Prof, Christine Henseler
in collaboration with Elizabeth Altman, Elizabeth Ricci, and Laura Marlin
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 / Wednesdays 1:00-3:00
If these hours do not work with your schedule, please let me know and I will try to work out a time to meet you. Or, if my door is open, just stop on by.
Millennials are the first generation to live in a world where the majority of people interact in urban spaces. Street Smarts: The Future of Urban Living is a student-co-developed and co-led course that explores the impact of urban environments on art, health, and fashion.
Specifically, the class will focus on the cost and the challenges the Millennial generation will face in four cities around the world: New York City, London, Hong Kong, and Rio de Janeiro. The course will use discussion and humanities-centered materials to explore topics such as consumerism, social justice, modern-day environmentalism, and the integration of technology into sustainable lifestyles. Students will explore a variety of media such as documentaries, articles, and images and make cross-disciplinary connections between topics and ideas to suggest solutions to their generation’s challenges.
Thanks to a generous “Our Shared Humanities” grant from Union College, this class has been developed in collaboration with three students--Elizabeth Altman, Laura Marlin, and Elizabeth Ricci. Since the summer of 2016, they researched the topics for this course, engaged in deep interdisciplinary discussions, and co-developed the lesson plans. Together with Prof. Henseler, they will be teaching the classes, guiding class activities and engaging you in the development of interdisciplinary connection building. They will not be doing any of the grading for this course.
Attendance in this class is mandatory. After two unexcused absences, your final grade will be reduced one grade point (for example, from a B+ to a B) for each unexcused absence. If you must miss a class, it is your responsibility to contact other classmates and find out what was covered and what assignments (or handouts) I distributed during your absence. Please write here two names/phones of classmates you may contact:
*All* reasons and excuses count towards these absences, including oversleeping, studying for a test in another course, illness and medical appointments, and personal and family emergencies. This means that if you decide to skip 1 class in the first half of the term, and then you must be away during Week 9 for a family emergency, you will suffer a grade penalty. So, budget this 1 “free” absence carefully and make sure that you leave yourself “room” to be sick or deal with emergencies late in the term. You do not have to explain to me why you missed class; I will simply note your absence. If serious illness or personal emergency keeps you away from class for an extended period, I will of course make exceptions to the grade reduction policy -- but I will need documentation from the appropriate authorities. You are responsible for making up for material you missed due to absence. It is not appropriate to ask the professor or the student teaching assistants to do this for you.
Union College recognizes the need to create an environment of mutual trust as part of its educational mission. Responsible participation in an academic community requires respect for and acknowledgement of the thoughts and work of others, whether expressed in the present or in some distant time and place.
Matriculation at the College is taken to signify implicit agreement with the Academic Honor Code, available at honorcode.union.edu. It is each student's responsibility to ensure that submitted work is his or her own and does not involve any form of academic misconduct. Students are expected to ask their course instructors for clarification regarding, but not limited to, collaboration, citations, and plagiarism. Ignorance is not an excuse for breaching
It is a student's responsibility to familiarize him or herself with the Honor Code. It is also a student's responsibility to read and hand in the form (to the right) at the beginning of the class (if the student did not receive it on the first day) to affirm their adherence to the honor code at Union College.
It is the policy of Union College to make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and wish to request accommodations to complete your course requirements, please make an appointment with me within the first two weeks of the term to discuss your request. For information on documentation requirements, contact the Dean of Students Office or Shelly Shinebarger at ext. 6116
Food: No smelly foods, no full course meals, shouldn't inhibit you from participating
Cell Phones: don't use them - leave it in your bag; in the case of emergency, notify the professor/excuse yourself
Tardiness and Leaving Class: flexible on leaving the class - prior notice when available and don't be disruptive
Over the course of the academic year 2016-17, three Scholars students contributed to the development of the Humanities Super Seminar for 2017.
Student Course Co-Leaders:
Elizabeth Altman: Elizabeth is a second year biology major /psychology and classical civilization minor at Union College. After completing her Bachelor's degree, she hopes to earn a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and become a certified Doctor of Medicine. Research has become a large interest of hers since her senior year of high school, when she spent the year completing an independent study course researching treatments for two life-long conditions that would improve quality of life and/or lifespan for those afflicted with these conditions. Since then, she has been taking every opportunity for research that comes her way. The interactions between the humanities and the hard sciences are fascinating to her, as they underlie the history of science at every turn and the creativity taught by the humanities feeds the development of new medical treatments everyday. Like the other students involved in this proposal, she hopes to show the Millennial generation just how important the humanities are, beginning at Union College and progressing to all other members of the generation that she can reach.
Laura Marlin: Laura is a second year at Union College that is undecided but currently interested in majoring in economics with a minor in spanish and environmental policy. She is a long time fan of the arts, attending art academies over the summer ( Interlochen Center of the Arts) and taking both high school and college level art classes in her free time. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish and spends a considerable amount of time studying spanish abroad. Pertaining to the sciences and math she is quite interested economics as it relates to international relations and natural resources. She hopes to help spread the importance and the beauty of the arts to other fellow union members through this project.
Elizabeth Ricci: Elizabeth is a second year studying mathematics and computer science at Union College. Elizabeth enjoys approaching problems from a logical and creative perspective, which is what drew her to her areas of study. In addition she is interested in studying the “beauty of mathematics”, or how mathematics can create and/or model art and the beauty of the natural world. Elizabeth grew up as an avid reader and plays piano and saxophone, in addition to being interested in the visual arts. She will be researching social networks in literature this summer under the advising of Professor George Todd this summer.