Previous Classes

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March 9-13, 2019 at the University of Oklahoma  3 credits

Guest Scholar:  Monti Narayan Datta, University of Richmond

After the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11th 2001, policy makers, scholars, and the media scrambled to understand the nature and origins of anti-American sentiment. Why would others want to hurt the United States in such a violent and destructive manner? Why did the United States not fully appreciate that such an attack might result from anti-American sentiment? More fundamentally, what is anti-Americanism and how can we measure it? In this course we will: (1) define what it means to be “American” and “anti-American;” (2) examine survey data and reports from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project on foreign public perceptions toward the United States from 2001 to the present; (3) assess some of the best scholarship to date on anti-Americanism; and (4) consider the case of domestic antiAmericanism, with an eye toward understanding the roots of the Oklahoma city bombing in 1995 in addition to other local anti-American movements over the past decade. 

  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
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February 14-18, 2019 at the University of Oklahoma  3 credits

Guest scholar:  Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 41.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2016. These are startling statistics, but what do they mean?  And why does hunger persist despite manifold efforts to eliminate it?  In this course we will first discuss how hunger has been defined, measured, and problematized. We will then turn to examining four different approaches to addressing the problem, in the US and elsewhere, in order to reach greater understanding of how “feeding the world” remains such an elusive goal.

  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
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January 2-6, 2019

Guest scholar:  Steven Jones, University of South Florida

 

How have technological changes changed the ways we think about our world and how we interact with people, data, and objects (and the networks that connect them)? Ten to fifteen years ago, according to novelist William Gibson, cyberspace everted—turned itself inside out, as the network spilled out into the physical world we move through every day. Increasingly ubiquitous technologies—smartphones, the so-called Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, cryptocurrency, and Artificial Intelligence—have colonized the world of everyday experience. In this seminar, we’ll focus on some of the cultural, political, and ethical questions raised by that shift, questions about security, privacy, community, and what it means to be human.    

 

  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
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October 17-21, 2018 at University of Oklahoma  3 credits

Guest scholar:  David Ray, University of Oklahoma

This course will examine the federal budgetary process, and its evolution since 1974, with an emphasis on the rapid increase in federal debt after 1981, the struggle to reduce the budget deficit during the 1980s and 1990s, the brief four-year period of budgetary surplus (Fiscal Years 1998 through 2001) , the tax and spending decisions of 2001 through 2018, including the deficit increases produced by the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, the recession of 2007-2009, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the enormous expense of TARP in 2008-2009, the tax cut of December 2017, and the Omnibus spending bill passed in March 2018. The theme of the course is that fiscal conservatism has been largely supplanted by supply-side economics on the right and the domestic spending programs of social democracy on the left, both of which appear to have substantial public support. 

  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
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May 21-25, 2018  at the University of Oklahoma 3 credits

Guest Scholar:Gregory Cajete, University of New Mexico

Unlike the Western scientific method, Native thinking does not isolate an object or phenomenon in order to understand and work with it, but perceives it in terms of relationship. In this class we will examine multiple levels of meaning that inform Native astronomy, cosmology, psychology, agriculture, and the healing arts.

  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
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March 10-14, 2018 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman 3 credits

Susan D. Blum, University of Notre Dame

What is college and what is the experience of college students? How does it contribute to the development of adulthood or, possibly, to the extension of childhood? How do different types of colleges vary? Anthropologists and other social scientists have been studying higher education and its place within the lifespan, as well as its place in the cultural norms of its surrounding societies. Studies of student life, athletics, drinking, learning, social and racial inequality, and many other topics have been studied for several decades.

In this seminar we will read some of what others have written; discuss methods of analysis and research; generate our own questions; and put our own experiences into the context of the system as a whole.

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February 14-18, 2018 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman 3 credits

Jerrold E. Hogel, University of Arizona

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley's original novel -- Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus  -- this seminar, starting with its students reading the original 1818 text, will explore 

  • (a) the symbolic meanings of that original version, given the wide range of cultural ingredients that went into it;
  • (b) the most influential interpretations of the novel itself since its first appearance, with some attention to what each interpreter assumes;
  • (c) some exemplary adaptations of Frankenstein on film across the 20th and 21st centuries, including why they all change the original in their own ways;
  • (d) the ongoing significance today of the issues that Frankenstein raises, from problems involving gender, race, and class to the burning questions connected right at this time to genetic engineering. 
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January 3-7, 2018 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman  3 credits

Denis Janz, Loyola University New Orleans

In the chaotic welter of events that has come to be called "the Reformation," one figure towers above all others -- Martin Luther. This seminar re-opens the long-debated question of who precisely he was. And it re-examines his legacy, particularly the dismantling of the medieval world view and the disintegration of Western Christendom.

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October 11-15, 2017 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman  3 credits

Barbara King, College of William and Mary

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March 4-8, 2017 at the University of Oklahoma

In this seminar, students will learn about and discuss what constitutes significant scientific evidence in assessing claims in social, clinical, and natural science. Extending from his work on assessing what neuroscience can and can’t tell us about human psychology, Scott Lilienfeld will ask students to consider what constitutes evidence and what supports conclusions in a wide range of scientific study. This seminar is suitable for students from a variety of academic majors; participants are expected to take the information covered in the readings and the seminar discussion and apply this toolkit for evaluating scientific claims in their own fields of interest.

Books and readings supplied by OSLEP

Scott O. Lilienfeld is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics (University of Pittsburgh) from 1986-1987. Dr. Lilienfeld is Associate Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Archives of Scientific Psychology, and past President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. He has published over 300 manuscripts on personality disorders (especially psychopathy), dissociative disorders, psychiatric classification, pseudoscience in psychology, and evidence-based practice. He is especially interested in the application of scientific thinking to mental health. Dr. Lilienfeld is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He has received the David Shakow Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology from American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12, the Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award (for integrating psychology across subdisciplines) from APA Division 1, and the James McKeen Cattell Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Applied Psychological Science from APS.