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Winter 2019

Innovative Thinking in a Digital Age

Course Schedule
Suggested Readings
Some Issues to Think About
Article - The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Algorithms in Everyday Life
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
Libraries and the Tools for Digital Innovation
Innovation and Societal Impact
Additional Resources
Data and Discourse on the Internet

A Practicum in Innovation

Course Schedule
Neural Network Playground
World Health Organization Data
Other Assorted Visualizations (e.g. earthquakes)

Japanese Reflections on World War II and the American Occupation

Course Outline

Mindfulness and Meditation

What is Mindfulness?
Awakening Joy
Mindful Suffering
Ending in the Beginning
Mindfulness Resources

Women in the Civil Rights Movement



The End of Life and the Quest for Human Meaning

Session 1Session 2Session 3Session 4Article - Preparing for a Good End of LifeSession 5
Session 6


Four Weddings and a Funeral or Two: Ceremonials of Celebration in the Early Modern Era

Session 1Session 2 , RequiemsSession 3 Part 1Session 3 Part 2Session 4 Part 1
Session 4 Part 2Session 5Session 6

Fall 2018

What if Alice was a Refugee in Wonderland?



Fantasies of Modern Russian Culture

Syllabus,  Digital Reader

Medical Sampler

Schedule of Speakers
Alzheimer's Disease
People, Paperwork, and Problems 


Election 2018 - The Midterms

Schedule of Speakers
Polling and Politics
Midterm Elections 2018 and the United States Supreme Court
Unilateral Powers and the Midterms
Partisanship in the Trump Era

Our Righteous Minds

Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3,  Session 4 , Session 5,  Better Angels,  Session 6

Music That Shapes You

Session 1,  Session 2 ,  Session 2 Handout,  Session 3 ,  Session 3 Handout,  Session 4

American Gun Culture

Session 1,  Session 2,  Session 3,  Session 4,  Session 5,  Session 6

Henry Kissinger and American Power

Sessions 1, 2 and 3,  Session 4 , Sessions 5 and 6


Life on Mars

Session 1,  Session 2,  Session 3,  Session 4,  The Conversation Article, Session 5, Session 6


Summer 2018

Documenting the Undocumented

Session 4 PowerPoint 
Session 3 PowerPoint
Session 2 PowerPoint
Session 1 Class Outline
Suggested Readings and Documentaries

A History of Fisk University

Suggested Readings and Media Presentations 

Nutrition and Wellness Seminar 

Cast Iron Basics

Writing Your Family History

Critique & Workshopping - Session 4 
The Craft of Nonfiction - Session 3
Writing Techniques & Tips - Session 2 
Intro to Creative Nonfiction - Session 1
Welcome to Writing Your Family History
Telling a True Story
Autobiographical Notes - James Baldwin 
Driving Mr. Albert 
Total Eclipse 
Don't Flinch 
Like Mexicans


Spring 2018 

Great Decisions, Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Course Outline
Continuity and Change in American Foreign Policy
Tennessee World Affairs Council
Russia's Foreign Policy
U.S. Global Engagement and the Military

Mindfulness and Meditation 

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Additional MIndfulness Resources 

Our Brains: An Operator's Manual 

Course Overview 
Session 3
Sensory System Synergy
Memory and the Brain


Sports Sampler

The Turbulent 1920s

Class 1: 1920
Class 2: Americans Become Consumers


21st Century American Cities

 EDUCATION: Mayoral and Community Leadership

Comparative Slavery 

Essay on the Historiography of Comparative Slavery in the Atlantic World
Anna Kingsley by Daniel L. Schafer

Recommended Reading: 
The Two Princes of Calabar by Randy Sparks
Freedom Papers by Rebecca Scott
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Winter 2018

Intellectual Sampler  

Schedule of Speakers
Ultrasound in Global Health - Jordan Rupp 

Media in the Age of Fake News

Class Syllabus

Tracing Your Roots

January 19 PowerPoint Presentation

January 26 PowerPoint Presentation 

Family Record Form

Family Group Record

Ancestor Chart
Vital Records PowerPoint Presentation
Genealogy Records PowerPoint Presentation
DNA Testing PowerPoint Presentation
Genealogy Resources PowerPoint

Meister Eckhart: A Mystic's Mystic 

Dangerous Mystic by Joel Harrington (Part 1)

Dangerous Mystic by Joel Harrington (Part II)
Dangerous Mystic by Joel Harrington (Part III)
Dangerous Mystic by Joel Harrington (Part IV) 

Medieval  Christianity 

Climate Change and Human Health

Session 1 - Overview of an Existential Crisis
Beyond Politics PowerPoint Presentation

Strangers in a Home Land

Recommended Book List
References from 2-13 Session
References from 2-20 Session
References from 2-27 Session
Mourning and Melancholia
A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia


African American Trailblazers in the Shadow

1936 Olympics


Dying Well or Badly

Session 2 PowerPoint
Session 3 PowerPoint
Session 4 PowerPoint
Session 5 PowerPoint
Session 6 PowerPoint 


Fall 2017

Broadway on Film! 

