ILR Course Descriptions - Fall 2019

September 9 to November 1, 2019

Journalism in Film

Linda Lockhart, Ph.D. Communication Department, Marietta College.  Grab some popcorn! We’re going to the movies! In this course we will watch some great films while examining how journalists and journalism have been portrayed in this popular culture medium over the past 75 years. What do these moving images tell us about the public’s perception of the journalist’s role in American life and democratic societies? Can we gain insight into how the public’s view of journalism has differed during various historical periods? How do these movies relate to the public’s view of journalism today? We will also examine some of the tactics each film uses to emphasize its intended messages. Supplemental readings will be provided.
Cost: $30
Limit: 90 participants
Day & Time: Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30 October 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: 124 Thomas Hall 

Food History 
Kyle Yoho, M.A. Public History, Education Director—Castle Museum 
With food and history where can this class go wrong?! Understanding how food has changed over time can enlighten us to the social, industrial, economic, and even political alterations throughout America’s history. In this class we will follow America’s food timeline from Jamestown to Motown and take a look at some local food history along the way. You’ll even get a chance to sample foods connected with our discussions! Sign up for Food History and take a bite (literally) into some American food history!
Cost: $20
Limit: 90 participants
Day & Time: Tuesdays
Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29 — 3-5 p.m.; November 5 (Potluck) 5:00-7:00, place TBA
Location: 124 Thomas Hall 

Moneyball and More: The Economics of Sports

Greg Delemeester, Ph.D. Economics, Marietta College Sports provide a laboratory for examining a number of issues that affect the wider economy. Among these are salary determination, inequality, monopoly power, discrimination, and more. We’ll take a look inside the world of superstars, franchise values, stadium subsidies, and competitive balance, as they affect MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and more.
Cost: $30
Limit: 90 participants
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: September 11, 18, 25 October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Location: 124 Thomas Hall 

Bridgint the Divide with Civil and Skillful Conversation

George Banziger, Ph.D. Retired social psychologist and academic dean Martha McGovern, Ph. D. Retired K-12 educator and Associate Professor, Emerita, WVU at Parkersburg This course draws upon social psychology and the work of the organization Better Angels to address the heightened polarization that is endangering civil and productive conversation in our nation. Participants will identify shared values, learn skills for coping with difficult conversations, deepen knowledge of two relevant social issues (such as opioid crisis, charter schools, restrictions on social media), and apply new skills and understandings to develop policy recommendations and personal commitments to action. Dr. C. Kerr Thompson, instructor of a similar course called “Politics, Facts, & Civility,” advises that classroom exchanges are most effective when there is a balance of “red voters” and “blue voters” enrolled in the course. Although related to the Fall 2018 course "Healing the Divide," this course will contain different content and will emphasize application.
Cost: $30
Limit: 50 participants
Day & Time: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Location: 202 Thomas Hall 


This class will meet for the first time on September 20 because the instructor has a conflict.  The first class will feature a showing of the movie Crooked Arrows.  All ILR participants are invited to come for this special motion picture showing.

Shawn Runyon Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Marietta College This course will provide an in-depth look at the fastest growing sport in America today. We will talk about the history and Native American origins of Lacrosse and will discuss how the game has evolved into how it is currently played. The basic skills, rules, and concepts of Lacrosse will be covered in this course, as well as the different variations in which it is played to give a better overall understanding of the sport.

Cost: $30
Limit: 90 participants
Day & Time: Fridays, 3-5 p.m.
Dates: September  20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1
Location: 124 Thomas Hall 

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