First-Year Seminars

College of Arts & Sciences 

Fall 2019

Department Course Title
ANTH 090-010 (GS 090-010) Rethinking the Future 
ARCH 090-010 Architecture 007
ART 090-011 Learning the Language of Design
ART 090-060 Textile and Accessory Design
ASIA 090-011 Globalization in Asia
BIOS 090-010 Molecular Biology, Aging, and Health
BIOS 090-011 Biology of Learning and Memory
BIOS 090-012 Biodiversity in a Changing Planet
BIOS 090-013 This is Your Brain in the News
CHM 090-010 The Chemistry of Food and Cooking
COMM 090-010 (ES 090-011) Earth Matters: Communicating about the Environment
COMM 090-011 (AAS 090-011) Race and Media
EES 090-011 Following the Drinking Gourd: How Natural Features Shaped the Underground Railroad
EES 090-014 Space: The Final Frontier
EES 090-010 From Ice Age to Greenhouse Earth
ENGL 090-010 Fantastic Austen
ENGL 090-011 Contemplative Walking in Literature and Life
ENGL 090-012 Bethlehem and Beyond
HIST 090-010 (AAS 090-010) Black Radical Thought
HIST 090-011 Wild Wild West
HIST 090-012 Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Media: A History
IR 090-010 International Relations in Popular Culture
IR 090-011 Sex, Power, and International Politics
IR 090-012 Political Censorship
MATH 090-010 The Joy of Mathematics
MLL 090-010 (ASIA 090-010) Dreaming in Pre-Modern China
MUS 090-010 Sounds of Asia: Music and Sustainability
PHIL 090-010 Free Will, Responsibility, and Criminal Justice
PHIL 090-011 Humans and Other Animals
PHY 090-011 From Black Holes to Strings: The Early Universe and the Nature of Space-Time
POLS 090-010 Turmoil in the U.S. Congress
PSYC 090-010 Brain and Behavior: Everyday Cognitive Neuroscience
REL 090-010 (AMST 090-010) American Gods and Monsters
REL 090-011  Boredom and the Religious Imagination
REL 090-013 (ETH, HMS, PHIL 090-013) Bioethics in the News
REL 090-014 (ASIA, ETH, HMS 090-014) Buddhism, Psychology, and Medicine 
SOC 090-010 Lasers, Aliens, and Black Holes: Studying Society Through Science Fiction
THTR 090-011 Geek Theatre: Robots, Dragon-Slayers, and Superheroes


ANTH 090-010; CRN 42602
GS 090-010; CRN 44693
4 credits (SS)
Professor Bruce Whitehouse
MW 1:35 - 2:50pm
What will human societies around the world look like 10, 20, or 50 years from now? How will humans respond to emerging political, economic, and ecological challenges? As automation makes more workers unnecessary, can we imagine a life not centered on human labor? To answer these questions, we must first grapple with another: What does it mean to be human? From philosophy to futurism, from sci fi to sociology, this course offers fresh perspectives on what lies ahead for humanity.
Professor Bruce Whiteouse has been teaching courses in Anthropology, Global Studies and Africana Studies at Lehigh since 2008. His research examines dynamics affecting marriage and transnational migration in modern West African societies, and he is writing a book about why and how polygamy survives in African city life. Prior to becoming an anthropologist, he served three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali. 
ARCH 090-010; CRN 42654
4 credits (HU)
Professor Nikolai Nikolov
F 1:35 - 4:15pm

This course will be about the architecture of the villains’ lairs in the movies of James Bond.  Modern architecture is often depicted in much the same way we view a familiar literary character: the villain in Ian Fleming novels and subsequent films. Le Chiffre, Drax, Dr. No, or Blofeld provide us with perfect models upon which a convenient social construction of the villain’s architecture can be erected. After all, and like most of Fleming’s villains, the spaces they occupy are also strange looking and their origins complex. When repeated often enough, a myth acquires a structure that is simple and can then be, and often is, easily introduced as villainous in the architectural discourse.  By looking at the entire 007 collection, Fleming’s actors and sets, their architectural dependencies, we will investigate issues of ARCHITECTURE and CINEMA. We will draw on two reciprocal assumptions: that scenarios (cinematic scripts) are implicit in every piece of architecture; and that all narratives are architecturally dependent. In order to understand stories, we need to construct their architecture and at the same time, in order to understand architecture, we need to place a story in it. The course’s preliminary bias is that program (script) is an important determinant of architectural form.

Professor Nikolai Nikolov is a practicing Architect and Associate Professor of Architecture. He teaches architectural design and technology. He also directs Lehigh’s Arts/Engineering dual degree program and IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering Arts and Sciences). His theoretical interests focus on architectural design and theory, computation, and building technologies.
ART 090-011; CRN 43822
4 credits (HU)
Professor Jason Travers
TR 1:35 - 4:15pm
Much like learning a foreign language, design has a formal set of rules and defined vocabulary that can be utilized to achieve proficiency in both application and critical analysis. Through the use of creative assignments utilizing both traditional and digital media, students will explore (gain an understanding of) the elements of design and principles of organization. The course will also serve as an introduction to basic studio practices, conceptual ideation and critical discussion. This course will fulfill the requirements for ART 003.
*There is a $100 additional lab fee for materials 
Professor Jason Travers has been a faculty member in Art, Architecture and Design since 1999. Professor Travers has instructed courses including Two-Dimensional Design, Drawing, Painting, Color Theory, Digital Foundations and Graphic Design. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions both locally and nationally. Professor Travers has served as the Artist-in- Residence for Acadia National Park in Maine and Platte Clove Preserve in the Catskills. 
