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ARTH 241: Medieval Art

This course will introduce students to the pivotal works of art created between approximately 250 and 1500. We will discuss painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscript illumination, and graphic arts. Medieval visual and material culture will be considered within the framework of socio-political developments, rapid urban growth, the flowering of monastic culture, the rise of universities, and changes in devotional practices. While the course will primarily focus on western part of the medieval Christendom, we will also discuss Jewish, Byzantine, and Islamic art. Visits to the CMA will form an integral part of the course. Counts for CAS Global & Cultural Diversity Requirement.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuWTh 10:30a-12:00p

Instructor: Aimee Caya

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: Art History and Art, New 2017 Summer

ARTS 220: Photography Studio I

Camera, film, and darkroom techniques. Development of basic black and white perceptual and photographic skills. Darkroom and photographic field and lab work. 35mm camera required.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuTh 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Alexander Aitken

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Art Studio

ASTR 201: The Sun and Its Planets

An overview of the solar system; the planets and other objects that orbit about the Sun and the Sun itself as the dominant mass and the most important source of energy in the solar system. Concepts and the development of our knowledge will be emphasized. Not available for credit to astronomy majors.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuWTh 10:30a-12:00p

Instructor: Jeffrey Kriessler

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Astronomy

COSI 452B: Graduate Clinical Practicum II: Professional Issues

COSI 452B Addresses professional issues in speech-language pathology including case management, managed health care, ethics and interviewing. Four to ten hours of clinic contact per week at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. (Maximum of 2 credits.) Recommended preparation: COSI 352, COSI 413, COSI 452A, and COSI 453.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TBD

Instructor: Jean Nisenboum

Credits: 1 credit

Department: Psychological Sciences

COSI 452C. Graduate Clinical Practicum III: Special Populations

Addresses professional issues in speech-language pathology including case management, special clinical populations, collaborating with other professionals, teaming, leadership, and use of technology. Fifteen to thirty hours of clinic contact per week at area skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, rehab centers, early intervention centers, centers for developmentally disabled, private practices, etc. (Maximum of 2 credits.) Recommended preparation: COSI 352, COSI 452A, COSI 452B, COSI 453, and COSI 456.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TBD

Instructor: Jean Nisenboum

Credits: 1 credit

Department: Psychological Sciences

COSI 452E: Graduate Clinical Practicum V: Medical Speech Pathology

Addresses professional issues in speech-language pathology including case management, special clinical populations, collaborating with other professionals, documentation, managed health care, and use of technology. Fifteen to thirty hours of clinic contact per week at area skilled nursing facilities, hospitals. (Maximum of 2 credits.) Recommended preparation: COSI 352, COSI 452A, COSI 452B, COSI 452C, COSI 453, and COSI 456.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TBD

Instructor: Jean Nisenboum

Credits: 1 credit

Department: Psychological Sciences

EECS 233: Introduction to Data Structures

The programming language Java; pointers, files, and recursion. Representation and manipulation of data: one way and circular linked lists, doubly linked lists; the available space list. Different representations of stacks and queues. Representation of binary trees, trees and graphs. Hashing; searching and sorting.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuW 9:30-11:30am

Instructor: Richard Kolacinski

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS 246: Signals and Systems

Mathematical representation, characterization, and analysis of continuous-time signals and systems. Development of elementary mathematical models of continuous-time dynamic systems. Time domain and frequency domain analysis of linear time-invariant systems. Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and Laplace transforms. Sampling theorem. Filter design. Introduction to feedback control systems and feedback controller design. Prereq: ENGR 210. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 224.

This course is co-taught by Vira Chankong and Roberto Fernandez Galan

 

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuWTh 2:45-4:45p

Instructor: Vira Chankong

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS 281: Logic Design and Computer Organization

Fundamentals of digital systems in terms of both computer organization and logic level design. Organization of digital computers; information representation; boolean algebra; analysis and synthesis of combinational and sequential circuits; datapaths and register transfers; instruction sets and assembly language; input/output and communication; memory.  Prereq ENGR 131:  or EECS 132.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuTh 1:00-3:10pm; W 1:00-3:10pm

Instructor: Evren Gurkan Cavusoglu

Credits: 4 credits

Departments: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, New 2017 Summer

