Classes Without Quizzes
Wofford's Mini Alumni College
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All Classes Without Quizzes will be held on Friday, October 24
from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
*click on course name for description
A. Harry Potter: Themes and Variations (Colleen Ballance and John Lefebvre)
this course, you will be introduced to five major social themes found
in the Harry Potter series and discuss their relevance. These themes
include the religious aspect, the gothic nature, the boarding school,
class-structure and the role of technology. This course is mainly for
Muggles, but all are welcome to attend regardless of age and knowledge
of the wizarding world.
B. Real Pirates of the Caribbean (Ken Banks)
Depp is unmasked in this brief introduction to buccaneers, corsairs and
plain old sea villains of the Caribbean of the 17th and 18th centuries.
We tour the major pirate havens, examine tactics, symbols and social
life, and get acquainted with several of the major blackguards. Eye
patch and parrot are optional.
C. Creative Writing: The Short Course (C. Michael Curtis)
class will include brief fiction-writing exercises, followed by a
reading and discussion of work done in class. The underlying premise is
that everyone has stories to tell, but may just need a bit of coaching
on matters of form and purpose.
D. New Space Races (Bill DeMars)
compare several contemporary interlocking space races with the classic
Cold War space race to the moon between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
Today’s space races include: (1) a space exploration contest between the
governments of China, Russia, U.S., India, Europe, Japan, Iran and
Israel; (2) a parallel competition between private companies such as
SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Bigelow Airspace; and (3) the new
militarization of space, especially between the U.S. and China.
E. Climate Change: The Scientific Facts-Not Fiction (Terry Ferguson)
course will present the scientific facts and the empirical data that
currently exist for Climate Change. It will also discuss why there is
almost unanimous agreement on the part of climate scientists that almost
all of the current climate changes are due to human activity. There
will be a discussion of what can and must be done.
F. Americans in the Chinese Eyes (Li Qing Kinnison)
relationship between China and the U.S. has gone through ups and downs
in the past 100 years. Do you want to know how Chinese people have
viewed Americans in the past and how they think of them in the present?
This class attempts to address these topics with some historical
G. What is Social Justice? (Frank Machovec)
course will consider the following questions: Are highly unequal
incomes necessarily inequitable? What is the justice role of
equally-applicable rules in impartial adjudication of disputes (that is,
procedural fairness)? How could we correct for the role of divine
malpractice in outcome inequality? Should we attempt to do so? How has
Christian theology contributed to the equating of economic inequality
with social justice?
H. Dig This: Wofford's Archaeological Dig in Israel (Byron McCane)
summer Wofford students get down and dirty excavating the ruins of an
ancient village near the Sea of Galilee. Dr. Byron McCane, co-director
of the excavation, leads this class on the village, its synagogue and a
once in-a-lifetime experience for our students.
I. What is Rhetoric anyway? (John Miles)
all heard a phrase like “that’s just rhetoric” or “let’s get beyond
rhetoric.” Although what follows these statements is something that is
of interest: rhetoric. In this course we will define, investigate and
analyze exactly what rhetoric is and demonstrate how it might be useful
in our daily lives.
J. Income Inequality: Does it matter? (Wesley Pech and Richard Wallace)
This course will consider the recent surprise best seller, Thomas Picketty’s Captial in the Twenty-First Century.
We will look at the evidence of trends in inequality in developed
economies and the reasons for concern over these trends. We also will
address policy responses to the concerns.
K. Terrible Sacrifices: Florida in the Civil War (Tracy Revels)
the smallest state of the Confederacy in terms of population and
strategically abandoned by 1862, Florida has a fascinating Civil War
story. This class will consider the Florida home front and the lives of
those called upon to make “terrible sacrifices,” including Florida
women, slaves and Unionists.
L. Singleton Explains Grit Lit (George Singleton)
George Singleton, who has published six
collections of stories, two novels, and a book of writing advice, will
talk about current trends in contemporary southern short stories. He
also will read from his own work. Attendees should bring their own
M. Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine (Rachel Vanderhill)
This class will provide a brief introduction to the
politics and economics of Ukraine, Ukrainian-Russian relations and the
EU’s association agreement with Ukraine. We will discuss the conflict
from multiple viewpoints (Ukrainian, Russian, German, EU, American) and
the various foreign policy options for handling the crisis.
N. The Sublime Animated Films of Hayao Miyazaki (Steve Zides)
lunch your friend comments that, “The Wind Rises, Miyazaki’s latest
film, was historically engaging but not as magical as Spirited Away or
as endearing as My Neighbor Totoro.” You smile and nod politely, never
letting on that you have no idea what she is talking about. Luckily, you
are planning to attend Wofford’s Homecoming and now is your chance to
get up to speed on animated films. This class will give you a broad
overview of the characters, plots and themes in the most acclaimed
Miyazaki films. Whether you are familiar with these films or not, come
join us for this animated discussion ... pun definitely intended.