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All new students will take one course during the month of January.

During Winter Term, students will enroll in one of our on-campus Winter Term courses. Incoming students may list three Winter Term courses in which they are interested. This list should be in no particular order of preference.

Animals in Stage Design

Investigation of the intersection between animals and design in Broadway-styled productions through research-based, practical design projects.

Cli-Fi: Climate Futures in Fiction

This course will cover works of climate change science fiction in literature and film, and will describe and explain the possible future effects of climate change as they relate to themes and events in the fictional depictions. The consequences of climate change depicted in these works and dealt with in class will include desertification, flooding, high-impact extreme weather events, and the resultant social unrest or positive reimaginings of the future. This class will include analysis of short stories, science fiction novels, graphic novels, and film, as well as relevant principles of climate science. Students will also engage in a creative project generating a storyboard using themes and climate science principles discussed in class. Through these fictional works, we will seek to identify various possible consequences of climate change, as well as possible responses to these consequences.

Gender and Sport

This course will present an overview of how gender difference and gender disparity are lived out within sports at all levels. Perspectives discussed will be of a global, national, local and personal nature and will cover all aspects of gender. This course will discuss the disparity of salaries, job opportunities, sexualization of athletes, issues related to hegemonic masculinity, marketing and sponsorship of athletes, gender based violence, and specific athletic opportunities as they stand in the world today.

Sexual Violence and Public Health

This Winter Term course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about public health practice, as a tool to inform their other pursuits or as a possible direction for further study. Using a public health framework (e.g. social ecological model, social determinants of health, moving upstream), this course will explore topics related to preventing and addressing sexual and intimate partner violence in society. Students will explore public health theories and practical application of interdisciplinary frameworks through case studies and interaction with community practitioners, discuss the dynamics and root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence, analyze evidence-based prevention strategies and adapt strategies to community needs, and examine related topics such as advocacy, restorative justice, trauma-informed activism, and support for people who cause harm. Students will study the real-world intersections between public health and societal issues and problems through guest speaker visits.

Song Writing

A survey of music around the world shows that there are thousands of ways of organizing songs, but most formal schemes reflect specific speech patterns and poetic structures. In other words, songs are by definition related to language. Before we launch into the main business of our song writing course, we shall survey song types around the world and through history in order to get perspective on our enterprise. Then we shall focus on a few song types and associated structures commonly used by modern U.S. musicians, specifically folk ballads and blues, 32-bar pop songs, through-composed rock (and alternative) songs, and so-called “art songs,” both of the conventional and avant garde variety. In-class activities and homework will involve both listening to or analyzing songs by others and composing your own songs. Grading based on class participation, analytic assignments, completion of 5 songs in forms named above, participation in final performance.