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Honors College Courses

Fall 2016 Honors Seminars

Voyages in the Arts, Literature and History of the Sea 

Faculty: Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)
Course Information: HNRS 2011 003, (3 s.h.) (FC:HU) (WI) (CRN: 31537)
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm-3:15pm
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk00udDNYRU&feature=youtu.be

Seminar Description: The purpose of this course is to explore the tremendously varied body of literature, art, history, music, film, and theatre related to the sea. Some of the earliest writings focus on the subject of the sea, and the Bible incudes stories of Noah, Jonah and the whale, and an apostle who was a fisherman. Seafarers created unique maritime cultures with their own language, music and arts, such as scrimshaw. Many cultures have deities identified with the sea including Neptune. The greatest work in American literature is considered by many to be Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851), and some of the most compelling adventure writing takes place at sea. Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, graphic arts other works of art frequently have marine themes. Marine art is a growing field within the world of fine art, particularly painting. Filmmakers have created enduring images for the public with subjects ranging from Mutiny on the Bounty, The Perfect Storm, to Titanic. On stage, there are plays and operas on a range of maritime topics. Composers have frequently found inspiration from the sea, including the Frenchman Claude Debussey who composed La Mer. The humanities are as critical to our understanding of the sea as are the marine sciences. The objectives of this course include: exploring the diversity and range of maritime culture including the arts, literature; acquiring a greater appreciation of literature and creative works inspired by the sea; developing reading, writing and critical thinking skills while exploring the engagement of humans with the ocean. Important Note: This class will offer Humanities credit and count towards satisfying the Writing Intensive requirement.

Ocean Exploration: Shipwrecks, Conservation, and Technology  

Faculty: Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)
Course Information: HNRS 2013 003, (3 s.h.) (FC:SO) (WI) (CRN: 31624)
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00am-12:15pm
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgg8QOt__Gc&feature=youtu.be

Seminar Description: This course is focused on the relationship of humans and the ocean, including the Great Lakes and inland waters. Much of what we know about the ocean is from scientific research, underwater archaeology, and the collective history of people from across the globe and their interaction with the ocean. This includes indigenous peoples, fishermen, explorers, sailors, and the many people that engage the ocean. The purpose of this course is to explore the relationship of humans and the sea, and to explore the importance of the ocean in our lives. Ours is a blue planet—more than two thirds of the surface of the earth is ocean. We depend up on the ocean for food and much of our energy needs—gas and oil, and wind power. Technological developments have produced huge ships laden with containers and other cargo that sustain the global economy. Navies patrol and protect the waters around sovereign states and increasing across the globe, as in the case of addressing piracy off Somalia.  Because the ocean is directly linked to climate, food, energy, national security, and human health, emerging leaders should be acquainted with the role of the ocean in a global society. Through discussion and assignments focused on critical contemporary issues, class members will be encouraged to formulate solutions. Informed leaders are needed to address the many pressing issues concerning the ocean. These include: the creation and management of marine protected areas, an eco-friendly means of energy production, sustainability in harvesting ocean resources, and the framing of effective ocean policies. Scientific research enables us to understand ocean issues, and provides the knowledge to formulate solutions. Important Note: This class will offer Social Sciences credit and count towards satisfying the Writing Intensive requirement. 

Barcelona: An Urban Cultural History 

Faculty: Dr. Benjamin Fraser (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures)
Course Information: HNRS 2011.003, CRN: 85069, FC: HU, WI
Schedule: 2:00-3:15 Mondays and Wednesdays

Seminar Description:  This course foregrounds the connections between landscape, art, culture and the hallmark material sites of this coastal Catalan capital. Students will approach this single global city from multiple perspectives: fictional and documentary film with English subtitles, science fiction in English translation, urban planning, and urban history. Key sites in the city reflected in film and literature include architect Antonio Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and Parque Güell, urban planner Ildefons Cerdà’s Eixample district extending beyond the city’s medieval walls, and touristic icons of the Olympic Village, the Plaça Cataluyna, the Ramblas and the Mediterranean sea itself. A digital humanities project (students may choose to work collaboratively or individually) will transpose original student writing into written, audio and video texts mapped onto an interactive map of Barcelona itself using tools such as garageband, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and Omeka/Neatline software. No knowledge of Spanish, literature or film necessary.

