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Fall 2020 Courses

To be taught using zoom.

Th 8:30-11:30am Barbara Junisbai (Pitzer, Organizational Studies) Organizational Theory and Practice

Th 12:30-3:30pm Marcus Rodriguez (Pitzer, Psychology) Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

F 8:30-11:30am Derik Smith (CMC, Literature) African American Poetry: An Introduction  

F 12:30-3:30pm Daniel Livesay (CMC, History) Slavery: A World History     

Prof. Barbara Junisbai (Pitzer) ORST 100A: Organizational Theory and Practice (Th 8:30-11:30am)

ORST100 is a core course in the organizational studies major. ‘theory’ for our purposes is a bit different from typical understandings; it is a series of powerful metaphors (or lenses) that we will use to ‘re-see’ and ‘de-naturalize’ the organizations that are most important to us. once we ‘re-see,’ however, we cannot ‘un-see’; instead, we have a shared responsibility to reimagine the ugliest aspects of our organizations into their most beautiful: what would it take for us to enact collective spaces that value, heal, and uplift; that are responsive and creative; that empower us to do engaged, meaningful work? what would it take for us to know that we will often fall short and yet keep trying?  the goals that motivate this course are threefold: 1) we will apply a variety of metaphors or lenses to a variety of organizations, so that we may ‘re-see’ them (and ourselves) in new and unexpected ways. 2) we will tap into our anger and frustration, our love and wonder, and our hope for the future to re-imagine organizational life. 3) and most important of all, we will work together as more than ‘just’ individuals, but as valued members of a scholarly community with unique contributions to one other’s wellbeing, success, and growth.

Prof. Marcus Rodriguez (Pitzer) PSYC 187: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Th 12:30-3:30pm)

This seminar provides a broad overview of empirically supported interventions and principles of change in clinical psychology. We will focus primarily on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an integrative, evidence-based treatment which synthesizes acceptance-oriented therapies with the precision of cognitive and behavioral therapies. DBT was originally developed for chronically suicidal individuals meeting criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder, but now is actively being applied to individuals with a range of problems involving emotion regulation deficits. We will study the structure and theoretical foundations of DBT, including its evidence base, intervention strategies, and adaptations for different populations. We will also explore social justice issues related to stigma surrounding psychological disorders, equity in access to mental health treatment, and strategies to challenge hegemonic structures and practices.

Prof. Derik Smith (CMC) LIT 99: African American Poetry: An Introduction  (F 8:30-11:30am)

Through reading, writing, discussion and performance this course  will introduce students to some of the most influential literary and vernacular poetry emerging from the African American cultural context.  For the most part, these literary and vernacular works will be considered in relation to the historical moments in which they were produced.  This historicized approach will enable class discussions to focus on the way in which black poetics chronicled, reflected and contributed to African America’s varied, vexed relation to the American “democratic project.”  Attention to history will also lead students into considerations of the intimate connection between the aesthetic choices of African American writers and the evolving legal, economic and social statuses of black people in America. 

Prof. Daniel Livesay (CMC) HIST 116: Slavery: A World History (F 12:30-3:30pm)

This course examines the history of slavery in many global locations across multiple periods of time. Beginning with ancient forms of bound labor, it then traces the growth of slavery in the Americas, built initially upon the enslavement of indigenous people, but ultimately most substantially with African workers. The course closely follows the rise of the transatlantic slave trade from Africa, which produced distinct and variable slave regimes in the Americas. In the process, the class will explore the lived experiences and forms of resistance of those who were enslaved, and includes considerations of modern forms of oppression.

Prof. Suchi Branfman (Scripps) DANC 152: Choreographing Our Stories

This course provides students with an opportunity to create dance and performance based on what is happening in the world around them through collaboration while focusing on the issues of identity, race, class and gender, that affect the communities that they live in. Emphasis will be on the creative processes that are employed in generating dance and performance.  Taught inside the California Rehabilitation Center, Norco, CA, this course is an unusual opportunity for Claremont College students to understand society through creating dance/storytelling collaborations together with incarcerated students.

Participants will study History(s) of dance and performance as a catalyst for social change and performance that grows out of social movements. The course culminates in a showing/performance and interactive dialogue with the audience, made up of both non-participated incarcerated men and outside invited guests. The course concludes with written reflections.

(No prior dance experience required.)