Johnston Courses

FALL  2024 JNST Courses 

JNST OOOA- Eat, Slay, Caffeinate   

M 6:00pm-7:15pm

Professor Kelly Hankin  

Eat, Slay, Caffeinate is a classic Johnston living-learning course that centers around community building through food. Students in this class will take over “day and night Javas,” the two on complex coffee shops, rotating through the following roles:  

Bakers and chefs  


PR and Marketing  

Business managers  


Events and entertainment planners  

Dishwashers and cleaners  


Students will receive credit for this class; there will not be work-study positions for Java in the fall.  


You must be a Johnston student to be a student in this course.  


JNST OOOB // Digital Media, Politics, Communication  

Prof. Tim Seiber  

T/Th 9:25-10:40 // Duke 102  

 Course Description:  

“Digital media” is a phrase much used in contemporary cultural and political analysis. It variously refers to the use of computers to make, deliver, and view media; the role of social networking in moving ideas, information, and culture from place to place; the creation of visual and other objects that can only exist in networked, electronic machines. This course will slice through these contradictory ideas by looking at the role of digital media in contemporary politics and communication. We have a unique moment this semester: as the course advances, at least for our first 11 weeks, we will also be living through a Presidential election – perhaps the only one any of you will have the opportunity to participate in while at college. So, using contemporary electoral politics as a test case, we will think about how social and other on-line media influence how ideas move from person to person and place to place. What kinds of people get to speak in digital spaces, and how does the format of the blog, the comment section, the news aggregator, the meme, the deepfake, and other forms of networked information sharing alter what can be said?  

How is the election at once a political event and a media event? What does it mean that politics can be made anonymous? Using insights from political theory, communication and media analysis, race- and class- based critique, and cyber studies, we will engage in a collaborative project of understanding the Presidential election to test our own and other’s assumptions about the ways that media, politics, and communication relate and work through each other.  


JNST OOOC: Johnston Sophomore Seminar  

Prof. Tim Seiber and Registrar Joselyn Gaytan  

M 4-5, Holt Lobby, 9/3/2024 – 10/8/2024  


Course Description  

This 2-unit course will assist students who are preparing their Emphasis Contract as they develop their written narrative, course lists, and other academic plans.  Through in-class activities, workshops, presentations, and guests, students will draft, develop, and finalize their Emphasis Contract, culminating is scheduling their Emphasis Contract Committee which will take place in the second half of the semester.    


JNST OOOD Johnston Senior Seminar  

Prof. Tim Seiber  

Fall 2024 // Monday 4-5 // OCT 15 – NOV 19  

Meeting @ Holt Lobby  

2 credits  

Course Description:  

We’ll use this 2-credit seminar to help Johnston Seniors ensure that they are prepared to graduate following requirements both from within the College and within Johnston.  This involves learning the paperwork, institutional, and Center-specific processes related to credits, committees, contracts, and a number of other essential items that, when completed, will ensure that you can graduate on-time and successfully.  You’ll start the process of using the self-guided Forge Your Own Graduation portal, and begin thinking about how and in what manner you want to participate in graduation, commencement, and other planning.  This seminar meets for half the semester once per week.  If you have other obligations that cannot be rescheduled at this time, please see Director Tim Seiber for alternative options  


JNST OOOE Project Development  

Professor- Julie Townsend   

W 6:00pm- 7:15pm  

Course Description:  

This class enables students to complete significant individual or collaborative projects for academic credit. Projects might be traditional academic projects, independent inquiries, the cultivation of a practice, an internship (unpaid only), a pre- professional endeavor, etc. Where relevant, students should consult with faculty members or professionals with expertise in the area of interest as part of the work of the class.  

The development of professional competencies is an underlying learning goal of this course. For all students in this course, the development of the following skills will be part of the class:  

  • the ability to define and plan a project that fits within the parameters of time and resources available (make a reliable assessment of one's resources, commitments, methods, and abilities)
  • the ability to work independently and manage one's time effectively (time-management)
  • the ability to consult and find resources when needed (collaboration/initiative)
  • the ability to re-define the project or address obstacles

(critical thinking/problem-solving)  

  • the ability to present the work to an external audience (oral and written communication)
  • the ability to give and receive thoughtful, supportive, and constructive feedback (collaboration)


JNST OOOF Un-Learning & Re-Learning 

 Professor- Julie Townsend 

M/W 1:15pm-2:30pm

Course Description:  

What do you want to un-learn? How have our ways of teaching and learning steered us away from who we are and who we want to become? Why do we – individually and institutionally – hang on to ways of learning that we know are counter-productive or even harmful? 


We’ve all had the experience of learning something the wrong way or the hard way. Sometimes it’s exhilarating to realize that we can un-learn some of the ideas of our past – and other times it’s a lot of work to un-learn the habits that keep us from being the best student, friend, partner or self that we want to be. 


We’ll explore some of practices and theories of unlearning, classroom and life interventions, and we’ll reflect upon our experiences and learners, un-learners, and teachers. Students will be invited to explore particular areas of interest for research, exploration, and presentation. Multi-Media approaches are also welcome – including social media, AI, video games, auditory learning, experiential learning, etc. 


Topics might include:

  • Academics, like reading, writing, math, science, etc
  • Socio-cultural biases
  • Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation norms
  • Arts practices or Sports
  • Openness or Closed-ness to notions of the new or unfamiliar


JNST OOOH-01 Yoga   

Professor Pat Geary  

T/TH 10:50am-12:05   

LAR 210 (Meditation Room)  

 Course Description:  

Yoga is the linking together of body and mind in order to enhance the spirit. Hatha Yoga, the branch of yoga we will be practicing this semester, focuses the  mind/body/spirit through a series of poses called "asanas." This semester we will practice basic asanas in addition to breathing techniques, called "pranayama." This is a contemplative rather than a vigorous or athletic practice. Yoga is a science of discipline, not a religion. It is compatible with most religious systems.   


JNST OOOI- 01 - Buddhism and Global Citizenship   

Course days/time: MW, 1:15 - 2:30pm  

Cap: 12  

Room location: HOL 101  



This course integrates the fields of philosophy, religion, education, and Asian studies and introduces the educational perspectives and practices of Soka (value creating) educators Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda.  The root of their educational philosophy goes back to the root of Buddhism, particularly Nichiren Buddhism. The course examines how value creating education interweaves with the teaching of Buddhism and how value creating education contributes to global society.  


JNST OOOJ-01 – Art, Place and Ecology   

Instructor Danielle Wallice  

Fridays 9:25-12:05 Bekins

Art Room and SURF   


Course Description:  

Art has historically reflected our ever-changing relationship to the environment, from early landscape painting to the earthworks of the 60s and 70s, through contemporary eco-art. In this time of climate crisis, artists are increasingly taking an active role in exploring new ways of working that look to restore, respect, and preserve ecosystems. Through readings, slide lecture, field trips, research, and hands on projects students will explore our local ecology and their relationship to it, while investigating the intersections between art, science, and activism. They will develop their own aesthetic approach to artmaking using found and organic materials in an effort to engage audiences around environmental concerns.   


JNST OOOK-01 Queer Art & Expression  

Instructor- Roux Whitmore  

Tuesday 1:15-3:55 

Larsen 126

Course Description:  

This seminar provides an exploration of the works of queer artists across various mediums and genres, while simultaneously encouraging students to cultivate and express their own artistic voice within a supportive and inclusive environment. Through critical analysis, creative exercises, and class discussions, students will examine the historical, cultural, and social contexts surrounding queer art movements and individual artists, as well as investigate the diverse range of identities and experiences within the LGBTQ+ community and express their own.