St. Lawrence University Scholars Enrichment Program 2017

For more information, or to register for a SLUSEP Course, please see your Guidance Counselor.

2017 SLUSEP Program Schedule

September 16            October 7          November 4
September 23            October 14        November 11              
September 30      (No Class: PSATS)
                                  October 21
                                  October 28

  • Classes will be held 9:00 to 11:30 AM. 
  • Please note that there are no classes on October 14th, due to PSAT examinations.

* * * * *Attendance Policy* * * * *
To receive a SLUSEP completion certificate, students are allowed only two excused absences.

2017 SLUSEP Course Offerrings

  • ~ Course A  ~
    Open Source Graphic Design
    Jeff Macharyas, Senior Graphic Designer
    Telephone:  315-229-5586
    E-mail:  jmacharyas@stlawu.edu

Learn graphic design without having to purchase expensive software or subscribe to costly subscriptions. Easy-to-install and free software, such as Scribus, Inkscape and GIMP can be used to create print and web design products that are as good—if not better—than those produced using Microsoft or Adobe apps. Open source software will run on Macs, Windows and Linux operating systems and do not cost a cent to use. We will explore these programs and their uses and compare them to the paid, proprietary systems and create print and digital masterpieces.

Enrollment: 15     Room:  Richardson Hall, Room 302

  • ~ Course B  ~
    Is the Hijab Dangerous?  Gender, Identity and Islam
    Howard Eissenstat, History
    Telephone:  315-229-5744
    E-mail:  heissenstat@stlawu.edu

 While it is certainly true that the "personal is political," is is arguably nowhere more true than in the contemporary Middle East, where gender rights, sexuality, and even the most basic elements of women’s clothing are all hotly contested and debated.  In Iran, it is illegal for women to walk with their hair uncovered. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for women to drive. This class aims to explore why and how gender and sexuality have become so central to broader societal debates in the contemporary Middle East.  Class will include lectures, short readings, films, and plenty of discussion. Enrollment: 15     Room:  Piskor Hall, Room 101

  • ~ Course C ~
    Exploring Digital Photography
    Sarah Knobel, Art and Art History
    Telephone:  315-229-5172
    Email: sknobel@stlawu.edu

Introduces technical and aesthetic ways of creating digital photographic images. Emphasis is on the production of photographic images, from acquiring them with digital cameras to using computer software for manipulating digital images. Instructor and peer critique of student work is an integral part of the course. A digital camera (not a cell phone camera) with manual functionality is required. Digital SLR cameras are preferred. There are a few digital SLR cameras that students may checkout during the course.  ***When registering please notify us if you will have your will be using your own camera.***

Enrollment: 10     Room:  Newell Center for Arts Technology

  • ~ Course D ~
    Hakuna Matata!  A Cultural Exploration of Africa
    Khalid Omar Mohamed Kitito
    Telephone:  315-229-5888
    E-mail:  kkitito@stlawu.edu

In this course, we will explore life in East Africa through food, dress, language, music, and wildlife. Students will actively engage in activities designed to explore the real world of East Africa and common stereotypes of the African region. The course will be taught by a native Kenyan, here at SLU as a Swahili (language) professor. Students will come away from the course with a deeper understanding of the rich culture in Kenya and East Africa and knowledge of how American values are similar and different to those living in the African region.

Enrollment: 15     Room:  Carnegie Hall, Room 214 

  • ~ Course E ~
    Globalization and Popular Culture
    Madeleine Wong, Global Studies
    Telephone:  315-229-5662
    Email: mwong@stlawu.edu
     

What is popular culture? What is global popular culture?  What makes popular culture popular? Who has the power to classify what is 'popular'? Whether it is the latest Kendrick Lamar hit song that you hear everywhere, or the binge-watching of Game of Thrones episodes, or the latest video game obsession, or a tweet that has gone viral, popular culture infuses our everyday lives.  This course introduces you to how different popular
cultural forms reflect the world around us and influence the way we make sense of the world.  In particular, we will look at the global spread of American popular culture and how globalization has shaped American culture and identity and our lives.  Students will have opportunities to draw on their own experiences to analyze different popular culture projects.  Enrollment: 15     Room:  Hepburn Hall, Room 111