Here Are All the Student Forums Happening this Semester

Drop/add began last Thursday and it’s proven to be the shitshow it usually is. If you were one of the 100+ folks on one of Professor Anthony Hatch’s course wait lists, you might have to do some ~reshuffling~.

Student forums can be a great option to fill up your schedule, especially if you’re a second-semester senior and cringe at the idea of a final paper longer than 3 paragraphs. Student forums are half- and full-credit courses constructed and taught by Wesleyan students. You can take up to 2.0 credits worth of student forums and have the credits count toward graduation.

Most of the student forums aren’t listed on WesMaps, and it’s difficult to sift through Facebook events when their algorithm is designed to keep us in perpetual digital stasis, so here are all the student forums happening this semester:

AFAM –  Radical Enbodyment (1 credit)
Student Leader: Zeno Scott ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Katherine Brewer Ball
Description: This course is designed to bridge the existing schisms in Wesleyan’s artistic discipline through performing an
analysis of life, strife, and desires.
AFAM – Melanin, Mind, and Soul (1 credit)
Student Leader: Arline Pierre-Louis ’19, Ruby Fludzinski ’20, Ray Achan ’19
Faculty Sponsor: Tiphanie Yanique
Description: This class will provide an examination of spirituality,
mental illness, the African Diaspora, and the ways in which they interact using specific case studies and historical events.
AMST – Critical Perspectives on “The West Wing” (0.5 credit)
Student Leader: Maya Lockman-Fine ’18, Sahil Singhvi ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Ellen Nerenberg
Description: A critical perspective on the liberal optimism of the West
Wing, updated to contend with the social truths and historical perspectives of this time.
BIOL – Clitorally: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Female Orgasm (0.5 credit)
Student Leader: Eliana Blum ’18, Mariel Becker ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Laura Grabel
Description: This course is an interdisciplinary approach to studying the female orgasm through a biopsychosocial lens.
BIOL – Abominable Snowmen to Zombies (1 credit)
Student Leader: Chloe Briskin ’18, Alina Whatley ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Ann Burke
Description: This course will be an in-depth exploration into the hypothetical plausibility of the existence of mythological creatures through a lens of evolutionary biology.
CHEM – The Science and Art of Chemical Demonstration (1 credit)
Student Leader: Mitchell Klein ’18
Faculty Sponsor: T. David Westmoreland
Description: This course will focus on the use of science demonstrations as an effective method to reach important concepts in chemistry.
ECON – Advanced Game Theory Through the Lens of No-Limit Texas Hold’em (1 credit)
Student Leader: Samuel Anschell ’19
Faculty Sponsor: Jeffrey Naecker
Description: This class aims to challenge students’ methods of
thinking by using No-Limit Hold’em (NLH) poker to introduce problems and discover solutions.
ENGL – A Poetics of Healing: Somatics and Writing Workshop (1 credit)
Student Leader: Monica Sun ’18, Maret Rossi ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Danielle Vogel
Description: Expanding the pedagogy and poetics of Professor Danielle Vogel, this course merges a somatics lab with a creative writing workshop.
ENGL – Perception and Influence (1 credit)
Student Leader: Jaylen O. Berry ’18, Nate Taylor ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Rachel Ellis Neyra
Description: This course will explore how body language is connected to orientation and positionality within the context of race, socioeconomics and sexuality.
ENVS – Farm Forum (1 credit)
Student Leader: Anna Marie Rosenlieb ’20, Margaret O’Donnell ’19
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Erickson
Description: This course is a gateway to understanding the role of
agriculture in our modern food system, the history of agriculture, and the growing practices that comprise Long Lane Farm.
ENVS – Food Justice & Sustainability at Wesleyan and Beyond (1 credit)
Student Leader: Kate Sundberg ’20, Leah Pensler ’20
Faculty Sponsor: Suzanne O’Connell
Description: This course deals with current global food systems, focusing on issues of US production, such as labor conditions, monocropping, and inhumane treatment of animals, to consumption issues, such as food access and sovereignty, and health risks.
ENVS – Sustainable Behaviour Change (0.5 credit)
Student Leader: Lily Davis ’20, Meera Joshi ’20
Faculty Sponsor: Barry Chernoff
Description: A collaborative and discussion based course that focuses
on extensive behavior change, communication, and social marketing research to introduce students to the theory and practice that will increase their understanding of effective methods to influence.
ENVS – Climate Change Analysis Through Media (1 credit)
Student Leader: Alex Horton ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Gary Yohe
Description: This forum offers an opportunity for students of all majors to explore the threats posed by climate change.
ENVS – Outdoor Hiking Forum (1 credit)
Student Leader: Henry Fowler ’20, Elizabeth Walsh ’19
Faculty Sponsor: Suzanne O’Connell
Description: This forum aims to activate student leadership and environmental discourse through engagement with the outdoors.
FGSS – Art Together/Craft with me (1 credit)
Student Leader: Ona Lepeska-True ’19, Sophie Sokolov ’18, Toby Meyer ’19
Faculty Sponsor: Michaelle Biddle
Description: This is an ambitious, challenging project–a team creating a book–including making the paper, creating the prints and binding the book.
PSYC – Formative YA Novels of the 21st Century (1 credit)
Student Leader: Caroline Kravitz ’19
Faculty Sponsor: Robert Steele
Description: In this course, students will read seven fictional novels and watch the corresponding films. Guided by classic psychological, sociological, and literary ideas and theories, students will analyze the role of popular stories in contemporary culture.
SISP – Environmental Justice: Exploitation, Resistance, and Promise (1 credit)
Student Leader: Jesse Salas ’20, Yasmeen Alshabasy ’20
Faculty Sponsor: Anthony Hatch
Description: The purpose of this forum is to investigate the social, political, and scientific dynamics of the environmental justice movement in the United States and globally.
SISP – Artificial Intelligence and Humanity (1 credit)
Student Leader: William Freudenheim ’18, Rebecca Zegans ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Rouse
Description: This forum aims to explore how innovations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) theory and technology have changed (and continue to change) how we conceive of ourselves as human.
SOC – The Black Fantastic (1 credit)
Student Leader: Kadijah Mathews ’18, Drew Trotman ’18
Faculty Sponsor: Courtney Patterson-Faye
Description: Student leaders hope to use the tools sharpened by the upper level Sociology and African American Studies courses given to us to inform interested students in critical analysis of representations of Blackness in popular culture.
THEA – Mothers: Ensemble Writing and Devising (1 credit)
Student Leader: Jordan Roe ’19, Lizzie Phan ’19
Faculty Sponsor: Katherine Brewer Ball
Description: The purpose of this forum is to build an interdisciplinary ensemble in order to establish a space in which students from various backgrounds in theater will collaborate to develop individual performance pieces that do not adhere to any prescribed form.
If you want to be a part of one of these classes, I’m sure you could just email one of the student leaders or faculty advisers (find their emails here).
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