serially produced works in the area of the individual student’s discipline concentration. Themes, materials and
production expectations will be determined by consultation.
The class will include readings, writing, seminar discussions and scheduled individual and class critiques.
Students are required to work outside of class time to complete a 40 hour work week.
Grades are based on work ethic, writing assignments and the final portfolio.
The Real Thing
M Tu W Th 10:00am-12:00pm
Longer for non-Birmingham field trips)
This Exploration Term will look at art history through an examination of “the real thing,” that is, actual paintings,
buildings and sculptures rather than reproductions. Most class periods will be held at area museums and galleries,
including the Birmingham Museum of Art and the High Museum in Atlanta. Movements and periods discussed will
be of a wide range. In addition to surveying various art historical periods, we will take a critical look at the aura
historically attached to the real object versus the reproduction. We will explore traditional and current museum
exhibition practices, how these practices affect the meaning of art, and how scholars and artists recently have been
deconstructing them. Class meetings will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and student presentations.
Estimated Student Fees: price of gas plus museum entry fees
Cold Buggers: Winter Entomology and the Appreciation of Insects
Peter Van Zandt
M W F 9:30am-12:00pm
While humans think they dominate the planet, the truly successful group is the insects. They occupy every niche
imaginable, and many that are unimaginable or nightmarish. The project will serve as an introduction to the cultural
and economic impacts of insects, as well as their diversity, ecology, and adaptations. There will be several field
collecting trips, visits to entomological museums, discussions of text books (see below) and papers, and viewings
and critique of insect-related films. Students will be evaluated based on leading and participating in class
discussions, several written commentaries on insect-related topics, a final 10-page paper, and a curated collection
of winter insects. Textbooks: The Earwig’s Tail: A Modern Bestiary of Multi-legged Legends, May R. Berenbaum
Life on a Little Known Planet, Howard Ensign Evans (1993)
Estimated Student Fees: $150 for books and transportation
BI 470 and instructor consent
Senior BI Majors