September 4, 2014
210 General Lounge, Illini Union (1401 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801)
Come celebrate the start of the new academic year following Prof. Carol Leff's New Directions Lecture! Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.
Linda Herrera will teach Social Media in Global Context (EPS 390). Social media is a new frontier of politics, commerce, religion, courtship, and education. It has altered an array of social relations from statecraft to sex. The course draws on case studies from across the globe to explore the wide-ranging transformation taking place, from how people organize campaigns and mass uprisings, to ways they manage the most intimate details of their lives. Examples will be taken from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. 3 hours.
Bruce Bertram will teach Social Media and Global Change (REES 496) ONLINE. This course covers the impact of global and national computer networks on politics, culture, and social relations overseas during a time of upheaval and revolutionary change. Guest lectures will be given by informatics practitioners and scholars with expertise on specific world regions. Topics may include the new social media, the politics and culture of the internet, hacktivism, cyber warfare, and mobile telephony and their role in the formation, dissemination, manipulation, and suppression of public opinion in Russia/Eurasia, the China/Pacific region, Central/South America, as well as Africa, Iran, and the Middle East. This is an on-campus class delivered online with a REQUIRED face-to-face session on Sunday, October 12. 4 graduate hours.
Richard Tempest will teach Introduction to Russian Culture (REES 116). Introduction to the culture of Russia and the USSR. The course addresses two central themes. First, the very distinctiveness of Russian culture, and the functions of that notion within Russia and for outsiders. Second, Russia as a cultural space between East and West. 3 hours.
Cynthia Buckley will teach Introduction to Central Asia (SOC 196). The course is designed for students interested in international politics, energy policy, conflicts in the region (Afghanistan), postcommunism, gender studies, and human rights. There are no prerequisites.
Francis Boyle will teach International Law (LAW 656), which will examine the nature, sources, and subjects of international law, and its place in the control of international society. 3 professional hours. 4 graduate hours.