Culture and Cultural Practices

Religion and Ecology

Instructor: 
Laura Desmond
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also counts as ENVS 103, ASIA 105, REL 103 and fulfills the HU requirement.

How does religion shape human understanding of, and participation in, ecological systems? This course examines some of the diverse ways that people have developed for interacting with animals, plants, weather, water, air, and land, and how those behaviors work in tandem with religious ways of knowing. Recognizing that current human interactions with the global ecosystem, and of the numerous ecosystems within it, are unsustainable, the class will have a substantial focus on environmental ethics.

Feast or Famine: Exploring the Culture, Politics, and Sustainability of Food (CBL)

Instructor: 
Sandhya Ganapathy
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. (CBL: Community Service Required)
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the SS general education requirement

Food is such an integral part of our lives that many of us take it for granted. We don’t really have to think about what we eat or where our food comes from. However, many factors go into determining what we eat or whether we eat at all including: geography, cultural ideals about taste and nutrition, economic systems, the media, multinational corporations, agricultural subsidies and international trade policies. In this class, we will examine how each of the factors works together to create both situations of overabundance (feasts) and relative food deserts (famine).

Truth and Fiction

Instructor: 
Karen Gibson
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the HU general education requirement

Have you ever found yourself wondering if a story is “true” or not? Do you prefer “fiction” or “non-fiction”? What do these terms even mean, and why are they so important to us? How does an author’s own presence within a piece of writing determine our reading of the piece, and why?

Music, Image, Place

Instructor: 
Michael Farley
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the ARTS general education requirement

Artistic expression is always influenced by the place in which it is situated, and it shapes the place in return.  Illustration: Grunge was an outgrowth of a number of conditions that existed in Seattle in the late 1980s.  As a result of a depressed local economy a large number of abandoned warehouses were available as performance venues.   Seattle looked like it sounded.  Even the climate contributed to the development of a focused style of music-making.  In the words of a local producer, “When the weather's crappy you don't feel like going outside; you

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