First-Year Seminars

College of Arts & Sciences 

Fall 2018

DepartmentCourse Title
ANTH 090-010Ethnographic Approach to Lehigh Life
ART 090-010Sketching and Seeing: How Drawing Teaches You to See the World More Clearly 
ART 090-011Learning the Language of Design
ART 090-012Museums, the Public, and Social Responsibility
ASIA 090-011Globalization in Asia
BIOS 090-010Science in the Media
BIOS 090-012Biodiversity in a Changing Planet
COMM 090-010 (EES 090-011)Earth Matters: Communicating about the Environment
EES 090-012Land of the Midnight Sun
EES 090-013Life from Stardust: The Origin
EES 090-015From Ice Age to Greenhouse Earth
ENGL 090-010Literature and Social Justice
ENGL 090-011Imagined Worlds: Utopia and Dystopia in Literature and Film 
HIST 090-010 (WGSS 090-010)Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Media: A History
HIST 090-011Wild Wild West
HIST 090-012Graphic Histories
HIST 090-013 (AAS 090-013)Cultures and Experiences of Africans and Africana People
HIST 090-014The Origins of Modern Democracy
IR 090-010International Relations in Popular Culture
MATH 090-010The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics 
MLL 090-010 (ASIA 090-010)Dreaming in Pre-Modern China
MUS 090-010Love, Death, and Music on Stage: A History of the Italian Opera
PHIL 090-010The Politics of Self-Respect
PHIL 090-011Philosophy of Biology
PHIL 090-012On Knowing
PHY 090-010Physics in Medicine: A Selection of Topics for Beginners
PHY 090-011From Black Holes to Strings: The Early Universe and the Nature of Space-Time
POLS 090-010Turmoil in the U.S. Congress
POLS 090-011The Dreams and Nightmares of American Political Thought
PSYC 090-011Becoming Human
REL 090-010 (JST 090-010)(Mis)Representing the Bible in America
REL 090-011 (GS 090-011)Muslims and Media
THTR 090-011Geek Theatre: Robots, Dragon-Slayers, and Superheroes


ANTH 090-010; CRN 43015
4 credits (SS)
Professor Nicola Tannenbaum
MW 2:35 - 3:50pm
In this course we examine the literature about first fieldwork and read ethnographic descriptions for a number of different communities. You will apply this knowledge in your ethnographic explorations of Lehigh University; these explorations may include mapping, examining the structures of the university, as well as participant observation in various classes, social groups, and other university rituals. These explorations will lead to your own ethnography of some aspect of Lehigh life and culture in the present and in the past.
Professor Nicola Tannenbaum is an anthropologist who has done fieldwork in northwestern Thailand since the summer of 1977. She has been engaging in participant observation at Lehigh University since the fall of 1989. 
ART 090-010; CRN 43377
3 credits (HU)
Professor Amy Forsyth
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm

The great benefit of drawing … is that when you look at something, you see it for the first time,” the great graphic designer Milton Glaser observed. “And you can spend your life without ever seeing anything.”

Sketching provides the opportunity to slow down and carefully observe all the things around us. Unlike the camera, which allows us to postpone looking until later, sketching requires thoughtful observation to record that particular series of moments. How does light fall on the object, where are the shadows and how rich are the colors? Who am I with, what are the sounds and scents? How can I record what I am experiencing in my very own way? How do I represent space, motion, sound?

Starting with making our own sketchbooks, we will build a personal library of media and techniques to allow each student to observe and record their experiences, and finally, to imagine other realities through sketching. We will investigate the sketches of other artists for inspiration, and we will sketch in many different media. We will draw from the human figure and we will sketch outdoors and in interesting locations.
Professor Amy Forsyth is an Associate Professor of Art, Architecture, and Design. She teaches courses on Three-Dimensional Design, Furniture, drawing, and, occasionally, Musical Instrument Making. She holds an MArch. degree from Princeton University and a BArch. from Penn State University.
Professor Forsyth designs and builds furniture and other constructions of wood, and sketches her ideas and observations in hand bound books. She has been a trustee of The Furniture Society, and shows her work at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, the Wharton Esherick Museum, and the Goggleworks Center for the Arts. 
ART 090-011; CRN 44616
4 credits (HU)
Professor Jason Travers
MW 1:10 - 4:00pm
Much like learning a foreign language, design has a formal set of rules and defined vocabulary that can be utilized to achieve proficiency in both application and critical analysis. Through the use of creative assignments utilizing both traditional and digital media, students will explore (gain an understanding of) the elements of design and principles of organization. The course will also serve as an introduction to basic studio practices, conceptual ideation and critical discussion. This course will fulfill the requirements for ART 003.
Professor Jason Travers has been a faculty member in Art, Architecture and Design since 1999. Professor Travers has instructed courses including Two-Dimensional Design, Drawing, Painting, Color Theory, Digital Foundations and Graphic Design. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions both locally and nationally. Professor Travers has served as the Artist-in- Residence for Acadia National Park in Maine and Platte Clove Preserve in the Catskills. 
