Mini-University Sessions

Family Weekend Mini-University sessions are going to be offered on Saturday morning, October 15, 2016.  Locations are to be announced and will be in the program for Family Weekend 2016.

Saturday October 15

Mini-University Sessions 1
Prospecting for Urban Realities: Kubrick, Antonioni, Gerster and Jia, TBA

Filmmakers compose their urban ‘realities’ by tapping into the pulse and cultural feel of cities, by adjusting historical contexts and social conditions. With this in mind, we will explore representative films by Kubrick, Antonioni, Gerster and Jia.

-Aili Zheng, Professor of German  
The Big Bang and Beyond:  Making Sense of the Universe, TBA

Ever wonder what’s out there? This session will start with a tour of the universe and a discussion of how cosmologists get their heads around it. We’ll then turn our attention to understanding how the universe evolves in time and what it means that the universe began in a Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. Finally, we’ll discuss some recent discoveries that give us confidence that the Big Bang theory is correct while also presenting us with new mysteries.

-Rick Watkins, Professor of Physics
Mini-University Sessions 2
Karl Marx:  For a Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing, TBA

What set Karl Marx on the road to revolution ? This session examines the ideas of the young Karl Marx and his emergence as a radical thinker and revolutionary activist.

-Bill Smaldone, Professor of History
Bones, Joints and Ground Reaction Forces

Is walking enough to maintain healthy bones? Is it enough to build bones stronger? What about running, hopping, jumping? In this class session, we will explore the forces required for bone health. This will be an interactive and hands-on session where participants will be invited to walk, run, and jump on the force platform so that we can compare the ground reaction forces during these activities in real-time. We will explore which activities create the magnitude  of force that is understood to improve bone health, and how we can reach these forces safely, without injuring our joints.

-Brandi Row Lazzarini, Professor of Exercise Science
Mini-University Sessions 3
Prose Poetry, TBA

In the first issue of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, editor Peter Johnson explained, “Just as black humor straddles the fine line between comedy and tragedy, so the prose poem plants one foot in prose, the other in poetry, both heels resting precariously on banana peels.”  In this session, we’ll consider the prose poetry of notable contemporary authors, and learn how this peculiar form utilizes the techniques of both poetry and prose to convey meaning in a text.

-Danielle Deulen, Professor of English
Disability in Literature and Culture, TBA

What is “disability”? Why does defining disability matter, and how do we go about doing it? How is disability socially constructed? What is disability identity? How did the disability rights movement evolve? This session explores growth over the past 20 years of disability rights and studies and considers how cultural notions about disability have shaped literature and been shaped by it as well.

-Allison Hobgood, Professor of English