Courses for North Campus Residents

Spring 2019 LWYL Courses for North Campus Residents

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

From its origin more than a century ago, the Lab of Ornithology has showcased how art can be a fundamental part of ornithological science, and how studies of birds can inform and foster artistic expression. In this course, students will use training in bird sketching and watercolor painting to enhance their appreciation of the natural world and to foster an appreciation of how science and art can reinforce each other in enriching their lives.

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. Limited to 12 students; permission of instructor required.

The F Word

This ten-week course unpacks what feminism means, has meant, and could mean for young people confronting the world we live in today. Students will engage in weekly discussions of contemporary figures, from politicians to artists and activists, who represent some of the many faces and voices of feminism.
North Campus. Spring (MUSIC 1505) 1 credit, 10-week course, Wednesdays, January 30- April 10, 7:30-8:45pm, Low Rise 7307. Taught by Catherine Appert, Music and Low Rise 6/7 Faculty-in-Residence, and Carol Grumbach, Associate Vice Provost.

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, students 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. Spring (BME 1110) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:30–9:00pm, Donlon Faculty-in-Residence apartment. Taught by Chris Schaffer, Biomedical Engineering and Donlon Faculty-in-Residence. Limited to 12 students.

Where Do We Go From Here?

This seven-week course is designed to help students comprehend the intersections of race and class-based inequalities at Cornell, the United States, and the world, as well as structural inequalities based on gender and nationality. The class will engage non-fiction, texts, documentary films, videos, and visual art by filmmakers, visual artists, and scholars of color whose works explore race-based structural inequalities with illuminating grace, complexity, and conceptual depth. The course centers on the book, The Origin of Others, by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner (and Cornell ‘55 graduate) Toni Morrison.

North Campus. Spring (ART 2999) 1 credit, last seven weeks of semester, Tuesdays, 5;30-6:45pm, 106 Alice Cook House & Townhouse F-2.  Taught by Shorna Allred ( Natural Resources and Alice Cook House Professor and Dean, and Bill Gaskins (, Art and Townhouse Faculty Fellow in Residence.  Permission of instructor required, prospective students should contact Professors Gaskins and Allred. Limited to 20 people; priority given to residents of North and West Campus.

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. In order to better understand contemporary life in Africa, students will view and discuss a series of short documentaries with Professor Grovogui and invited guests.

North Campus. Spring (ASRC 1121) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7-8pm, Mews Faculty-In-Residence apartment. Taught by Siba Grovogui, Africana Studies and Mews Faculty Fellow. Limited to 20 students; priority given to first-year students.

Fall 2018 LWYL courses for North Campus Residents

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 our regional role and partnerships in creating renewable energy, social justice, and low-carbon solutions as well as the challenges which still lie ahead in reaching our goal of neutrality by 2035. Students will take field trips to campus and community “climate action sites” and participate in discussion about our personal and collective roles in creating a just and sustainable future.  

North Campus. Fall (BIOG 1250) 1 credit, Mondays, October 1 through December 1, 4:30-6:30pm, Tatkon Center, Room 3343. Taught by Bob Howarth Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kim Anderson, Campus Sustainability Office, and Sarah Brylinski, Campus Sustainability Office. Limited to 20 students.

Nature Rx

Considerable recent research supports the belief that people benefit from time spent in nature. In this course, students will learn about the psychological, physiological and behavioral benefits that nature can provide, and will learn to plan, publicize and carry out a community engagement event in a natural setting. Class sessions will consist of a mix of: group discussions of assigned readings related to nature benefits; guest lectures by speakers on related topics; nature explorations led by natural history experts; personal reflections (written, oral); and planning sessions for community engagement events.

North Campus. Fall (PLHRT 4940) 2 credits, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:25-2:15pm, location TBD. Taught by Don Rakow, Horticulture. Limited to 20 students.   

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. Potential speakers include politicians, artists, writers, scientists, women in spiritual life, and 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, MUSIC 1520, ASRC 2011) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30pm, North Campus Faculty-in-Residence living rooms. Taught by Catherine Appert Music and Low Rise 6/7 Faculty-in-Residence; Susan Daniel, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Balch Faculty-in-Residence; Lori Leonard, Development Sociology and Mews Faculty-in-Residence; and Noliwe Rooks, Africana Studies and Townhouses Faculty-in-Residence. Limited to 15 students.