce a final project of their own design. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photography
*See Theory in Art Practice for optional 2 credit add- on.
This course is designed for advanced level students in the visual arts either on Plan or intending to soon be so, incorporating photography into their visual plan work. We will spend the vast majority of our meeting times critiquing student works in progress. It is not required that all the work being critiqued be solely photographic or even photographic at all. If a student is doing a portion of plan work, which is not at all photographic but is intended to relate to their photographic work they should feel comfortable bringing it in for critique. We will also discuss all issues concerning the preparation of the Plan Exhibition.
The class will explore the medium of photography and its possibilities as an art form. We will also consider issues and approaches that concern the contemporary photographer. Prerequisite: Visual Arts Plan application on file or with permission of instructor
A combination lab/theory course covering DC, AC, and digital circuits as well as geometrical and wave optics. Specific topics will depend on individual student interests. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Second half of the year-long introductory physics sequence. Two great pre-20th century physics theories (Newtonian gravitation and the atomic theory of matter) serve as integrating themes for topics including rotational dynamics, astronomy, thermodynamics, and the structure of the atom. Prerequisite: General Physics I
Sophomore-level introduction to quantum mechanics, with applications to atomic, nuclear, particle and astro-physics as well as quantum statistical mechanics. Specific topics include wave-particle duality, the Schroedinger equation, angular momentum, the Hydrogen atom, and multi-particle systems. Prerequisite: Electricity & Magnetism (NSC 427)
|Quantum Physics 9th||Townsend||$92.50|
This course is a comparative politics approach to outsiders, those outside the dominant norm, by choice or social assignment. We will begin with basic questions, like why do outsiders exist, and who benefits from the construction of the other. Then, we'll study outsider groups (groups separated from the mainstream by race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, among other divides) and leading norm-shattering individuals, in different parts of the world. How their respective societies have responded to them? From France, Norway and the U.S., to South Africa and Brazil, to Mali and Nigeria, we will study the lived experience of being on the outs.
While many categories on the outside of power are often the same, pathways to domination and inclusion differ. The similarities and differences will provide us with a base to interrogate center-margin power relations and competing theories of self and other. In addition, the class will consider how we stand both within and outside the norm ourselves, and reflect on choices for purposeful rebellion to normative privilege. Prerequisite: None
|Why the French Don't Like Headscarves||Bowen||$20.95|
|Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down||Fadiman||$15.00|
|It's Our Turn to Eat||Wrong||$15.99|
Guns, Hunger and Children in International Society deliberates on the complexities of international interventions on behalf of children. Two images of "Third World" children are vividly present in the international mind: 1) the hungry toddler with a distended stomach, and 2) the shirtless preteen with a machine-gun strapped across their chest. The distressing circumstances behind these images have moved a wide range of international organizations into action. While these efforts have had both successes and failures, they have not dramatically stemmed the tide of either problem. As a class, we will consider the strengths and weaknesses of international responses to the issues of child malnutrition and children serving as soldiers around the world. Where programs have failed, we will investigate alternative solutions. Prerequisite: None
|Hunger and Shame||Howard||$44.95|
|Rethinking the Trauma of War||Bracken||$34.50|
|World Hunger: Twelve Myths 2nd||Lappe||$14.00|
|Song for Night||Abani||$12.95|
Branded a heretic by the Amsterdam Jewish community and a prophet by postmodern Marxists, Spinoza is not your ordinary political thinker. Reading Spinoza is like putting your mind under a microscope. Who knew we could use geometrical reasoning to explain the trials and tribulations of the human mind? Much of his treatment of the affects has since been confirmed by recent imaging work in neuroscience. Many of his ideas about freedom and democracy are being put to use in the current anti-globalization movement. Spinoza may have written in the early modern era but his ideas continue to incite and inspire.