EECS 301: Digital Logic Laboratory

This course is an introductory experimental laboratory for digital networks. The course introduces students to the process of design, analysis, synthesis and implementation of digital networks. The course covers the design of combinational circuits, sequential networks, registers, counters, synchronous/asynchronous Finite State Machines, register based design, and arithmetic computational blocks. Prereq: EECS 281.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: W 11:00a-12:00p

Instructor: John Gibbons

Credits: 2 credits

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS 398: Engineering Projects I

Capstone course for electrical, computer and systems and control engineering seniors. Material from previous and concurrent courses used to solve engineering design problems. Professional engineering topics such as project management, engineering design, communications, and professional ethics. Requirements include periodic reporting of progress, plus a final oral presentation and written report. Scheduled formal project presentations during last week of classes. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone. Prereq: Senior Standing. Prereq or Coreq: ENGR 398 and ENGL 398.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: Tu 11:00a-12:00p

Instructor: Gregory Lee

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS 399: Engineering Projects II

Continuation of EECS 398. Material from previous and concurrent courses applied to engineering design and research. Requirements include periodic reporting of progress, plus a final oral presentation and written report. Prereq: Senior Standing.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: Tu 11:00a-12:00p

Instructor: Gregory Lee

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EMAE 181: Dynamics

Elements of classical dynamics: particle kinematics and dynamics, including concepts of force, mass, acceleration, work, energy, impulse, momentum. Kinetics of systems of particles and of rigid bodies, including concepts of mass center, momentum, mass moment of inertia, dynamic equilibrium. Elementary vibrations. Recommended preparation: MATH 122 and PHYS 121 and ENGR 200.

 

Distance Learning Section (ITN) also offered.  Please see Searchable Schedule of Classes for more information.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWThF 9:00-10:20a

Instructor: Richard Bachmann

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

EMAE 250: Computers in Mechanical Engineering

Numerical methods including analysis and control of error and its propagation, solutions of systems of linear algebraic equations, solutions of nonlinear algebraic equations, curve fitting, interpolation, and numerical integration and differentiation. Recommended preparation: ENGR 131 and MATH 122.

 

Distance Learning Section (ITN) also offered.  Please see Searchable Schedule of Classes for more information.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWThF 11:00a-12:20p

Instructor: Richard Bachmann

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

ENGL 180: Writing Tutorial

Substantial scheduled tutorial work in writing.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: Individual appointments

Instructor: TBD

Credits: 1 credit

Department: English

ENGL 203: Introduction to Creative Writing

A course exploring basic issues and techniques of writing narrative prose and verse through exercises, analysis, and experiment. For students who wish to try their abilities across a spectrum of genres.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuTh 6:00-8:15p

Instructor: Blakeslee, Erin

Credits: 3 credits

Department: English

ENGR 131: Elementary Computer Programming

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and algorithmic problem solving. Concepts are illustrated using a wide range of examples from engineering, science, and other disciplines. Students learn how to create, debug, and test computer programs, and how to develop algorithmic solution to problems and write programs that implement those solutions. Matlab is the primary programming language used in this course, but other languages may be introduced or used throughout. Counts for CAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 10:30-11:50a

Instructor: Chris Fietkiewicz

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Engineering

ENGR 145: Chemistry of Materials

Application of fundamental chemistry principles to materials. Emphasis is on bonding and how this relates to the structure and properties in metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials. Application of chemistry principles to develop an understanding of how to synthesize materials.  Prereq: CHEM 111 or equivalent.

 

Distance learning section (ITN) available. Check Searchable Schedule of Classes for more information.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuW 1:30-3:30p; REC Th 1:30-2:30p

Instructor: Peter Lagerlof

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Engineering

ENGR 210: Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation

Modeling and circuit analysis of analog and digital circuits. Fundamental concepts in circuit analysis: voltage and current sources, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Thevenin, and Norton equivalent circuits, inductors capacitors, and transformers. Modeling sensors and amplifiers and measuring DC device characteristics. Characterization and measurement of time dependent waveforms. Transient behavior of circuits. Frequency dependent behavior of devices and amplifiers, frequency measurements. AC power and power measurements. Electronic devices as switches.  Prereq: MATH 122. Prereq or Coreq: PHYS 122.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuW 2:30-4:30p

Instructor: Richard Kolacinski

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Engineering

ENGR 225: Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer

Elementary thermodynamic concepts: first and second laws, and equilibrium. Basic fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and mass transfer: microscopic and macroscopic perspectives.  Prereq: CHEM 111, ENGR 145, and PHYS 121. Coreq: MATH 223.

