Summer Seminars Will Examine a Variety of Topics
Posted June 25, 2003
HOLLAND -- The annual Summer Seminars at Hope
College will explore a variety of topics, ranging from
creative writing, to gender and Islam, to the Civil War.
The seminars will run Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug.
1. This year's six courses are: "Creative Writing: Mosaic
Memoir," "Gender and Islam," "Globalization and Poverty,"
"God and the New Physics," "One Soldier's Civil War," and
"Paper Folding and Pop-Ups: An Interactive Approach to
The seminars will meet concurrently from 9 a.m. to
12:15 p.m. in the air-conditioned Van Zoeren Hall on the
Hope campus. Refreshments will be provided during mid-
All of the courses are available for undergraduate
credit or on an audit basis, and most are available for
graduate credit, depending on the needs of the enrollee.
Class sizes are limited to 15 students per course.
"Creative Writing: Mosaic Memoir" will examine
examples of memoirs, including reading and discussion.
Students will also develop a number of their own memoir
mosaics. The course will be taught by David James, adjunct
associate professor of English and director of the writing
"Gender and Islam" will explore the relationship
between gender and Islam in several countries, and will
highlight the diversity and range of Islamic practices and
customs and their impact on both men and women. The course
will be taught by Dr. Annie Dandavati, associate professor
of political science.
"Globalization and Poverty" will consider
globalization and whether or not it is good for the nearly
three billion people who live on less than $2 a day. Topics
will include debt relief, foreign aid and free trade. The
course will be taught by Dr. Joel Toppen, assistant
professor of political science.
"God and the New Physics" will focus on the book
of the same title by Paul Davies, which examines topics
including the size, age and origin of the universe, the soul
and mind, free will, miracles, black holes and chaos. The
course will be taught by Dr. Tim Pennings, associate
professor of mathematics.
"One Soldier's Civil War" will explore the Civil
War writings of Ambrose Bierce, who fought in the war for
four years, beginning as an 18-year-old private. Beginning
25 years later, he wrote to counter efforts to glorify and
ennoble the bloody battles he witnessed. The course will be
taught by Dr. David Klooster, associate professor of
"Paper Folding and Pop-Ups: An Interactive
Approach to Mathematics" is an interactive course that will
focus on ideas for those teaching elementary and middle
school mathematics and on improving visualization and
problem-solving skills in ways students will enjoy. The
course will be taught by Mary DeYoung, associate professor
Enrollment for each seminar costs $190 for those
who wish to audit, $300 for one hour of undegraduate credit
or graduate credit, and $600 for two hours of undergraduate
credit. Pre-registration is advised, although final
registration will be on Monday, July 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 9
a.m. in Van Zoeren Hall.
Those interested in attending a seminar should
call the Hope College Registrar's Office at (616) 395-7760.