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Rose Jang, Wenhong Wang and Hirsh Diamant
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||With China’s emergence as one of the world’s leading political players and economic powerhouses within the last four decades, there has been increasing international attention and news coverage on current Chinese political and economic developments. Today’s China, under a new generation of leadership ushering in many unprecedented reform programs, remains an enigma for most Westerners. The program aims to unravel part of that mystery through study of China's cultural roots and ideological foundations. We will dig the roots of Chinese culture by probing into Chinese religion and folklore and examining several different forms of Chinese artistic activities, including performing arts, visual arts, and arts of self-cultivation.In fall quarter, we will study the religions and folk culture of China. We will examine the formal histories and primary tenets of Chinese “Three Teachings”: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Mythology, fairy tales, and fantasies, transmitted either orally or in written texts, will also inform our study as symbolic expressions of spiritual forces and religious aspirations within the cultural psyche. The combined energy of official and popular religions, spiritual and “superstitious” practices, folk and secular activities—with their literary and visual manifestations—has affected Chinese society and political structure over centuries. By reading translated texts and viewing different religious and cultural activities on film, we will try to discover and dissect the interlocked relationships between religion, spirituality, philosophy, and folk culture in the Chinese contexts.In winter quarter, we will focus on the arts of China, both traditional and modern. Chinese arts have long been a necessary vessel for the outpouring of spiritual and folk energy from all facets of Chinese life and society. We will read Chinese literature and drama that grew from the repertoire of popular stories, study Chinese theatre as a continuation of Chinese storytelling and acrobatic traditions, and delve into the spiritual core of Chinese visual arts. Students will read texts as well as engage in movement workshops and artistic experiments which connect cultural studies with practical, hands-on exercises.Faculty will take interested students to China either at the end of winter quarter or in spring quarter. These students will study Chinese performing arts in one of the most prestigious theatre schools in Beijing for four weeks, and spend two more weeks traveling to the south to continue exploring Chinese culture with a focus on religion, spirituality, and folk culture. Students who do not go to China will conduct independent research projects on Evergreen's campus.A Chinese language class will be embedded within the program. Students traveling to China will continue to study Chinese language at the institutions we will visit and through daily functions and encounters, which will provide incentives and opportunities for further language study.||Rose Jang Wenhong Wang Hirsh Diamant||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||W 16Winter||This full time program focuses on the creative process through movement, dance, and symbolic color theory. Using the Tantric chakra system as a dynamic map of progressive mind-body development, the syllabus builds on the fall 2015 program, , and leads to the spring 2016 program, . Although designed to interface effectively with its antecedent, “Dance as Art: Making Connections”, and to lead to “Creating Dance Sacred and Profane”, this program also stands on its own and new students with prior experience in movement, dance, or visual art are welcome. The program goal is twofold: to solidify a process of refining awareness of the student's educational and life path through performance art, and to facilitate a kinetic interplay of inner connectivity with outer expressiveness to establish and enrich a sense of cooperative community. We'll explore how aesthetic color theories relate to the chakra system as an inspiration, structure, and methodology for creating dance that speaks deeply and eloquently to the human situation. We'll explore questions such as: What is my purpose or path in life? How can we nurture relationships that help achieve goals through just and sustainable practices? How can we balance intuitive, creative imagination with concrete techniques producing verifiable results? The chakra system will be studied as both a dynamic structure for understanding human consciousness, and as a developmental process that locates, identifies, and provides methods for working with creative blocks. We will demystify chakra work to generate practical movement toward mind-body integration and a sense of community. Program text and movement seminars explore the history, theory and practice of Tantric and Taoist philosophy, esoteric anatomy, artistic color theories, and dance kinesiology. Activities alternate, overlap, and integrate drawing/painting, selecting or making sound, and progressive classes in dance technique, theory, and composition in an experimental, non-judgmental, and collaborative workshop environment.||Robert Esposito||Mon Tue Wed Thu||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Winter||Winter|
Heather Heying, David Phillips and Bret Weinstein
Signature Required: Fall