 

Distance Learning Section (ITN) also offered.  Check Searchable Schedule of Classes for more information.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuWTh 4:00-6:00p; REC: M 4:00-5:55p

Instructor: Paul Barnhart

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Engineering

HSTY 306/406: History Museums: Theory and Reality

This course is an intensive summer internship (10 hours per week) at the Western Reserve Historical Society, complemented by extensive readings in museum/archival theory and public historical perception. It is designed both to introduce students to museum/archival work and to compare theoretical concepts with actual museum situations. Interns will be assigned a specific project within one of the Society’s curatorial or administrative divisions, but will have the opportunity to work on ancillary tasks throughout the Historical Society’s headquarters in University Circle. Offered as HSTY 306 and HSTY 406.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TBD

Instructor: John Grabowski

Credits: 3 credits

Department: History

MATH 121: Calculus for Science and Engineering I

Functions, analytic geometry of lines and polynomials, limits, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions. Definite integral, antiderivatives, fundamental theorem of calculus, change of variables. Recommended preparation: Three and one half years of high school mathematics. Credit for at most one of MATH 121, MATH 123 and MATH 125 can be applied to hours required for graduation. Counts for CAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 8:45-10:15a

Instructor: Jessica Redmon

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 122: Calculus for Science and Engineering II

Continuation of MATH 121. Exponentials and logarithms, growth and decay, inverse trigonometric functions, related rates, basic techniques of integration, area and volume, polar coordinates, parametric equations. Taylor polynomials and Taylor’s theorem.  Prereq: MATH 121, MATH 123 or MATH 126.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 8:45-10:15a

Instructor: Robert Volkin

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 125: Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I

Discrete and continuous probability; differential and integral calculus of one variable; graphing, related rates, maxima and minima. Integration techniques, numerical methods, volumes, areas. Applications to the physical, life, and social sciences. Students planning to take more than two semesters of introductory mathematics should take MATH 121. Prereq: Three and one half years of high school mathematics. Counts for CAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 8:45-10:15a

Instructor: Isaac Oduro

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 126: Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II

Continuation of MATH 125 covering differential equations, multivariable calculus, discrete methods. Partial derivatives, maxima and minima for functions of two variables, linear regression. Differential equations; first and second order equations, systems, Taylor series methods; Newton’s method; difference equations. Prereq: MATH 121, MATH 123 or MATH 125.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 8:45-10:15a

Instructor: Vincent Graziano

Credits: 4 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 201: Introduction to Linear Algebra

Matrix operations, systems of linear equations, vector spaces, subspaces, bases and linear independence, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of matrices, linear transformations, determinants. Less theoretical than MATH 308. May not be taken for credit by mathematics majors. Only one of MATH 201 or MATH 308 may be taken for credit. Prereq: MATH 122, MATH 124 or MATH 126.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 10:45a-12:00p

Instructor: Carrie Winterer

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 223: Calculus for Science and Engineering III

Introduction to vector algebra; lines and planes. Functions of several variables: partial derivatives, gradients, chain rule, directional derivative, maxima/minima. Multiple integrals, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Derivatives of vector valued functions, velocity and acceleration. Vector fields, line integrals, Green’s theorem. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 124.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 9:00-10:15a

Instructor: Christopher Butler

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

MATH 224: Elementary Differential Equations

A first course in ordinary differential equations. First order equations and applications, linear equations with constant coefficients, linear systems, Laplace transforms, numerical methods of solution. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTuWTh 9:00-10:15a

Instructor: Ulises Fidalgo

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

NTRN 362/462: Exercise Physiology and Macronutrient Metabolism

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge of theoretical and applied concepts of exercise physiology. Students will gain an understanding of the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations of the cardiovascular, metabolic, hormonal, and neuromuscular systems in response to exercise.  Additional topics include factors effecting performance, assessing cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, designing exercise programs for health and wellness, special populations, and athletes, environmental considerations and nutrition’s role in sport and exercise performance.