ART 090-012; CRN 44990
4 credits (HU)
Professor William Crow
TR 2:35 - 3:50pm
While museums were once content to care for their collections and occasionally open their doors to visitors, today’s museums strive to maximize their public value through groundbreaking exhibitions, dynamic participatory programs, interdisciplinary collaborations and cutting-edge technologies.  There are over 800 million visits to museums in the United States every year—more than the attendance for all major league sporting events and theme parks combined.  Museums today must engage many different types of communities, not only to meet their core mission, but to remain relevant in a rapidly-changing and competitive world. 
In a radical shift from their traditional roles as storage houses of the past, many museums today see themselves as active agents of change and social progress. Museums may act as conveners and catalysts to engage a wide range of issues, from political stances to social justice issues to environmental concerns.  But what happens when museums move from a static, neutral position of reflecting society, to one that actively asserts its views and initiates social progress?  How can museums maintain the public’s trust and support while engaging issues that may be charged, or even controversial?  We will investigate a range of case studies and examine how museums are embracing, debating, or sometimes rejecting their role as places of social responsibility.  The course begins with an overview of the history and philosophy of museums so that students will gain an understanding of the historical context of museums and their traditions.  Then, students will analyze how museums embody and participate in social practices today, from museum visitor participation strategies to the institution as a platform for social or political agendas.
William B. Crow, the current Educator in Charge of Teaching and Learning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named the next director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries and Professor of Practice in the department of Art, Architecture and Design. William Crow earned his Bachelor of Arts in both Romance Languages and Studio Art from Wake Forest University, where he earned Magna Cum Laude honors as a Presidential Scholar of Visual Art.  He received a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College of the City University of New York, a Master of Science in Leadership in Museum Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York, and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Columbia University. 
ASIA 090-011; CRN 43476
4 credits (SS)
Professor Nicola Tannenbaum
Profesor Kyoko Tanniguchi
MW 11:10am - 12:25pm
Have you ever wondered about Asia? It covers a vast geographic territory; it is divided into East, South, and Southeast Asia and each sub-region contains numerous different ethnic groups, cultures and nations. The time span for these cultures is similarly vast going back to pre-history and continuing through modern times. We investigate four interrelated themes: food, tools and technology, languages and writing systems, and gender.  Students will have a chance to eat some of the foods, examine the tools used to eat, try out writing systems, and imagine the ways in which their gender affect what they eat and do and how they write.
Professor Nicola Tannenbaum is an anthropologist who has done fieldwork in northwestern Thailand since the summer of 1977. She has been engaging in participant observation at Lehigh University since the fall of 1989. 
BIOS 90-010; CRN 41225
4 credits (NS)
Professor Jennifer Swann
MWF 10:10 - 11:00am
M 2:10 - 3:00pm
Science is everywhere in our lives, movies, sitcoms, even commercials subconsciously convincing us of the reality they choose.  What is the message? Is it true or fabrication?  How do we interpret what is said?  This course will use what you learn in BIOS 90 to examine the ever-present world of the media around us. 
Enrollment into this 4-credit experience will see the student attend lectures three times per week with the BIOS 010 course, Biology in the 21st Century (3-cr), and also participate in a once-per-week 1 credit sidebar seminar that focuses on the topic area noted in the title above. Grading is based on work completed in the BIOS 10 experience as well as the 1-credit sidebar.
Professor Jennifer Swann is a Professor of Neuroscience at Lehigh University.  Her research has identified several differences in morphology and function that underlie development and maintenance of sex differences in brain and behavior.   She has taught courses in biological sciences, neuroscience and professional development for over 30 years and delights in bringing the excitement of science and discovery to students of all ages
BIOS 090-012; CRN 43293
4 credits (NS)
Teaching Staff
MWF 10:10 - 11:00am
T 12:10 - 1:00pm
Overview of the diversity of life on Earth examining organization levels ranging from ecosystems to communities, populations, and species. The past, present and future consequences of global environmental changes on biodiversity, and their relationships to humans, will be evaluated from a molecular ecology perspective. 
Enrollment into this 4-credit experience will see the student attend lectures three times per week with the BIOS 010 course, Biology in the 21st Century (3-cr), and also participate in a once-per-week 1 credit sidebar seminar that focuses on the topic area noted in the title above. Grading is based on work completed in the BIOS 10 experience as well as the 1-credit sidebar.
COMM 090-011; CRN 44988
ES 090-011; CRN 44989
4 credits (SS)
Professor Sharon Friedman
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm
Why do people accept or reject that humans are responsible for climate change? Part of the answer lies in how people and groups communicate climate change messages. Another important factor is how the public receives and interprets these messages, influencing public opinion. Communication is key to helping people understand environmental concerns and controversies. This introductory course will explore many aspects of environmental communication including the impacts of the mass and social media, popular culture, environmental advocates, scientists, industry officials, and the public on environmental controversies, policies, and actions. The course will also include communicating about natural gas drilling, health effects of pollutants, the role of technology in environmental controversies and environmental justice.
