John F. Reed Honors Program

Stand Alone Forums

Stand Alone Honors Forums (classes) are great little two credit deals that can fill out a schedule in an interesting way and help students meet like-minded peers. The Forums are interdisciplinary in nature which means they are not discipline specific. For example, in the Death: A Cross-Cultural Experience class, the course is taught by a Psychology professor, Dr. Kraus. This does not mean it is a Psychology Honors course; rather, it is an honors course taught by a member of the Psychology Department, who will look at many different disciplinary contexts regarding death. For further information regarding any course, please contact the professor(s) for each individual course. The following courses are available this academic schoolyear.


HON 221/421-  Disney: Man, Mouse or Machine
Thursdays, 4:40-6:40 p.m., Reed 067
Instructor: Michele Malach

Who or what is "Disney"? For some, it symbolizes an adorable cartoon mouse, star of film, TV, his own club, and theme parks. For others it symbolizes a man who created an empire /corporation that is omnipresent in the American public's mind and world corporations. So who or what is "Disney"? This course will present an inquiry into this phenomenon of American business and economics, pop culture, the media, historiography, gender theory, and even literary theory. Students also will be expected to bring their own experiences with this phenomenon in order to ask questions about who or what "Disney" represents to them, especially within their own field of study.

HON 223- Green Businesses: Communities and Citizens
Mondays, 10:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m., Reed 019
Instructor: Michelle Bonnano

This course will examine green business practices within the framework of ecological citizenship.  Students will explore the interconnectedness of human and natural communities as well as their own conceptions of citizenship, community, and engagement. This class is part of a Freshman Learning Community (Green Business), but all students are welcome.

HON 223/423- After Patriarchy: Feminist Transformations of World Religions
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m.-11:05 a.m., Reed 140
Instructor: Bill Mangrum

This class explores seven religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) through the eyes of seven note-worthy feminist scholars. Each author is BOTH a feminist scholar (from different continents) AND a faithful adherent of the major religious tradition they critique. This class (thus) addresses both religion and feminism on a global scale.


HON 221/421- Neither White nor Right: Asian, Native, African, and Latina/o Portraits of Jesus
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:35-4:30 p.m.,  Reed 078
Instructor: Bill Mangrum

HON 222/422- Kidnapping Smoky Bear: Power Struggles over U.S. Federal Public Lands
Wednesdays, 4:40-6:40 p.m.,  Reed 019
Instructor: Scott Sidner

A dominant theme of U.S. environmental history has been the struggle between those who emphasize the commercial values of public lands and those who seek to uphold a broader set of natural resource benefits such as development.  This course will investigate the range of viewpoints and arguments that influence the policy directives of U.S. federal public land management.

HON 223/423- Gothic (Popular) Culture: Then and Now
Thursdays, 12:20-2:20 p.m.,  Reed 019
Instructor: Michele Malach

From its beginnings in 18th century haunted castles to contemporary vampire movies, gothic literature and media reflect our cultural tensions around a host of issues.  Why are the macabre, the mysterious, and the supernatural so scary? And why do we enjoy them so much?

HON 223/423- Figure Drawing: Structure and Vision
Tuesdays, 5:45-7:45 p.m.,  Reed 019
Instructor: Chad Colby and Cathy Hartney

This course will teach or review anatomy, human and otherwise, for artists of all abilities.  Materials from the anatomy lab will supplement resources in the drawing studio.