Howard Thurman: 20th Century Mystic-Activist 

Media in the Age of Fake News 

Summer 2017

Exploring America's Foodways
June 19     June 21     June 26

Mindfulness for Brain Health
Week 1    
Week 2     Body Scan     Mediation 1     Meditation 2
Week 4     Meditation 1  

Regional Wines of France
Glossary of Wines     Guide of Sommeliers


Spring 2017

Developing Moral Intelligence
Presentations: Wk 1, Wk 2, Wk 3, Wk 4, Wk 5, Wk 6

Handouts: Wk 2, Wk 3, Wk 4, Wk 5

From the Moon to the Edge of the Visible Universe
Presentations: Wk 1, Wk 2, Wk 3

Gay Then, Gay Now
Presentation: Wk 6

Great Decisions - Brentwood
Week 2:    1    2    3
Week 4:   1    2    3
Week 6:    1    2    3    4    5
Week 7:   1
Week 8:   1
General handouts: 1   2   3   4   5  

Great Decisions Nashville
Presentations: Wk1
Handouts for Week 6   1   2   3
Handouts for week 7: 1

Understanding Disorders of the Brain and Spinal Cord
Presentations: Wk 1, Wk 2, Wk 3, Wk 4, Wk 5, Wk6

 Winter 2017

Cuba and the United States

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 5, Week 6

Exercise: The Fight Against Aging

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

Food for a New Century

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

Intellectual Sampler

Week 1, Week 2, Week 4

Nashville: The New Tin Pan Alley

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

 The Pen and the Sword

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6


Week 1

Summer 2016

Election 2016

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

Jazz History and Appreciation

Week 2, Jazz Around Nashville

Otherness and the Italian Immigrant Experience

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5

Racism and Incarceration in the United States

Week 1, Week 5, Suggested Readings

The Sound and the Fury: Controversial Presidential Elections

Week 1, Bibliography

The U.S. Women's Movement

Resource List

You Can Do I.T.

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5

Summer 2016

Juxtaposition of Flavors
Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, Class 5

Health and Wellness Seminar
Day 1, Day 3, Day 4

Spring 2016

Intellectual Sampler

Guns: An American Obsession
Syllabus, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4

Culture in Transition: The Cherokee in Middle Tennessee
Syllabus, Week 1 Presentation, Week 1 Handout A,
Week 1 Handout B 
Week 2 Presentation, Week 2 Handout
Week 3 Presentation, Week 3 Handout
Week 4 Presentation, Week 4 Handout
Week 5 Presentation, Week 5 Handout
Week 6 Presentation

More than Mr. Darcy: The Novels of Jane Austen
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

Judaism in Six Words
The Six Words, Judaism Next Card

The Truth & Reconciliation Process in South Africa
Weeks 1 and 2, Week 3

Shakespeare Across the Centuries
Week 1, Week 2 Presentation, Week 2 Handout, Week 3 Presentation, Week 3 Handout, Week 4 Presentation, Week 5 Presentation, Week 5 Handout, Week 6 Presentation, Week 6 Handout

Great Decisions (Nashville)
Week 1 Discussion Slides, Week 2 Discussion Notes, Week 4 Discussion Notes, US Dept of Ed Article, Great Decisions Winter 2016 Update


Winter 2016

Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation 

Understanding Disorders of the Brain and Spinal Cord
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

A Survey of the Political History of the United States: Tennessee Influences in American Government 
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

What Makes You Sick?

Language and Culture
Selected Bibliography, Course Notes, Course Slides

Climate Change Literature: A New Fictional Genre about a Real Problem

Race Issues in WWII Films
Selected Filmography, Bibliography

Intellectual Sampler
Monuments in Washington, DC 
Why Washington Won't Work
America's Incarceration Problem and What to Do About It
PlayFULL Life: Slowing Down & Seeking Peace
Recreating the Big Band in a Laboratory

Celebrating Shakespeare
2016 Shakespeare Events, Shakespeare Performances at the Ryman