Fall 2015

Cosmology for the Creative Process
Wednesday  9-11:50 a.m.

A cosmology is a person or a people's world view: how they situate themselves in relation to other beings, to the land, to the cosmos, and their belief on how it came to be. This course will set participants to the task of mapping their cosmologies with the purpose of charting their beliefs, priorities, purpose and passions.

We will generate visionary diagrams to chart interpretations of identity, society, ecology and creation. We will begin with intuitive exercises, journaling and place-making; then train in 2D drawing, collage and painting techniques and culminate with a final project representing each students' unique and visionary path.

No previous studio art experience is necessary although any and all creative skills and interests that students would like  to share are welcomed and appreciated. Taught by artist Sarita Doe. See her work and bio at

Senior Workshop
Friday 10-11:50 a.m.
Julie Townsend
1 unit

It's your senior year. You're taking a full roster of classes, designing senior projects, working on departmental capstones, creating community events, and conceptualizing an integrated semester. At the same time, you are also figuring out your future, applying to internships, jobs, and graduate schools, not to mention figuring out where you are going to live. On top of this, there are numerous Johnston rituals-Graduation Reviews, Senior Dinner, and Commencement-that require a lot of attention to detail and paperwork. Last, but hardly least, is your Graduation Contract, the essential document that defines your Johnston education for multiple audiences.

Eeek! This is a lot to do and, because commencement is at the end of spring semester, most of this graduation related work is due before January. Yes, January! Wouldn't it be great if you had a weekly space dedicated to getting this work done? Alas, there is one! We'll take care of all the work that needs to get done-addendum forms, graduation documents, and graduation narratives.

Additionally, we'll talk about how to make the most of your senior year and projects, how to deal with missing evaluations, and how to address stipulations in a meaningful way. Finally, we'll work together to make sure that the Johnston class of 2016 is the best it can be as mentors who leave a Johnston legacy.

JNST 000B:01
GYST: The Class
Fridays, 1-3:50 p.m.
Larson 126
M. G. Maloney. Office hours: Holt 102, Fridays, 4-6 p.m. Or by appointment. 909-748-8393
2 units

“Get Your Sh*t Together” or “GYST: The Class” offers students a space to work on their information literacy skills and organizational habits, as well as learn about different styles of learning and how to strengthen their critical thinking skills.
GYST: The Class is organized as ½ in-class workshop and ½ study hall. The in-class workshops range in subjects depending on what co-learners decide on the first day of class. Past workshops include:

  • Time Management
  •  Web Research Skills
  • Creative Process and Art-Making
  • Goal Setting
  • Multiple Intelligences Theory
  • Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
  • Academic Essay Writing
  • Cover Letter and Resume Writing

As a classroom community of co-learners, together we will re-discover what it means to read for fun and participate in “Banned Books Week” by reading a young adult novel. We will also examine how Johnston graduate, Cole Cohen got her sh*t together by reading her memoir, Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders (Little, Brown, 2015). And we will end the course with Role Models by filmmaker, John Waters (FSG, 2010).
Bring your ideas for this 2-credit course. As all things in Johnston, GYST is open to negotiation.

Science, Culture, Politics
Professor Tim Seiber
T/Th 1-2:20 p.m.

You might be familiar with current debates about science that take place in popular culture around certain questions of political belief. Biological reproduction, for example, splits conversation around cultural and political allegiance, even as it is to some extent is an inherently biological (and therefore scientific) process. What does this controversy tell us about the ways that scientific knowledge becomes the object of political debate? While this very public issue might be on everybody's radar, there is a long history of what we might call "the cultural politics of science and technology."

In this seminar, we'll go as far back as Galileo, and run right up to the use of digital machines to create living organisms using 3D printing. We'll read books (or selections of books) like Alice Dreger's Galileo's Middle Finger, Jennifer Terry's An American Obsession, Sandra Harding's The Racial Economy of Science, Bruno Latour's We Have Never Been Modern, Darwin's The Origin of Species and a look back at his time in the form of Jonathon Conlin's Evolution and the Victorians, and a number of articles from feminist, queer, Marxist, and cultural studies traditions that ask us to question why and how the laboratory makes its way into popular culture as a matter of politics.