ART 090-060; CRN 42864
4 credits (HU)
Professor Anna Chupa
MW 11:15am - 1:55pm
Students scan images and use Adobe Photoshop to create original surface designs and pattern repeats. Drawings are developed using Adobe Illustrator to create original pattern designs for quilting. In collaboration with the Graphic Design class, logo development work is explored as an option for embroidery. Emphasis is on creative use of the tools, knowledge of new directions in digital textile engineering and art, and the creation of a unique portfolio of digitally produced designs for fabric. The software covered in this class is taught at the beginning level. But even the more advanced user will learn things about pattern generation s/he had not tried before. 
*There is a $100 additional lab fee 
Professor Anna Chupa is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Architecture and Design. She teaches Digital Photography, Textile Design, and Introduction to Video. She received her MFA in Photography at the University of Delaware and an MALS from Dartmouth College. Her quilts, silk wall hangings, photographs and installations have been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. 
ASIA 090-011; CRN 42930
4 credits (SS)
Professor Kyoko Tanniguchi
WF 1:35 - 2:50pm
Have you ever wondered about Asia? It covers a vast geographic territory; it is divided into East, South, and Southeast Asia and each sub-region contains numerous different ethnic groups, cultures and nations. The time span for these cultures is similarly vast going back to pre-history and continuing through modern times. This is a team-taught course with four professors. This semester, we investigate four interrelated topics: music, ceramics, transnational Asian cinema, and Asian horror film. Students will have a chance to learn East and Southeast Asian musical instruments, examine the Chinese ceramics collection at the Lehigh University Art Galleries, attend a film screening, and simulate the ghost storytelling game from pre-modern Japan.
Kyoko Taniguchi is a Professor of Practice in Japanese and Asian Studies. She teaches Japanese language and contemporary/modern Japanese literature, film, and popular culture. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from Emory University. The courses she taught at Lehigh include “Japanese Storytellers: from Anime to Mythology” and “Ghosts, Monsters, and J-Horror.” (email: 
BIOS 090-010; CRN 44527
3 credits (NS)
Professor David Zappulla
TR 1:35 - 2:50pm
Why do we get older? Why do we tend to get more diseases as we age? The fundamental process of aging causes deterioration of our bodies’ functions over time and underlies ailments and mortality of most people in modern society. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and many other diseases are age-associated. Will we someday be able to treat aging as if it is a disease to extend human longevity and/or human “healthspan”? In this course, we will discuss the aging process with a particular focus on how molecular-biological processes and components within cells promote and resist age-related deterioration. We will discuss topics such as the role of our genomes in aging and age-linked diseases, whether aging is preventable (i.e., the “fountain of youth”), the extent to which the aging process is programmed vs. haphazard, what might happen if aging treatments become available, companies such as 23andMe, and more. In addition to learning about age-associated diseases’ etiologies, students will gain from this course a foundational understanding of some molecular and cellular biology concepts and techniques. 
David Zappulla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research focuses on chromosomes and the molecules that maintain them in order to control cell proliferation, and particularly the enzyme telomerase, which consists of RNA and protein components and is centrally important to human cancer and aging. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Lehigh, Dr. Zappulla was faculty at Johns Hopkins University following his postdoctoral research at Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He received his doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from Stony Brook University and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Middlebury College. 
BIOS 090-011; CRN 44529
4 credits (NS)
Professor Ann Fink
MWF 7:55 - 9:10am
R 12:10 - 1:25pm
How do people and other animals learn and adapt to the world around them? This weekly seminar will explore the biological mechanisms of learning and memory throughout the animal kingdom. The course will begin with basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory formation, including neuronal plasticity (how experience changes the brain), and will explore how these mechanisms are important in human health and illness. Enrollment into this 4-credit experience will see the student attend lectures three times per week with the BIOS 10 course, Biology in the 21st Century (3-cr) and also participate in this once-per-week 1-credit sidebar seminar. Grading is based on work completed in the BIOS 10 experience as well as the 1-credit sidebar.
Dr. Ann Fink is a neuroscientist who studies memory, emotion and plasticity. She earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a B.A. in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before her appointment as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh, Fink was the Wittig Fellow in Feminist Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed additional postdoctoral work at the Institut Pasteur in France and at New York University. Her research in cellular and behavioral neuroscience has appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Molecular Psychiatry, PNAS, and other journals. Dr. Fink’s interdisciplinary work explores the ethics of neuroscience in relation to gender, mental health, and social justice.
BIOS 090-012; CRN 42807
4 credits (NS)
Professor Santiago Herrera
MWF 7:55 - 9:10am
M 3:00 - 4:15pm

Overview of the diversity of life on Earth examining organization levels ranging from ecosystems to communities, populations, and species. The past, present and future consequences of global environmental changes on biodiversity, and their relationships to humans, will be evaluated from a molecular ecology perspective.

Enrollment into this 4-credit experience will see the student attend lectures three times per week with the BIOS 010 course, Biology in the 21st Century (3-cr), and also participate in a once-per-week 1 credit sidebar seminar that focuses on the topic area noted in the title above. Grading is based on work completed in the BIOS 10 experience as well as the 1-credit sidebar.

