Fall 15 Snapshots: ITC 349, LIN 350, PSY 309

Italian Neorealism Cinema, ITC 349, 36225, TTH 2:00-3:30p, MEZ 2.102


If I’d never seen the films that I’m going to talk about here, I’d be a very different person, and of course, a very different filmmaker.  –Martin Scorsese, My Voyage to Italy

The powerful films that made such an impact on one of the most well-known and acclaimed directors of contemporary American cinema are those of Italian Neorealism.
This course, taught by Assistant Professor Paola Bonifazio, will explore Italian Neorealism in its historical and political contexts.  Students will watch films by directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, Giuseppe DeSantis, and Vittorio De Sica, discuss the varieties of Neorealist styles, and investigate the legacy of Neorealism in global cinema.

Sign up for this course: it may change your life!

This course carries a Global Cultures flag.

Language, Cognition, & Rhythm, LIN 350, 40000, TTH 11:00-12:30p, MEZ 1.208


Many of us remember, or were told, that our parents would sing a lullaby or tell a nursery rhyme to help us sleep when we were little. What was it about those words that made us drift off, or feel especially relaxed? How does rhythmic sound affect our minds differently than sporadic noise, and why did humans develop systems of communication that use rhythmic sound? Could rhythmic possibilities be intrinsic to the human cognitive system?

This fall, Associate Professor Megan Crowhurst delves into a course that attempts to address all of these questions and more. The course will allow students to examine popular rhythmic forms such as nursery rhymes, folk chants, and other forms of folk music, as well as psycholinguistic and linguistic work on rhythm. Students will also explore literature on adult perception of rhythm, children’s acquisition of rhythm, and children’s sensitivity to musical forms. So if you’re someone who likes to ask the “why” questions in life and are interested in understanding the special role of rhythm in verbal communication, this could be the course for you!

Personality, PSY 309, 42200, MWF 1:00-2:00p, NOA 1.126

harry potter

Have you ever flipped through a magazine or clicked on a link to fill out the personality quiz? The type that would reveal which category your personality fell into and what sort of defining characteristics you posses? Even Harry Potter gets sorted into Gryffindor by a hat that supposedly possesses the ability to place people into the house that best suits them. Both of these processes usually make the participant feeling like they’ve learned something about themselves and how others might perceive them. Although we can attribute the sorting hat’s capabilities to magic, where do the magazine quizzes get their results? How accurately can these simple questions reveal important information about our personalities?

In an attempt to unravel the complex subject of personality, this fall Dr. Jacqueline Evans will teach a Psychology course in which students will explore the theories and research aimed at explaining and understanding people’s thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. This course will explore various methods of understanding personality such as the trait approach, biological models of personality, psychoanalytic theory, and culture. Students will also be asked to assess their own personality and perceptions of it, along with trying to understand how defense mechanisms and the unconscious come into play. So if you’re looking to learn a bit about yourself and why you, and others, might be the way you are, check out this sure-to-be interesting course!

This course requires that a student already have credit for PSY 301 with a grade of at least C.