M/W 2:30-3:50 p.m.
Amy Matt Hudec

The "Millennial" Generation is the most studied generation to date. Scholars wonder who "t hey" are, how they live, and in what ways their world views will change the course of history. In this class, we will compare the Millennial Generation to generations that have come before - the Silent generation, Baby Boomers, and Generation X. We will examine the unique traits of the Millennial Generation, paying particular attention to their economic, political, religious, and social contributions to the larger American culture. Course materials will
include literature, media, and scholarship from economists, religion scholars, political scientists, sociologists, and feminist and queer theorists.

Perspectives on Wellbeing in Individuals and Communities
Th 6-9 p.m.
Jared Rodrigues

What role does one's environment/community play in individual wellbeing? How can you help someone change their behavior to lead a healthier life? How do stereotypes and cues about identity shape behavior and psychological health? Can meditation or art treat depression? Are they as effective as psychotherapy?
How do you make a community healthier?

This seminar will explore var ious perspectives on psychological health and holistic wellbeing at both the individual and community level. Topics include: social psychology, community psychology, prevention and behavioral intervention, alternative therapies, liberation psychology, and concepts in public health. Students will have various opportunities to explore other related topics. Assignments will focus on synthesizing theory, research, and intervention.

A glimpse of Hindu Culture in Southern California
Monday 1-2:20 p.m.
Prof. Pani Chakrapani
2 units

A number of Hindus live in this area and they follow and practice their religion in various ways. One of the international organizations known as Chinmaya  Mission  ( runs classes on Hinduism for children in grade schools.  About 30 children attend these classes on Sundays; since these classes are conducted in classrooms of our campus I am proposing this class for our students. The Sunday classes run from 9:45 through 11:00.  Following class sessions, the parents, students and teachers assemble for about 30 minutes to discuss about the principles and practices of the religion. Some of those sessions include special prayer rituals as well.

The students in this program are divided into three groups based on their age. The kids progress from elementary level to senior level; they use textbooks written in English for their classes.

Johnston Course Objectives

  1. In this course, we will read the textbooks used in all these three sections in one semester.
  2. Every student will attend at least 4 Sunday sessions, to get an opportunity to talk to parents and children, in addition to attending a class session in each group.
  3. We will meet once a week to discuss course material.
  4. A number of video lectures are also accessible from the website above that can easily augment our understanding of the subject matter.
  5. Each student will identify a project of her own to bring together the learning of the material culled out from the books and the conversations.

If you are interested, contact me thru my email:

JNST 000J-01
Latin Tutorials
W/F 9:30am-10:50am
Judith Tschann

For some of you, this Latin tutorial will be the second-semester continuation of intensive beginning college Latin. We will quickly review some aspects of grammar from the first semester, and then plow ahead in Wheelock to the glorious end, covering such fine points of grammar as the various forms and uses of the subjunctive, deponent verbs, gerunds and gerundives, "fear" clauses, sequence of tenses, and much more. We will emphasize the practice and theory of translation as we move beyond exercises to real (albeit highly edited) passages of literature and history.

For others, this tutorial will be an intensive beginning Latin class, requiring daily homework, memorizing, possible quizzes, a collaboratively designed midterm demonstration of learning, and an ambitious final project. By the end of the semester, you will have a firm grasp of basic grammar (of Latin and of English), a developing sense of the joys and challenges of translating, a bigger vocabulary, and at least a budding interest in Roman literature and history.

Daoists, Dragons, Dim Sum: Traditional Arts of China
T/Th 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Anne Cavender

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the cosmology, philosophy, literature and cultural arts of ancient China. We will start with a basic introduction to very old cosmological systems, such as yill-ynng theory, feng-shlli and Yij illg divination, the Classical Chinese language, and a few key philosophical and literary texts. After the first month, we will negotiate the direction of the readings depending on the personnel. The linguistics or Classics aficionados can contract for more Classical Chinese language instruction; artists, writers and readers can take us toward the visual arts, Buddhist poetry or martial arts novels, and the politically minded can opt for The Art of War. If theory-heads enroll, we can probe the long-standing US. fascination with the Chinese language and traditional Chinese aesthetics (here's looking at you, Ezra Pound and Joss Whedon). Wending our way westward toward China, we will end the course with a journey to the Huntington 's Chinese garden, and sample dim sum in the San Gabriel valley.

Prof. Pat Geary
T/Th 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
LAR 210

This course is an introduction to Hatha Yoga. We will stretch, breathe, and chant. Hatha Yoga prepares the body, physically and mentally, for meditation and relaxation. In addition to our classes in the Meditation Room, students are expected to maintain journals, read yoga books, and create an independent project of substance. Field trips to other yoga studios are encouraged but not required.

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