Professor Santiago Herrera's research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary processes that produce the biodiversity patterns in the ocean. He uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines experimental molecular genetics and bioinformatics analyses to study deep-sea and cold-water ecosystems and the biological models such as corals, anemones, fish, and hydrothermal vent barnacles, and shrimp that inhabit oceanic ecosystems. Dr. Herrera received bachelor's degrees in biology and microbiology, and a Master's degree in biological sciences from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. During his Master's training, he was a graduate fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Dr. Herrera was a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) at the University of Toronto. He teaches courses in biodiversity, epigenetics, and oceanography.
BIOS 090-013; CRN 44947
4 credits (NS)
Professor Jennifer Swann
MW 1:35 - 2:50pm
Neuroscientists are hard at work understanding our complicated brains.  We will delve into their progress to identify who and what is behind the ‘top discoveries’ of last year.  To this end, the class will examine the organization of the brain and its various connections, the techniques used, the researchers and the politics behind their work.
Jennifer Swann is a professor of biological sciences. Her research has made significant contributions to circadian rhythms, sex differences in brain and steroidal control of behavior. She received her BS from Penn State, MS from Florida State and her Ph.D. from Northwestern. She was tenured at Rutgers and has taught at Lehigh since 1995.
CHM 090-010; CRN 44634
3 credits (NS)
Professor Marcos Pires
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
In this course, students will be exposed to concepts related to the science of food. While we understand that eating and drinking is essential to our health (and disease), we often ignore the chemistry that is going on at the molecular level. We will explore how chemical processes are central to our everyday foods and beverages (preservations of foods, cheese making, brewing, marinating, and cooking temperatures). What makes bread rise? How is coffee made to be decaf? What exactly is in the water filter at your house? Why is BPA bad for you?
Professor Marcos Pires is currently an Associate Professor in Chemistry. His teaching interests are in the area of bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology. His research focuses on the metabolic remodeling of bacterial cell surfaces, immunotherapy, discovery of novel antibiotics, and development of new tools to understand the biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall. In his free time, he likes to play outside with his three kids, coach little league soccer, and watch sports.
COMM 090-010; CRN 44419
ES 090-010; CRN 44584
4 credits (SS)
Professor Sharon Friedman
TR 1:35 - 2:50pm
Why do people accept or reject that humans are responsible for climate change? Part of the answer lies in how people and groups communicate climate change messages. Another important factor is how the public receives and interprets these messages, influencing public opinion. Communication is key to helping people understand environmental concerns and controversies. This introductory course will explore many aspects of environmental communication including the impacts of the mass and social media, popular culture, environmental advocates, scientists, industry officials, and the public on environmental controversies, policies, and actions. The course will also include communicating about natural gas drilling, health effects of pollutants, the role of technology in environmental controversies and environmental justice.
Sharon Friedman is a professor in the Department of Journalism & Communication where she directs its Science and Environmental Writing Program. She also directs the college’s Environmental Studies Program. She teaches courses that explore the intersection of the media, public communication and environmental, health and science issues. Her recent research focuses on media coverage of environmental and technological risks including nuclear power, shale gas drilling and nanotechnology. 
COMM 090-011; CRN 44131
AAS 090-011; CRN 44671
4 credits (SS)
Teaching Staff
MW 12:10 - 1:25pm
This course introduces the ways racial ideas and attitudes are embedded in various types of media, including news, information, social, and entertainments.  Students will learn the stakes and politics of representation, unpack dominant stereotypes, and think through how difference in media informs the world around them.
Professor bio coming soon!
EES 090-011; CRN 44479
3 credits (NS)
Professor Joan Ramage Macdonald
MW 12:10 - 1:25pm
The Underground Railroad (UGRR) was a human network that helped enslaved people escape to freedom and (relative) safety in the 19th Century. In addition to the extensive human networks, there were natural features that helped runaway people to navigate the environment and influence their routes.  We will explore the history of the Underground Railroad and study the ways in which natural processes and landscapes could have influenced the routes, barriers, escape strategies and outcomes. Examples include studying the importance of celestial markers (e.g. Big Dipper/“drinking gourd”), forest patterns, river networks, mountains and symbols important in this clandestine web. We will use historic records, narratives, stories, maps and other geospatial data, to understand the roles of natural landscape features (such as rivers, caves, moss, Appalachian Mountains, etc.) in this important part of US history as well as similarities with modern migrations. The course will be discussion based and will involve working with geographic information systems (GIS), storytelling, and virtual reality.
Joan Ramage Macdonald is an associate professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences. She uses satellites to study snow and glaciers around the world. She is especially interested in glaciers because of their immense beauty and their importance in documenting environmental change. She has research projects in Alaska, Canada, Chile, Peru, and Russia. Her regular courses include Lands of the Midnight Sun, Satellite Remote Sensing, and a graduate course on Microwave Imaging of the Earth. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, raising chickens, ceramics, and being with her family.
For more on her research and pictures, see her website:
EES 090-014; CRN 44481
3 credits (NS)
Professor Gray Bebout
MW 9:20 - 10:35am
Science fiction is obviously as much a human self-evaluation as a prediction of the nature (and outcome) of future space exploration—there is no better example of this self-evaluation than the popular Star Trek television series (and the related full-length movies). In this seminar, we will weigh fictional accounts of the impact on humans of discovering, observing, and interacting with intelligent life on/near other planets, and the reality of current and planned efforts to determine whether such life exists. What are the prospects for future space exploration in our own solar system and beyond, and how do we balance the costs with the potential rewards? What is known about the origin and evolution of the universe, and how will we go about determining answers to broad cosmological questions as we “boldly go where no [human] has gone before....”?
