Upcoming Courses

Spring 2022


LBS 721
Rhetoric of Social Movements, Professor Nate French

Social movements are broad alliances of people who are connected through their shared interest in social change.  Social movements can advocate for a particular social change, but they can also organize to oppose a social change that is being advocated by another entity.  These movements do no have to be formally organized into Social Movement Organizations (SMO’s) to be considered social movements.  Different alliances can work separately for common causes and still be considered a social movement. This class will engage the shifting rhetorical dynamics in American social movements. We will begin with the classic movements of the 20th century- the Women’s/Feminist Movements(s) and the Modern Civil Rights Movement. We will then move to the more contemporary movements for Gay Rights (AIDS, Gay Marriage, LBGTQ) and into current movements such as Occupy Wall Street, The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party, BLM (Black Lives Matter) and the MAGA (Make American Great Again) movement.


LBS 722
India and the International Order, Professor Neil DeVotta

India represents an overarching paradox at both the domestic and international levels.  Domestically, it is a country where democracy has deepened even as governance has worsened.  Internationally, it is a state aspiring to great power status even while eschewing alliances.  For many, its historical and cultural grandeur attracts even as its manifold contradictions repel. Soon to be the world’s most populous country, how India develops and projects influence regionally and beyond will have global ramifications (economically, environmentally, and geo-strategically). This course combines history, politics, economics, communal tensions, and international relations to provide students a better understanding of one of the most complex states within the International Order.


LBS 729
Becoming an Ethical Consumer, Professor Marina Krcmar

Becoming an Ethical Consumer: Our consumer-oriented society uses media to convince us that we are what we buy, what we wear, what we drive and what products we use. But how do the things that we buy affect the larger world? This class will explore the world in terms of the things that we consume on a regular basis. We will examine how these consumption habits affect labor around the world and our natural environment.  The class will offer a special emphasis on food and clothing.


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April Strader Bullin
Program Assistant
Liberal Arts Studies M.A./Lifelong Learning