Chase Interdisciplinary Seminars

Chase Seminars (IDC 1002H/2002H), 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)

Theater and History

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 2002H.



ENG 2150H Writing II *
Monday/Wednesday 2:55-4:35 p.m.
Professors Jessica Lang (English) and Yochi Cohen Charash (Psychology)

Evil:  The Atrocities of the Holocaust and Beyond from Literary and Psychological Perspectives

This Chase Seminar lies at the intersection of Psychology, Literature and Jewish Studies and will be taught by Prof. Yochi Cohen-Charash (Psychology) and Prof. Jessica Lang (English and Jewish Studies). Our major goal in this seminar is to expand students’ knowledge of the atrocities of the Holocaust and provide students with a toolkit by which they can better understand the past and examine current events: Can it happen again? Can it happen here?  Combining literary and psychological perspectives will offer a unique view of the Holocaust beyond the pure historical perspective.  Whereas the literary part will focus on narrative study and analyses of the events, eliciting emotional and analytical reactions, we will then examine them using an empirical, psychological lens.  Thus, an integral part of the course will consist on examining a range of students’ emotional, analytical, and cognitive reactions to the topic.

This class will include a trip to Washington DC that is sponsored by the Wasserman Jewish Studies Center. We will visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Museum of American History.

* Students who have already completed ENG 2150 may take this course as IDC 2002H.


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