2019 Exploring Transfer
Summer 2019 Courses
Quantitative and Qualitative Models of Migration
Instructors: Daniela Medina, Sociology Instructor, Westchester Community College, SUNY and Benjamin Morin, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Vassar College
Course Description: This multidisciplinary course proposes to look at the rising phenomenon of multi-directional migration due to globalization and how it has reconfigured cultural identities from sociological and mathematical standpoints. Students in this class will examine the experiences of migrants from a sociological perspective considering citizenship, belonging, and the nation-state; and look critically at recent models of transnationalism and diaspora. Students will also study mathematical models of migration to compare the outcomes of different groups of migrants stratified by identifiers such as country of origin, age, sex, and gender. Additionally, students will explore how to interpret statistical data as descriptive models of phenomena. The sociological readings for the class will be complemented by reports with internationally collected data that quantify the new global migration patterns. The class will culminate in collaborative final projects on the cultural shifts within self-selected populations from sociological theoretical and computational perspectives.
* We assume only a familiarity with algebra and will review/introduce concepts as needed.
Gender Outlaws and Outlaw Genres
Instructors: Matthew Schultz, Director of the Writing Center, Vassar College and Red Washburn, Associate Professor of English, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
Course Description: This is a course about movement in, between, and beyond identities, spaces, and ideas. The concept of freedom and attendant acts of rebellion will direct our exploration of the borderlands that divide hegemonic expectation and subaltern transgression. We will pay particular attention to what Kate Bornstein has termed “Gender Outlaws”––those identities and bodies that challenge gender binaries and social borders and transcend normative ways of being, as well as what Caren Kaplan has termed “Outlaw Genres”––those texts that transcend culturally acceptable scripts as a means of more accurately expressing and representing the self across genre, medium, and discipline. We will explore the intersecting identities of gender, race, class, ethnicity, nationality, ability, religion, and age in relation to politics of place and space. Of our primary texts we will ask, “How are personal, social, political, and cultural norms established?”; “How are disciplines and transdisciplines created and reproduced?”; “What is a rebel and how does one rebel?”; “What effect does form have on an argument?” For your class projects, you will design a theoretical paper of your views on one of the class concepts, such as what it means to be free, an outsider, a rebel, or an outlaw, and you also will design a multimodal memoir that illustrates a particular place, moment, or issue that has shaped you as an individual.