Offered as NTRN 362 and NTRN 462.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MTWTh 4:00-5:15p

Instructor: Lynn Kam

Credits: 3 credits

Department: Nutrition

USNA 285: The Science of Madness: An Historical Investigation of Mental Illness

Since antiquity the western world’s understanding of mental illness has continued to evolve. This course will examine the trajectory of that evolution, looking at the medical theories that have influenced assumptions about the causes and treatments of mental illness from the early modern era through the twenty-first century. Examples of questions we will investigate include: How we have defined the normal and the pathological in human mental behavior over time? How do we explain the centuries-old correlation that medicine has made between creativity and mental illness? Which past and present psychiatric treatments have been beneficial and which harmful? How did Darwin’s theory of evolution affect theories of mental illness (and how does it continue to do so with the advent of evolutionary psychology)? How have changing philosophies of science affected the research and practice of psychology? How and why do the sciences of the mind–psychiatry, psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, psychopharmacology, the cognitive neurosciences–claim so much scientific authority and exert influence over our lives today? As a frame work for this inquiry, the class will use the concept of paradigm shifts as Thomas Kuhn defines in his classic work, the Structure of Scientific Revolutions.Prereq: Passing letter grade in a 100 level first year seminar in USFS, FSNA, FSCC, FSSO, FSSY or FSCS. Prereq or Coreq: FSTS 100.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuWTh 4:00-5:30p

Instructor: Barbara Burgess-Van Aken

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USNA 288W: Medieval Science

Humans have always had ways to distinguish themselves from one another, employing different approaches to defining concepts we now refer to as race/ethnicity, dis/ability, sexuality, and gender. Science has always been an important component to these constructs, although what constituted science and scientific inquiry varied widely based on culture and historical context. Most recently, our advancing understanding of genetics has produced ever more nuanced definitions of human difference, even as we have come to recognize that such explanations often compete with theories that are grounded in social and cultural values, rather than scientific observation. Yet how did people explain human diversity in the 1000 years before the Scientific Revolution unfolded in Europe?

In this seminar, we will investigate how medieval thinkers differentiated humans using a mix of medical observation, philosophy, theories about the natural world, cultural prejudice, and religious belief. We will examine how Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian, Arab, and early European theories of human difference shaped a medieval view of humanity that is occasionally strikingly different from our own and often quite familiar. How did people living in this period differentiate humans from the rest of the natural world? Did they use the same categories of race, gender, and sexuality that we use? How did scientific thinking evolve to construct these taxonomies of difference? How did historical movements and events such as global commerce, the slave trade, and the Crusades influence the development of these ways of thinking? To explore these questions, we will read a variety of primary texts from the medieval period, in the hopes that by discussing these other approaches to defining human differences, we will gain greater insight into our own frameworks and assumptions.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWTh 2:30-4:00p

Instructor: Lisa Nielson

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2017 Summer, SAGES

USNA 288Y: The Survival of Humans

Although people use the words “natural” or “Mother Nature” to suggest that the natural world is kind and considerate to humans, human survival could just as easily be viewed as occurring despite nature, rather than being facilitated by it. At the moment, humans are the dominant species on Earth, but past geological records suggest that human dominance is only temporary.  Indeed, there have been five clearly identified mass extinctions in the history of the Earth, and it is likely that another mass extinction will occur, through “natural” or human-driven causes.  The course will cover how any species survives to pass on genetic material, with a particular emphasis on ways that humans are at risk. In order to explore this topic, students will learn about physical and biological phenomena that affect the physiology and evolution of a species.  We will discuss the risk factors for different types of mass extinctions, how a threat to one species might provide opportunities for other species, and how humans might prepare to withstand a threat to their survival. Students will debate questions such as how humans react to a gradual threat such as climate change as compared to a catastrophic event such as a meteor strike; what people would do if they knew the end of Earth was approaching; and what technology might aid human survival.  We will draw from biology, chemistry, epidemiology, physiology, and astronomy to understand how humans are fighting a battle for survival with the natural world.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWTh 10:45a-12:15p

