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Freedom Fighting

How did ordinary people destroy American slavery?

Prof. Richard Bell
Fall 2023

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Free Speech

Why is the right to free speech so essential in a democracy and such a threat to totalitarianism?

Prof. Cynthia Martin
Fall 2023

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Visualizing Knowledge

Is data beautiful?

Prof. Oliver Gaycken
Fall 2023

city skyline


How do cities work?

Prof. Deb Niemeier
Fall 2021

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Digital Media and Law

What are our constitutional rights and ethical responsibilities as citizens of the digital world?

Prof. Deborah Nelson
Fall 2021, 2022

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Enterprising Cultures

How does personal identity shape our lives as entrepreneurs, workers, and consumers in a thoroughly business-oriented society?

Prof. David Sicilia
Fall 2017, 2018, 2019

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Linguistic Profiling

What are the implications of speaking with a dialect?

Prof. Ebony Terrell-Shockley
Fall 2018, 2019

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Novel Humans

What are the dark, uncertain borders between the human and the nonhuman, between the natural and the unnatural, between life and death?

Prof. Jonathan Auerbach
Fall 2015, 2016

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When and how can riots be morally justified?

Prof. Bernard Cooperman
Fall 2018, 2019, 2020

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Write Now

Why does poetry matter?

Prof. Joshua Weiner & Michael Collier
Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

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