Sharon Friedman is a professor in the Department of Journalism & Communication where she directs its Science and Environmental Writing Program. She also directs the college’s Environmental Studies Program. She teaches courses that explore the intersection of the media, public communication and environmental, health and science issues. Her recent research focuses on media coverage of environmental and technological risks including nuclear power, shale gas drilling and nanotechnology. 
EES 090-012; CRN 44349
3 credits (NS)
Professor Joan Ramage Macdonald
MWF 10:10 - 11:00am
The Arctic and Antarctic regions are some of the most hostile environments on Earth, yet they have been the focus of human dreams for centuries. In Lands of the Midnight Sun, we will explore the geography and physical processes of these extreme environments, as well as plant and animal adaptations, human exploration and modern communities, and environmental change. After we build a foundation of understanding the fascinating polar regions, we will discuss major modern issues and the interactions among them including: global change, pollution, resource extraction, political boundaries, and indigenous cultures. Student interests can dictate which ones we focus on. (Fulfills Natural Science Requirement). The course will be a combination of discussion, lecture, writing, and presentation (including making a short film).
Joan Ramage Macdonald is an associate professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences. She uses satellites to study snow and glaciers around the world. She is especially interested in glaciers because of their immense beauty and their importance in documenting environmental change. She has research projects in Alaska, Canada, Chile, Peru, and Russia. Her regular courses include Lands of the Midnight Sun, Satellite Remote Sensing, and a graduate course on Microwave Imaging of the Earth. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, raising chickens, ceramics, and being with her family.
EES 090-013; CRN 43613
3 credits (NS)
Professor Jill McDermott
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
This seminar will be a survey of the history of the Earth and the development of life. We will explore the formation of the Earth and the history of changing conditions in the inter-connected geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere over the past 4.5 billion years, as well as theories and evidence for the formation and early evolution of life.  We will also discuss the nature of modern extremophile organisms, and the implications for the search for life on other planetary bodies, both in our solar system and around other stars.
Professor Jill McDermott earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College, her masters in Earth Science from the University of New Hampshire, and her PhD in Chemical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Prior to joining Lehigh, McDermott was a MAGNET Applied Geochemistry fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the cycling of organic, inorganic and volatile chemistry in submarine hydrothermal systems. These chemical compounds may have played a role in the origin and sustenance of life on early Earth and could inform the search for life on other ocean worlds, such as Enceladus and Europa. McDermott also works on the chemistry of ancient terrestrial fracture waters with a focus on defining the limits of habitability, with potential applications to saline fluids discovered on Mars. 
EES 090-015; CRN 44987
3 credits (NS)
Professor Benjamin Felzer
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm
Course will consider climate change over Earth’s history with emphasis on the last 2 million years, when Earth’s climate varied from glacial to interglacial conditions to today’s current greenhouse world. Factors that control natural and human-caused climate change will be explained. Current climate change will be put into context with the past. Lecture, discussion, and videos. No Prerequisites.
Professor Benjamin Felzer is a climate and biogeochemical modeler who studies terrestrial ecosystems. He received his B.A. in physics and astronomy from Swarthmore College in 1987, his M.S. in geology from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1991, his Ph.D. in geology from Brown University in 1995, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder.  Following his postdoctoral research, he worked as a Project Scientist for the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, spent the next year as an assistant project manager for the hydrological component of NOAA’s Office of Global Programs (OGP), and in 2001 became a research associate at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.  He spent the spring of 2008 as a Visiting Professor of Geology at Oberlin College, and started his current position as an Assistant Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh in August, 2008, becoming an Associate Professor in 2015.  His recent work has involved modeling the effects of land use and land cover change in the context of climate warming and elevated CO2, nitrogen deposition, and ozone for the U.S. since the 1700s.  He has looked at how climate extremes like droughts and wet events affect ecosystem productivity and carbon dynamics.  He is currently working on a project with anthropologists to determine the effect of climate extremes on socioeconomic responses and societal adaptations to food shortages. 
ENGL 090-010; CRN 44078
4 credits (HU)
Professor Lyndon Dominique
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
How do literary writers account for poverty in a land of extreme colonial wealth? How do they espouse the national ideal of freedom in an empire dedicated to slavery? How do they promote social equality in a nation where women are openly considered inferior to men? This course will confront these types of questions as we examine the strategies by which social justice causes such as poverty, prejudice, slavery, and feminism are established and promoted in representative texts from British and American fiction, poetry, music, art and philosophy. We will also use this course as an opportunity to investigate whether literature is an under-utilized space for thinking about the geneses of other contemporary causes associated with social justice. For instance, does the contemporary discourse about gay marriage owe its genesis to a series of lesbian marriages promoted in eighteenth-century fiction and newspapers?
Lyndon J. Dominique is an Associate Professor of English at Lehigh specializing in eighteenth-century literature and issues related to critical race studies, colonialism and transatlanticism, gender, and social justice. He received his BA with honors from The University of Warwick in Coventry, England and his PhD from Princeton University. He is the editor of the anonymously published 1808 novel The Woman of Colour (2007) and the author of a monograph, Imoinda’s Shade: Marriage and the African Woman in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, 1759-1808 (2012). Currently, he is working on a book about narrative forms of social justice peculiar to eighteenth-century British literature. 
