CIC Online Humanities Partnership

For Students of Saint Vincent College, Carlow University and Ursuline College

Through a grant from the CIC and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, students at Carlow University, Saint Vincent College and Ursuline College have the opportunity to take new and innovative online humanities course from any one of the partner schools.

The cost of each course is included in your regular tuition at your home institution (except for the travel course offered in Summer 2019, which will be paid directly to Saint Vincent College).

The goal of this partnership is to expand the opportunity for students to take innovative humanities courses which have an applied, public dimension. 

Upcoming Courses:

Summer 2019 

AN 285: CULTURE AND HEALTH IN GUATEMALA (TRAVEL COURSE OFFERED THROUGH SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE)
Guatemala is a country characterized by majestic mountains, towering volcanoes, elegant colonial architecture and colorful indigenous culture. Its beauty and exoticism stand in stark contrast to the poverty that affects 75% of its people. In this course, we will explore how the culture, political economy and ecology of this land and its people become important factors in the health of its population. During a fourteen-day trip to Guatemala, students will be immersed in Guatemalan culture through service learning projects with clinics, schools and hospitals, visits to museums and Mayan ruins and experiential learning opportunities with local families and organizations. This course will run from May 20-June 27, with the trip to Guatemala taking place from June 6-19. During the weeks before the trip, we will use an online format to discuss the course readings and learn about Guatemala in preparation for the trip. Upon returning from the trip, students will compose a reflective essay on their experiences. Click here to learn more

For more information or paperwork to register for this course, please contact Dr. Elaine Bennett (elaine.bennett@stvincent.edu) or Ms. Sara Hart (sara.hart@stvincent.edu).

Instructor: Dr. Elaine Bennett is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Public Health at Saint Vincent College. She has been doing ethnographic and public health research in Guatemala since 2007 and her current project focuses on using community-based participatory research to inform and evaluate programs that improve child health and nutrition in indigenous towns in Guatemala. She has been leading groups of students on trips to Guatemala for courses and research projects since 2012.


Fall 2019

TH 360 CHRISTIANITY AND AMERICAN SOCIETY (JACK ALVERSON OF CARLOW UNIVERSITY)
An exploration of the relationship between Christianity and the American experiment. Historical, theological, cultural, political and sociological questions will be addressed pertaining to this relationship. 3 credits

EL 230 SMALL PRESS PUBLISHING (MICHELLE GIL-MONTERO OF SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE)
This course serves as a hands-on introduction to the editorial and production processes involved with publishing a book in the small press poetry market. Students work directly with Eulalia Books, an independent poetry-in-translation press, while exploring the small press phenomenon in a broader sense. Readings and discussions cross the historical, aesthetic, ethical and social dimensions of independent publishing, with an emphasis on how small presses form a subversive space for new poetics to emerge. A series of practical workshops run by editors, book artists and writers will introduce students to the aesthetics of publishing handmade books, from design (typography, layout) and printing techniques (screen-printing, intaglio and letterpress), to important digital and print formats (blog, zine, chapbook). Beyond workshop attendance and reading assignments, requirements are a review of a small press, weekly blog posts and a final publishing project. 3 credits. 

RS 485 RELIGION AND US POLITICS (GINA MESSINA OF URSULINE COLLEGE)
When it comes to American politics, religion may well be the most powerful, yet least understood, force of our times. Polls tell us America is, by far, the most religious of the industrial democracies, and our often- contentious politics reflect that: marriage equality, reproductive justice, family values, gun control, economic justice, healthcare, etc. This class will examine the current impact of religion on politics and social policy in the US. Using texts and case studies we will probe how religious ideas, values, and communities continue to arise and affect the law, politics, economics, journalism, public morality and social policy. 


Spring 2020

HS 246 VISIONS OF THE FUTURE: UTOPIAS, DYSTOPIAS, AND SCIENCE FICTION (CSABA TOTH OF CARLOW UNIVERSITY)
Utopia is fantasy – we fancy a world without injustice, environmental destruction, hunger, genocide and war. We imagine the Good Society, one we all would like to inhabit. Utopian visions assume that there is nothing in humans, nature, or society that should as a rule prevent the realization of an enduring state of affluence, social harmony and individual happiness. To the contrary, pessimistic views of the present and the future take the form of dystopia – dystopias depict or foretell a world of nightmares, a world without hope. There are others who feel that we already live in a science-fictionalized society controlled by codes, computers, and cyborgs. This class will use classic and recent texts that embody utopia or dystopia or science fiction, sometimes all three in one stroke. Major assignment for the course expects students to create their own utopia, to turn their fantasy of an ideal world into reality.

DIGITAL HUMANITIES (LAUREN CHURILLA OF SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE)

MAKING CARIBBEAN HISTORY (PAMELA MCVAY OF URSULINE COLLEGE)


Summer 2020

ECOLOGICAL THEOLOGY (LINDA MAYDAK OF CARLOW UNIVERSITY)

 


Fall 2020

RUSTBELT LITERATURE: THE FICTION OF CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOODS (KATHARINE TROSTEL OF URSULINE COLLEGE)
Space is limited in these courses and will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine whether the course can fulfill a major or minor requirement or will serve as an elective. 


 

Participation requirements  

Students need to be in a full-time status (12 credits or more) at Saint Vincent College, Carlow College or Ursuline College in order to be eligible to register for the course offerings at other schools.