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Why are there so many species on the planet? Why are there more species nearer the equator than at the poles? This program seeks robust, meaningful explanations for these complex phenomena. In parallel, it approaches human cultural variation in a biotic context, addressing the questions: Where have humans traditionally fit in relation to biological nature, and how has our unparalleled within-species diversity been shaped by nonhuman forces? This program will introduce students to a unique and broadly applicable set of analytical tools, and apply them across a range of settings and scales that would be impossible in a traditional academic context.We will study patterns across space and time, revealing the selective forces that shaped the distribution, form, behavior, and interaction of organisms from all extant branches of the tree of life. From mycorrhizal fungi that live in the roots of trees to bats collecting fruit high in the moonlit canopy, organisms are best understood embedded in the context of the forces that gave rise to them.Though all sciences share a method of inquiry, the theoretical toolkit necessary to understand complex biological systems is different from the more familiar tools of the fundamental sciences, such as chemistry and physics. When an insect extracts nutrients from a leaf by detoxifying compounds built to deter herbivory, both the insect, and the plant whose leaf is consumed, have invested resources in an objective, and their gains and losses can be evaluated in terms similar to those in economics and engineering. We will apply concepts such as sunk costs, zero-sum game, and adaptive landscapes across systems and taxa.We will compare Pacific Northwest rainforest to the Ecuadorian Amazon, witnessing ecology’s most extreme, ubiquitous, and mysterious species-diversity pattern: the latitudinal diversity gradient. We will compare the Amazon at Earth’s most species-rich location—Yasuní—with equatorial montane, cloud forest, and altiplano habitats, revealing dramatic predictable reductions in species diversity that occur at a given latitude, with increases in elevation. And we will compare the high-diversity Amazonian habitat in the humid lowland east to the comparatively low-diversity habitats of the arid Andean rainshadow to the west.In tandem with our study of habitats, we will seek to understand indigenous cultures that have historically inhabited these biomes. We will consider the impact of glaciation and the role it played in initiating the diaspora of New World populations which diversified across the entirety of the Americas before Europeans arrived in the 15th century. Where there is archaeological evidence, we will interpret it in the context of the precolonial world.In fall, we will focus on logical tools, concepts, and language needed to understand evolutionary patterns. We will investigate levels of selection, and grapple with the relationship between genes, cultural memes, and epigenetic markers. We will take several field trips within Washington to experience relevant phenomena (e.g., Hoh rainforest, indigenous fishing on the Klickitat River, the channeled scablands). In winter and spring, we will travel to Ecuador, visit several sites, and spend extended field time investigating patterns across a tropical landscape of unparalleled diversity.||Heather Heying David Phillips Bret Weinstein||Mon Wed Thu||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall|
Joseph Tougas, Pauline Yu and Sean Williams
|Program||FR ONLYFreshmen Only||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||This first-year program focuses attention on the idea that each of us has a unique way of understanding the world because of the contexts to which we have been exposed. What is your context? How has it shaped the ways you interact with humans, institutions, and the natural world? Considering these questions opens the idea of having not just one, but several lenses through which we have built our understanding: we use all of our senses in addition to larger societal, linguistic, and biological structures to inform and guide us. The languages we use and the social structures in which we live can be thought of as systems of representation—tools that living organisms can use to get a grip on reality. In the case of language, we might say that is the material we have to work with, ( ) is the order in which we can combine those materials, and is the place where language becomes meaningful or useful. Other systems of representation—in music, visual art, and science, for example—have similar structures. How do you make sense of the world when your “lived vocabulary” includes rhythms and notes, shapes and lines, molecules and ecosystems, or color and light? How does your picture of the world change when your epistemology—your way of knowing—includes multiple systems of representation and is not limited to just words and syntax? In learning by doing, we will explore how artists use geometry and math, how musicians use physics, and how scientists engage the mystery of their environment. We will examine these systems of representation and develop new ones through creative play to explore the range of human experiences.Weekly activities will include lectures, films, and seminars. There will also be field trips in each quarter, workshops, collaborative presentations, and guest lectures. Students are expected to focus on enhancing their college-level writing skills throughout the program; each quarter's major writing assignments will require students to master the process of revision. In fall quarter, students will be introduced to important skills in approaching this material through multiple modes; issues of perspective, critical analysis, and context are important factors in deepening our understanding. As we move into winter quarter, students will have more chances to develop individual and collaborative projects focusing on particular areas of interest.||Joseph Tougas Pauline Yu Sean Williams||Mon Mon Tue Tue Wed Wed Thu Thu||Freshmen FR||Fall||Fall Winter|
Steven Hendricks, Susan Fiksdal, Brian Walter and Toska Olson
Signature Required: Spring
