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The Culture and Scientific Construction of Identity: Food, Chemistry, Culture 

Professors Mario Montano and Habiba Vaghoo

Students in History and Critique course

The goal of this course is to allow students to make a direct connection between the fundamental concepts taught in introduction chemistry and cultural anthropology with our most basic need- food. We will explore the science of food from different cultural angles, cultural identity issues and exciting cultural forms, such as, molecular gastronomy. From a cultural perspective, we will focus on several theoretical and methodological frameworks. We will cultural history, race, cultural regionalism, social class, and ecological—to understand the role of food in cultures throughout the world. Regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnicity or socioeconomic standing, all humans have a few basic needs in common such as water, oxygen and food-all of which are chemicals and culturally defined.

Biological and Mathematical Analysis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Professors Ralph Bertrand and David Brown

This college course is for incoming first-year students who will likely major in one of the sciences at Colorado College and then continue their education and careers in scientific research, science teaching or in one of the health professions. 

The primary goals of this course are: 1) to equip students with the ability and confidence to write effectively and successfully; 2) to improve the student’s analytical, problem solving and learning skills to help them succeed in undergraduate studies at Colorado College.

The logical development of ideas, with the precise, unclouded and succinct communication of those ideas through effective writing and speaking, is among the most challenging yet important skills to be mastered in college. All courses at the college require excellent writing (whether for a paper, lab report or essay exam) and speaking abilities (class discussions and presentations). Better writing can mean better grades. Writing, discussions and public speaking are powerful tools for learning science. Poor communication skills are usually a sign of poor understanding of a topic or concept.
In class, the ability to listen carefully, take accurate notes, study with focus, think critically, participate in discussions, and write effectively on essay exams is essential for success.

Different Looks at Inequalities: Race, Society, the HIV Epidemic, and Economic Growth

Professors Pedro de Araujo and Paul Buckley

Student listening during class discussion

College students often find themselves motivated to combat the inequality that they see in society. But what exactly is inequality? How does one describe and analyze inequality?

The study of inequality is inherently an interdisciplinary endeavor and this course will introduce students to multiple approaches to study inequality. This class will explore the concept of race and its impact in contemporary American society, as well as looking at the public health topic of HIV and its impact on economic growth.

In this course, student will develop skills and confidence to engage in class discussion by learning effective strategies for class preparation and participation. There will be an opportunity to write a short research paper, develop data organization skills, and learn about how to make college-level oral presentations. The course will help students be begin to develop the skill to approach complex, multi-faceted topics and dissect them with the analysis tools from different disciplines.

Truth with Curlicues: Comedy and Culture

Professors Heidi Lewis and Scott Krzych

In April 2014, the now defunct @ColbertReport account (run by Comedy Central) tweeted, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The tweet stemmed from a segment of The Colbert Report during which the host, comedian Stephen Colbert, critiqued Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for refusing to change the name of his NFL team, despite outrage from indigenous communities, instead opting to develop The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation "to address the challenges that plague the Native American community." In response to the tweet, Asian American activist Suey Park devised #CancelColbert to "critique white liberals who use forms of racial humor to mock more blatant forms of racism." In support of Park, Dr. Brittney Cooper claims, "We never get to tell the harmed group what the proper response to racial injury should be for them." Conversely, the staff at the Indian Country Today Media Network argued that Park's tweets "drowned out the Native voice." This, however, is just one example of the debates that ensue regarding the function and impact of comedy, especially when it is entrenched in discourses about race, gender, sexuality, and other social markers. This course, then, will provide a space for students to engage and participate in conversations that are concerned with comedy, including stand-up, situation comedies, film, and other forms, as a contentious and contradictory space with resisitive, generative, and problematic qualities.