Professor Gray Bebout is a geologist/geochemist who arrived at Lehigh University in 1992, investigates the cycling on Earth of materials among deep rock reservoirs and the oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere, partly using the stable isotopes of several elements (O, H, C, S, B, Li, Cl, and N) to trace such cycling. Field areas for his research, and that of his students, are in coastal and otherwise scenic areas (e.g., California, French/Italian/Swiss Alps, Japan, Vermont, Idaho-Montana, and New Zealand), commonly in mountain belts. Recent research includes investigation of possible isotopic tracers of modern or past life on Mars. 
EES 090-010; CRN 44482
3 credits (NS)
Professor Benjamin Felzer
TR 10:45am to 12:00pm
Course will consider climate change over Earth’s history with emphasis on the last 2 million years, when Earth’s climate varied from glacial to interglacial conditions to today’s current greenhouse world. Factors that control natural and human-caused climate change will be explained. Current climate change will be put into context with the past. Lecture, discussion, and videos. No Prerequisites.
Professor Benjamin Felzer is a climate and biogeochemical modeler who studies terrestrial ecosystems. He received his B.A. in physics and astronomy from Swarthmore College in 1987, his M.S. in geology from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1991, his Ph.D. in geology from Brown University in 1995, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder.  Following his postdoctoral research, he worked as a Project Scientist for the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, spent the next year as an assistant project manager for the hydrological component of NOAA’s Office of Global Programs (OGP), and in 2001 became a research associate at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.  He spent the spring of 2008 as a Visiting Professor of Geology at Oberlin College, and started his current position as an Assistant Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh in August, 2008, becoming an Associate Professor in 2015.  His recent work has involved modeling the effects of land use and land cover change in the context of climate warming and elevated CO2, nitrogen deposition, and ozone for the U.S. since the 1700s.  He has looked at how climate extremes like droughts and wet events affect ecosystem productivity and carbon dynamics.  He is currently working on a project with anthropologists to determine the effect of climate extremes on socioeconomic responses and societal adaptations to food shortages. 
ENGL 090-010; CRN 43328
4 credits (HU)
Professor Lyndon Dominique
MW 12:10 - 1:25pm
Although 2017 marks the 200th commemoration of Jane Austen’s death, her fictional work is currently enjoying an extremely unusual afterlife. Fantastic Jane Austen offers a revisionist approach to Regency-era England by exploring the recent rise in fantasy fiction and film adaptations of Austen’s novels. We will consider a number of key questions: What is at the root of our contemporary fascination with fantasy and the macabre? How do these contemporary drives inform Austen’s 19th-century works? Do sea monsters, murder, magic, and zombies draw attention to new fears and desires present in our contemporary society? Alongside literature, we will also examine films that take Austen’s works out of their original racial and geographic contexts with emphases on India, America, and the Caribbean. How effectively do these fantastic films speak to important political issues of neocolonialism, consumer culture, and antislavery advocacy? To end, we will consider how Austen’s work influences the recent spate of fantastic Regency fictions.

Texts will include: Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu (2006); Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009); Jane Austen and Ben Winters, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009); Lynn Shepherd, Murder at Mansfield Park (2010); Wayne Josephson, Emma and the Vampires (2010); Mary Robinette Kowal, Shades of Milk and Honey (2011)
Films will include: Amy Heckerling, Clueless (1995); Patricia Rozema, Mansfield Park (1999); Gurinder Chadha, Bride and Prejudice (2004); Burr Steers, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016).
Lyndon J. Dominique is an Associate Professor of English at Lehigh specializing in eighteenth-century literature and issues related to critical race studies, colonialism and transatlanticism, gender, and social justice. He received his BA with honors from The University of Warwick in Coventry, England and his PhD from Princeton University. He is the editor of the anonymously published 1808 novel The Woman of Colour (2007) and the author of a monograph, Imoinda’s Shade: Marriage and the African Woman in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, 1759-1808 (2012). Currently, he is working on a book about narrative forms of social justice peculiar to eighteenth-century British literature. 
ENGL 090-011; CRN 42886
4 credits (HU)
Professor Barry Kroll
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
As an everyday activity, people walk simply to get from place to place, but walking can acquire experiential and existential significance when it becomes contemplative when it involves reflection, attentiveness, and presence.  During this course, we’ll read and discuss a number of personal narratives and reflective essays about walking, including accounts of trail hiking, day walks in nature, pilgrimages, walks in the city, and aimless wandering.  We’ll read about walking as recovery, ritual, meditation, symbolic action, inspiration, and creative discovery.  Key texts will include Wild (Cheryl Strayed), The Man Who Walked Through Time (Colin Fletcher), Wandering Home (Bill McKibben), and a number of additional essays and stories.  Students will write a series of analytical and personal essays, based on the readings and their own experiences, and will be encouraged to engage in walking and other contemplative activities, both on their own and as a class exercise.
Barry Kroll is a Professor of English (specializing in Writing Studies) whose research focuses on argumentation and conflict.  He’s been engaged in outdoor activities most of his life, primarily fly fishing and hiking.  He also practices Aikido—known as “the art of peace”—and has a keen interest in contemplative arts and ways. 
