New Summer 2017 Course Offerings

HFA is delighted to offer an array of new, innovative courses during Summer Session 2017!

The Past Haunts the Present (INT35DS), taught by Professors Beth Digeser and Paul Spickard (History). Meetings: MTWR 2-4:50pm, Phelps 3523.

We live in dark times.  Specters we assumed were long buried have arisen and walk the land.  Xenophobia, misogyny, racism, and religious bigotry all continue to plague society in the United States and around the world.

How old are these patterns?  Why did they arise?  Why do they still haunt us today? To what extent do they exacerbate other perennial problems such as poverty, disease, environmental collapse, human migration, or forced labor? Why do technological innovations never vanquish them?

This interdisciplinary course will explore the roots and growth of these issues around the globe. Through field trips, we will also study their unique expression in Southern California. 


Experiencing Shakespeare (INT 35LT), taught by Professors Irwin Appel (Theater & Dance) and James Kearney (English). Meetings: MTWR 12:30-3:20pm, HSSB 1139.

This interdisciplinary course offers FSSP (Freshman Summer Start Program) students an immersive experience of Shakespeare that combines performance, literary study, and research. FSSP students can expect Shakespeare to come to life on page and stage as we experience these multi-faceted plays from a variety of perspectives.

Through the generosity of John and Jody Arnhold, scholarships will be awarded to selected FSSP students.


Memory: An Introductory Exploration (INT 133A), taught by Professors Ken Kosik (Neuroscience) and Kim Yasuda (Art) and visiting artist Cristina Pato. Meetings: MTR 2-4:50pm, Arts 1344 and 0641.

This course will introduce students to the emerging cross-disciplinary field of memory studies and will demonstrate how different disciplines approach common questions. Its approach is motivated by Cristina Pato, and the musical composition and story that her mother’s dementia inspired. Students will learn about current research on memory in different disciplines and, more importantly, work with faculty mentors in translating new knowledge into projects of diverse types and formats, such as creative or scholarly writing, oral histories, videos, performances, and installations, to name only a few possibilities.  Project topics and methods will be determined in consultation with the instructors and will draw upon a broad canvas that includes the neuroscience of memory, computer memory, collective and cultural memories, traumatic memories, and artistic renderings of memory. 

Scholarships of $2,000 will be available to selected students, thanks to the generosity of John and Jody Arnhold. Submit an essay (no more than 300 words) to Professors Yasuda ( and Kosik ( describing your interest in this interdisciplinary course, including any background, personal experiences, or special interests related to the topic of memory or memory loss. Scholarship application deadline: July 7, 2017.


What’s Wrong with the World? How Do We Fix It? Perspectives and Solutions from the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (INT 133B), taught by Professors John Foran (Sociology) and Ken Hiltner (English). Meetings: MTWR 12:30-3:20pm, Phelps 1160.

In this course, we will investigate the future, asking what might the world look like in the year 2050?  What will be the state of climate change?  What will schools, cities, agriculture, jobs, nations, energy sources, technology, political systems, international relations, the global and local economy, and much more look like?  How will people make sense and meaning of their world? What future worlds can we foresee from where we are now, ranging widely and wildly from the awful to the utopian?  How will we get to the better worlds we hope to be living in?

Starting with the current political, economic, cultural, and climate crises of Earth and humanity, we consider alternatives to the present system -- sustainable development, degrowth, transition towns, resilience -- and our roles in building a far better world by 2050. We will also consider the ways that climate change is being fiercely debated on the public stage through a careful look at the rhetoric of these debates.

This course will involve immersive, project-based work, such as role playing, creative productions, group projects, field trips, and others.  This is not a multiple choice, mid-term and final class! Essential to these two courses that are one will be a collaborative model of discovering, curating, and analyzing material.


Civic and Professional Leadership Institute.

Empowered as speakers, writers, and communicators, the leaders of tomorrow will have an unprecedented opportunity to gain experience and expertise as they prepare to take their place in their many communities. The CPLI is an exciting, integrated, four-course program dedicated to leadership through effective communication. Linked to UCSB’s Public Speaking Initiative, CPLI courses bring together the theory and practice of persuasion, justice, advocacy, civic responsibility, and local and global awareness. In addition to 1 two-unit Lecture Series that exemplifies leadership in action, students sign up for 3 CPLI-eligible courses. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant receives a certificate.