KSS2021 online セミナー
Women’s Health Around the World
Each month, young girls sacrifice their education because of a stigma toward periods and lack of access to menstrual products. This seminar will examine female hygiene across cultures and raise the questions– What does stigma surrounding menstrual health look like in different cultures? How can we address the issue of young girls and women not having access to period products? Students will have the opportunity to engage in open discussions about women’s health and gain a greater understanding of how people are affected globally.
Introduction to Film Studies
This course will give an overview of the main topics in film studies. Students will learn how to study and discuss films in an academic setting, moving beyond ‘liking’ or ‘disliking’ films into a broader discourse about how and why films make meaning. Through watching clips and studying important moments in film history, students will learn about how films make meaning through mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, and other film techniques. My goal is to teach students to engage with film as a text rather than entertainment, which will lead to a more mature analysis that is essential in a liberal arts environment.
Language, Gender, and Sexuality
This seminar will look at how language, gender, and sexuality through an interdisciplinary perspective. The main goal is to break down stereotypes and ideologies we have about gender and sexuality in language, called “folk languages” or “folk identities.” We will look at different concepts used in the field of linguistics to investigate how ideas of gender and sexuality are being produced through the language we speak, hear, and perceive. Students will be encouraged to use and build upon personal experiences and knowledge they have by applying new concepts introduced. A few topics that we will investigate include gender differentiation in language structures, politeness, language and discrimination, etc.
Justice for Asian Americans: End the Hate Crimes
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has exerted unforeseen consequences on the U.S. economy and prompted changes in domestic and international policy, there has been an alarming spike in anti-Asian American hate crimes all throughout the United States. Now is the most urgent and appropriate time to encourage students to examine the history and current events related to racism targeted at Asian-Americans. The goal of this course is to build a solid foundation of knowledge, regarding the history of racism within and surrounding the Asian-American community, and its connection to recent anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. By the end of the course, students will have developed an advocacy-awareness proposal that outlines feasible methods to increase awareness for the issue (educational/public policy) and possible legislation solutions to compensate Asian-American victims affected by these crimes.
Musical Biology: Exploring the Intersection of Music and Science
Humans are unusual in the animal kingdom, but not unique, in our fascination with music. Nearly every waking minute of our life is spent with music in some capacity, whether it be on the radio, playing from our smartphones, or in the background of our favorite movies and video games. But why do we as a species place so much importance on such an ephemeral, intangible activity? This seminar aims to explore this question through the lens of modern biology and psychology, exploring how our brains process music, the benefits listening to music has, and trying to define what makes a certain collection of sounds “music.” Through this seminar, students will hopefully gain an appreciation for what many take for granted, and realize that taking an interdisciplinary look at a topic can result in a deeper understanding than otherwise possible.
The Art of the Interview
質問について考えましょう！記者にとって、質問を聞くことは一番大切なのではないだろうか。どう誰でもと話すことを習いましょう！ In this seminar, we will explore the foundation of investigative journalism: asking questions. Questions are the main tool we use to understand others’ perspectives and experiences. As a reporter, it is my job to ask the right questions in order for my interviewees to open up to me. I want to present information to the public that is truthful and holistic. This can only come from open and honest conversation. In my seminar, you will walk away with the skills to have in depth conversations about current events, and translate that into news. In this seminar, we will learn about the various stages of the interview: background research about your topic, writing interview questions, conversation skills during interviews, interpreting your subject’s answers, and information presentation. By the end of the program, you will have a completed article which explores a current events topic of your choosing, and features an interview with 1-2 sources of your choosing (can be peers, family, anyone). If you are interested in a specific topic that you would like to focus on (the environment, politics, scientific research, art/entertainment, the effect of Covid-19 on your community, etc) this would allow you dive deeper and produce a piece that highlights your knowledge.
