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|Title||Offering||Standing||Credits||Credits||When||F||W||S||Su||Description||Preparatory||Faculty||Days||Multiple Standings||Start Quarters||Open Quarters|
Susan Preciso and Mark Harrison
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||8||08||Evening and Weekend||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Across time and cultures, humankind has struggled with taboos that obstruct the pursuit of knowledge deemed inappropriate or dangerous, but what is “forbidden” intrigues us all. In this humanities program, we will explore the ways that forbidden knowledge inspired artists throughout the ages. We will ask how the forbidden differs in the mythology of one culture to another. We will study some great works of art that have been inspired by forbidden knowledge. While powerful people and institutions have often dictated what is acceptable for us to know, the arts, literature, and mythology have been the chief mechanisms through which we have been able to explain or justify this fundamental human conflict. For example, in the creation stories of Genesis and Milton’s we encounter one of western culture’s most enduring mythic structures. and Mary Shelley's speak to a more modern dilemma about acquisition and use of knowledge. In this two quarter program we will explore this complex subject through visual art, music, poetry, film, theatre and literature. Roger Shattuck’s will provide one analysis of the stories, but we’ll read other critical approaches as well. During Winter quarter we will concentrate on the classical past; our readings will include Genesis, and In the Spring, we will turn our attention to the modern age. Our readings will include Christina Rossetti's , A.S. Byatt's , Tony Kushner's and Alan Ginsberg's . Students will be expected to read critically and well, take excellent reading notes, and write occasional critical essays on assigned topics. They will participate in seminar, lecture, workshop, and a possible field trip. This immersion in the humanities is especially suited for those students planning to teach in areas of literature or the arts. It is also for students who are curious about the ways in which artists and writers working in different genres push us to understand the world and our place in it.Credits will be awarded in literature and cultural studies.||Susan Preciso Mark Harrison||Wed Sat||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Winter||Winter Spring|
Anne de Marcken (Forbes)
Signature Required: Fall Winter Spring
|Research||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||V||V||Day, Evening and Weekend||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||This is an opportunity for students to work with faculty from a diverse set of disciplines on creative and scholarly projects. Students will come away with invaluable skills in library and archival research practices, visual arts studio practices, laboratory practices, film/media production practices, critical research and writing, and much more. Critical and Creative Practices is comprised of a diverse group of artists, theorists, scientists, mathematicians, writers, filmmakers and other cultural workers whose interdisciplinary fields of study sit at the crossroads between critical theoretical studies and creative engagement. uses creative writing and digital media as methods of narrative inquiry into questions of presence and absence, disappearance and emergence, loss, survival, and memory. Her process-based work results in short stories, personal essays, moving image narratives, sometimes web environments, and often hybrids of these forms. Her current areas of inquiry include climate change, the interactions of place and identity, and the experience of survival. She is presently working on a multimedia narrative installation and a feature film. Students working with Anne will have opportunities to work on one or both of these projects. Depending upon project phase at the time of enrollment as well as individual students’ strengths and interests, activities may include research, installation design and construction, text-based work, and/or audio-video post production.||Anne de Marcken (Forbes)||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
Ruth Hayes and Gerardo Chin-Leo
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||This program will examine marine environments and life from the perspectives of science and the visual and media arts, emphasizing animation. Marine life constitutes a majority of the biomass and diversity of life, and marine microorganisms play major, complex roles in global ecological processes. We will focus on these relationships and how human activity affects them. In the past century, humans have severely impacted Earth’s ecosystems, degrading habitats and over-exploiting natural resources. Some scientists have termed this period of human influence the Anthropocene. We will explore ways that science and art can increase understanding of natural phenomena and human impacts on them, contributing effectively to solving environmental problems. We will learn how artists and marine scientists use close observation, analysis, and integrative thinking to communicate important concepts and values. We will experiment with ways to represent the movements, behaviors, and functions of microorganisms, as well as the larger structures of marine environments. Artists routinely base their works on scientific findings; students will practice such research-based creative strategies to respond to and represent marine phenomena in their drawings and animation.Students will explore how marine sciences and visual arts inform each other. Lectures will present concepts and terms unique to each discipline and include creative works about and inspired by the natural world. Labs, workshops, and field trips will offer experience in marine environments and conceptual and technical skills with which to represent them in drawing and animation. Through readings, writing assignments, and seminar discussions, students will learn how scientists and artists can contribute to understanding complex natural phenomena, raising awareness of and mitigating environmental problems. Students will integrate their learning in polished thematic creative works.In fall quarter, we examine ecosystems such as estuaries, intertidal zones, and the deep sea, taking an ecological perspective and emphasizing the role of microorganisms in these habitats. Students will learn drawing and animation skills as they explore how to represent microorganisms and their activities in small- and large-scale environments. In winter, we shift focus to the diversity of marine life and how organisms have adapted to environmental changes. Students will pursue more ambitious approaches to creative representations of marine life, environments, and the challenges they face. A multi-day field trip to the Friday Harbor Marine Labs will provide hands-on experience and inspiration for students' creative projects. Both quarters, we will join with other programs in common activities focused on issues related to the Anthropocene.||Ruth Hayes Gerardo Chin-Leo||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter|