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Additional Honors Seminar

Additional Honors Seminars may count toward your Honors Experience credits, as long as you have not reached the maximum of 9 credits for the Honors Seminar category. You may enroll in these courses on your own using Schedule Builder. Exceptions for enrollment are noted below.

The following Honors Seminars are being offered for the fall 2019 semester:

ASI 400: Service Learning in the Buffalo Public Schools | Joe Gardella

Mondays 3:00-5:50 p.m. | 134C Greiner Hall

Throughout the service-learning course you'll serve as a mentor, tutor middle school students, and support teachers in the Buffalo Public Schools. The work for this course allows you to put your love of your own academic background and commitment to community engagement to work.

Student Experiences:

HIS 419: Should I Stay or Should I Go?: “Home” and the Politics of Place in the African Diaspora | Dalia Muller

Mondays 4:00-6:50 p.m. | 108 Capen

Dr. Muller's (Director of the Honors College) course explores place-making and place-taking as forms of resistance among Afro-descendants in the Americas from the 1500s to the present. People of African descent resisted forced displacement, enslavement, dehumanization, exploitation, discrimination and exclusion through flight, as well as through diverse forms of radical stasis. But to “stay” or to “go” was in many senses a false choice, as peoples of African descent found themselves besieged regardless of their decision to move or to stay put. Freedom, dignity and equality remained (and to a degree continue to be) elusive. 

In this class, we will explore examples of flight (including marronage, migration and repatriation), and examples of staying-in-place (such as affirmations of citizenship/belonging, rights-claiming and strategic assimilation). However, we will also explore examples of responses that map less neatly onto a resistance/assimilation continuum, or that reject the continuum altogether. Faced with the choice to stay or go, some afro-descendants chose something akin to “hovering.” That is, they chose to stay but refused the demands and the terms of assimilation. In this class, we will examine “hovering” as a form of resistance and radical politics that has not been adequately explored by historians of the African diaspora and that has the potential to reveal to us elements of Afro-Diasporic liberatory thought that have yet to be recognized.

This is a research-intensive course that is framed around one central project to which all students will contribute. Each student will be responsible for a major research contribution in the form of a 25-page paper, which will be subjected to peer critique. All papers will then be brought together in the form of a “book.” Class members will work together to title and organize the volume, as well as to write an introduction to the collected works. This course is appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduates, especially those writing or preparing to write senior theses on related topics. However, all students excited about the subject matter and eager to participate in a rigorous course are welcome!

PSY 446: Animal Cognition| Eduardo Mercado

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:50 p.m. | 109 Capen

Dr. Mercado's “Mammalian Minds” seminar will focus on animal cognition and the philosophy of mind. Dr. Mercado is one of the few scientists in the world to conduct experiments on the minds of dolphins and whales.  Students taking this seminar would learn about the history of animal cognition research, seminal demonstrations of various cognitive abilities in non-humans, and would gain a deeper understanding of how human cognition relates to the mental abilities of other animals.  An overarching message of the seminar is that extensive training can dramatically affect how humans and other animals think and remember, and that neural plasticity is critical to determining what any individual of any species can do mentally. 


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