This class will look closely at Spinoza's Ethics and the Theological-Political Treatise. We will also use secondary sources (by Gilles Deleuze, Antonio Damasio, and Annie Dillard) to help us make sense of these dense and wondrous works. Prerequisite: Background in political theory or philosophy
|Looking for Spinoza||Damasio||$16.00|
|Holy the Firm||Dillard||$13.00|
|Spinoza: Practical Philosophy||Deleuze||$12.95|
|Theological-Political Treatise 2nd||Spinoza||$16.95|
This writing seminar develops strategies and skills necessary for completing a Plan in political theory. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Restricted to students on Plan in political theory
|Why I Write||Orwell||$11.00|
An analysis of the major approaches to abnormal psychology and the resulting theories of personality. Prerequisite: Child Development, Persistent Problems in Psychology
|Madness and Civilization||Foucault||$15.95|
The seminar covers several important areas of cognition, especially memory, language, learning, and thinking. Prerequisite: None
Unsurprisingly, gender and the "appropriate" roles of the sexes were a constant concern within the Early and Medieval Church. This class will examine the "standard" and expected gender paradigms promoted in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages and how religious and holy people conformed to and/or rebelled against them. The relationships that men and women had with the divine and with each other as well as how these men and women interpreted these relationships will be considered. The dominant and recurring imagery and language used to depict these relationships will also be studied closely. This course will explore the different circumstances and social situations that allowed women and men to engage in behavior either atypical or forbidden for their sex/gender. A focus will be placed on individuals who by challenging the standard structure experienced elements of gender fluidity and who, as a result, became acknowledged as "exemplary" and "holy" for contemporary and/or later Christians. Prerequisite: None
|Revelations of Divine Love||Norwich||$15.00|
|Jesus as Mother||Bynum||$24.95|
|Sex Lives of Saints||Burrus||$22.50|
This course will explore a selection of C.S. Lewis' fictional works for children and adults as well a number of his philosophical and apologetic works. The extent to which Lewis' expressed religious views and arguments were adapted and presented within his fiction will be considered. This class will investigate how the intended audience influenced Lewis' choice of techniques and treatment of various subjects. Messages especially relevant to modern readers including those regarding the environment, interpersonal relationships, and the "proper" roles of the sexes will also be considered. Prerequisite: None.
|Abolition of Man||Lewis||$11.99|
|Out of the Silent Planet||Lewis||$14.00|
|Till We Have Faces||Lewis||$14.00|
|Chronicles of Narnia||Lewis||$21.99|
|That Hideous Strength||Lewis||$16.00|
Examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion. Prerequisite: Plan in Religious Studies
Writing seminar for seniors completing their Plan in religious studies. This course can be taken for 2 to 6 credits.
Prerequisite: Seniors on Plan in Religious Studies
Sculpture has always been concerned at many levels with the human form but in recent decades the term ,"The Body", has indicated another aspect of this concern. Artists such as Kiki Smith, Robert Gober, Matthew Barney, Antony Gormley, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic and many others have created sculpture, installation, performance, and diverse other pieces that deal with issues of the political, sexual, medical, and theatrical uses of the Body. This course will ask students to make work that responds to a new understanding of the human corpus. Materials and techniques will be diverse and intertwined with the intention of each participant. Research into artists working in this realm will be included. This course is linked to Theory in Art Practice which meets Thursday, 9-10:20. Prerequisite: A college course in sculpture
|Body in Contemporary Art||O'Reilly||$19.95|
Many artsis in the contemporary art world like Bill Viola, Shirin Neshat, Anne Hamilton, Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler, Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman among others are combining the arts of sculpture with video. Working collaboratively and independently students in this course will make objects, situations, environments and videos for both large and small spaces. Both production and research skills will be engaged. Experiments in pure visual language, narrative, and public art projects will be included.
Prerequisite: A course in either sculpture or film/video
The major ideas, theories, and methodologies of some of the European and American founders of sociology. The works of Marx, Weber, Simmel and Veblen will be evaluated in relation to the evolution of industrial society. Prerequisite: Introductory course in sociology or permission of instructor; history and/or philosophy helpful.
|Theory of the Leisure Class||Veblen||$3.50|
|Classical Sociological Theory 2nd||Kimmel||$59.95|
|Portable Karl Marx||Marx||$20.00|
|Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism||Weber||$9.95|
|From Max Weber||Weber||$39.95|
|Marx's Concept of Man||Fromm||$19.95|
|Absentee Ownership in America||Veblen||$29.95|
|On Individuality and Social Forms||Simmel||$27.50|
This course introduces the student to the theories and perspectives of sociology. We will explore a variety of substantive areas within the field, touching on many of the major subfields. These include the social formation of behavior and identity, the sociology of emotions, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, social class and its reproduction, the reproduction of social structure and inequality, environmental justice, and social movements.