Spring 2016 Honors Seminars

Fact into Fiction: The 1898 Wilmington Coup D’Etat in History and Literature

Faculty: Drs. Karen Zipf and Margaret Bauer (Department of English)

Breaking the Boundaries of Race in America: Developing Race Relations Solutions for East Carolina University

Faculty: Dr. Eric Bailey (Department of Anthropology, Public Health)

Public Relations and Leadership: Writing Science for/with the Public

Faculty: Dr. Erin Frost (Department of English)

Time Travel: Philosophy and Physics

Faculty: Dr. Henry Jacoby (Department of Philosophy) and Dr. John Kenney (Department of Physics)

Experiencing Illness: Alternative Health Belief Systems

Faculty: Dr. Andrea Kitta (Department of English)   

Use and Abuse of the Bible: What the Bible Says (and Doesn’t Say) about Current Cultural Issues

Faculty: Dr. Lee Johnson (Departments of Philosophy, Religious Studies)

Sex, Love, and War: A History of the Middle East Through Women’s Writings

Faculty: Dr. Mona Russell

Sport for Development: Community and Social Change

Faculty: Dr. Stacy Warner (Department of Kinesiology)

Methods and Madness: Creative Writing Workshop

Faculty: Dr. Liza Weiland (Department of English)

Stigma, Paradoxes and the Human Condition

Faculty: Dr. Daniel Goldberg (Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies, BSOM)

Material Culture – 3D Construction 

Faculty: Robert Ebendorf - Instructor (Department of Fine Arts)

Global Understanding in Health Sciences: Art as Social Commentary

Faculty: Drs. Annette Greer and Susan Meggs (Department of Interior Design; Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies)

Digital Humanities and Buddhist Holy Land

Faculty: Dr. Derek Maher (Department of Religious Studies)


Fall 2015 Honors Seminars

Voyages in the Arts, Literature and History of the Sea 

Faculty: Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)

Material Culture-3D Construction 

Faculty: Mr. Bob Ebendorf (School of Art and Design)

Problem Solving in Jewelry Making

Faculty: Mr. Bob Ebendorf (School of Art and Design)

Ocean Exploration: Shipwrecks, Conservation, and Technology  

Faculty: Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)


Spring 2015 Honors Seminars

Ethics, Global Health and the Fundamental Causes of Disease

Faculty: Dr. Daniel Goldberg (Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies)

Genes, Germs, and Nuclear War 

Faculty: Dr. Jessica Bardill (Department of English)

The Arts, Literature and History of the Sea 

Faculty: Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)

Cultural Landscapes of Eastern North Carolina in Photography and Writing 

Faculty: Dr. Daniel Kariko (School of Art and Design) and Dr. Charles Twardy (School of Communication)

Culture, Health and Healing 

Faculty: Dr. Blakely Brooks (Department of Anthropology)

Poor Health: The Psychology of Poverty and Health 

Faculty: Dr. Susan McCammon and Dr. Sam Sears (Department of Psychology)

Ocean Exploration: Shipwrecks, Conservation, and Technology 

Faculty: Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)

Six Debates Shaping the States: Criminal Justice Issues in the Modern World 

Faculty: Dr. Megan Magers and Dr. Patrick Cundiff (Department of Criminal Justice)

Psychology of Talent Development 

Faculty: Dr. Lori Flint (Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research)

Along the AT:  Experiences and Reflections on the Appalachian Trail 

Faculty: Dr. Traci Birch (Department of Geography) and Dr. Mary Beth Corbin (Office of Student Transition)

Coastal Water Resources: Exploring Sustainable Solutions for the 21st Century 

Faculty: Dr. Mike O'Driscoll (Department of Geological Sciences)

Marketing Small Businesses: As Seen on TV 

Faculty: Dr. Christy Ashley (Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management) 


Spring 2014 Honors Seminars

An Assault on Humanity: The Holocaust

Faculty: Dr. Michael Bassman (Honors College)

Behavioral Addictions

Faculty: Dr. Mary Crozier (Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Counseling)

Extreme Physics

Faculty: Dr. John Kenney (Department of Physics)

Global Heavy Metal Music

Faculty: Dr. Dan Guberman (School of Music)

Global Understanding in Health Sciences: Art as Social Commentary

Faculty: Dr. Annette Greer (Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies) and Susan Martin Meggs, MFA (Department of Interior Design)

Honors Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry and Fiction

Faculty: Dr. Liza Wieland (Department of English)

How Do We Know Where We Are?  Exploring Geospatial History and Technology

Faculty: Dr. Viva Reynolds and Dr. Karen Mulcahy (Department of Geography)

In Search of Sacred Space: Liminal Places in the Past and Present

Faculty: Dr. Jessica Christie and Dr. Punham Madhok (School of Art and Design)

Ocean Exploration: Shipwrecks, Conservation, and Technology

Faculty: Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)

Polyhedra and Tessellations: Visions of Symmetry in Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Art and Design

Faculty: Dr. Sviatoslav Archava (Department of Mathematics)

The Psychology of Human-Dog Interactions

Faculty: Dr. Lisa Maag (Department of Psychology)

