Spring 2020 Sophomore Seminars Revealed | St. Lawrence University Sophomore Success Initiative

Spring 2020 Sophomore Seminars Revealed

The Sophomore Success Initiative is happy to announce the following five sophomore seminars available to any 2nd year student at St. Lawrence this coming spring.  You can register through APR2 beginning the week of November 4th.

PALS: Promoting Active Laurentian Safety---Action and Awareness

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 PM

ND 3011; 0.5-unit

Evelyn Jennings and Victoria Lederer

Ever wonder how you could shift campus culture in a positive direction and develop the knowledge and tools to do it?   We’ll learn and practice actions that can interrupt bias, help build a sex positive and safe community, and work towards a more inclusive campus culture…and you’ll develop a proposal for campus programming on an issue you care about.

Math and Social Justice

Tuesdays 12:40-2:10 PM

MATH 3006; 0.5-unit

Patti Frazer Lock

We will examine how mathematics can help us measure and understand social justice. In our time together, we'll talk about such topics as fair voting methods, gerrymandering, how to measure inequality, and the effects of prejudice on population dynamics.

Exploration of Leadership

Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:20-3:50 PM

(first half of the semester)

ND 3028; 0.5-unit

John Robert O'Connor, Laura Lavoie, and Ashlee Downing-Duke

Explore your strengths and leadership style through self-reflection and writing of your own “Leadership Story” through the lens of a children’s picture book. Some of the themes we'll explore together are leadership, exploration, discovery, strength, and character.

Gender & Disability in Global Cinema

Mondays & Wednesdays 8:50-10:20 AM

FILM 3075; 1-unit

Kristen Loutensock

The stories that we tell about the body and health are also stories about families and nations. This course will look at films about disability from around the world, and we will explore together what these stories tell us about science, power, and what it means to be a citizen in a globalized world.

Rural Planning and Land Use Decision-Making

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-10:00 AM

GOVT 3047; 1-unit

Matt McCluskey

Join us for digital mapping, community walks, photographic analysis, discussions with local officials, and much more, as we learn about why small towns---places like Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, and Massena---look like they do, how land use policy is made in places like St. Lawrence County and other rural areas, and what the hot-button issues are across the country in this complex field.


If you have any questions about these Spring 2020 classes, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Mary Jane Smith or Matt McCluskey.