Block 8, 2020: The Industrial Revolution in Britain , Ec 385, Vibha Kapuria-Foreman & Esther Redmount – taught mainly in London.
Economics as it is practiced today is born out of the Industrial Revolution. We will examine how the thinkers and innovators of the period from the late 18th through the mid-19th century conceptualized what was happening around them and explore the legacies they left behind in the cities and countryside of England. These innovations – intellectual and material – changed forever how we think about the individual, the choices we make, the roles of government and business in society and the very concept of well-being itself.

Students will live in the heart of London for two weeks. There will be field trips to places of importance to the course both within the city and around London.
We will also build in “free” time for students to do some exploring on their own. The program fee will be $3500 (est). Airfare not included.

Enrollment is limited and by the consent of instructors only. For students to apply for “The Industrial Revolution in Britain, Ec385” a block 8 course, please email Vibha Kapuria-Foreman or Esther Redmount for more information.

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Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Arts Center

Join our artists in residence (Senga Nengudi, Eddy Know an Degenerate Art Ensemble) for an informal dance and music experience! Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. You may bring an acoustic instrument if the spirit moves you, but all you really need is your willing spirit. Please wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to go

shoe-less for part of the experience. This event is free and open

to the public.

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Panel Discussion with Senga Nengudi, Eddy Kwon and Degenerate Art Ensemble who are Resident Artist at CC for Block 7.

Wednesday, March 27, 5:30-7 p.m.

Cornerstone Arts Center, Film Screening Room

At this informal talk, the artists will present their work and discuss art, social engagement, and the creative process. This event is free and open to the public.

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Innovation at CC is accepting applications for a paraprofessional position for academic year 2019/2020 who will provide general support for Innovation’s programs and help build student community around the innovation program through various efforts to increase student involvement across broad sectors of the college population. For more information, contact Jessica Hunter-Larsen, Associate Director of Innovation at CC:

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* Spend Fall 2019 in Florence & Rome! * /
* No Extra Course Fees * /
* Fulfill Gen Ed Requirements (Writing Intensive, Social Inequality, & Language) * /
* Benefit from Full Semester Cultural Immersion * ____

FLORENCE – Block 1: Sep 1-20 – ED250: Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution (WI) / Blocks 2-3: Sep 23-Nov 15 – IT200 (Meets the CC Language Requirement) ____

ROME – Block 4: Nov 18-Dec 11 – RE 200/HY200: Martyrs and Saints (Meets the Social Inequality Perspective) ____

If interested, please contact Prof. Mike Taber ( or Prof. Pam Reaves ( before March 30 ____

ED250: Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution (WI) / Prof. Mike Taber / The goal of the course is to examine scientific discoveries from the Age of Discovery to Postmodernity that advanced the sub-disciplines in science and the subsequent influences on European and American educational systems. As a writing intensive course, the emphasis is on writing to learn through analysis of historical biographies combined with museum experiences. Set in Florence, Italy this course examines the great scientific advances in geography, archeology, astronomy, chemistry, medicine, physics, mathematics, and industry from the 17th Century to the 21st Century, and how those advances transformed western educational systems, a critical element in nation building. [CC Writing Intensive] ____

IT200: Italian / Eight weeks of intensive Italian classes taught at Linguaviva in Florence. Courses are designed for students who wish to improve their Italian language either for general use or for their study or work. Teachers use a range of teaching techniques including whole class teaching and group and pair work. When students have successfully completed your course you can ask for a Linguaviva certificate showing the length of the course and the language level achieved. [Meets CC Language Requirement] ____

RE 200/HY 200: Martyrs & Saints / Prof. Pamela Reaves / Based in Rome, Italy, this course centers on martyrs and saints in the Christian tradition. We will begin by exploring the development of martyrdom in the early church, particularly in the context of the Roman Empire. Specifically, through an examination of imperial interests and spaces, including the Roman arena, we will consider evidence for persecution. Through early Christian accounts of and reflections on martyrdom, we will also consider how early Christians both rely on and resist imperial culture. In addition, attention to Christian beginnings in Rome will involve a study of the legacies of the apostles Paul and Peter, including Roman Catholic memorials at the Vatican, most prominently St. Peter’s Basilica. We will also examine transitions from martyrdom to sainthood, related, in part, to an imperial turn to favor Christianity during the fourth century under the emperor Constantine. Our consideration of martyrs and saints will also reflect on representations of gender and related attributions of authority. Our historical study will be especially attentive to ways in which Christian communities construct and memorialize-through literature, art, and space-martyrs and saints. This approach will align with our focus on material culture, including sacred spaces and visual representations, in Rome and the surrounding regions. Site visits may include attending regional festivals devoted to celebrations of saints; such experiences will offer further insight on the persistence and development of traditions over time, from antiquity to the present. [Meets CC Critical Perspective: Social Inequality]

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Join us for our seventh block Contact Improvisation jam, Saturday 3/30, in Cossitt South Studio from 11-1! Contact is a form that welcomes everybody, and is a great way to get moving, connect with people, be silly, mindful–whatever you need. Beginners are welcome, and we will have a very short lesson at the start of the jam. We strive to make an inclusive, consent-oriented space. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out!

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This is not your normal “Dance” class: Contact Improvisation Adjunct, Blocks 7 & 8
This dance form is for every BODY: young/old, athletic/sedentary/differently-abled, big/little. Contact Improvisation serves those looking for how improvisation can help them respond more quickly, see potential in forms around them, expand their creative options and become more nimble in their own worlds. Faculty/Staff welcome if there is room. Come tomorrow at 1:00-2:30 in Cossitt’s South Studio and try it out.

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Join Dr. Thushara Hewage, Assistant Professor of Anthropology as the University of Ottawa, next Thursday April 4 at 12:15 in Barnes Science Center room 407 for his talk “Rethinking The Problem of Sinhala Nationalism: Majority, Minority and Democracy in the Postcolony”. This event is sponsored by the Program in Asian Studies and the Department of Anthropology.

“Sri Lanka’s modern history has been punctuated by periodic Sinhalese majority pogroms against the island’s minority communities. This violence and the obstacle of Sinhalese nationalism poses to the resolution of Sri Lanka’s ‘national question’ of minority political rights is conventionally theorized in terms of the tenacious cultural hold of ethnic ideology over Sinhalese Buddhist selves. Questioning the adequacy of such models, my talk problematizes Sinhalese majoritarianism from a different angle, focusing on the predominantly Sinhalese Marxist political party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (People’s Liberation Front), examining the articulation of a Sinhalese constituency’s claim on the Sri Lankan state, and exploring its historical contingency. I suggest that this claim is less profitably analyzed in ethnic ideological terms. Rather, it indexes a problem of the secular production of majorities and minorities, integral to the operation of democracy in many postcolonial societies.

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