|Invitation to Sociology||Berger||$14.00|
|Number Our Days||Myerhoff||$15.00|
|Land of the Living||Borish||$34.95|
|With a Critical Eye||Vidich||$25.95|
|Death Without Weeping||Scheper-Hughes||$36.95|
|Small Town in Mass Society||Vidich||$30.00|
Examining race as a social construct in American society can be a daunting task. This course sharpens the focus of that pursuit by placing race squarely within the context of the full range of our education system. Can race be addressed in kindergarten? If so, should it be? How is race connected to success in high school? And the most topical of all, how do we talk about race on college campuses and, specifically, here at Marlboro? Using core texts, movies and off-campus visits to schools actively engaged in this work, we're going to talk, analyze and do race in education. Prerequisite: None
|Talking Race in the Classroom||Bolgatz||$22.95|
|Race and Class Matters at an Elite College||Aries||$25.95|
|Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together?||Tatum||$15.95|
Acting II is an intermediate course designed to continue the training and development of actors with previous class/performance experience. The goal of the class is to expand knowledge and skills gained in Acting I. Exercises and scene study work will culminate in a final scene project with partners. There is significant rehearsal time outside of class. Prerequisite: Acting I
See Theory in Art Practice for additional two-credit add-on
This seminar will explore cinematic treatments and adaptations drawn from the works of Shakespeare. Films will range from Orson Well's Othello, to Olivier's Hamlet, to Julie Taymor's Titus, to Richard Loncraine's Richard II, to Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and Henry V, to Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, to Kurusawa's RAN, to Kozintev'sKing Lear, to Tim Blake Nelson's 10 Things I Hate About You. Critical examination of films will be supplemented by readings and written exercises. Exams. Prerequisite: None
|Shakespeare and Film||Crowl||$31.25|
|100 Shakespeare Films||Rosenthal||$19.95|
|Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film 2nd||Jackson||$30.99|
Writers compose visions into words, offering interpretation of life experience in literary form. Directors, actors, and designers interpret scripts - converting written words into living expression presented to audiences. Audiences interpret performance - subjectively measuring experiential references against the evocation of performance. While interpretation is always mediated by individual values, tastes, education, cultural mores, and other factors, interpretive practice inevitably involves recognition of choices, making of judgments, and the application of craft, creativity, and critical refinement. Visions are subjected to "re-visions" - alternative perspectives, fresh retellings, reformed messages, or even total subversions. Using a variety of plays from around the world as examples, the class will address a wide range of questions about dynamic influences implicated in layers of interpretation. Assignments will include readings, video viewings, some analytical exercises, some research pursuits, and preparations for in-class experimental stagings of scenes (no acting experiences or aptitude required). Prerequisite: None
|Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead||Stoppard||$14.00|
|Romeo and Juliet||Shakespeare||$17.00|
|Romeo and Juliet||Rocklin||$16.95|
|For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf||Shange||$12.00|
|Importance of Being Earnest||Wilde||$10.95|
|Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck||Buchner||$13.95|
Group critique of students on Plan in the Visual Arts. Methodology and goals will be discussed as well as short readings on art and current issues. Graded Pass/Fail. May be repeated. Students are required to attend 6 public lectures by visiting artists on some Tuesdays followed by critique session from 6:30 to 8:30. Prerequisite: Students on Plan in the Visual Arts
A beginning course designed to develop skills and knowledge in seeing. A variety of tools and materials will be explored while working from the still life, landscape and the figure. In addition to understanding the fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design, this course will also examine drawing as a basic tool for the artist. A component of the course will be based on the current exhibit, "On Line", at The Museum of Modern Art which looks at how drawing has evolved in the 20th and 21st centuries as well as its relationship to three and four dimensional mediums such as dance. Prerequisite: None
This course will introduce students to a range of printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio, and monoprinting. In addition there will be opportunity to experiment with optional processes such as collagraph and silkscreen printing. The class will work from direct observation to include still life, landscape, the figure and a range of historical and contemporary sources. Active parallel work in drawing will be required. Concurrent registration in ART 2265, Theory in Art Practice, is encouraged. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor
In this course we will trace the themes and questions that run across different art disciplines, with a focus on the role of the body in art production and experience. Throughout the semester students will be exposed to different art practices and movements, highlighting the connections, conceptual as well as material, between different art disciplines. Prerequisite: Enrollment in a practice based intermediate level course in either the performing or the visual arts.
