Past and Current Seminar Topics

2015-2016

Introduction to Philosophy 
Hight (Philosophy)

Mistakes that Changed the World
Arieti (Classics)

2014-2015 (first year of revised Honors program)

Western Culture: Beginning-900 C.E.
Frusetta (History)

2013-2014

Challenge of the Hero
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (Government and Foreign Affairs)

Other Cultures, Other Men
Lehman (History) and DeLuca (Government and Foreign Affairs)

Witchcraft and Persecution in the Atlantic World, 1500-2000
Bowman (Religion) and Greenspan (History)

2012-2013

Plagues, Peoples, and Public Health
Frusetta (History) and Wolyniak (Biology)

Why People Believe Weird Things
Dirmeyer (Economics) and Hight (Philosophy)

Mixed Realities
Mueller (Chemistry) and Hardy (English)

2011-2012

Challenge of the Hero
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (GVFA)

From Books to Bucks
Isaacs (Economics) and Cabas (Rhetoric)

Metamorphosis
Siegel (Classics)

2010-2011

Outlaws
Lehman (History) and Higginbotham (Rhetoric)

Greatness
Johnson (German) and DeLuca (Government and Foreign Affairs)

Star Trek
Blackman (History) and Utzinger (Religion)

2009-2010

Wonder
Davis (English) and Fox (Fine Arts)

The Physics and Poetics of Science Fiction
Nowlin (English) and Bloom (Physics & Astronomy)

The Philosophy and Economics of South Park
Carilli (Economics) and Hight (Philosophy)

2008-2009

Total War 
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (Government and Foreign Affairs)

Reality and Perception
Weese (English) and Weese (Psychology)

Samurai Culture
Dinmore (History) and Dubroff (Fine Arts)

2007-2008

Finding Truth and Fiction in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code
McRae (French) and Utzinger (Religion)

Rhetorics of Resistance: Civil Rights Movements and the Language of Reform
Emmons (History) and Rand (Rhetoric)

Exploring the Center of the Earth: The History, Politics, Culture, and Music of Central Europe
Kidd (Fine Arts) and Pontuso (Government and Foreign Affairs)

2006-2007

The Challenge of the Epic Hero
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (Political Science) 

Empire in Theory and Practice:  A Theoretical and Historical Investigation of Empire
De Luca (Political Science) and Pilkington (History) 

The Nature of Proof
Bryce (Mathematics) and Smith (Political Science)

2005-06 

Thinking About (Real) Science
Hight (Philosophy) and Keohane (Physics & Astronomy)

Scientific Revolutions
Sipe (Chemistry) and Blackman (History)

Bikers, Border-Crossers, Street Vendors, and Call Girls: Ethnographic Studies of American Subculture 
Deal (Rhetoric) 

2004-05 

Microbes: Their World and Our Society
Professor Anne Lund (Biology)

Social Documentary: Image, Text and Context 
Deal (Rhetoric) and Fox (Fine Arts)

2003-2004 

Conversions 
Emmons (History) and Utzinger (Religion)

The Science and Philosophy of Science Fiction 
Bloom (Physics & Astronomy) and Hight (Philosophy)

Morality and Human Nature
Frye (Rhetoric & Humanities) and Werth (Biology)

2002-2003 

To Be(lieve) or Not to Be(lieve): Clear Thinking in Science and Life 
Dougherty (Biology) and Herdegen (Psychology)

The Rise and Fall of Athens 
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (Political Science)

2001-2002 

Machismo: The Role of Culture and What It Means To Be a Man 
DeJong (Modern Language) and Lehman (History)

The Shock of the New: Where Ideas Come From and How People React to Them 
Deis (Humanities) and Cohen (Mathematics)

The Rise and Fall of Athens 
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (Political Science)

2000-2001 

The Civil War in History and Literature 
Cabas (Rhetoric) and Heineman (History)

Science and Public Policy 
Anderson (Chemistry), Marion (Political Science), and Mitias (Economics)

1999-2000 

Knowing 
Arieti (Classics) and Werth (Biology)

The Millennia: Prospects for Fear or Hope? 
Laine (History), Rogers (Religion), and Sipe (Chemistry)

1998-99 

Ethics Meets Twenty-First Century Biology 
Lund (Biology) and Thompson (College Chaplain)

The Shock of the New: Where Ideas Come From and How People React to Them 
Cohen (Mathematics) and Deis (Rhetoric and Humanities)

1997-98 

Exploration and Discovery 
Heineman (History) and Hingeley (Rhetoric)

Adam and Eve: Sexuality, Society, and the Family 
Colley (Fine Arts) and Rogers (Religion)

1996-97 

Order and Chaos 
Sipe (Chemistry) and Townsend (Economics)

Morality and Human Nature 
Werth (Biology) and Frye (Rhetoric and Humanities)

1995-96 

Education, Citizenship, and the State 
Wilson (Philosophy) and Lane (Political Science)

Science and Society: East and West 
Prazniak (History) and Anderson (Chemistry)

1994-95 

Invention and Innovation 
Carilli (Economics) and Porterfield (Chemistry)

The Shock of the New: Where Ideas Come From and How They Are Received 
Deis (Rhetoric and Humanities) and Cohen (Mathematics)

1993-94 

Individual and Society 
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (Political Science)

Four Great Western Civilizations: Fifth Century Athens, Renaissance Florence, Sixteenth Century England, and Seventeenth Century France Laine (History) and Tucker (Classics)

1992-93 

Ethical Issues in Human Biology 
Lund (Biology) and Norment (Religion)

1991-92 

Development and Despair in Latin America: Literature, History, Politics and Economics 
Townsend (Economics) and Wilson (Spanish)

1990-91

 Literacy and Economic Perspectives on Industrialization 
Deis (Humanities), Frye (Humanities), and Holleran (Economics)

1989-90 

Problem Solving 
Pelland (Mathematics) and Herdegen (Psychology)

1988-89 

Order and Chaos 
Sipe (Chemistry) and Townsend (Economics)

1987-88 

Approaching the Future--Causes for Optimism and Pessimism 
Laine (History) and Rogers (Religion)

1986-87 

Ancients and Moderns 
Arieti (Classics) and Barrus (Political Science)

1985-86 

Knowing and Reality (Epistemology and Ontology) 
Carney (Religion) and Townsend (Economics)