Chase Interdisciplinary Seminars

Chase Seminars (IDC 1002/2002), endowed by Baruch alumna Professor Hedy Feit in honor of former Weissman Dean Myrna Chase, offer a unique experience to second semester freshmen who have participated in the Freshman Learning Community Program. Each spring, one or two groups of students chosen from among the most promising participants in the previous fall’s Freshman Learning Communities receive invitations to register for these interdisciplinary team-taught courses that are designed on the model of the Feit Seminars. Faculty who are selected to teach these seminars are distinguished professors who are committed to creating an excellent educational experience for students.

The seminars also extend the learning community experience, including opportunities for education outside of the classroom. As in the learning community, professors may arrange co-curricular events, such as a play, a concert, an exhibit at a museum, or a visit to a restaurant. Participation in the seminar gives students the opportunity to become acquainted with some of the most interesting and gifted students at Baruch. Moreover, students who maintain at least a 3.3 GPA and who obtain a letter of recommendation from their Chase Seminar faculty may apply to the Baruch College Honors Program as Provost’s Scholars.



ENG 2150H Writing II *
Monday/Wednesday 12:25-2:05 p.m.
Professors: Michael Staub (English) and Susan Tenneriello (Fine and Performing Arts - Theatre)

This seminar will look at the theatrical experience in historical and social context. We hope to concentrate on plays and other theatrical events scheduled for performance in New York City during the semester, including Baruch’s own performance facilities. We will additionally read plays – both classic and contemporary – that have taken important social and political topics (like gender relations, the persistence of racism in America, and the psychological impact of combat and war) as their central subjects. And we will discuss what makes a play – written in (and for) a specific historical moment – capable of becoming a work of lasting value. It is our aim that this course will be “student-centric.” This means that students will function as audience, critics, directors, and scholars as we discuss together the many diverse and imaginative ways in which the theater can work to reflect historical concerns and to provoke social reflections. Since this is a section of ENG 2150, the class will focus on the process of writing and revising the essay. However, it also plans to offer students the opportunity (if they wish) to engage in theater practice and collaborative use of digital media, storytelling, and performance, leading to independent final projects.

*Students who have already completed ENG 2150 may take this course as IDC 1002H

LTS 1003H Latin America **
Monday/Wednesday 10:45-12:00 p.m.
Professors Hedwig Feit (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature) and Lourdes Gil (Black and Latino Studies)

Topic Title: National Identity in the Americas
This interdisciplinary course examines the process of identity formation in the Americas, its myths and its realities. Starting with the colonial period, we will study the divergent paths taken by North and South America, originating from distinct indigenous policies, settlement patterns, political and religious institutions, and slavery systems. The traditional definitions of identity, based on culture and language, were challenged after Independence by industrialization, the arrival of new immigrants, neocolonialism, and the US hegemonic discourses of Manifest Destiny and expansionism at the expense of Latin American territories. Finally, in the aftermath of the twentieth century growing complexities in North/South relations, with revolutions, dictatorships and powerful ideologies in the South, and the 40-odd US military interventions in the Latin American countries culminating in an aggressive Cold War strategy, as well as the US prominence on a global scale, we will focus on the impact of these developments, not only on the self-identity of each nation in the hemisphere, but on the North and South perception of each other.

*Students who have already completed LTS 1003 may take this course as IDC 1002H

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