ENGL 090-011; CRN 43408
4 credits (HU)
Professor Emily Weissbourd
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm
From Thomas More’s Utopia to Black Panther’s Wakanda, artists and scholars have had an enduring fascination with envisioning perfect societies. In fact, the word “Utopia” can be translated as both “good place” and “no place” – an ideal society, but perhaps also an unreachable one. In this class, we will examine a series of works that envision Utopian projects as well as their dark doubles, Dystopias. We will examine how texts ranging from the early modern period (e.g. Utopia, The Tempest) to the present day (e.g. The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror) use invented societies to critique the ‘real world.’ We will pay particular attention to how descriptions of imagined places explore very real tensions around class, gender and racial identities. What can these imagined worlds teach us about ourselves and the societies we live in? Do these texts offer hope for a brighter future, or do such fantasies always remain out of reach?
This will be an interactive, discussion-based class. You will make regular brief presentations, write both traditional academic essays and blog-post-style argumentative pieces, and have the chance to try your hand at creating a Utopian or Dystopian project of your own.
Professor Emily Weissbourd joined the English department at Lehigh in 2016. She teaches courses on Shakespeare and early modern literature, Shakespeare’s afterlives in pop culture, and race and gender in early modern texts. Her research focuses on representations of race, religion and gender in early modern English and Spanish literature. She has published a number of articles on these topics, and is currently working on a book entitled Bad Blood: Race and the Place of Spain in Early Modern English Literature. 
HIST 090-010; CRN 41700
WGSS 090-010; CRN 44432
4 credits (HU)
Professor Monica Najar
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm
Visual and print media have reflected important changes in gender norms and sexuality in American culture, and they themselves have also been engines of change. This seminar explores the history of gender and sexuality in the 20th century in and through such popular media (including film, television, magazines, and advertising). By using the sources of popular culture, we will seek to understand changing gender ideals, expectations of marriage, sexual identities, and the role of media in American culture and politics.
Monica Najar is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her research is on gender and religion in early America. She teaches courses in the history of sexuality, the history of the family, and society and politics in the new nation. 
HIST 090-011; CRN 44999
4 credits (HU)
Professor Michelle LeMaster
MW 11:10am - 12:25pm
Introduction to the American West as both region and process.  Investigates the diverse populations living in the west, including Native Americans, Mexicans, American settlers, miners, and cowboys, and Chinese railroad workers.  Explore the process of first Spanish/Mexican and Russian and then U.S. expansion into the region and the rise of the myth of the wild west.  Themes includes the evolution of land use, immigration, cultural life, social communities and changing technologies.
Professor Michelle LeMaster is an Associate Professor in the History Department.  She has taught a variety of courses in early American, Southern, women's, and Native American history. She hails originally from the Wild Wild West, having grown up in Washington state, and is looking forward to introducing students to the history of the region.
HIST 090-012; CRN 42794
4 credits (HU)
Professor John Savage
TR 10:45am - 12:00pm
This course uses non-fiction historical graphic novels as a basis for introducing the college-level study of history. Students will use the graphic accounts to explore basic questions about how historians construct narratives of past events using different kinds of primary source evidence, with a special focus on the challenge of apprehending the lives of those who are left out of the official historical record. The readings cover subjects that range across different regions and periods of world history since 1600, including Native American history, modern English nationalism, the history of sports, the Atlantic Slave Trade, European encroachment in 19th century China, and the history and memory of the Holocaust. This seminar can be counted in place of History 001: Time Travel, for those interested in pursuing a major in History.
John Savage is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department, co-director of the Global Studies program, and director of the Lehigh in Paris program. He has published research on the history of Modern France and French colonial empire, Atlantic World slavery, legal history, and the history of surrealist film, and teaches courses like Histories of Globalization; Inventing the Modern World: Europe since 1648; and The French Revolution and Napoleon, A Global History. Though he's been a fan of graphic novels for many years, he only recently got the message from some kids around his house that they got way more out of graphic histories than they did from more traditional textbook accounts, which led, ironically, to a lightbulb appearing above his head, as in a graphic novel. 
HIST 090-013; CRN 43056
AAS 090-013; CRN 43265
4 credits (HU)
Professor Kwame Essien
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
This interdisciplinary course traces the cultures and achievements of Africans and people of African origins. It emphasizes how their similarities and differences shape their identities.
Kwame Essien is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies. He received his BA in History at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro; his MA in African Studies at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and his PhD in African and Africa Diaspora History at the University of Texas, Austin. Essien’s interdisciplinary research focuses on comparative histories of slavery, reverse migrations, race and cultures in Africa and the African Diaspora/Atlantic world. He is the co-author of Culture and Customs of Sudan (2009), co-editor of Pan-Africanism and the Politics of African Citizenship and Identity (2014), and has published other works. Essien’s courses cover various themes including slavery, reverse migrations, migrations to and from the Atlantic world/diaspora, gender, sexuality and race in African societies, globalization and Africa, Aid and NGOs in Africa, the history of diseases, healing and wellness in Africa and others. Essien believes study abroad is an extension of classroom learning. He has raised money from donors for underrepresented students to experience international education. Since 2014, he has led various study abroad programs to Ghana with over 60 students to expand Lehigh’s summer global initiatives.
