Micol Hebron, MFA - Associate Professor, Art
Phone: (714) 744-7013
Office: Moulton Hall 221
Email: Micol Hebron
Social Media and the Meaning of Life: Understanding the History, Future, and Meaning of Social Media with Regard to Our Real and Virtual Selves.
From cat videos to crowdsourcing; bots to banners; googling to ‘gramming; social media has defined how we live, love, learn, and think. In this class we will take a critical look at the ways that we navigate social media today – and how to be conscientious and responsible with regard to online identities and actions. How do we construct our online identities? How has crowdsourcing changed the way we think about creativity, economics, or politics? Why are cute animal videos still so popular? What happened to Napster, Friendster, or MySpace? What happens to someone’s accounts after they die? How do we express our creativity through photos, language, art, or coding? What ways are there to intervene and deconstruct the cybersphere? We will examine the analog precedents that have lead to today’s digital universe; the rise and fall of social media platforms; and the challenges and opportunities that come with life online.
Ernesto Hernandez, J.D. - Professor of Law
Phone: (714) 628-2621
Office: Kennedy Hall 417
Email: Ernesto Hernandez
FFC 100-46 Terror Films and Counterterror Policies: Analysis in Reel Time and Real Time
In this course, students will examine national security issues in movies and in current policy developments. Topics include war, terrorism, humanitarian crisis, cybersecurity, and diplomacy. We’ll begin with critical viewings of Syriana, Homeland, Battle of Algiers, and others popular culture examples. For “reel time,” students apply war film genre, national security studies, foreign relations, and post-colonial theories; for “real time,” students explore current policy challenges as they develop during the semester. Students will critically read and present news developments and government policies. This includes close readings of the New York Times, other news sources, and government documents such as Congressional testimony and Presidential orders. Student requirements include active engaged discussion and close attention. 3 credits.
||Charles Hughes, D.Phil. - Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Phone: (714) 997-6952
Office: Wilkinson Hall 227
Email: Charles Hughes
FFC 100-15 The Christ of History and the Jesus of Faith
Jesus Christ has been the dominant religious and cultural figure in Western civilization for two-thousand years. But who was Jesus Christ? Did the leaders of the early apostolic Christian Church work to suppress the truth about Jesus by creating myths about him in order to consolidate and enforce their own authority, or did the apostolic Church fathers instead protect the truth about Jesus by rejecting alternative false views about him? In this class, we will identify and evaluate the historical, philosophical and theological assumptions that inform the positions of important contemporary Jesus scholars so that we can gain a better understanding of what the facts and evidence really are concerning Jesus and the development of early Christianity. 3 credits.
Eileen Jankowski, Ph.D. - Director, Fellowships and Scholars Program and Assistant Professor of English
Phone: (714) 744-7661
Office: Wilkinson Hall 214
Email: Eileen Jankowski
FFC 100-34 Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: The Transformative Power of Greek Myth
Thomas Cahill, in his book Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter, argues for the seminal role Greek ideas, literature, and art played in shaping western culture. This course will explore one of the ways the Greeks “matter”—namely, through their development of a grand array of myths that continue to inform Westerners’ views of themselves and others. Through a study of these stories as well as literature and film based on mythic figures or themes, students will analyze Greek myth’s social, historical, and psychological role in shaping cultural formations as well as individual identity. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the conscious and unconscious roots of culture, both to celebrate and to critique the transformative power of myth. In addition to our main text, course readings include The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s The Odyssey, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, and selections from Joseph Campbell. 3 credits.
Louise Kleszyk, M.A. - Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Phone: (714) 997-6636
Email: Louise Kleszyk
FFC 100-41 (Re)Evolution: What Makes the World Go ‘Round
This course examines a number of theories about what makes the community clock tick in terms of natural evolution and scientific and cultural revolutions. Humanity, power, values, and progress will be the main themes that frame our discussion of a variety of texts from philosophy of science, ancient Greek and Chinese philosophy, and modern critiques of Western culture. Students use logic and careful thinking to read, analyze, and critique claims and arguments in addition to accurately and charitably recreating the arguments and claims of others. 3 credits.
Judy Kriger, M.F.A. - Assistant Professor of Film and Media Arts
Phone: (714) 532-7774
Office: Marion Knott Studios 273A
Email: Judy Kriger
FFC 100-22 Social Justice on the Big Screen
How do political cartoons, graphic novels and animated documentaries inspire us to repair the world? Cartoons and animation aren’t only for the entertainment industry; the power of the hand-drawn or computer generated line can encourage, motivate and awaken us to make a difference. In Social Justice on the Big Screen students will watch animated documentaries, explore graphic novels and make short creative presentations to the class. In addition to watching animated documentaries and reading graphic novels, students will shoot photographs, produce original graphics, and publish to the web. 3 credits.
||Kent Lehnhof, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of English
Phone: (714) 628-2746
Office: Wilkinson Hall 211
Email: Kent Lehnhof
FFC 100-1&2 Close Reading
My father is fond of saying that "the devil is in the details," which is his way of saying that little things often turn out to be terribly important. My dad's saying could well be the unofficial motto of this course, for it will focus, from start to finish, on the little things. Content-wise, we will consider a wide range of "texts"--from Renaissance stageplays to modern short stories to contemporary films. But our objective in each instance will be the same: to attend to and analyze the particulars of each presentation. By asking questions like "What difference does it make to use this word instead of that word?" and "What difference does it make to show this shot instead of that shot?" we will practice a kind of close reading that promises to make meaning of all those devilish details. 3 credits.
Nina LeNoir, Ph.D. - Chair, Department of Theatre, Professor of Theatre
Phone: (714) 997-6622
Office: Moulton Hall 136
Email: Nina LeNoir
FFC 100-32 Women Playwrights and the American Theatre
Only two plays in the 2013-2014 Broadway season were written by women (both of them now deceased). Women playwrights are notoriously underrepresented on the stages of American theatres, not just on Broadway, and have been throughout the history of the American theatre. We will examine this situation, specifically in the 20th century, when more plays by and about women were written and produced than in the past, and yet always at a much lower rate than plays by and about men. What are the apparent and real barriers to theatre production of plays by women? Why is it important that the work of women playwrights be seen on our stages today? By examining specific plays by playwrights such as Lillian Hellman, Maria Irene Fornes, Marsha Norman, Wendy Wasserstein, and Theresa Rebeck, and by reading critical commentary on the plays and productions and on feminist theatre theory and practice, we will explore issues of gender, identity and the power of representation in the theatre, ideas that transfer to other forms of cultural construction in fields such as television, film, music, dance, and art. We will also attend the upcoming production of Zealot by Theresa Rebeck at South Coast Repertory Theatre. 3 credits.