Miguel Fernandez

From Polio to Ebola: Success and Failure in Global Health

Svea Closser
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

In 1977, the Smallpox Eradication Program obliterated a disease that once killed almost two million people a year. In contrast, the Malaria Eradication Program of the same era blanketed much of the world in DDT, yet failed to make much of a dent in incidences of malaria in Africa. Through case studies and critical engagement of readings from political science, economics, and anthropology, we will explore the questions: Why do a few global health and development projects succeed? Why do most fail? Why do some make things worse for the people they are supposed to benefit? Does a productive way forward exist?

 Welcome letter and homework

Jason Arndt

Immigration, Race, and Law in the United States: Exploring the Historical Roots of Contemporary Immigration Debates (**THIS CLASS IS FILLED TO CAPACITY**)

Rachael Miyung Joo
Associate Professor of American Studies

Examine the three legal monuments that have shaped United States immigration policies and continue to have a significant impact on immigration debates: the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Immigration Act of 1924, and the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.

Welcome letter and homework

Course website: http://rachaelmjoo.middcreate.net/

Rick Wolfson

Climate Change: The Science That Citizens Need (**THIS CLASS IS FILLED TO CAPACITY**)

Rich Wolfson
Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics
Professor of Environmental Studies

Explore the basic science that determines climate, consider climate change in recent decades, and see what past climates can tell us about the future. We’ll also discuss what we humans can do to mitigate climate change.

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Antonia Losano


Antonia Losano
Professor of English and American Literatures

In this course, we’ll explore poems, short fiction, and paintings by 19th-century writers and artists that expose a wild underside to the Victorian imagination. Prepare to discover how much more complicated the Victorian era is than we knew.

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Miguel Fernandez

The Origin of Others: A Discussion on Race, Color, and Belonging (**THIS CLASS IS FILLED TO CAPACITY**)

Miguel Fernández ’85
Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Spanish

This course will focus on a single text: Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others, in which she reflects on the significant costs for those who are treated as “other” and for those who treat them as “other.” We’ll explore such topics as race, color, fear, belonging, migrations, and globalization.

Welcome letter and homework

**PLEASE NOTE Crunchies and Squishies: Invertebrate Animals of Vermont and the World has been replaced with From Polio to Ebola: Success and Failure in Global Health**

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