ENGL 090-012; CRN 44656
4 credits (HU)
Professor Scott Gordon
TR 10:45am - 12:00pm
Bethlehem was one of early America’s most unusual communities. During much of the eighteenth century, Bethlehem was a racially-integrated and egalitarian town: whites, blacks, and Native Americans lived, worked, and worshiped alongside one another. These men and women didn’t receive wages in exchange for their work: they received food, clothing, housing, education, health care, and elder care. It was a fully communal economy. Everybody lived in large stone dormitories which still stand on the north side of the river rather than in private homes. In addition to learning about eighteenth-century Bethlehem and thinking about what this extraordinary Moravian experiment can teach us about today's world, we will examine how the city in which you will live for the next few years remembers (or forgets) its own past.
Professor Scott Gordon is a member of the Department of English. He came to Lehigh in 1995 and has served as chair of the English Department (2011-2016) and of the History Department (2018-2019). He researches and writes about early American culture. His recent book, The Letters of Mary Penry, brings into print for the first time the vast correspondence of an early American woman with strong and surprising opinions about politics, religion, and gender. 
HIST 090-010; CRN 41473
AAS 090-010; CRN 44533
4 credits (HU)
Professor Natanya Duncan
MW 10:45am - 12:00pm
This course provides a critical historical interrogation of what is called "the Black Radical Tradition." It is designed to introduce students to some of the major currents in the history of black radical thought, action and organizing throughout the Black Diaspora.  It relies on social, political and intellectual history to examine the efforts of black people who have sought not merely social reform, but the fundamental restructuring political, economic and social relations. We will define and evaluate radicalism in the shifting context of liberation struggles. We will explore dissenting visions of social organization and alternative definitions of citizenship, progress, and freedom. We will confront the meaning of the intersection of race gender, class, and sexuality in social movements.

Professor Bio Coming Soon!

HIST 090-011; CRN 44140
4 credits (HU)
Professor Michelle LeMaster
MW 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Introduction to the American West as both region and process.  Investigates the diverse populations living in the west, including Native Americans, Mexicans, American settlers, miners, and cowboys, and Chinese railroad workers.  Explore the process of first Spanish/Mexican and Russian and then U.S. expansion into the region and the rise of the myth of the wild west.  Themes includes the evolution of land use, immigration, cultural life, social communities and changing technologies.
Professor Michelle LeMaster is an Associate Professor in the History Department.  She has taught a variety of courses in early American, Southern, women's, and Native American history. She hails originally from the Wild Wild West, having grown up in Washington state, and is looking forward to introducing students to the history of the region.
HIST 090-012; CRN 42431
4 credits (HU)
Professor Monica Najar
TR 3:00 - 4:00pm
Visual and print media have reflected important changes in gender norms and sexuality in American culture, and they themselves have also been engines of change. This seminar explores the history of gender and sexuality in the 20th century in and through such popular media (including film, television, magazines, and advertising). By using the sources of popular culture, we will seek to understand changing gender ideals, expectations of marriage, sexual identities, and the role of media in American culture and politics.
Monica Najar is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her research is on gender and religion in early America. She teaches courses in the history of sexuality, the history of the family, and society and politics in the new nation. 
IR 090-010; CRN 43496
4 credits (SS)
Professor Chaim Kaufmann
T 7:15 - 9:55pm
International politics inspires all forms of cultural response, including novels, poetry, art, and film.  These media are as or even more influential in shaping public views of international relations than is social science research.  The aim of this course is to examine international politics through the artistic lens, juxtaposing artistic interpretations with social scientific ways of understanding IR.
Chaim Kaufmann is Associate Professor of International Relations.  He works on communal conflict, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, intervention, and other international security issues.  He plays and designs wargames and other boardgames; current favorite Pandemic Legacy.
IR 090-011; CRN 44515
4 credits (SS)
Professor Mary Anne Madeira
MW 10:45am - 12:00pm
This course introduces gender as an important category of analysis in the study of international politics. Mainstream scholarship typically overlooks how global processes like war, globalization, and economic development affect people differently depending on their gender. Additionally, women have historically had limited access to foreign policy making processes, which may affect policy outcomes. In this course, we will focus on these aspects of gender in international politics to gain a richer understanding of contemporary global issues. We will explore topics such as international security, the war on terror, sexual violence in war, human rights, global governance, human trafficking, environmental degradation, development, economic integration and global activism.
Professor Mary Anne Madeira is an assistant professor of International Relations. She studies the global political economy and is particularly interested in the role of women in economic globalization. She also studies trade politics, regional integration, and European politics. Professor Madeira holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington.
IR 090-012; CRN 44516
4 credits (SS)
Professor Kevin Narizny 
TR 10:45am - 12:00pm
Examines the suppression of political speech, media reporting, and academic research by governments, advocacy groups, and public opinion.  Presents historical and theoretical perspectives on who supports censorship and why, how it works, and when it has been overcome, as well as normative perspectives on its desirability.  Covers issues that are intensely controversial on both the left and right in democracies and authoritarian states around the world.  Includes discussion of laws against religious blasphemy, wartime dissent, extremist parties, and hate speech, and the silencing of views considered anathema to advocates of identity politics.
Professor Kevin Narizny is an associate professor in the department of International Relations. His research focuses on democratization, political economy, and the domestic sources of foreign policy.  He is a member of the Heterodox Academy.
MATH 090-010; CRN 42724
3 credits
Professor Bennett Eisenberg
MWF 1:35 - 2:25pm
This freshman seminar is intended to widen appreciation for mathematical concepts, especially those impacting everyday life. The seminar will explore the fascinating role of mathematics and statistics in the world as we know it, ranging from the routing of Internet messages, the pricing of financial instruments, the design of sophisticated encryption schemes, as well as the use of mathematics in GPS and in Google. The lectures will survey the ubiquity and applicability of mathematics in everyday life, including the use of mathematics in sports, politics, and business.
