Admitted Student Day

Special Topics Classes

Colonial Encounters in the Atlantic World - Taught by Fred Knight
History :: 11:00 a.m. :: Room 354

DESCRIPTION: In this class session, students will explore historical encounters between various people in the Atlantic World. The age of European exploration of the Atlantic starting in the fifteenth century had unintended consequences, creating a new world of trade, politics, and culture. Across the Atlantic, people from Europe, Africa, and the Americas forged new sets of relationships and defended older allegiances. We will look at these relationships by examining evidence from this period. In this highly-interactive and hands-on session, students will leave with a deeper understanding of the larger Atlantic World context of American history and a clearer sense of how history is produced.

PREREQUISITES: High school level knowledge of world history and geography.


Hip-Hop Sensibilities, Exceptionalism and a Psychological Contextualization of Black Cultural work
Taught by David Wall Rice and Samuel Livingston
Psychology & African American Studies :: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. :: BOA Auditorium

DESCRIPTION: This sample class is consequent of a mash-up between Black Men, Black Boys and the Psychology of Modern Media (Rice) and The Black Aesthetics of Hip-Hop (Livingston). The lecture will tap into "hip-pop" sensibilities of the student and cornerstone thinkers of the African [American] experience in the exercise of applying who and how the student positions himself within the Diaspora. The student will then be asked to interrogate fundamental assumptions that govern their behaviors, aspirations and understandings of their place in the world to see how their understanding of self is fit to needs of the community. Finally, the student will be challenged to think and observe, through the lens of cultural history, the role of work [cf. African work ethos of Amadou H. Ba, Maulana Karenga and Martin L. King, Jr., with Eurocentric work constructs of John Locke and Karl Marx] as a primary means of making themselves visible, present, known and heard in their world. Students will be challenged to make sense of Hip-pop media-made representations of blackness in relation to work as a self-defining set of actions.



Introduction to the Elements of Value in Investing - Taught by Keith Hollingsworth
Business :: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. :: Room 148

DESCRIPTION: The three elements of value when considering an investment are Magnitude, Risk and Timing. Magnitude, or the volume of the return, is easy to understand. I will discuss the concept of Risk, how it's measured and how it relates to Return. In addition, I will give a basic description of Timing, or the time value of money, and how it is calculated for simple investments.



Marketing: An Introduction - Taught by Elania Jemison Hudson
Business Administration :: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. :: Room 342

DESCRIPTION: When asked to define marketing, individuals typically respond "advertising and selling." The purpose of this lecture is to show that today's marketing is so much more. This lecture will also examine the impact of social media on marketing and discuss how social networking tools such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. have changed the marketing landscape.



Mathematics: What is it? Why study it? - Taught by Ulrica Wilson
Math :: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. :: Room 154

DESCRIPTION: Mathematics is a powerful tool for understanding the world, and almost everyone is applying mathematics to do their job better. Mathematicians help sequence the human genome, model biological systems, and predict trends in the economy. But what about the study of mathematics itself? Is there value of a mathematics problem when there is no application? We will introduce an area of mathematics called group theory and look at "inventions" in group theory that despite the intentions of the inventors are extremely useful in today's world.

PREREQUISITES: You like music or own a cell phone.


Navigating Your World: Fundamental communication strategies for charting a successful journey to personal, professional, and social success - Taught by Keisha Tassie
English :: 10:00 a.m. :: Room 354

DESCRIPTION: Managing your personal relationships (friends, family, dating), professional relationships (classmates, professors, job), and developing your own, clear sense of identity (Who am I in this world?) is an intense journey. While that realization can be overwhelming at times, the good news is that you can (and must) create your own map for navigating your journey. Join us as we discuss several fundamental concepts and strategies for effective interpersonal communication; including understanding "self;" managing friendships, dating, and family relationships; the importance of nonverbal communication; and communicating for professional success.



To Critique or Not: Film Criticism - Taught by Stephane Dunn
Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies :: 10:00 a.m. :: Room 150

DESCRIPTION: To Critique or Not: Film Criticism introduces students to a different consideration of something they might passionately love as I do: movies. Students will get a glimpse into college level critical thinking through exploring how films might shape and reflect [negatively and/or progressively] our perspectives of gender, race, class, sexuality, etc. and why it's important to become consumers [and possibly future filmmakers] who love and also see and engage the many aspects of a film beyond merely, 'I liked that film' or-'hated it.' Some college level film majors will also likely assist.

PREREQUISITES: Regular through honors (AP) level high school English course(s).


What is a parabola, anyway? - Taught by Duane Cooper
Math :: 10:00 a.m. :: Room 152

DESCRIPTION: Students often think that any graph with a 'U' shape is a parabola, not recognizing what this special curve really is. We will define what constitutes a parabola and build on this definition to see how it applies to parabolas familiar to us (like the graph of y=x2) and some that are unfamiliar. Perhaps of interest to many young men, we will examine the parabola, its focus and directrix, and why fans of the National Football League would care.

PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of algebra including quadratic functions and the distance formula.


The Art of Storytelling: Creative Writing - Taught by Stephane Dunn
Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies :: 11:00 a.m. :: Room 150

DESCRIPTION: If you write stories in your head, are prone to writing the next great short story, novel, or screenplay in your head or secret journal, begin learning how to move from idea to actually developing the story in writing. The Art of Storytelling will offer exploration into the keys to great storytelling in writing with some assist from college storytellers presently creating stories in the college course Creative Writing 392.

PREREQUISITES: Regular through honors (AP) level high school English course(s).


The King Papers and Pictures: Dr. Martin Luther King, Media and Public Persuasion - Taught by Larry H. Spruill
History :: 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. :: Room 356

DESCRIPTION: In this session, students will read and analyze an excerpt from Letter From Birmingham Jail and Why We Can't Wait which will be utilized in an engaging document-based lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King, media and public persuasion. The lesson will be enhanced with two photographs from SCLC's 1963 Birmingham Campaign as examples of Dr. King's notion of "nonviolent weapons." We will conclude the class with a conversation and project-based activity about the powerful application of powerful words and pictures on civil rights legislation. Students will obtain a profound sense of Dr. King's mastery of mass media and its application to the struggle for social change.