Classes Without Quizzes 2018

 Friday, October 19,  2018 | 3:30- 5 p.m.
 Various campus locations

What could be better than taking interesting classes from your favorite professors? Not having to take tests or pay tuition! Join Wofford faculty and staff on Friday afternoon for an enlightening learning session, no strings attached! Registration will occur on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified of the location of your class the week of Homecoming.  

This year's class selections include:

Astronomy as Star Trek of the Mind
Dr. Gregory Boeshaar
Early man's fascination with the starry sky led in many stages to our current understanding of the universe. Our first observations focused on time and seasons and eventually the relations and motions of sun, moon, stars, and planets. We will compare astronomical use of telescopes to Star Treks Starship as vehicles of exploration. Both paths extended our vision through our solar system and the stars of or Milky Way to an expanding universe of galaxies. Finally, we will look at the different ground rules for science and fantasy.

Japanese Art
Dr. Youmi Efurd, Chikayo Kawagishi
The Richardson Family Art Museum offers a class to explore Japanese art and culture! Students will learn the history of netsuke, Japanese ornaments worn on the sash of a traditional kimono. After a short introduction, everyone will have a hands-on experience of netsuke-making with traditional Japanese doll-maker, Ms. Chikayo Kawagishi. Ms. Kawagishi studied doll-making in Nara and has received various awards in doll-making festivals, including the Verde Doll Festival, where her entry won the grand prize in 2009. Everyone will take their own ornaments home.

Moral Injury: The Wounds You Cannot See
Dr. John Lefebvre, Dr. Craig Burnette ‘68, Rev. Jason Moore
Combat requires people to act or be prepared to act in ways that go against or betray deeply held beliefs and values. The shame and guilt that may arise from these acts of war cause deep and persistent moral injuries. They are not visible but continue to cause harm as the veteran searches for absolution and healing. This course will address these moral injuries and their effects on veterans. Collectively, the three instructors of this course represent two combat veterans (Vietnam and post-9/11), two trained therapists, an Army officer, a Marine officer, and a minister. The course will discuss the prevention, precipitation, and post-return experiences of moral injury.

Remember the Cowpens, 50 Years Later
Dr. Phillip Stone, Simon Stricklen
During Wofford’s first Interim in 1968, a group of students and faculty spent a month studying the 1781 Battle of Cowpens.  In 2018, during Wofford’s 50th anniversary of the first Interim, another group of faculty and students undertook a detailed study of the battle and of the southern campaign of the American Revolution.  Join us for a presentation about Cowpens, its significance to South Carolina and American military history, and to see a little of what the 2018 Interim class learned.  

The Tango as an Icon of National Identity
Dr. Ana Maria Wiseman
In Buenos Aires, people are dancing the tango again! They see it as a form of self-expression which is the very essence of their culture. But what is culture? What is Argentine culture? How do we define the tango as a symbol of the port capital without exploring the rest of the nation? We will examine the role of the tango in the forging of a national identity; its long-standing musical heritage and its influence on other art forms. We will explore the tango as cultural icon and try to establish how it represents the voice of the nation for Argentines. And if we feel inspired, we might even explore a couple of dance moves!