HIST 090-014; CRN 45002
4 credits (SS)
Professor William Bulman
TR 2:35 - 3:50pm
This course considers the promise and perils of democracy by investigating the origins of modern democratic government in seventeenth-century England and America. Over the course of the semester, students will discover the power of historical analysis in a rapidly changing world. History will emerge as a vital tool for confronting human diversity and understanding how societies are transformed. Skills acquired include causal analysis, empathy, interpretation, source criticism, information management, digital methods, public engagement, and argumentative writing.
William J. Bulman (PhD, Princeton) is Class of 1961 Associate Professor of History and Global Studies. Before coming to Lehigh he taught at Yale and Vanderbilt. He writes about Britain and its empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. All of his research is concerned with the causes, nature, and consequences of the English Revolution, and the ways in which people in the early modern world confronted diversity. In his award-winning first book he advanced an original interpretation of the early Enlightenment. He is now writing a book about the origins of majority rule in Britain and its American colonies.
IR 090-010; CRN 44258
4 credits (SS)
Professor Chaim Kaufmann
T 7:10 - 10:00pm
International politics inspires all forms of cultural response, including novels, poetry, art, and film.  These media are as or even more influential in shaping public views of international relations than is social science research.  The aim of this course is to examine international politics through the artistic lens, juxtaposing artistic interpretations with social scientific ways of understanding IR.
Chaim Kaufmann is Associate Professor of International Relations.  He works on communal conflict, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, intervention, and other international security issues.  He plays and designs wargames and other boardgames; current favorite Pandemic Legacy.
MATH 090-010; CRN 43174
3 credits
Professor Joseph Yukich
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm
This freshman seminar is intended to widen appreciation for mathematical concepts, especially those impacting everyday life. The seminar will explore the fascinating role of mathematics and statistics in the world as we know it, ranging from the routing of Internet messages, the pricing of financial instruments, the design of sophisticated encryption schemes, as well as the use of mathematics in GPS and in Google. The lectures will survey the ubiquity and applicability of mathematics in everyday life, including the use of mathematics in sports, politics, and business.
Professor Joseph Yukich has been teaching in the department of mathematics at Lehigh since 1985. His research is regularly funded by the NSF and it involves special emphasis on problems in theoretical and applied probability theory, including those dealing with random graphs and networks. He has won numerous teaching awards and he is included in the book The Best 300 Professors. 
MLL 090-010; CRN 43948
ASIA 090-010; CRN 43949
4 credits (HU)
Professor Constance Cook
MW 12:45 - 2:00pm
The novel, Dream of the Red Chamber, takes the readers into the bedrooms, dreams, and secret gardens of a large gentry family of the late 17th century in China. There are ghosts, goddesses, and scabby priests that thread their ways among the find ladies and not-so-honorable men. To add to the mystery is the supernatural origin of the main character who must relearn his true self through life among mortals (or semi-mortals). This text functions not only as the Shakespeare of China, the foundation of modern literature, but is known throughout Asia in multiple forms of popular cultural media.
Students will read a four-volume edition of the 120-chapter classic and prepare discussion points for class. After finishing each volume, there will be an in-class essay. Each student will prepare one 10-15 minute presentation researching some aspect of life at that time or of the novel. For extra credit, students can rewrite their essays or do a second presentation.
Professor Constance Cook is a professor of Chinese and Asian Studies. She teaches a wide range of subjects having to do with the language, culture, and history of China. She has led student groups to China and traveled throughout Asia. She loves to visit archaeological sites, hike, and paint. Her research is focused on interpreting excavated texts from the BC era and has published books and articles on ancient Chinese culture, religion, philosophy, history, and social practices. She considers herself a global citizen having lived and traveled outside the continental US for many years of her life since childhood. Prof. Constance Cook Prof. Constance Cook (email: 
MUS 090-010; CRN 40229
3 credits (HU)
Professor Paul Salerni
MW 1:10 - 2:25pm
Italian operas are full of love, death, sex, violence, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, inebriation, soaring melodies, exciting choruses, scintillating orchestrations, sets, costumes, lights, and much more.This course examines the great operas composed in the Italian language starting with the works of Monteverdi and continuing with operas by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, and Puccini. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing how music enhances the dramatic and emotional content of the stories told in operas. Because we will listen to operas on CD, watch them on DVD, attend an HD opera simulcast, and travel to New York for a live performance at the Metropolitan Opera, comparing the experience of opera in these different delivery formats will be another important activity. The course is designed for students with little or no musical background but would be of interest for those with past musical experience.
