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Course Materials Archive

Summer 2019

Nutrition and Health: Issues and Insights

The Science and Scope of Nutrition
From Desert to Oasis
Plant-based Diets
Dietary Supplements
Nutrition and the Aging Adult
Session 1 PowerPoint Presentation
Session 2 PowerPoint Presentation
Session 3 PowerPoint Presentation
Session 4 PowerPoint Presentation
Session 5 PowerPoint Presentation

 

Art and Power: The Visual Arts as Expression and Instrument of Power

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia PresentationImage List
Classical Rome Part IPart IIImage List
Byzantium and Medieval Western Europe Part IPart IIImage List
The Italian RenaissanceImage ListValues of the Renaissance
The Baroque EraImage List
The Modern Era, Image List
Bibliography

 

The Principles of Tai Chi and Daily Movements

Course Overview

 

The Original Fisk Jubilee Singers®, Their Tour and Their Music

Course Overview
 

Spring 2019

Great Decisions, Foreign Policy Discussion

Syllabus
Framework for Analysis
Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics
Nuclear Negotiations
Article - A National Pragmatic Safety Limit for Nuclear Weapon Quantities

 
Visions of Amazonia

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


The Religious Questions in William Faulkner's novel Light in August 

Reading Schedule
 

Deep River:Mysticism and Ethics in the Preaching of Howard Thurman

The Temptation of Jesus Sermons
The Growing Edge Sermons
Brief Biographical Sketch - Howard Thurman - 1899-1981
Thurman's Published Works
Backs Against the Wall - The Howard Thurman Story


Religion in Prison

April 9 & 16 PowerPoint Presentation 

April 23 PowerPoint Presentation

 

The Medieval Spains: Fifth Century to 1492

Session 1Session 2Session 3Session 5Session 6 

Suggested Readings

 

Pirates of the Atlantic World

Session 1Session 2Session 3Session 4Session 5 


Contemporary Christianities in the American South

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

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
Interbeing
Groundlessness
Ending in the Beginning
Mindfulness Resources


Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Bibliography 

 

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?

Syllabus

 

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 

https://theundefeated.com/features/packers-bill-curry-on-martin-luther-king-race-and-football
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/09/11/nashville-record-david-hudson/90130286/

 
The Turbulent 1920s

Class 1: 1920
Class 2: Americans Become Consumers
Bibliography

 

21st Century American Cities

Syllabus
 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
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

Bibliography
1936 Olympics

 

Dying Well or Badly

Bibliography
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

STRONG INSIDE

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
Schedule

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 
Syllabus

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?
Syllabus

Language and Culture
Selected Bibliography, Course Notes, Course Slides

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

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

Nutrition and Health: Issues and Insights

The Science and Scope of Nutrition

From Desert to Oasis

Plant-based Diets

Dietary Supplements

Nutrition and the Aging Adult

Session 1 PowerPoint Presentation

Session 2 PowerPoint Presentation

Session 3 PowerPoint Presentation

Session 4 PowerPoint Presentation

Session 5 PowerPoint Presentation

 

Art and Power: The Visual Arts as Expression and Instrument of Power

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia Presentation Image List

Classical Rome Part I Part II Image List

Byzantium and Medieval Western Europe Part I Part II Image List

The Italian Renaissance Image List Values of the Renaissance

The Baroque Era Image List

The Modern Era ,  Image List

Bibliography

 

The Principles of Tai Chi and Daily Movements

Course Overview

 

The Original Fisk Jubilee Singers®, Their Tour and Their Music

Course Overview