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Classes Without Quizzes 


 

Classes Without Quizzes: Course Catalog 

 

A. The Guitar of Spain and the New World (John Akers)

From early music of the 16th century to today’s Cuba and Brazil, the guitar is the voice of intimate feeling. Please come hear a musical voyage of the classical guitar.

B. The Dark Knight Dominates: Why Batman Is America’s Most Popular Superhero (A. K. Anderson)

While Batman’s popularity spans the decades, the three recent Christopher Nolan movies about the character have led to even greater interest in Batman. This class will look at clips from these three movies, and discuss why they have led to an increased appreciation for the Batman story.

C. The 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination: Preparing for the Onslaught (Gerald Ginocchio)

With the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination right around the corner – November 22, 2013 – it is safe to assume that many books, articles, and films are in the works. This outpouring of words and film will likely consist of two categories. First, there will be the tireless defenders of the official story as first put forth by the Warren Commission – that Lee Harvey Oswald, alone and unaided, killed President Kennedy. Secondly, there will be the various conspiracy theorists touting their imaginative scenarios of what happened that day. In this class Professor Ginocchio plans to declare a “pox on both their houses” and provide information whereby one may obtain a clear-eyed view of what happened that day in Dallas a half century ago.

D. Political Fallacies in a Time of Political Follies (Jim Keller)

The election is almost here, and for months we have been subjected to political statements, opinions, and ads — and many of them contain examples of fallacies in reasoning. A fallacy is a kind of bad argument that seems to be a good argument, so it fools many people. In this class we will look at some fallacies commonly committed in political campaigns and examine some examples perpetrated by Democrats and Republicans. Participants will be encouraged to suggest (or ask about) other examples.

E. Earth Warming: Yes; Man-Made: No (Frank Machovec)

A 45-minute slide presentation on ancient and modern climate change will contend that carbon-dioxide emissions are a negligible factor in the earth’s current warming trend (that began in 1815). The remaining 45 minutes will be devoted to audience input.
*Class is based on personal opinions which are not endorsed by the college and not necessarily shared by Wofford colleagues.

F. Obamacare and Health Care Reform in America (Bob Moss)

The health care debate has polarized our country in recent years. The June Supreme Court decision regarding Obamacare has not lessened this tension, but even possibly has increased it. The debate promises to become even more heated as we move towards November’s Presidential election. Unfortunately, neither side has taken the time and effort to really inform the public about why the system needs to be reformed, or how. In this course, we’ll discuss the structure of the American system and why it’s in trouble. Then we’ll examine the “Affordable Healthcare Act” of 2009 to see what’s actually in it.
*Class is based on personal opinions which are not endorsed by the college and not necessarily shared by Wofford colleagues.

G. The 1940 Census: Where was your family in 1940? (Linda Powers)

The personal data from the 1940 census has just been released (72 years after collection). Where was your family in 1940? Send Professor Powers (PowersL@wofford.edu) a name and an address and she will try to look up your family’s census information and bring it to you during this class. Then, she’ll show you how to find it online yourself.

H. The Magic Before The Mouse: Florida’s Golden Age of Tourism, 1945-1971 (Tracy Revels)

It was an age of mermaids, monkey jungles, and six-gun shootouts. Journey back to a time when Florida vacations were real adventures!

I. The Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: Then and Now (Peter Schmunk)

Pilgrimage was an important kind of spiritual activity in the Middle Ages, one that involved prayer and worship but also the hazards of long distance travel and the excitement of new experience.Among possible destinations, none was more important than Santiago de Compostela in the northwestern corner of present-day Spain, where it was thought the relics of the apostle St. James were preserved.This journey has again become hugely popular with hundreds of thousands of people each year walking at least a portion of the 500-mile route from the Pyrenees Mountains to Santiago de Compostela. Professor Schmunk has made four such trips, including one as an Interim project with Wofford students. He will discuss the history and character of the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago and the ways that the modern journey on foot may be similar or different.

J. South Carolina and the Coming of the Civil War (Phillip Stone)

On December 20, 1860, The Charleston Mercury published a broadside with the bold words “The Union is Dissolved.” What events took place in South Carolina from the end of the American Revolution to that fateful day that led to South Carolina’s secession and the outbreak of the American Civil War? Join us for a brief trip through the Palmetto State’s antebellum history.

K. The Tango as Icon of National Identity (Ana Maria Wiseman)

In Argentina young people are dancing the tango again! They see it as a form of self-expression which is the very essence of their culture. We will examine the role of the tango in the forging of a national identity and its long-standing musical heritage. We will explore the tango as cultural icon and try to establish how it represents the voice of the nation for the Argentines as well as for the rest of the world. If you are game, we might even have time for a dance step or two!

L. The Wofford Sports Network Is On The Air (Mark Hauser and Thom Henson)

Join the voices of Wofford football and men’s basketball Mark Hauser and Thom Henson ’96 as they talk about what it takes to put together a radio broadcast, share some of their favorite memories and calls, and answer your questions. Be prepared to be entertained by the longest tenured duo in the Southern Conference who combined have seen over 1500 Terrier football and basketball games in the last 13 years.

M. My Hips Don’t Lie – and neither do yours: A Yoga Workshop (Kay Weathers ’03)

This Yoga session is designed to open the hips where tension settles. Often people blame their shoulders, when the hips are most often the carriers of stress. We will utilize standing and seated hip openers, addressing the full range of motion of the hips - including therapeutic insight for those working with hip, knee, and lower back issues. Participants will feel the tension in their hips ease and open. The class will be based in Vinyasa Flow, with influence from Iyengar and Hatha yoga. The class will be accessible and appropriate for all levels of practice.