Composer Paul Salerni’s music “pulses with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and has been described by the New York Times as “impressive” and “playful.” Henry Fogel has said “It is…music that sings and dances.” Salerni’s numerous commissioned orchestral and chamber music works have been performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe and China. Salerni’s one-act opera Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast won the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera competition in 2007, and a definitive recording of the opera was released on Naxos. His second one-act, The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, an adaptation of a Dick Van Dyke TV Show episode, had its premiere in September 2010.  Both one-acts are published by Theodore Presser. Salerni’s most recent large-scale project was a ballet (FABLES) commissioned and premiered by RIOULT New York. A CD of Salerni’s chamber music (“Touched) was released by Albany Records in 2015. A second CD of chamber music entitled “Speaking of Love” was released in 2017. Salerni is the NEH Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Music at Lehigh University, where he teaches composition and theory. He served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, including two years as its Chair. Unbeknownst to his professors in graduate school, he moonlighted playing keyboards in a jazz-rock band called Hank Star and the Galaxys. 
PHIL 090-010; CRN 40230
4 credits (HU)
Professor Robin Dillon
MW 12:45 - 2:00pm
Self-respect and a secure sense of our worth as persons is something most of us need and want.  But it is not something that everyone is assured of having.  Most people think of the lack of self-respect in psychological terms, such as depression, and think that developing strong self-respect requires something like psychotherapy or Prozac. But there is an important social and political dimension to self-respect, which this course will be exploring. The experiences of American slaves, survivors of the German concentration camps, African Americans involved in the civil rights movement, women in contemporary sexist societies, and gays and lesbians in homophobic societies all testify that one effective means of oppressing or repressing classes of people is to destroy their sense of worth as persons and deny them the bases for developing respect for themselves. The struggle for liberation from oppressive, marginalizing, or exploitative political contexts thus also includes the struggle to reclaim self-respect.
The aims of this course will be to gain an understanding of the connections between self-respect, dignity, and oppression, to explore the tactics subordinated peoples have used to liberate themselves by liberating their self-respect, and to improve our understanding of ourselves, our place in the moral world, and our responsibilities to ourselves and each other.
Although she enjoys watching the wildlife in the woods around her home, going on family hikes and road trips, and reading mystery novels, Professor Dillon spends much of her time reading, writing, and talking about self-respect and respect, which she considers to be at the very core of morality. She was for many years the director of the Women’s Studies (now, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) Program and is currently the director of the new Lehigh College of Arts and Science Center for Ethics. 
PHIL 090-011; CRN 45004
4 credits (HU)
Professor Mark Bickhard
MW 12:45 - 2:00pm
Contemporary evolutionary biology poses a number of urgent philosophical questions.  For example: How does evolution work?  Is evolution teleological?  What are (the) major transitions in evolution, and why do they exist?  What is life?  What is a species?  What is an individual?  Does evolution depend on genes?  How do function, representation, and other normative phenomena evolve?  What about social behavior?  We will address a selection of these, depending on interests.
Mark Bickhard is the Henry R. Luce Professor in Cognitive Robotics and the Philosophy of Knowledge at Lehigh University.  He is affiliated with the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology, and is Director of the Institute for Interactivist Studies. His work ranges from process metaphysics and emergence to consciousness, cognition, language, and functional models of brain processes, to persons and social ontologies.  Bickhard’s work on cognition features a model of cognition as emergent in agent processes for interacting with the world.  Bickhard's research interest in social ontology and social persons concerns not only the nature of a persons' existence, both biological and social, but also what would be involved in the design of artificial persons.
PHIL 090-012; CRN 45005
4 credits (HU)
Professor Ricki Bliss
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
In today’s society we have more exposure to information than human beings have had at any other moment in human history.  Unfortunately, though, most of us really don’t know how to interact responsibly and well with that information.  In this course, we will explore how to research, how to discern a good source from a bad source, what counts as knowledge, how to interact with the results of science, who we are supposed to trust, and how we are we supposed to engage well with the floods of information that overwhelm us everyday.
Professor Ricki Bliss... bio coming soon!
PHY 090-010; CRN 44993
3 credits (NS)
Professor Paola M. Cereghetti
TR 10:45am - 12:00pm
Many of the great developments in medicine, both in the diagnostics and the treatment of diseases as well as in the understanding of how the body works, originate from principles and technologies associated with physics. How do positron emission tomography (PET) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) work? What are radiotherapy or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?  Why are we able to see objects around us and to listen to music? In this seminar, we will discuss answers to these and other questions while learning about important principles of classical and modern physics. This seminar is intended for all those who are interested in medicine, physics, or both, but does not require any previous knowledge or predisposition towards these fields. Topics will be approached qualitatively, with only a little elementary algebra needed now and then. At the same time, those who do envisage a career in medicine or the natural sciences will be able to stimulate their interests by getting a glimpse of some of the ideas they will study in more depth later.
Professor Paola M. Cereghetti is a member of the department of physics at Lehigh. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in 2000, after using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) methods to do research on spin diffusion, as well as on the dynamics of polymer and pseudo spin glass systems. She also holds a M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; in her M.A. thesis, she focused on the interplay between artistic rendition and naturalistic reproduction in colored Chinese materia medica produced over a period ranging from the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD) to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). 