Long weekly classes devoted to an analysis and discussion of poems written for the class. Students encouraged to experiment with forms and techniques. Prerequisite:permission of the instructor, based on submitted manuscripts.
What do we do when we write, and how do we learn to do it? This is the question that will drive our inquiry into both the theory and the practice of teaching writing, and we will conduct that inquiry with an eye toward learning something not only about the teaching of writing, but also about our own writing processes. The course will be divided roughly into halves: during the first half, we'll be reading and discussing various writing "bibles," beginning (of course) with Strunk and White, and moving to some more radical statements about writing. In the second half of the course we'll focus on teaching and tutoring writing -- and we'll get plenty of hands-on experience, working with each other and with other Marlboro students.
Two things you should note: first, this is not a writing seminar -- if you haven't yet passed the writing requirement, this shouldn't be the only writing course you take this semester. Second, all participants in this course should be enrolled in at least one other course that requires frequent writing, since we will use your own writing as a basis for many of our in-class exercises. Prerequisite: Must have passed the Clear Writing Requirement
|Style: Toward Clarity and Grace||Williams||$15.00|
|Writing Without Teachers 2nd||Elbow||$15.95|
|Walking on Water||Jensen||$15.00|
|Clear and Simple as the Truth||Thomas||$28.00|
|Elements of Style 4th||Strunk||$9.95|
|Style: An Anti-Textbook||Lanham||$14.95|
Literature has always been positioned strangely against the culture of which it is a product. From this place it enjoys the capacity to evaluate the society which creates it-whether that be the social diorama of human experience or, in the case of this class, the economic forces that guide material desires and necessities. In America, this has become a description of a tension that began with American laissez faire economics and free enterprise, and the associated problems relative to the human condition. America's system of capitalism is generally held responsible for such excessive practices as slavery, child labor, generally unsafe working conditions, and the rising rift between the nation's rich and poor; quite often, it falls to literature to voice the cry of protest.
To wit, while American capitalism is often praised as the basis for modern global economics, it has also been the target of scathing reviews. Especially in fiction, capitalism is shown in social realistic novels as deeply dystopian and, at its very core, flawed with a lack of humanity that enslaves its workers and destroys their lives. We will be reading some of these literary works and looking at them as a basis of understanding American responses to its own economic system.
In this class, we will be reading critiques of capitalism in fiction from the latter half of the nineteenth century and early half of the twentieth from Melville, Lewis, Sinclair, and Powers. As this is a writing class, we will also be producing essays rooted in social and literary criticism. We will produce three major papers for the class.
|Bartleby, the Scrivener||Melville||$10.00|
Great Britain's incarceration rate is quite high by world standards: 142 of every 100,000 Britons are currently in jail. That number in China is 118 per 100,00, in France 91, in Japan 58, and in Nigeria 31. The U.S. currently imprisons almost 800 of every 100,000 citizens. In other words, one out of every 135 Americans is currently serving time in jail or prison.
Nearly half of the resulting U.S. prison population - which now numbers almost 2.5 million -- is African American, while African Americans make up only 12% of the U.S. population. And according to a United Nations study, in all the prisons in the world outside the U.S., there are currently 12 minors serving life sentences. In U.S. Prisons today there are more than 2,000.
In this seminar we will examine the reality of crime and punishment in the United States. We will begin by studying cases, to build a sense of the principles and practices behind criminal law and criminal sentencing. Then we will move to the deeper level: we will examine the reasoning for and against the death penalty as decisions on death penalty cases. We will then examine the crminal justice system iteself, asking a simple question: How did the U.S. find itself with the highest incarceration rate in the world? How are we to judge the costs and benefits of American crime and punishment?
As in any writing seminar, we will write about all of it: expect at least three major papers, culminating in a research paper of your own design, and weekly shorter writing assignments. Discussions of the text will alternate with work on writing: conferences, writing workshops and discussions of style and structure. Prerequisite: None
|Debating the Death Penalty||Bedau||$14.95|
|Are Prisons Obsolete?||Davis||$11.95|
|Would You Convict?||Robinson||$23.00|