Instructor: Jennifer Butler

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2017 Summer, SAGES

USSO 288C: Green Transformation and Globalization

This seminar introduces students to the recent major green transformation in China and elsewhere in the world, focusing on the way the green changes took place in relation to globalization, environment and climate protection, technology innovation, income redistribution, domestic consumption, and education, to meet the challenges of financial crisis, climate change, energy insecurity, and international competition. The seminar will also assess the impacts of various aspects of green transformation and globalization on today’s and future world and vice versa. This seminar promotes broad knowledge of-and increased appreciation of the importance of diversity in China’s cultural past, social frameworks, economic conditions, and natural environment. In a close connection to the primary readings, which include several recent relevant works, the students will be exposed to a variety of related primary and secondary materials (such as texts, photos, film clips, music, songs, and websites). In addition to receiving informative yet concise instruction, the student will also be involved in practice in critical reading and thinking, in writing and orally presenting research papers. In these activities, the students will be introduced to basic methods and concepts critical to the understanding of important economic, social, and cultural developments and changes as products of movements rather than isolated incidents. Prereq: Passing letter grade in a first year seminar in FSCC, FSNA, FSSY or FSCS. Prereq or Coreq: FSTS 100. Requisites not met permission required if previous course completion in this subject group.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuTh 2:00-4:20p

Instructor: Peter Yang

Credits: 3 credits

Department: SAGES

USSO 291J: Narratives of Immigration

As one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century, immigration has captured the imagination of politicians and authors alike. In this class, we will explore the stories of those who have migrated to the United States. We will analyze how various writers create autobiographical and fictional narratives of migration, addressing issues such as adjusting to different cultures, learning new languages, and adapting to new environments. Through these stories and histories, we will ask broader questions about immigration, including: is migration a basic human right? Is it ethical to define someone as being “illegal” for peacefully working and living in a different country from where they were born? What are the gendered, ethnic, cultural, and racial barriers that exist when migrating between countries? What are the cost(s) of citizenship and embracing a new country as one’s home? As the United States is largely seen as a nation of immigrants, how have immigrants’ stories perpetuated or undermined this reputation?

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: TuTh 6:00-8:30p

Instructor: Cara Byrne

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2017 Summer, SAGES

USSY 291W: World War I in Literature and Culture

As cities around the globe mark the centennial of World War I (1914–1918), this seminar will explore the relationship between that watershed moment and the varieties of literature and art it inspired. In what ways did “the Great War” shape the direction of twentieth-century culture? How was language itself altered, as new vocabularies emerged (e.g., “shell-shock,” “the home front”) and previously venerable terms such as “honor” and “sacrifice” acquired radically different connotations? What strategies did writers and artists evolve in order to contend with the magnitude of the conflict and its unprecedented human cost? Assessing the war’s impact on Western thought, the poet Philip Larkin famously wrote, “Never such innocence again”—yet this loss of innocence also coincided with the birth of new forms of literary and artistic expression. In this course we’ll discuss and write about such innovations as they occurred in the visual arts—painting, sculpture, film—and in literary works by Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and other writers who used the resources of imaginative literature to grapple with the Great War and its consequences.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MWR 12:00-1:30p

Instructor: Steven Pinkerton

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2017 Summer, SAGES

USSY 292X: Internal Medicine: Memoir, Medical Education, and the Making of a Physician

Approximately 18,000 people graduate from medical school in the United States every year, and increasingly, many of them are writing about their experience of medical school in blog posts, essay collections, and memoirs. But why would a medical doctor, who has limited free time, choose to write about their experience of medical school at all? In this class, we will investigate how we understand the figure of the physician in our cultural imagination; how/why do memoirs and autobiographies help the public construct that image; and how does writing a memoir help physicians construct and maintain their own sense of self? In our search of answers to these questions, we will analyze several memoirs, essays, and edited collections written by medical students and physicians that focus on the experience of medical school, and what it actually means to become a doctor. We will gain insight into the ways that gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality have an impact on, and further complicate, this becoming. Finally, and most importantly, we will learn how physicians employ what renowned surgeon and author Dr. Richard Selzer thought of as the ultimate coping strategy: writing.

Dates: June 5-July 31, 2017

Session: 8 Week Session

Time: MW 6:00-8:30p

Instructor: Melissa Pompili

Credits: 3 credits

Departments: New 2017 Summer, SAGES

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