When Cultures Collide

Global Change

Examine the scientific, artistic, literary, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of our evolving world. Watch preview video to learn more about this neighborhood.

FALL 2018

FALL 2018

When Cultures Collide

This neighborhood encourages students to examine the scientific, artistic, literary, cultural, and socioeconomic dimensions of our evolving world. Students in this neighborhood are challenged to think strategically and act ethically in their roles.  They develop the capacity to analyze issues with multiple complexities and develop nuanced perspectives.  Topics of inquiry and exploration include hybridity and diversity in religion, music, and philosophy; the effects of globalization on humanity and the natural world; and the social, political, and cultural ramifications resulting from societal, and natural migrations around the world.

Rachel Simmons

Power of Print (Thursdays 8 - 10:45)
Transcript Title: Power of Print_CE
Course Number: WCC200A.3
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

This course explores the history and practice of printmaking as a tool for communicating new ideas across time and space, cultures and nations. From early Chinese writing and art, to Gutenberg's invention of movable type, to today’s activist writers and artists, the ability to reproduce and share printed information has been instrumental in forming communities, movements and even revolutions. This course challenges students to understand the power of print through the experience of designing and printing letterpress posters for a local not-for-profit organization.


Susan Lackman

Global Music
Transcript Title: Global Music
Course Number: WCC200A.1
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course
Music and language are clues to what a culture deems important and how those within that society interact.  By studying music (and, to a lesser extent, curiosities of language) of world cultures, we can find points of universality as well as ways to understand The Other.

Sunni Witmer

Global Pop
Transcript Title: Global Pop
Course Number: WCC200A.2
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

The pop music aesthetic, which began in the 1960s in the US and Britain, has moved to all corners of the globe. Topics include: the globalization of music; the commodification of culture; the role of music in politics; and, social diversity in pop music. No prior musical background required.

Ted Gournelos

Popular Culture and Society
Transcript Title: Popular Culture and Society
Course Number: WCC200C.2
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

This course is about taking a critical approach to popular culture. It is not so much about celebrating the pleasures or deriding the dangers, but instead continuously examining the limits and possibilities the media have to impact our lives. Throughout the semester we will learn a number of theories that can be helpful tools for better understanding, and then see how to apply them to various forms of popular culture (films, TV shows, news, magazines, music, fashion, sports).


Rachel Newcomb

Food, Culture, and Social Justice_CE
Transcript Title: Food, Culture, Social Justice
Course Number: WCC200C.1
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

In this course, students will learn how food can be social, cultural, and political. We will consider issues such as food insecurity and food deserts, cultural identity and memory. Students will also conduct a community engagement project centered on local social movements that support fair and sustainable food production.


Anca Voicu

Quo Vadis, Europe?
Transcript Title: Quo Vadis, Europe?
Course Number: WCC200C.3
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

This course covers the European countries’ economic development after WWII to the present day. In doing so it presents an economic framework for understanding the historical past and the change following the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. The focus will be placed on the interconnectedness among various European economies situated in the Eastern and Western parts of the European continent, and their interactions within the international economy.


Maurice O'Sullivan

Boys to Men:  The Challenge of Growing up Male in America
Transcript Title: Boys to Men:  The Challenge of Growing up Male in America
Course Number: WCC200H.1
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

Boyz to Men will explore the challenges of growing up male in America. We will use a variety of novels, films, and TV shows, from Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye to Boyhood and Sons of Anarchy, along with interviews and data from other disciplines to examine social and cultural assumptions about maleness and to try to define how to become a successful guy in today's world. Each student will conduct interviews in the community, keep a reflective journal, and write personal essays. Please note: this is not a course for anyone who simply wants to bash males as the source of all the world's evil or for anyone who thinks the world would be better if only males ran it.


Amy Parziale 

Intergenerational Trauma in Literature and Film
Transcript Title: Trauma in Lit & Film
Course Number: WCC200H.2
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

Native American Gemma Benton wrote: “Our ancestors knew that healing comes in cycles.  One generation carries the pain so the next can live and heal.” This literature and film course examines the after-effects of cultural collisions like war, genocide, and imperialism by analyzing the representation of intergenerational trauma in literature and film.  Texts include: books I was the Child of Holocaust Survivors, Kindred, Dreaming in Cuban, and Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven; and films Waltz with Bashir and Return of Navajo Boy, as well as Kara Walker's video installations.  Our guiding questions will be:  How is trauma passed between generations, and how it is represented?; and What are the ethical, cultural, and socio-political ramifications of both trauma and representation?  Concepts and contexts related to trauma, identity, nation-state, globalization, imperialism, class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and the humanities will be explored in depth.