Professor Bennett Eisenberg is a Professor of Mathematics. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. from M.I.T., specializing in random processes. He then taught at Cornell University and the University of New Mexico before coming to Lehigh. He has published papers in a wide variety of topics in probability and statistical theory and still enjoys studying the mathematical gems covered in this seminar. 
MLL 090-010; CRN 43214
ASIA 090-010; CRN 43215
4 credits (HU)
Professor Constance Cook
MW 3:00 - 4:15pm
The novel, Dream of the Red Chamber, takes the readers into the bedrooms, dreams, and secret gardens of a large gentry family of the late 17th century in China. There are ghosts, goddesses, and scabby priests that thread their ways among the find ladies and not-so-honorable men. To add to the mystery is the supernatural origin of the main character who must relearn his true self through life among mortals (or semi-mortals). This text functions not only as the Shakespeare of China, the foundation of modern literature, but is known throughout Asia in multiple forms of popular cultural media.
Students will read a four-volume edition of the 120-chapter classic and prepare discussion points for class. After finishing each volume, there will be an in-class essay. Each student will prepare one 10-15 minute presentation researching some aspect of life at that time or of the novel. For extra credit, students can rewrite their essays or do a second presentation.
Professor Constance Cook is a professor of Chinese and Asian Studies. She teaches a wide range of subjects having to do with the language, culture, and history of China. She has led student groups to China and traveled throughout Asia. She loves to visit archaeological sites, hike, and paint. Her research is focused on interpreting excavated texts from the BC era and has published books and articles on ancient Chinese culture, religion, philosophy, history, and social practices. She considers herself a global citizen having lived and traveled outside the continental US for many years of her life since childhood. Prof. Constance Cook Prof. Constance Cook (email: 
MUS 090-010; CRN 40222
3 credits (HU)
Professor Tong Soon Lee
M 7:55 - 10:35am
How does sound organize the space we inhabit? What can we learn about our environment when we listen to natural sounds, or organized sounds such as music? In this course, we will use sound as a common denominator to understand our physical and social environments, and to examine how music transforms concepts into practices, and abstract spaces into meaningful places. Specifically, we will explore the role of music in sustaining communities using Asian music as case studies. Classes will involve hands-on learning of Korean percussion and West Javanese gamelan, lectures on various Asian musical traditions, and student-led seminars on focused topics.
Professor Tong Soon Lee teaches ethnomusicology in the Department of Music, where he is also the Department Chair. His primary area of research and teaching is East Asian and Southeast Asian music, and he is currently the General Editor of the Yearbook for Traditional Music of the UNESCO-affiliated scholarly association, International Council for Traditional Music. 
PHIL 090-010; CRN 40223
4 credits (HU)
Professor Roslyn Weiss
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
An investigation into the relationship between human freedom, responsibility for actions, and the ways in which the criminal justice system deals with illicit behavior.  Questions to be considered include:  are human beings free agent and if so, to what extent?; is there any sense to holding people responsible (fully or partially) if they are less than fully free?; what are the ramifications for the justness of punishment if human beings are less than fully free?; given what we know about the brain and its mechanisms, is our criminal justice system hopelessly outdated?; is punishment ever justified?; how should we regard cases of diminished responsibility, diminished capacity, and mental or moral deficiency?
Professor Roslyn Weiss is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, with research interests in Greek philosophy and Jewish philosophy. She teaches courses not only in these areas but also in Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Law. 
PHIL 090-011; CRN 44144
4 credits (HU)
Professor Patrick Connolly 
MW 3:00 - 4:15pm
This course will explore, from a philosophical perspective, the relationships that humans have with other animals.  We will investigate whether and why various non-human animals have moral status and what this might mean for our lives.  Resources drawn from moral theory will be central to this investigation but we will also consider important findings from cognitive science.  This will provide a background from which students will be able to critically assess and understand a number of common practices involving non-human animals.
Patrick Connolly is an assistant professor in the department of philosophy.  Much of his research focuses on the history of philosophy during the Scientific Revolution, but he also has a longstanding interest in practical ethics.  His past teaching includes courses on topics like bioethics, philosophy of religion, and the ethics of warfare.  He holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  When not on campus, he loves running, cooking, reading novels, and travel.
PHY 090-011; CRN 40582
3 credits (NS)
Professor Sara Cremonini
TR 3:00 - 4:15pm
In the early 20th century Einstein's theory of relativity drastically changed our understanding of gravity and the fabric of space-time. Despite its great successes, the theory of general relativity is incomplete. It does not take into account quantum mechanics and fails to describe fundamental properties of black holes and the very beginning of the universe.
In this seminar we will explore the key developments in modern physics and the challenges of unifying all the fundamental forces. We will introduce the main ingredients of string theory, the most promising framework for a quantum description of gravity, and discuss its consequences for space-time at the smallest scales. As we will see, string theory has given us crucial insights into the structure of black holes and the early evolution of the universe. The format of the course will be discussion of weekly reading assignments, and a final paper.
