Courses for North Campus Residents

Spring 2020 LWYL courses for North Campus Residents

It’s the Small Things That Rule the World: Viruses Infect Everything

Viruses are the most abundant living things in our biosphere.  This course will introduce you to the enormity and diversity of the viral world, the important role that viruses have played in history and our lives today, and amazing things that we can do with viruses. 

North Campus. Spring (VETMI 1100) 1 credit, Mondays, 4:30–5:20pm, Tatkon Center. Taught by John Parker, Virology and Donlon Faculty Fellow. Limited to first-year students.

The Art and Science of Birds: Biological Illustration and Understanding Nature

Art and science have always been fundamentally linked. Before the invention of photography, illustration was the main documentation tool in science; even now, artistic representations are used to present important scientific discoveries. This course is led by both professional biological illustrators and scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to showcase how art can be an invaluable part of explaining science, and conversely how bird studies can inform and promote artistic expression. You will learn techniques in bird sketching and watercolor painting to enhance your appreciation of the natural world and to foster an appreciation of how science and art can reinforce each other in enriching your life. No prior art experience is required or expected. Beginning with the fundamentals of drawing, the course blends art instruction with ornithology science covering a range of interconnected topics.

North Campus. Spring (BIOEE 4940) 2 credits, Mondays, 6:30–8:30pm, Tatkon Center. Taught by Irby Lovette, Ornithology; Jillian Ditner, Lab of Ornithology; and Megan Bishop, Lab of Ornithology. Permission of instructor required.  

Becoming POWERFUL: Providing Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment and Resilience for Upskilled Leadership

Becoming a successful leader takes skill-building and practice. It is never too early to start building your brand and cultivating practices that will position you to change the world. In this class, we aim to increase your self-awareness of leadership and followership, building effective teams, understanding what it means to have a “brand,” how to network effectively at different professional and social gatherings, and deal with those oh-so-unpleasant conflicts that invariably arise when you take a leadership position. We will inspire you with stories of strong women who broke through the glass ceiling and end our semester with a “mocktail” networking party so you can practice what you have learned.

North Campus. Spring (CHEME 4900) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30pm, Balch Faculty-in-Residence apartment. Taught by Susan Daniel, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Balch Faculty-in-Residence; and Perdita Das-Humphrey, Balch Residence Hall Director. Limited to first-year students. Permission of instructor required; priority given to students who took “From Self to Social Awareness” and residents of Balch Hall and Ecology House.

This Week in Pop Music

How do pop music trends, scandals and debates-particularly as played out through social media- offer a window into issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality in American culture? How do arguments about cultural ownership- of musical and dance styles for example- related to conflicted histories of musical production and consumption in the United States?  We will explore these questions through weekly conversations on of-the-moment popular music happenings and through regular critical engagement with pop culture blogs.

North Campus. Spring (MUSIC 1501) 1 credit, Thursdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Low Rise Faculty-in-Residence apartment. Letter graded. Taught by Catherine Appert, Music and Low Rise Faculty-in-Residence. Limited to 15.

Fall 2019 LWYL Courses for North Campus Residents

Nature Rx

Through supervised walks in natural settings, critical reflections, and prescribed readings, this course will help you develop a closer relationship with nature. Spending more time in nature can lead you to an increased awareness of your role in having a positive impact on both human and natural communities.

North Campus. Fall (PLSCI 1125) 2 credits, Mondays, 1:25–4:25pm, location TBD. Taught by Don Rakow, Horticulture.

How Cornell Is Changing the World Through Climate Leadership

Cornell University is a partner, innovation incubator, and leader in tackling humanity’s greatest challenge—climate change. This course will explore Cornell’s regional role and partnerships in creating renewable energy, social justice, and low-carbon solutions as well as the challenges that still lie ahead in reaching its goal of neutrality by 2035. The class will take field trips to campus and community “climate action sites” and discuss our personal and collective roles in creating a just and sustainable future.
North Campus. Fall (COMM 4940) 1 credit, Mondays, October 21 through December 9, 4:30–6:30pm, Tatkon Center. Taught by Jon Schuldt, Communication and Dickson/McLLU Faculty-in-Residence; Sarah Brylinski, Campus Sustainability Office; and Kim Anderson, Campus Sustainability Office.

Reel Africa

Africa is a large and diverse continent that is full of history, promise, success, and challenges. Yet the popular media ignores most of this in its limited coverage. To better understand contemporary life in Africa, the class will view and discuss a series of short documentaries with Professors Grovogui, Leonard, and invited guests.

North Campus. Fall (ASRC 1121, DSOC 1121) 1 credit, Mondays, 7:30–8:30pm, Mews Faculty-In-Residence apartment. Taught by Siba Grovogui, Africana Studies and Mews Faculty Fellow; and Lori Leonard, Development Sociology and Mews Faculty-in-Residence. Priority given to first-year students.

From Self to Social Awareness: Navigating the World Through the Lens of Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type and Social Identities

In this class, you will learn how both your personal and social identities shape your experiences, growth, and leadership. With this enhanced understanding of yourself, you’ll begin to more fully comprehend how you interact with the world, allowing you to take active steps in working toward career and life goals so you can make the most of your time at Cornell and for years to come. Critical conversations, exercises, and self-reflection will allow you to find opportunities for understanding through difference and shared aims that will mutually benefit you and those you work with.

North Campus. Fall (CHEME 4900) 1 credit, Mondays, 7:30–8:30pm, Balch Faculty-in-Residence apartment. Taught by Susan Daniel, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Balch Faculty-in-Residence; Perdita Das-Humphrey, Balch Residence Hall Director (RHD); and Sam Benson, Ecology Hall RHD. Permission of instructor required; priority given to residents of Balch Hall and Ecology House.

Seeing Science in Action

Too often science is taught as a collection of static facts in a book, whereas science professionals think of science as a creative and collaborative process for discovery. In this course, you will learn about and see cutting-edge research in modern laboratories through a program that first brings three different Cornell faculty members to talk about their research, followed by the class spending a day shadowing Ph.D. students and post-docs in each faculty member’s lab, and concluding with the class reading a journal paper from each lab. The class will also include discussion of careers in scientific research and the public policies that support and benefit from science. 

North Campus. Fall (BME 1110) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:30–9pm, Donlon Faculty-in-Residence apartment. Taught by Chris Schaffer, Biomedical Engineering and Donlon Faculty-in-Residence.

Wonder Women

Students, faculty members, and invited guests will discuss the art of leadership and how women in leadership roles have managed the opportunities and challenges they have encountered. The sessions, held in the instructors’ North Campus faculty-in-residence apartments, will feature prominent women from different professions and walks of life (e.g., politicians, artists, writers, scientists, spiritual leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs). Speakers will share their stories in an informal way, opening up faculty-facilitated discussions about gender, leadership, accomplishment, work-life balance, and mentorship. These talks may be interspersed with or complemented by reading and discussing parts of recent books about women and leadership.

North Campus. Fall (DSOC 1120, ASRC 1120, COMM 1120) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30pm, North Campus Faculty-in-Residence apartments. Taught by Lori Leonard, Development Sociology and Mews Faculty-in-Residence (FIR); Noliwe Rooks, Africana Studies and Townhouses FIR; and Dawn Schrader, Communication and Court-Kay-Bauer FIR.