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:
Student Leader: Zeno Scott ’18Faculty Sponsor: Katherine Brewer BallDescription: This course is designed to bridge the existing schisms in Wesleyan’s artistic discipline through performing ananalysis of life, strife, and desires.
Student Leader: Arline Pierre-Louis ’19, Ruby Fludzinski ’20, Ray Achan ’19Faculty Sponsor: Tiphanie YaniqueDescription: 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.
Student Leader: Maya Lockman-Fine ’18, Sahil Singhvi ’18Faculty Sponsor: Ellen NerenbergDescription: A critical perspective on the liberal optimism of the WestWing, updated to contend with the social truths and historical perspectives of this time.
Student Leader: Eliana Blum ’18, Mariel Becker ’18Faculty Sponsor: Laura GrabelDescription: This course is an interdisciplinary approach to studying the female orgasm through a biopsychosocial lens.
Student Leader: Chloe Briskin ’18, Alina Whatley ’18Faculty Sponsor: Ann BurkeDescription: This course will be an in-depth exploration into the hypothetical plausibility of the existence of mythological creatures through a lens of evolutionary biology.
Student Leader: Mitchell Klein ’18Faculty Sponsor: T. David WestmorelandDescription: This course will focus on the use of science demonstrations as an effective method to reach important concepts in chemistry.
Student Leader: Samuel Anschell ’19Faculty Sponsor: Jeffrey NaeckerDescription: This class aims to challenge students’ methods ofthinking by using No-Limit Hold’em (NLH) poker to introduce problems and discover solutions.
Student Leader: Monica Sun ’18, Maret Rossi ’18Faculty Sponsor: Danielle VogelDescription: Expanding the pedagogy and poetics of Professor Danielle Vogel, this course merges a somatics lab with a creative writing workshop.
Student Leader: Jaylen O. Berry ’18, Nate Taylor ’18Faculty Sponsor: Rachel Ellis NeyraDescription: This course will explore how body language is connected to orientation and positionality within the context of race, socioeconomics and sexuality.
Student Leader: Anna Marie Rosenlieb ’20, Margaret O’Donnell ’19Faculty Sponsor: Paul EricksonDescription: This course is a gateway to understanding the role ofagriculture in our modern food system, the history of agriculture, and the growing practices that comprise Long Lane Farm.
Student Leader: Kate Sundberg ’20, Leah Pensler ’20Faculty Sponsor: Suzanne O’ConnellDescription: 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.
Student Leader: Lily Davis ’20, Meera Joshi ’20Faculty Sponsor: Barry ChernoffDescription: A collaborative and discussion based course that focuseson 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.
Student Leader: Alex Horton ’18Faculty Sponsor: Gary YoheDescription: This forum offers an opportunity for students of all majors to explore the threats posed by climate change.
Student Leader: Henry Fowler ’20, Elizabeth Walsh ’19Faculty Sponsor: Suzanne O’ConnellDescription: This forum aims to activate student leadership and environmental discourse through engagement with the outdoors.
Student Leader: Ona Lepeska-True ’19, Sophie Sokolov ’18, Toby Meyer ’19Faculty Sponsor: Michaelle BiddleDescription: This is an ambitious, challenging project–a team creating a book–including making the paper, creating the prints and binding the book.
Student Leader: Caroline Kravitz ’19Faculty Sponsor: Robert SteeleDescription: 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.
Student Leader: Jesse Salas ’20, Yasmeen Alshabasy ’20Faculty Sponsor: Anthony HatchDescription: 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.
Student Leader: William Freudenheim ’18, Rebecca Zegans ’18Faculty Sponsor: Joseph RouseDescription: 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.
Student Leader: Kadijah Mathews ’18, Drew Trotman ’18Faculty Sponsor: Courtney Patterson-FayeDescription: 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.
Student Leader: Jordan Roe ’19, Lizzie Phan ’19Faculty Sponsor: Katherine Brewer BallDescription: 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.