Freshman Seminars

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Latin American Feminist Film and Theater

Clary Loisel, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:10pm-4:30pm
The films and plays selected for this seminar provide a forum for critical discussion of feminism in contemporary Latin American film and theater.  Latin American women began to express themselves in ever-increasing numbers after the 1960s, due, in part, to the political movements and upheaval of this watershed decade.  The fervent dissension, reaction to repression, and resistance, exhibited in the political turmoil and student activism of the times, precipitated the entrance of women and other marginalized groups into a reconfigured public space.  Feminism, in its mid-twentieth-century manifestation in Latin America, was also instrumental in motivating more women to be involved with film and theater. 

Transnational Competence for Global Leadership

Peter Koehn, Political Science
Phyllis Ngai, Communication Studies
Mondays and Wednesday 2:10pm-3:30pm
What flexible and creative intercultural communication and leadership approaches would be helpful in addressing global challenges of climate change, poverty reduction, intergroup conflict, pandemic threats, South-North migration, and multicultural work teams? How does the arrival of the Asian Century challenge prevailing assumptions about global leadership and policy making? How should university education prepare graduates for global challenges? This seminar aims to provide students with knowledge and skills that are of value for transnational leadership in an interconnected and diverse world.  The seminar’s objectives will be pursued through exposure to relevant literature, insights shared by the co-instructors, case analysis and critical discussion, collaborative learning, and an intercultural-partnership project.

Historic Land Uses, Ecological Disturbance and Conservation

Stephen F. Siebert, College of Forestry & Conservation
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:10am-12:30pm
Historic land uses supported diverse societies and created unique environments throughout the world.  This seminar will explore the role and importance of historic land uses as ecological disturbances in the development and maintenance of social and ecological systems in Montana, Bhutan, Amazonia and other case studies around the world.  Through readings, lectures, discussion and videos we will: 1) investigate the nature, role and importance of historic land uses in the development and maintenance of ecosystem composition, structure and function; 2) understand how some land uses were regulated and managed by native societies; 3) consider how recent changes in historic land uses/ecological disturbances are altering ecological and socioeconomic conditions; and 4) explore how an understanding of historic land management practices might inform contemporary conservation and development efforts.

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