PHY 090-011; CRN 40650
3 credits (NS)
Professor Sera Cremonini
TR 2:35 - 3:50pm
In the early 20th century Einstein's theory of relativity drastically changed our understanding of gravity and the fabric of space-time. Despite its great successes, the theory of general relativity is incomplete. It does not take into account quantum mechanics and fails to describe fundamental properties of black holes and the very beginning of the universe.
In this seminar we will explore the key developments in modern physics and the challenges of unifying all the fundamental forces. We will introduce the main ingredients of string theory, the most promising framework for a quantum description of gravity, and discuss its consequences for space-time at the smallest scales. As we will see, string theory has given us crucial insights into the structure of black holes and the early evolution of the universe. The format of the course will be discussion of weekly reading assignments, and a final paper.
Professor Sera Cremonini earned her bachelor degree in Physics and Mathematics from The City College of New York and her PhD in Physics from Brown University. Before joining the Lehigh Physics Department, Cremonini was a junior fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Cambridge/Mitchell collaboration between the Mitchell Institute at Texas A&M and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology established by Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University. She works on various aspects of string theory, quantum gravity and early universe cosmology. Her research currently focuses on the holographic gauge/gravity correspondence and its applications to quantum phases of matter. 
POLS 090-010; CRN 44083
4 credits (SS)
Professor Frank Davis
MW 12:45 - 2:00pm
Recent inter- and intra-party battles have at times left the Congress incapable of action, leading to institutional gridlock and government shutdowns. In those cases in which congress has acted, partisan polarization has made it virtually impossible to work across party lines, aggravating inter-party conflict. The problem of institutional struggles has been exacerbated by battles within each party, leading to instability in congressional leadership. The Republican House Speaker was forced to resign in 2015 when members of his own party threatened to force him to “vacate the chair.” The current Republican Speaker, buffeted by competing factions, has announced his retirement. And the Democratic House Minority Leader faced a strong challenge for her position from within her own party at the beginning of this congress.
In this class we will examine the dynamics of electoral campaigns and the changing nature of media coverage of elections and congress as an institution. Insights generated from this analysis will be applied through a simulation of congressional elections which will, then, provide a foundation for exploring the Congress’s current institutional challenges.
Frank Davis is an associate professor of political science. His research focuses on congress, interest groups, elections, and campaign finance. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and he has taught at Lehigh since 1987. 
POLS 090-011; CRN 42315
4 credits (SS)
Professor Richard Matthews
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm
This course will be taught in the Socratic Method which means students will be called on at random to answer questions and follow-up questions. We will begin by critically examining the “founding” dreams of what the USA might become by reading the ideas of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Next, we will briefly look at what the USA was becoming just a few generations after the founding by reading Alexis de Tocqueville. Lastly we will think about what the USA has become, and might yet become, through several works of contemporary fiction. We finish the course asking the fundamental American question: Can contemporary Americans enjoy the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”? Or, is it time for another revolution within the U.S. political system.
Professor Richard Matthews, NEH Distinguished Professor of Political Science, has written extensively on the American founding and political ideologies. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books: The Radical Politics of Thomas Jefferson; and, If Men Were Angels: James Madison and the Heartless Empire of Reason. Matthews teaches with the Socratic question(s) and answer(s) method and has received multiple teaching awards. 
PSYC 090-011; CRN 42648
4 credits (SS)
Professor Amanda Brandone
TR 2:35 - 3:50pm
What is it that makes the human species unique?  In what ways do our cognition and behavior define us as human? At first glance, the differences between humans and other animals appear to be enormous. Humans alone have built complex civilizations, achieved impressive technological advances, and brought about significant changes to their own planet. But what essential characteristics underlie these accomplishments and how do they distinguish us from the rest of the animal kingdom?
For clues regarding what makes us uniquely human, in this course we will explore two distinct lines of research: (1) work in developmental psychology showing that capacities intrinsic to what it means to be human appear in the earliest years of life; and (2) research in animal cognition revealing both the profound similarities as well as striking differences between human and non-human minds. We will explore several candidate systems for what makes us unique, including language, tool use, self-awareness, impulse control, social cognition, and morality.
By comparing and contrasting cognition in human infants and non-human animals, in this course we will shed light on both what it means to be and how we become human.
Amanda Brandone is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She joined the faculty at Lehigh in 2010 after completing her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. She teaches classes on Child Development, Children’s Thinking, and Developmental Psychology and Social Policy. Her current research explores questions related to early conceptual development including what knowledge about the world is present in infancy and early childhood, how that knowledge is constructed, and how that early knowledge becomes the more sophisticated concepts we have as adults. 
REL 090-010; CRN 43342
JST 090-010; CRN 43917
4 credits (HU)
Professor Benjamin Wright
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
The Bible appears in many contemporary public contexts other than religious ones, film, literature, and politics being the most common.  In this course, students will examine how the Bible is used (and abused) in the contemporary world (both in religious and secular contexts), focusing particularly on how the Bible is interpreted and how the Bible's ancient historical and cultural contexts illuminate these interpretations.  Possible topics include the Bible and science, the Bible and human sexuality, the Museum of the Bible (Washington, DC).
