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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Social Science

Social Science
SSCI210*

 

This course may be taken in either fall or spring semester.

Students may select from the following LAS Natural Science Courses listed below:

 

Social Science

SSCI210 — 3 credits
Toy Design and the ACT Program offer Social Science courses that are specific to their curricula. All other majors choose one course from the following offerings: 
 
Engaging Cultures
SSCI210 — 3 credits
Ideas regarding the taking, owning, or occupying of space by different cultural groups are discussed. This course addresses theories about permanent, ephemeral, and existential cultural spaces in art and culture. Field exposure and field trips are included. There will be a number of different topics explored as designated by theme.
 
Cultural Anthropology
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This introductory social science course is a tool kit for looking at universal patterns and infinite variations of the human response. Course objectives are to introduce students to contemporary theories of anthropology, including Marxist, feminist, critical, and aesthetic points of view, and to prepare them for field research. 
 
The Origins of African American Music
SSCI210 — 3 credits
From its earliest forms to today’s top ten, this course examines African American popular music in terms of its social and cultural significance. The main goal is to foster an understanding of how social conditions and music intersect in African American communities. 
 
Science Fiction in Literature, Film, and Culture
SSCI210 — 3 credits
Science fiction stories, novels, and films are perused and analyzed to understand their influences and development. Science fiction inspired culture groups, their behaviors, and materials are discussed. The course emphasizes various perspectives regarding media and popular culture and their symbiotic relationships with culture and traditional folklore.
 
 
Video Game History and Culture
SSCI210 — 3 credits
The course examines the world of computer and video games through a sociocultural lens. From the earliest experiments to the current hot sellers, including all major game genres and platforms, students delve into the images, symbolism, and narratives that shape the video game universe and captivate its visitors.
 
The Creative Process
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This course introduces students to interdisciplinary theories of creativity. Students examine the lives of highly innovative thinkers to determine individual traits and environmental conditions that stimulate groundbreaking work, while gaining practical experience generating ideas in group and individual settings through in-class exercises and outside assignments.
 
Child Psychology
SSCI211 — 3 credits
A comprehensive overview of child development from conception to adolescence, including developmental stages, critical periods, effects of early stimulation, environmental enrichment, and how to apply this information when designing children’s toys, books, games, products, and entertainment. Special attention is given to toy design issues of aesthetics, safety, age-relevance, sociocultural parameters, marketability, and characteristics of successful toys.
Required for Toy Design majors.
 
Introduction to Psychology
SSCI210 — 3 credits
This class will provide a foundation for understanding theories and basic concepts in psychology. The course will increase comprehension of the various applications of psychology to everyday life.