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|Title||Offering||Standing||Credits||Credits||When||F||W||S||Su||Description||Preparatory||Faculty||Days||Multiple Standings||Start Quarters||Open Quarters|
Signature Required: Winter
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||This program focuses on people's relationships with plants for food, fiber, medicine, and aesthetics. Students will study economic botany through seminar texts, film, and lectures that examine agriculture, forestry, herbology, and horticulture. They will examine political economic factors that shape our relations with plants. Through economic and historical lenses, the learning community will inquire about why people have favored some plants and not others or radically changed their preferences, such as considering a former cash crop to be a weed. In our readings, we will examine the significant roles botany and natural history have played in colonialism, imperialism, and globalization. Initiatives to foster more socially just and environmentally sustainable relations with plants will be investigated.In fall, weekly workshops will help students improve their ability to write thesis-driven essays defended with evidence from the assigned texts. In winter, students will write a major research paper on a plant of their choosing, applying what they've learned about plant biology and economic botany to their own case study. Through a series of workshops, they will learn to search the scientific literature, manage bibliographic data, and interpret and synthesize information, including primary sources. Through their research paper, students will synthesize scientific and cultural information about their plant.This program serves both advanced and less experienced students who are looking for an opportunity to expand their understanding of plants and challenge themselves. This two-quarter program allows students to learn introductory and advanced plant science material in an interdisciplinary format. Students will learn about plant anatomy, morphology, and systematics. Lectures based on textbook readings supplement the laboratory work. The learning community will explore how present form and function informs us about the evolution of plants such as mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants. Students will get hands-on experience studying plants under microscopes and in the field. Students will also learn how to maintain a detailed and illustrated nature journal to develop basic plant identification skills of common species.||Frederica Bowcutt||Mon Tue Wed Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||This program will examine the work of Indigenous artists in North America who have helped define the Contemporary Native American Art Movement since the 1960s and will trace the movement’s evolution through 2015. Beginning with an examination of works by seminal artists like Alan Houser, Oscar Howe, Fritz Scholder, and Helen Hardin, who transformed American Indian art, students will explore the way that these artists and the Indigenous artists who came after them became an innovative force that redefined the place of American Indian/First Nations artists in the global art world. We will analyze the way these various generations of artists have created movements in the Americas that have challenged anthropological and colonial paradigms that define aesthetically exquisite objects made by Indigenous peoples as artifacts to be studied in an ethnographic context rather than as works of fine art. We will look at the way the art/craft divide in European and American settler art discourse has affected the way Indigenous art has been defined. Through detailed analyses, students will critically reflect on not only the aesthetic principles inherent in Indigenous artwork, but also on the historical and cultural contexts which inform the artists of the Contemporary Native American Art Movement. Finally, students will learn how to look at, interpret, understand, and write about the works of contemporary Indigenous artists in the United States and Canada.||Gail Tremblay||Mon Tue Thu||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall|
Frances V. Rains
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||Native American women have been erased from history. It is not that they did not exist; it is that they were , omitted from history. At the same time, stereotypes such as "squaw" and "princess" have plagued Native women since 1492. Ironically, the history of Native women has reflected a different reality with a long tradition of standing strong for justice. Native women have stood to protect the lands and the natural world, their cultures, languages, the health of their families, and Tribal Sovereignty. But few learn about these Native women, who consistently defied the stereotypes in order to work for the betterment of their peoples and nations. Drawing upon the experiences and writings of such women, we will explore the ways in which leadership is articulated in many Native American communities. We will critique how feminist theory has both served and ignored Native women. Through case studies, autobiography, literature and films, we will analyze how Native women have argued for sovereignty and developed agendas that privilege community over individuality. We will explore the activism of 20th century Native women leaders, particularly in the areas of the environment, the family system and the law.This program will implement decolonizing methodologies to give voice to some of these women, while deconstructing the stereotypes, in order to honor and provide a different way of knowing about these courageous Native American women, past and present. Students will develop skills as writers, researchers and potential advocates by studying scholarly and imaginative works and conducting research. Through extensive reading and writing, dialogue, art, films and possible guest speakers, we will investigate important aspects of the life and times of some of these Native American women across the centuries.||Frances V. Rains||Mon Wed Thu||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall|
Kristina Ackley and Alexander McCarty
Signature Required: Winter