Exploring Space: Beyond the Abyss
In this seminar, students will look at the current prospects of space travel from a logical and practical viewpoint. We will use simple engineering terminology and introduce the science behind modern space exploration. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the reasons for space exploration and the driving factor behind exploring the endless abyss we call space. To that extent, we will be using some of NASA’s current research as well as recent look closely at recent achievement by other space travel industries.
The Biopsychosocial Framework of Adolescent Development
This seminar will explore the dynamic interaction between biological, psychological, and social factors that drive adolescent development. Topics that will be discussed include brain maturation, identity formation, as well as families and peers. Since students already have some prior knowledge on this topic—as they are adolescents going through development themselves – I would like to draw from their own experiences and enrich this class with discussions in addition to readings. By bringing attention to the changes they are going through and how it connects to their social surroundings, this seminar aims to prepare students in navigating the developmental challenges towards being a young adult.
Comparative Directors: Disney & Miyazaki
Yes, it IS possible to talk smart about Disney Princesses and Totoro! The seminar essentially aims to deliver a new perspective on understanding cultural forms that we are already familiar with and demonstrate the possibility to understand Disney and Studio Ghibli films as a cultural relic. The two arguably best-known and widely acclaimed auteurs in the history of animated cinema are Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki. From the beginning of their careers as founders of independent production houses: Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli, their works influenced how we understand animated films and films for children, both in their respective domestic cultures (US and Japan) and in transnational contexts. As much as these films are widely popularized and are considered standardized forms of how we tell stories to the youth, there is a growing need to understand their roles in introducing, retelling, and reinforcing the cultural values from which they emerge. This unique seminar aims to critically examine the stunning aesthetics that authentically characterizes these auteurs’ animation styles and, more importantly, discuss the ideological undercurrents embedded into the narratives these films tell. Throughout the seminar, students are encouraged to reflect upon their personal experiences of viewing the works of the directors and engage in discussion in how we can understand the various themes portrayed in the films.
The Personal Narrative: Crafting Your Story
The personal narrative is not simply just another essay people are forced to write in English class. It is the written expression of our whole being, what we stand for, who we are. In this seminar, we will be exploring what it means to write a well-crafted personal narrative. You will not only learn how to reflect on who you are by asking the right questions and engaging in dialogue with your peers–but also how to commit your reflections and revelations onto paper in a creative way. Through reading examples of successful and unsuccessful reflective essays, taking part in in-depth discussions of these works, and workshopping your very own personal narratives, you will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of creative expression. And, of course, through learning how to deeply reflect on your life, you will be able to reach a more profound awareness of yourself.
English Composition Through the Fairy Tale Tradition
The purpose of this seminar is to develop analytical reading and writing skills to prepare students to write effectively. While students will practice strategies for analytical writing, much of the course will revolve around the exciting fairy tale tradition. The aim of this course is to hone our abilities as writers and readers in a fun and inviting environment. Ultimately, the purpose of this seminar is to help students write more critically, more confidently and more successfully: to prepare students to thrive in their future!
Dance and Identity - A Short History
This seminar will dive into the history of dance by looking at several different dance forms, their origins, and where they fit in a larger picture of the art. Not only that, but we will be specifically discussing how dance acts as a form of expression, identity, and change. We will be looking at the origins of ballet, tap, modern, and hip hop in particular and investigating what each type of dance includes, but also why they developed the way they did and how they changed as they spread. Discussions will range from rebellion and political criticism in dance to why hip hop is even called hip hop in the first place. We will be spending time not only discussing and learning, but also taking a closer look at some examples of each type of dance, including battle scenes in ballets, tap dance in Hollywood’s Golden Age, and some classic hip hop music videos from the 90s. We will finish with a look to the future – what does dance look like now and what directions might it be heading? With this final lesson we will take a quick look at some K-Pop, a modern twist on timeless traditional dance, and creative ways dance has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This seminar will be light-hearted and fun but also touch on important topics such as self-expression, power, and race. I look forward to meeting all of you!