Rosana Diaz-Zambrana

Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America
Transcript Title: Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America
Course Number: WCC200H.4
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

This course will study the representation of gender, class, and race in Latin American literature culture, and cinema through the analysis of literary texts, films, art, and other cultural products. Given the diverse sociocultural construction of Latin America, this course will examine the ongoing effect of some of its most prevalent struggles, such as marginality, historical trauma, and exclusion, in shaping its societies and subjectivities past and present. We will also take an in-depth look at some of Latin America's cultural representations as a product of a complex intersection of national politics, ethnic identities, and social privilege in the context of a globalized world. Readings will include literary works by such writers as Rigoberta Menchú and Junot Diaz as well as perspectives on film and popular culture from figures such as Frida Kahlo, Shakira, and Celia Cruz.


Fiona Harper

Oceans in Crisis
Transcript Title: Oceans in Crisis
Course Number: WCC200S.1
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course
Coastal nations such as the Seychelles are in danger of having their people become “environmental refugees” as a consequence of sea level rising. At the same time, climate change is causing the global sea temperatures to increase, the potential loss of species like the polar bear as the seas warm, and the loss of corals due to bleaching. Overfishing has reduced global fisheries to less than 10% of their original stock sizes in the last 100 years. Our increasing consumption of heavy metals for computers and cell phones has means we may begin mining the deep sea. Oceans in conflict examines the conflicts between human populations over the use of marine resources, and the impacts of human activities on marine ecosystems. The overall goal of this course is to understand how choices we make and small lifestyle changes can help reduce climate change and improve the health of our oceans, now and for the future.

Bobby Fokidis

How to Connect the dots: Science and Pseudoscience
Transcript Title: Science and Pseudoscience
Course Number: WCC200S.2
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

Never in history has such unprecedented scientific knowledge been available. Yet discourse between the public, policiticians, and scientitsts has never been more at odds. This course explores scientific controversies and teaches the biological concepts needed to test the validity of pseudoscientific claims, such as conspiracies and myths about human health.


Emily Nodine

Springs, Swamps, and Sinkholes
Transcript Title: Springs, Swamps, and Sinkholes
Course Number: WCC200S.3
Prerequisite: One 100-level rFLA course

Florida's unique position in the landscape and underlying geology result in a delicate mosaic of interacting land and water that has been affected by little but the rise and fall of sea level for millions of years... until humans came along. People as early as the native Americans have tried to tame Florida’s wilderness and reshape the landscape to suit their own needs. Following European colonization, people largely succeeded at “reclaiming” its wetlands for their own purposes, realizing only recently that doing so threatens the natural systems and creatures that we too depend upon. Springs, Swamps, and Sinkholes examines the natural processes of Florida ecosystems, with a focus on wetlands and waterways, to evaluate how human influence has altered diverse habitats, how it might be employed to repair them, and how we might forge a path toward co-existence in this landscape.


Barry Allen

America's Gifts
Transcript Title: America's Gifts
Course Number: WCC300.1
Prerequisites: One 100-level and at least two 200-level Neighborhood courses, MCMP and WCMP competencies. FCMP and third 200-level neighborhood course may be taken concurrently.

This course explores the uniquely American circumstances that gave rise to the development of jazz, baseball and National Parks. All of these icons of Americana exhibit many of the dynamic (and often conflicting) forces at work in American history. For example, the preservation of land in National Parks ran directly counter to the essentially materialistic and exploitative approach to nature that governed 19th century America. Jazz represents the collision of European and African musical forms, which produced an unprecedented opportunity for exploration and innovation. And (sadly), baseball is at odds with a contemporary American culture that is increasingly violent, impatient and overbearing. Underlying themes of the course include the roles of race, class, gender and capitalism, as well as the relationship between the individual and the group.


Ashley Kistler

Ethnography of Rollins
Transcript Title: Ethnography of Rollins
Course Number: WCC300.2
Prerequisites: One 100-level and at least two 200-level Neighborhood courses, MCMP and WCMP competencies. FCMP and third 200-level neighborhood course may be taken concurrently.

This course explores the intersections of cultures on Rollins’ campus and in Winter Park. Through class readings, discussions, and fieldwork, students will use ethnographic research methods to examine the cultures of Rollins, looking at cultural collisions within Rollins' student body, between students and other members of the Rollins community, within and between student organizations, and between Rollins and the Central Florida community. Students will take an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the cultural collisions that have shaped and continue to shape life at Rollins. Students will use the skills that they learned in each of their neighborhood classes to look at the question of how and why cultures collide at Rollins and in Winter Park. This class is structured into two parts. During the first half of the semester, the class will meet regularly during our assigned class time to read literature about ethnographic field methods, high education, and culture collisions on college campuses.