Professor Sera Cremonini earned her bachelor degree in Physics and Mathematics from The City College of New York  and her PhD in Physics from Brown University.  Before joining the Lehigh Physics Department, Cremonini was a junior fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan.  She then held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Cambridge/Mitchell collaboration between the Mitchell Institute at Texas A&M  and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology established by Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University. She works on various aspects of string theory, quantum gravity and early universe cosmology.  Her research currently focuses on the holographic gauge/gravity correspondence and its applications to quantum phases of matter.
POLS 090-010; CRN 43333
4 credits (SS)
Professor Frank Davis
TR 1:35 - 2:50pm
Recent inter- and intra-party battles have at times left the Congress incapable of action, leading to institutional gridlock and government shutdowns. In those cases in which congress has acted, partisan polarization has made it virtually impossible to work across party lines, aggravating inter-party conflict. The problem of institutional struggles has been exacerbated by battles within each party, leading to instability in congressional leadership. The Republican House Speaker was forced to resign in 2015 when members of his own party threatened to force him to “vacate the chair.” The current Republican Speaker, buffeted by competing factions, has announced his retirement. And the Democratic House Minority Leader faced a strong challenge for her position from within her own party at the beginning of this congress.
In this class we will examine the dynamics of electoral campaigns and the changing nature of media coverage of elections and congress as an institution. Insights generated from this analysis will be applied through a simulation of congressional elections which will, then, provide a foundation for exploring the Congress’s current institutional challenges.
Frank Davis is an associate professor of political science. His research focuses on congress, interest groups, elections, and campaign finance. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and he has taught at Lehigh since 1987. 
PSYC 090-010; CRN 44336
4 credits (NS)
Professor Catherine Arrington
MW 1:35 - 2:50pm
The human brain weighs approximately 3lbs and contains over 100 billion neurons, each making up to 10,000 connections with other neurons.  The moment-by-moment functioning of this complex system supports those mental processes at the core of the human experience: sensation, memory, thought, emotion, and action. The field of cognitive neuroscience studies how the structure and function of the brain support cognition and behavior. In this course, we will learn about basic brain organization and activity, as well as the new technologies that have been developed for imaging, manipulating, and interfacing with the brain. We will explore current findings from the field of cognitive neuroscience with a focus on how students can apply their understanding of cognitive neuroscience research to everyday situations inside and outside the classroom.
Professor Catherine Arrington is an associate professor in the Psychology Department and the Cognitive Science Program. In her research, Prof. Arrington uses the approaches and methods of cognitive neuroscience to address questions of how people behave in multitask environments, including how they choose to sequence tasks and what influence multitasking has on task performance. Her research includes both highly-controlled, laboratory tasks and exploration of real world multitask environments through interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in the College of Engineering. Prof. Arrington has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Psychology Department and teaches courses on cognitive neuroscience, attention, and statistics. She has spent time outside of academia, serving for two years as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. 
REL 090-010; CRN 42842
AMST 090-010; CRN 44432
4 credits (HU)
Professor Jodi Eichler-Levine
TR 3:00 - 4:15m
What do we revere as gods in America, and what do we fear as monsters?  From Mickey Mouse to vampire lore, we will look in unlikely places to expand our notions of religiosity.
Jodi Eichler-Levine is Associate Professor of Religion and Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization at Lehigh. She also directs the American Studies Program. Her work explores the myriad intersections of popular culture, religion, gender, and race in contemporary America. Professor Eichler-Levine's first book was called Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children's Literature (NYU Press, 2013), and she is at work on her second, Crafting Judaism: Creativity, Gender, and Jewish Americans. When not at work in her office in Williams Hall, she loves to run, knit, and plan imaginary trips to Disney World. 
REL 090-011; CRN 43327
4 credits (HU)
Professor Michael Raposa
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
Many people in our modern Western culture appear to have little or no interest in religious matters.  Even some people who would identify themselves as "religious" are nonetheless bored with their religion; in general, their religious lives lack any real or intellectual or emotional intensity.  In the light of these observations, a number of questions can be raised: Is boredom the spiritual crisis of our culture?  Is it symptomatic of some culturally induced blindness to the religious significance of things?  What is the religious significance of boredom?  Indeed, what is boredom, what are its causes, nature, and effects.
Professor Michael Raposa is Professor of Religion Studies and the E. W. Fairchild Professor of American Studies, and has been a member of the Lehigh faculty since 1985. His research and teaching interests range from the philosophy of religion and American pragmatism to forms of martial spirituality and the religious significance of boredom. In 1999, he published a book bearing the same title as this seminar, on Boredom and the Religious Imagination. 
REL 090-013; CRN 44446
ETH 090-013; CRN 44465
HMS 090-013; CRN 44452
PHIL 090-013; CRN 44464 
4 credits (HU)
Professor Dena Davis
MW 1:35 - 2:50pm
Many people in our modern Western culture appear to have little or no interest in religious matters.  Even some people who would identify themselves as "religious" are nonetheless bored with their religion; in general, their religious lives lack any real or intellectual or emotional intensity.  In the light of these observations, a number of questions can be raised: Is boredom the spiritual crisis of our culture?  Is it symptomatic of some culturally induced blindness to the religious significance of things?  What is the religious significance of boredom?  Indeed, what is boredom, what are its causes, nature, and effects.
Professor Dena Davis holds the Endowed Presidential Chair in Health.  Dr. Davis has been a Visiting Scholar at the National Human Genome Research Institute, Arizona State University, the Brocher Foundation, and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book is Genetic Dilemmas: Reproductive Technology, Parental Choices, and Children’s Futures (Oxford University Press). She has been a Fulbright scholar in India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, and Sweden.