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||What is the relationship between landscape and art? How do people map and define the Pacific Northwest? Within the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the province of British Columbia there is a great diversity of Indigenous people: Pacific Northwest Coast, Coast Salish, Interior Plateau, and Interior Salish. Through literature and studio practice in serigraphy printmaking, or screen-printing, we will explore and research the historical and contemporary perspectives of traditional and innovative Indigenous artists from the Pacific Northwest regions. The printmaking studio component will address diverse visual languages, design strategies, and regional traditions.In this program we will study the ways that place affects art and literature, and link these processes to Indigenous nation-building. We will learn the histories of the region, from tribal creation stories to contemporary case studies of nationhood. We will critically consider dominant narratives, or the stories about Native people that have been disseminated in popular culture and public education, and compare and contrast that to the stories that Native people tell. The different cultural geographies and placemaking of Northwest Coast Native people are linked to ideas about “home” and recreate flexible understandings of space and identity.Our focus will be on writers and artists who see their art-making as both critically engaged and as part of their relationship to their communities. We will contrast visual sovereignty to intellectual and political sovereignty, defined as an Indigenous community’s or individual’s right to create a space for self-definition and determination. Students will learn about the different ways that Native communities have employed images and objects as links to history, identity, culture, function and ceremony.This is an entry-level program in which students will build critical analytical skills through rigorous reading and writing, as well as develop the foundations of studio art practice in the printmaking process of serigraphy. Working only on paper, students will learn to create both hand-drawn and computer generated stencils for use with the photo-emulsion printing techniques. Students will create a conceptual body of work with an emphasis on professional editioning practices.We welcome students who do not identify as artists, but have a deep interest, and all students will work to better understand their place in relationship to the dominant arts canon. Faculty will work with students to develop different forms of literacies, including visual, cultural, and political. These skills are often prerequisites for students who plan to become teachers.Students will be expected to integrate extensive readings, lecture notes, studio experiences, films, interviews and other sources in writing assignments. We will consider settler colonialism as a necessary context, but not the only frame for understanding Indigenous people. Rather, we will emphasize the resiliency and persistence of Indigenous nations.||Kristina Ackley Alexander McCarty||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter|
Steven Hendricks, 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 Brian Walter Toska Olson||Mon Tue Thu Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
Carrie M. Margolin
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||S 16Spring||Students will investigate theories and practices of psychologists to enhance their understanding of counseling, social services, and the science of psychology. We will cover history and systems of psychology. Students will read original source literature from the major divisions of the field, including both classic and contemporary journal articles and books by well-known psychologists. Students will explore careers in psychology and the academic preparations necessary for these career choices. We will cover the typical activities of psychologists who work in academia, schools, counseling and clinical settings, social work agencies, and applied research settings.Among our studies will be ethical quandaries in psychology, including the ethics of human and animal experimentation. Library research skills, in particular the use of PsycInfo and Science and Social Science Citation Indexes, will be emphasized. Students will gain expertise in the technical writing style of the American Psychological Association (APA). The class format will include lectures, guest speakers, workshops, discussions, films, and an optional field trip.There's no better way to explore the range of activities and topics that psychology offers—and to learn of cutting-edge research in the field—than to attend and participate in a convention of psychology professionals and students. To that end, students have the option of attending the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA), the western regional arm of the APA. This year's convention will be held April 28-May 1, 2016, in Long Beach, California.||psychology, education and social work.||Carrie M. Margolin||Mon Wed Thu||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|
Shaw Osha (Flores) and Evan Blackwell
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||This is an entry-level visual arts program emphasizing 2- and 3-D studio practices, art history, visual literacy, artistic research, and writing. We will delve intensively into the development of studio skills in design, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, life drawing and painting, and monotype printmaking, while exploring how these material gestures express content. As a working group, students will engage in an art practice that explores what it means to be in conversation with art history and the sociopolitical world, drawing encouragement and influence from a greater community of artists, philosophers, writers, and social critics.The program is designed to support students interested in the visual arts, as well as those who are curious about visual literacy and want to experience using materials as an approach to inquiry and expression. No prior art experience is necessary, but enthusiasm, curiosity, and a strong work ethic are required. Students should be prepared to dedicate at least 40 hours per week to studio work and rigorous reading and writing on topics related to the concepts of 20th- and 21st-century art history and critical theory. Students will be exposed to an interdivisional approach to visual arts that includes both art and humanities work: studio work; art history; visual/cultural studies, including literature, philosophy, and history; and a significant writing component.Fall and winter quarters will provide students with basic studio experience with several material approaches and will offer design and drawing workshops. Students will work in either 2-D or 3-D fall quarter, switching to the other medium in winter. There will be visits to regional museums and we will attend the Art Lecture Series. In the spring, students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to individual projects, utilizing knowledge and skills gained over fall and winter. There will also be an opportunity to go to New York City for three weeks to attend the Whitney Biennial, visit artists' studios, attend talks, and draw from observation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By the end of this program, students will understand how one engages with an art community to share support and inspiration, and how the artist’s work expands beyond that community and connects to critical issues. Students will begin to imagine how to situate their own projects in terms of the world around them.||Shaw Osha (Flores) Evan Blackwell||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|