Benjamin Wright is University Distinguished Professor in Religion Studies. Many of his teenage hours were spent reading the Bible. It only occurred to him after starting a major in Biology in college that he could spend a career doing just that. After graduating from Ursinus College with a major in religion, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in the study of Early Judaism and Early Christianity. He has published widely on early Jewish and Christian literature. He writes on three areas in particular: (1) ancient Jewish Wisdom literature; (2) ancient translations and (3) the Dead Sea Scrolls. Prof. Wright’s other passions are playing guitar and coaching ice hockey. 
REL 090-011; CRN 44077
GS 090-011; CRN 43787
4 credits (HU)
Professor Robert Rozehnal
TR 1:10 - 2:25pm
Amid the global "war on terror," media coverage of Islam and Muslims dominates news headlines around the world.  At the same time, studies show the vast majority of Americans know virtually nothing about the basic facts of Islamic history, beliefs and practices-and the realities of everyday Muslim life around the world.  Using webpages, social media and films, this course explores how Muslims are portrayed in popular media narratives.  With attention to a variety of cross-cultural and transnational settings, we also examine how tech-savvy Muslims deploy media to give voice to their own experiences.  Topics include: Islamophobia, Islamic law, political Islam and terrorism, gender debates, music and pop culture, artistic and literary expressions, and Sufism.
Rob Rozehnal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion Studies and the founding director of Lehigh's Center for Global Islamic Studies.  He has traveled widely in the Muslim world, with extended periods of study and fieldwork in Pakistan, India, Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Malaysia.  In addition to the history and practice of Sufism in South Asia, his research explores ritual studies, postcolonial theory, religious nationalism, digital religion, and globalization. 
THTR 090-010; CRN 41363
4 credits (HU)
Professor Kashi Johnson
MW 1:10 - 3:00pm
There are nearly as many reasons to study acting as there are acting students: to learn about yourself, to meet people, to pursue a career, to be comfortable in front of people are just a few. Whatever your reason, it is important to realize that you already possess performance experience. You play several roles each day student, friend, daughter, son, employee, significant other and every time you present yourself, you adapt or change your behavior in order to achieve a desired goal.
In this seminar, your everyday acting skills will be transformed into the greater power of artistic technique. We will use acting games and sensory exercises, as well as improvisation techniques and on stage performances, to provide clear insight into the world of the actor. As you learn how to implement specific acting methods and develop your voice and body as an instrument for acting, you will focus and strengthen the natural actor inside you. The study of acting is a meaningful journey of personal discovery and growth. No previous acting experience is required to take this course only a willingness to try.
Kashi Johnson is a professor in the Lehigh University Department of Theatre, where she teaches courses in performance, Hip Hop theatre and directs plays. An innovator in Hip Hop theatre pedagogy for over 10 years, Professor Johnson has devised several plays with her students, including Act Like You Know 10 Year Anniversary Show, gener8-tion Txt, Speaking Freely and Untold Truths. Dedicated to cultivating voices from the Hip Hop generation, in 2005 she co-founded Redsun Productions as a performance platform for local artists and aspiring performers. She has given video recorded talks about 'Act Like You Know,’ her cutting-edge Hip Hop theater course, for TEDx and BlackademicsTV and published on the topic in Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches. At Lehigh University, she is the proud recipient of numerous teaching and service awards including the Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Class of ’61 Professorship. She holds a M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. 
THTR 090-011; CRN 42644
4 credits (HU)
Professor William Lowry
TR 10:45am - 12:00pm
A cybernetic enhancement to intelligence is developed to fight a fatal virus, but at the risk of mental evolution beyond human capacity. A team of superheroes pursues a villain revenge-killing couples in love, while a doctor races to build an artificial heart strong enough to survive heartbreak. A group of survivors recounts an episode of The Simpsons after the apocalypse, and their storytelling develops into a force larger than themselves. These examples of contemporary "geek theatre" demonstrate how the internet has allowed for the flourishing of specialized fanbases and niche interests. This first-year seminar introduces the basics of theatrical production and performance and analyzes the possibilities and constraints within the theatrical art form in presenting these types of stories. Students will examine the structure and content of the genres through the lens of theatre and explore connections between these plays and sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian works in other forms of media. Through research and hands-on projects, students will assess the potential of speculative drama to connect to the concrete here and now.
Will Lowry is a scenographer and an Assistant Professor of Theatre. He has created over one hundred designs for theatres along the East Coast and beyond, including productions at Playhouse on Park (CT), the Palace Theatre (SC), Mill Mountain Theatre (VA), Curtain Call Theatre (NY), Birmingham Children’s Theatre (AL), the California Theatre Center (CA), and as far as the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He worked for five years as studio assistant for Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, contributing to various Broadway productions including Leap of Faith, 9 to 5, and Catch Me If You Can. He also worked as assistant to the costume designer for Emilio Sosa on Motown: The Musical and Isabel Toledo on After Midnight. He recently completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Furman University, and he is a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble, which produced the New York City premieres of three of the plays in the Geek Theatre anthology. He holds an MFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Theatre Arts and Computer Science from Furman University.