From analyzing how attorneys are portrayed in books and movies to comparing French baguettes with American sandwich bread, Drury students have a large field of new and interesting classes to explore this academic year.
FREN 110: Food for Thought: Cuisine and Culture in the French Speaking World
First-year students of any major have the opportunity to immerse themselves in French culture through FREN 110: Food for Thought: Cuisine and Culture in the French Speaking World. This Drury Core Foundations course is taught by Dr. Cathy Blunk, and will introduce students to French cuisine while also developing their oral and written communication skills.
Perhaps the most intriguing—and delicious—aspect of this new course? The weekly food tastings that Blunk presents.
“The tastings will allow the students to appreciate a sensory experience from each significant historical period in French cooking, and they will also provide opportunities to work on articulating what they encounter both orally and in writing,” Blunk says. “Students will not only examine how others write about or reproduce images of food and meals in art and literature, but they’ll write about food themselves.”
ENGL 219: The Lawyer in Literature and Film
Elsewhere on campus, another new course allows students to explore how the image of lawyers, law and ultimately justice itself has been portrayed throughout history. Taught by Dr. Rich Schur, ENGL 219: The Lawyer in Literature and Film will cover everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to modern lawyers in John Grisham novels—a fifty-year period that Schur says represents a dramatic shift in ideology.
“During the 1950s and the Cold War, our legal system differentiated us – at least in our self-perception – from the Soviets and was necessary for democracy and freedom,” Schur says. “More recently, literature and film seems to question whether our system works so well or if law seems biased toward a particular side.”
Students will watch and analyze films, read novels, and have the opportunity to get involved in the local legal community.
RELG 385: From Babylon to Berlin: A History of Anti-Semitism
In Dr. Teresa Hornsby’s RELG 385: From Babylon to Berlin: A History of Anti-Semitism, students will explore the history of anti-Semitism around the world from as early as the fourth century BCE, through the New Testament, early Christian writings, the Middle Ages, and up to today, where they’ll review contemporary examples.
“We read, discuss, look at art, and watch films about anti-Semitism,” Hornsby says of the class structure.
BIOL 329: Introduction to Marine Biology
BIOL 329: Introduction to Marine Biology is the first of two courses that allow students to learn and master key concepts in oceanography, marine ecology, and genus and species identification of Caribbean corals and fish.
In the introductory course, students develop these concepts in the classroom setting. Then, in the winter term, the students are eligible to enroll in BIOL 330, a field studies course taught by Dr. Teresa Carroll in the Caribbean waters of Roatan, Honduras.
The data gathered in the field studies course contributes to the Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) database.