Root that Mountain Down: Appalachian Culture and Rural Imaginings in America

Faculty: Dr. Marc Faris (School of Music) and Leanne Smith, MFA (Department of English)

Science and Society in the Age of Genomics

Faculty: Dr. John Stiller and Dr. Jean-Luc Scemama (Department of Biology)

Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Community Building

Faculty: Dr. Sharon Paynter (Department of Political Science)


Spring 2013 Honors Seminars

The Assault on Humanity: The Holocaust

Faculty:  Dr. Michael Bassman (Honors College)

Crime Scene Analysis 

Faculty:  Dr. Anthony Kennedy  (Department of Chemistry) & Dr. Dennis Honeycutt (Department of Criminal Justice)

Cuba:  So Near Yet So Foreign 

Faculty:  Dr. Luci Fernandes (Department of Anthropology)

Israel & the Arabs:  Co-existence & Conflict  

Faculty:  Dr. Mona Russell (Department of History)

Leadership Across the Professions: Foundations in Philosophy, Literature, and Law 

Faculty:  Dr. James LeRoy Smith, (Department of Philosophy) &  Dr. Gregory L. Hassler (Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies)  

Life in Space: From Inquiry to Exploration and Back Again 

Faculty:  Dr. John Rummel (Institute for Coastal Science and Policy) & Dr. Matt Schrenk (Department of Biology)

Living Green: The World between Technology and Humanity 

Faculty:  Dr. Mike Behm (Technology Systems), Dr. Robert Chin (Technology Systems), Dr. Eric Connell (Department of Construction Management)

Ocean Exploration: Shipwrecks, Conservation, and Technology 

Faculty:  Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College)

Pain, Its Paradoxes, and the Human Condition 

Faculty:  Dr. Daniel S. Goldberg, J.D (Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies;  Brody School of Medicine)

Puppet Shows that Make a Difference! 

Faculty:  Dr. Deborah Thomson (School of Communication)

What’s on the Table? The Science and Culture of Plants as Food 

Faculty:  Dr. Claudia Jolls (Department of Biology) & Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Bassett (Department of Nutrition)

“Who or What is Controlling You?  A History and Science of Self-determination” 

Faculty:  Dr. Laura Edwards (Department of Psychology) 

Wilderness Writing

Faculty:  Dr. Ashley Egan (Department of Biology) & Ms. Stephanie West-Puckett (Department of English) 


Spring 2012 Honors Seminars

The Assault on Humanity: The Holocaust

Faculty:  Dr. Michael Bassman (Honors College)

Around the World in 15 Weeks: An Investigation of Cultural Similarities through Global Conversations with College Students in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Faculty:  Dr. Heidi Luchsinger (Department of Anthropology)

Building an Innovation Economy Through Creative Problem Solving, Design and Entrepreneurship

Faculty: Mr. Wayne Godwin (School of Art and Design), Ms. Marti Van Scott (Office of Technology Transfer), and Ms. Marty Hackney (Entrepreneurial Initiative)

Ethics, Global Health, & the Fundamental Causes of Disease

Faculty:  Dr. Daniel Goldberg (Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies)

Fantastic Archeology: Distinguishing Myth from Reality

Faculty:  Dr. Charles Ewen (Department of Anthropology)

Leadership in the Professions: Foundations of Philosophy and Law

Faculty:  Dr. James Leroy Smith (Department of Philosophy) and Dr. Gregory Hassler (Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies)

Living Green: The World between Technology and Humanity

Faculty: Dr. Michael Behm, Dr. Robert Chin (Department of Technology Systems), and Dr. Eric Connell (Department of Construction Management)

Middle Eastern Women's Voices in Love, War, Fact, & Fiction

Faculty:  Dr. Mona Russell (Department of History) and Dr. Rick Taylor (Department of English)

The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy, and Prestige

Faculty:  Dr. Michael Bassman (Distinguished Honors Professor, The Honors College)

Pilgrimage in Various Cultural and Temporal Settings

Faculty:  Dr. Jelena Bogdanović and Dr. Jessica Christie (Department of Art History)

Science and Society in the Age of Genomics

Faculty: Dr. Jean-Luc Scemama and Dr. John Stiller (Department of Biology)

Think Chronically: From McDonalds to Dialysis- Exploring Solutions to Eastern North Carolina's Healthcare Challenges

Faculty: Dr. Paul Bolin and Dr. Cynthia Christiano (Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension)

Under the Microscope of Art: Creative Problem-Solving in the Health Sciences

Faculty:  Ms. Susan Meggs (Department of Interior Design & Merchandising) and Dr. Annette Greer (Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies)

Wilderness Writing

Faculty: Dr. Ashley Egan (Department of Biology) and Dr. Stephanie West-Puckett (Department of English)

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