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Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees

(ANTH 375, L1, W, C)Jennifer Esperanza

This summer block course is an interdisciplinary examination of the mass movement of populations throughout the world. We will explore the various reasons behind people’s geographic displacement, and their experiences with resettlement in new communities. Utilizing materials from anthropology, political science and international relations, literature, sociology, and history, this course is intended to give students a solid background on the global and local movements of people, particularly over the last two centuries.

This course will especially make use of migration issues relevant to the city of Beloit, the Stateline area and beyond. Topics we will examine include (but are not limited to): the mass migration of African Americans from the southern US to the North during WWII; the contemporary movement of refugees due to violence in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Burma; and Latino migrant and immigrant communities in the US. Students will engage in daily readings, writing, discussions and group exercises. Finally, the course will culminate with a service learning project that involves collaborations between Beloit College students and local migrants, immigrants, and refugees who currently reside in the Stateline area.

Prerequisites for this Summer Block course may be fulfilled with the successful completion of one of the following courses: ANTH 100, SOCI 100, CRIS 165 or POLS 160.


Introduction to Journalism

(JOUR 125, 2A)Shawn Gillen

Basic techniques of reportage, from researching to writing to editing. Emphasis on writing for newspapers, though other print and broadcast media also will be examined. Written assignments may include news stories, interviews, human interest stories, feature articles, editorials, and investigative reporting.

The block format presents an ideal way for students to learn how to become reporters. Students will follow news as it develops during the day and be able to track national and international stories as they break and then work through the news cycle. Students will also have ample time to learn how to edit one another’s stories as they learn how to write for news publications. The longer days in class will also enable the professor to help students conduct interviews, complete research, and write news guiding students in real time through the production process. Students learn the basics of editing and how to post news online and create news-oriented websites.

The greatest innovation to the regular semester version of the course is that the professor will create a virtual newsroom in class. This experience will be invaluable to students once they begin internships or find employment in media organizations.


General Physics I

(PHYS 101, 4U)Britt Scharringhausen

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of classical mechanics: Newton’s laws, conservation of momentum and energy, and oscillatory and rotational motion.

This class will have the standard learning goals for Physics 101 but will be taught in a true workshop format. Class will take place in lab, and will consist mainly of hands-on experimentation and data analysis, with approximately 40% of the time spent on problem- solving. The class will include almost no traditional lecture. There will also be group problem-solving, and one-on-one “office hours” and small group tutorials, with the presence of two different instructors allowing more student-instructor interaction. 

Prerequisite: high-school mathematics, including trigonometry.


Reinventing Malcolm X

(RLST 220, 5T, C, W)Debra Majeed

If one had to select one historical personality within the period 1940 to 1975 who best represented and reflected black urban life, politics, and culture in the United States, it would be extremely difficult to find someone more central than the charismatic figure of Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. This seminar is devoted to the life and times of the former Malcolm Little, one of the most prominent American leaders of the twentieth century, and two figures who guided his rise: The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Imam W. Deen Mohammed.

The course will extend to students the opportunity to engage with primary and secondary source materials, and to interact with members of the Nation of Islam and other contemporary Muslims in Chicago, Detroit, and Indianapolis who can most easily separate Malcolm, the icon, from the individual who became Muslim. The course will be a combination of lecture/discussion (while we are on campus), workshop (while we explore the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University (MI) and the Malcolm X Institute at Wabash College (IN), and experiential (while we immerse ourselves in the spaces Malcolm once inhabited and to which we will later return to share our observations). Students will be guided in the art of “close reading.” They will be expected to formulate questions about what they are reading as they are reading and to strive to clarify ambiguities and difficult points that differentiate one required text from another. That is, they will identify characteristics that distinguish one author’s Malcolm from another scholar’s Malcolm.

Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Weekend and overnight field trips are required.


Topics in Dance Entrepreneurship: Pick-Up Company

(TDMS 246, LAP-1)Gina T'ai

Don't let the word "Dance" fool you - this class is for ALL performing artists, as well as students wanting to work with non-profits and/or arts organizations. Pick-up Company is a unique opportunity to curate a multi-disciplinary show to produce and perform at the world renowned John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, WI on June 9, 2018! Students enrolled in this course create a performance company for the duration of the term. With elements of arts administration, non-profit organization, educational outreach, and artistic collaboration, students organize a professional level show to be shared with the broader community.

Prerequisite: submit an application to be a member of Pick-up Company. Email Gina Tai - taig@beloit.edu for more information.

Strongly recommended, 2nd mod (spring 2018) preparatory course for .25 units. Meeting 1x/week for the second half of the semester, we will create and send out a call for works to be set on the Company. As well as working with our producing partner, JMKAC, to create marketing materials, production calendars, and program layout.