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Creative writers, performers, and social scientists all engage with deep inquiries into what it's like to be a person and what it means to live within a society that shapes our lives.In this program, we'll examine the cultural norms that shape our notions of selfhood, the forces that compel individuals to construct their identities and their bodies in certain ways, and the means by which creative activities, including research, can disrupt those norms and the ideologies behind them. We'll do this through specific disciplinary perspectives on the idea of the individual across three disciplines: improvisational performance, sociology, and creative writing. In the fall, major readings will include sociological studies and theoretical texts and a selection of 20 -century literature emphasizing innovative approaches to character. Active research, creative writing, and essay projects will challenge students to develop their own inquiries in relation to program themes. Regular workshops in field-research methods, creative and critical writing, and improvisation will allow students to build new skills, gain confidence with different modes of learning, and explore their own rich questions across disciplines. Beginning in winter, students will develop major projects integrating what they've learned in all three disciplines, including sociological research and creative writing, culminating in the development of collaborative performance pieces in spring quarter.||Steven Hendricks Susan Fiksdal Brian Walter Toska Olson||Mon Tue Thu Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
Sarah Williams, Steven Scheuerell and Abir Biswas
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||If you crunch on a carrot, savor a cacao nib, or sip a coffee while learning about with a geologist, a permaculturalist, and a cultural theorist, what will you taste? Often associated with wine, is a French word that distinguishes a food that is what it because of a taste of the place from which it comes. There are complex cultural traditions alongside the scientific factors we will explore for describing the effects of climate, soil, environment, and agricultural practices on our perception of flavor. We'll also explore the combined effects of smell and taste and their expression in terroir in relation to scientific and consumer objectivity. Throughout the year, we will focus on case studies of specific foods to explore terroir from a variety of methodologies and disciplinary perspectives via faculty lectures, readings, seminar, writing, field trips, films, community-based service learning, independent field studies, and an alumni lecture series. Fall quarter, we’ll focus on the terroir of coffee, chocolate, and wine. We’ll begin with chocolate and tea conferences during the Week 1 weekend, followed up by a 4 day program retreat (Week 4) to Washington-Oregon wine growing country to gain an understanding of the influences of climate, topography, soils, and bedrock on viticulture in the PNW. Faculty members will provide an introduction to their disciplines in relation to terroir's expression in coffee, chocolate, and wine through a combination of lectures and tastings (grapes in the case of wine). Students will study physical geology, focusing on the broader plate tectonics and volcanic processes. Likewise, students will investigate permaculture design and will study how the landscape properties of a particular place can be modified and combined to create a unique entity. Students will also explore how terroir is a relation of reciprocity between subject and object using poststructuralist theory infused with gender and colonial critique as well as ethnographic strategies. We will engage the complexity of terroir as perception history, place soil, molecules marketing. Winter quarter, we’ll focus on oysters, chocolate, and tea. Students will have the opportunity to travel through Oregon and California on a field trip to study geological and climatological influences on agriculture and food flavors, with the option to attend the EcoFarm conference. Over the quarter, students will study soil development processes and the effects of climate change on the terroir of place-flavored foods, including the effects of changes in ocean chemistry on the terroir of oysters.Spring quarter will begin with the study of terroir's expression in honey, chocolate, and potatoes. Students will gain hands-on horticultural/gardening training at Demeter’s Garden on Evergreen’s farm to facilitate student engagement in agricultural and permaculture fieldwork. During the latter half of the quarter, everyone will complete an independent or small-group, multiweek research project, community-based service-learning experience, or field study, and will share their learning progress via a structured online program forum.||Sarah Williams Steven Scheuerell Abir Biswas||Tue Wed Thu Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
Signature Required: Winter
|Program||JR–SRJunior–Senior||16||16||Day||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||This two-quarter program provides an opportunity for upper division students to complete a 15 week, four-day per week internship in Washington D.C. with the support of the Washington Internship Institute. The Washington Internship Institute will assist students in finding internships in government offices, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. This internship experience also includes two Washington Internship Institute courses, a core course on policy-making taught by policy professionals and an internship seminar that provides a context in which to discuss, reflect upon, and understand the internship experience. This program is a two quarter commitment through winter and spring: 16 credits for winter quarter and 16 or 12 credit options for spring quarter. You can learn much more about the internship experience at: .||Scott Coleman||Junior JR Senior SR||Winter||Winter|