Centenary in Paris 2020 Course Descriptions 

 

Beliefs and Values in Shreveport and Paris 

Faculty: Dr. Chris Ciocchetti

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Credit Hours: 2 and 4 hour options available 

Develop a strong core of beliefs and values to start your college experience. We engage in personal, in-depth discussions about the most important questions arising from philosophy, religion, ethics, and politics. We visit various religious sites, read about the French and American existentialists, and carefully examine how different people answer questions about work, death, love, and suffering. Students will find the class personally challenging, but they will leave the course with a stronger sense of their own beliefs and values and the skills and community support needed to thrive in a diverse world.

 

FOOD AND CULTURE 

Faculty: Dr. Jeanne Hamming and Dr. Katherine Brandl

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Credit Hours: 2 and 4 hour options available 

This course explores the connection between what and how we eat and who we are. By looking comparatively at French and American food cultures, and their cultural intersections in America’s southern francophone region, we will examine how food shapes society, culture, and identity. Throughout this experience, we will engage in contemporary debates about such issues as environmental sustainability, globalization, health, social class, and what it means to live “the good life."

 

GREAT EVENTS IN STEM: Science and Mathematics in Paris

Faculty: Dr. David Bieler and Dr. Thomas Ticich

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours

We will explore some of the characteristics of science and changes that happened in science mainly during the late 18th century through the early 20th century.  Some of these changes brought about scientific revolutions, changes in our basic understanding of the world or changes in the way we do science.  We will focus on three intellectual stories;  While the specific topics haven’t been chosen yet, possibilities include the rise of the metric system, how to avoid losing our head over chemistry, French contributions to understanding evolution and the history of life, changes that swirled around the beginning of the 20th century in physics,  the early studies of neuroscience.

 

Historical Scenes in Paris

Faculty: Dr. Chad Fulwider

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours

History has shown us that people do not always share the same values or experiences, but we are increasingly more aware of our interdependent relationship to the world around us. Our challenge, then, is to expand our understanding to promote respectful engagement with a broader world.  Learning how the people of Paris experienced the city around them as it changed and modernized from roughly 1600 to the present can give us great insight into how modern western cities as we know them today came to exist.  Our task is to relate to their experiences and to try to understand them better and to respectfully engage with a broader world today.  

 

Let Us Entertain You!

Faculty: Dr. Cory Wikan

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Credit Hours: 2 hours

Join our short immersion into the perception (aesthetics) of French entertainment (music, music theatre, and film). The course title is a derivative of the well-known tune from the American musical, Gypsy, which is grounded in the vaudeville and burlesque traditions—both distinctly French.

Using popular American art forms (film, music theatre, live concerts, etc.) as an entry point, students will explore the concept of aesthetics as they are applied to various forms of French entertainment. Designed to meet Centenary’s expanding circles challenge, students will explore and identify some French cultures and how they exhibit, affect, and/or are influenced by French forms of entertainment. Students will also develop skills (e.g. navigation, research of cultures and customs, planning sight-seeing adventures) that will aid them in immersive study in a culture different than their own. Having been exposed to the basic concepts of aesthetics and cultural exploration, students will immerse themselves in modern French music (live concerts & street music), music theatre (Paris Opera), and film in Paris.

 

Moulin Rouge: Yes We CanCan! 

Faculty: Dr. Amy Hammond and Professor Don Hooper

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 2 and 4 hour options available 

In this course, we use Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge! as the lens through which we explore our classroom, the city of Paris. We will walk the streets the bohemians walked in the Montmartre district, visit many of Paris’s most famous destinations—the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre—and some locations you may not expect, and we will attend a traditional Parisian burlesque show. Through readings, discussions, and short writing assignments, our goal is to understand and to build personal relationships, visualize the world through a designer's eye, and experience Paris as both a traveler and scholar.

 

PARIS NOIR: Black America in the City of Light 

Faculty: Dr. Andia Augustin-Billy and Dr. Dana Kress

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours 

This course examines the achievements of a few of the countless African-Americans who sought refuge in Paris because their own country did not share or value their experiences and denied them the very human dignity and opportunity they found so abundantly in France. Their experiences can help us learn to appreciate the common ground we share so that we can build mutually beneficial relationships through respectful engagement with a broader world.

 

Writing Paris / Writing Home

Faculty: Dr. Jeff Hendricks

Residence Hall: Sexton Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours 

An introductory, immersive course in creative writing. Through the close reading of short poems and literary nonfiction by established authors and through the composition and group critique of work of their own, students will discover and put into practice basic techniques of creative writing that draws its subject from the sensations of home and the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch of Paris. A culminating portfolio will represent each student’s tentative articulation of “the meaningful life.”

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