REL 090-014; CRN 44445
ASIA 090-014; CRN 44578
ETH 090-014: CRN 44580
HMS 090-014; CRN 44579
4 credits (HU)
Professor Annabella Pitkin
TR 3:00 - 4:15pm
How have neuroscientists, Buddhists, and medical practitioners described what meditation does to the brain, mind and emotions? How have Buddhists described what enlightenment does to the mind and body? What are the historical relationships between Buddhism, medical practice, and psychology, in the US and in Asia? Students in this course explore these questions, by examining Buddhist philosophy, psychology, memoir, and art, together with recent research on how meditation and other practices affect brain function, emotional response, and other mental and physical processes.
Professor Annabella Pitkin is Assistant Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at Lehigh. She researches and writes about Tibetan Buddhism, modernity, miracle stories, and Buddhist biographies. Her teaching includes courses on Buddhism and East Asian religions, environmental ethics, sexuality and gender, and new technologies.  She has lived and traveled extensively in the Himalayan region, China, India, and Nepal, and is obsessed with Tibetan pop music trends. Professor Pitkin is completing a book manuscript titled “Beggar Modern: Renunciation and Longing in the Life of a 20th Century Tibetan Buddhist Saint."
SOC 090-010; CRN 44688
4 credits (SS)
Professor Ziad Munson
TR 1:35am - 2:50pm
Science fiction can offer exciting, fascinating stories.  But science fiction-- by imagining worlds so different from our own-- also offers a kind of mirror that helps us both understand and evaluate the real world.  The overall goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to think widely, deeply, and collaboratively about the society in which we all live.  We’ll accomplish this goal by reading science fiction novels and short stories alongside classic social theory written by social scientists. For more information please navigate to
Professor Ziad Munson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University.  His research and teaching focuses on social movement mobilization and political violence.   He is the author of The Making of Pro-Life Activists, a study of recruitment and mobilization in the American pro-life movement (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and Abortion Politics, an examination of the century-old history of the abortion debate (Polity, 2018).   He is also the author of various articles on social movements, religion, terrorism, and civil society.   His latest research project focuses on understanding the political geography of America’s suburbs, particularly the dramatic changes that have occurred in conservative politics.  Munson received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1993 and his PhD from Harvard University in 2002.
THTR 090-010; CRN 41185
4 credits (HU)
Professor Augustine Ripa
MW 1:35 - 2:50pm
On stage, our natural wholeness dissolves. While in real life we can be spontaneous and physically expressive, in the spotlight we tend to lose the communicative connectedness we naturally possess in social situations. In this course we will examine the building blocks of realistic acting, and attempt to reintegrate ourselves on stage. We’ll study sense memory, emotional recall and production, text analysis, and scene study and characterization. All theory will be based in experience what we learn ABOUT we will come to know by
DOING. The goal of the course will be to present believable monologue and scene work. No prior stage experience is necessary or expected, although those with prior experience can benefit greatly from a fundamental analysis of the acting process. This is a performance course, an acting class. Potential theatre students may substitute this course for the required beginning-level acting class.
Augustine Ripa is a professor of theatre specializing in acting, directing and play analysis. Recent Lehigh productions directed include A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, WAITING FOR GODOT, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE PILLOWMAN, OLEANNA, TOP GIRLS, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT and TWELFTH NIGHT. Gus has also directed numerous productions at Touchstone Theatre, most recently Bill Georg’s WALDEN for Touchstones touring repertoire. He also served as co-creator for the recent Touchstone original production of ULYSSES DREAMS. Gus is active with the National Association of Schools of Theatre and has served the US Department of Education as a Jacob Javits Fellowship field reader in Washington, DC. At Lehigh, Gus has served as the founding chairperson of the Department of Theatre as well as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. 
THTR 090-011; CRN 42288
4 credits (HU)
Professor William Lowry
TR 9:20 - 10:35am
A cybernetic enhancement to intelligence is developed to fight a fatal virus, but at the risk of mental evolution beyond human capacity. A team of superheroes pursues a villain revenge-killing couples in love, while a doctor races to build an artificial heart strong enough to survive heartbreak. A group of survivors recounts an episode of The Simpsons after the apocalypse, and their storytelling develops into a force larger than themselves. These examples of contemporary "geek theatre" demonstrate how the internet has allowed for the flourishing of specialized fanbases and niche interests. This first-year seminar introduces the basics of theatrical production and performance and analyzes the possibilities and constraints within the theatrical art form in presenting these types of stories. Students will examine the structure and content of the genres through the lens of theatre and explore connections between these plays and sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian works in other forms of media. Through research and hands-on projects, students will assess the potential of speculative drama to connect to the concrete here and now.
Will Lowry is a scenographer and an Assistant Professor of Theatre. He has created over one hundred designs for theatres along the East Coast and beyond, including productions at Playhouse on Park (CT), the Palace Theatre (SC), Mill Mountain Theatre (VA), Curtain Call Theatre (NY), Birmingham Children’s Theatre (AL), the California Theatre Center (CA), and as far as the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He worked for five years as studio assistant for Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, contributing to various Broadway productions including Leap of Faith, 9 to 5, and Catch Me If You Can. He also worked as assistant to the costume designer for Emilio Sosa on Motown: The Musical and Isabel Toledo on After Midnight. He recently completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Furman University, and he is a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble, which produced the New York City premieres of three of the plays in the Geek Theatre anthology. He holds an MFA in Design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Theatre Arts and Computer Science from Furman University.