MLAS 520.001, Seminar on the Human Experience: A Prose Workshop: Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction

Instructor: Tommy Hays
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

This seminar will provide structure, support and constructive criticism for students interested in writing fiction or creative nonfiction. The main focus will be the writing itself. Each student will submit short stories, novel excerpts or creative nonfiction during the semester, which I will respond to at length in writing, and which we as a class will discuss. The class will also look at various ways to generate stories, using in-class exercises as starting places. And finally, we will read works by accomplished prose writers to understand various aspects of craft.

MLAS 540.001, Seminar on the Individual and Society: Negotiating Peace: The Practice of Local and Global Peacebuilding

Instructor: Elizabeth Snyder, Ph.D.
Mondays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

According to the World Bank, 80 percent of the world's 20 poorest countries have suffered a major war in the past 15 years, and on average, countries coming out of war face a 44 percent chance of relapsing in the first five years of peace. Without efforts to repair the schisms within the local communities, development initiatives in war-torn and conflict-ridden parts of the world are often ineffective. This course explores the causes and complexities of contemporary conflict, examining methods that respond to conflict without perpetuating cycles of revenge, hostility and division. Participants will learn through practical, hands-on experience how to identify common bonds and bridge perceptual differences. Reflecting on forgiveness and reconciliation in their own communities, students will learn about worldwide endeavors in the field of conflict transformation that heal the wounds of entrenched division and war.

MLAS 560.001, Seminar on Science and Human Values: The Nuclear Dilemma

Instructor: Dot Sulock
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

The "renaissance" of nuclear power as a solution to global warming could be connected with increased proliferation of nuclear weapons. In this seminar, the why's and how's of this connection will be carefully studied. Even without an expansion of nuclear power, a significant quantity of inadequately secured nuclear materials currently threatens the well-being of our nation and planet. Would increasing energy efficiency and utilizing renewable energy be workable alternatives to nuclear power? What can be done to secure existing nuclear materials? The seminar will explore paths to a sustainable world.

MLAS 600.001, Contemporary Issues: American Documentary Tradition: Where Art and Politics Meet

Instructor: Holly Iglesias, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

This seminar aims to foster an appreciation for the use of mass media in shaping civic discourse, creating public memory and framing social issues. The course will focus primarily on photography and narrative writing created in the context of the major socioeconomic upheavals of the United States in the 20th century. In addition, the course will examine several noteworthy postwar documentary films. Our main concern will be the ways that artists have raised public awareness about critical social issues, beginning with muckraking photojournalists and ending with independent producers of documentary films. The core of the course will be an in-depth study of an iconic documentary style developed during the Depression under the auspices of various federal programs (i.e. Farm Security Administration, Works Progress [Projects] Administration, Federal Writers' Project) and in the context of popular, large-format magazines such as Life and Look.

MLAS 670.001, Scholarly Inquiry Seminar

Instructor: Bill Spellman, Ph.D.
Mondays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

MLAS 670 provides a forum for students to develop their individual scholarly interests into a capstone MLAS project. Students will define a topic for the project seminar and begin preliminary research. Project proposals must be approved by the project advisor and the project seminar instructor. Prerequisite: 21 hours in the MLAS Program. (Grading S/U).

MLAS 690.001, The Thesis

Prerequisite: By Permission ONLY.