C904 09/24/13-10/15/13 Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm Katherine Hanson FBC $44
What aspects of the Viking ethos did dramatist Henrik Ibsen seek to tap into? What was it about Fridtjof Nansen that caused his countrymen to imagine him as a modern saga hero? And how did the Icelandic sagas lead Helge Ingstad to a Viking settlement in northwest Newfoundland in the middle of the 20th century? In this brief foray, spanning four weeks, we will find answers to these questions in the literature of the Vikings (poems and sagas) and in illuminated lectures. Readings include the two Vinland sagas: Ibsen’s play The Vikings of Helgeland, and The Saga of the Greenlanders. All are available on Amazon.com. Katherine Hanson has taught Scandinavian literature for over 30 years, and is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the UW. 4 sessions.
C922 09/24/13-10/15/13 Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00pm John Hanford ESC $44
An introduction to American popular musical traditions, designed to touch on representative works from the past century-and-a-half of American musical history, will provide some basic tools for discussion, critical thought, and appreciation of America’s various musical traditions: folk songs, Tin Pan Alley standards, blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, rock and its myriad substyles, rhythm and blues, disco, and popular “vernacular” music making. Participants are encouraged to bring in CD recordings and/or videos to analyze and discuss with their colleagues. John Hanford holds degrees in both political history and music, having earned his PhD in historical musicology from the UW. 4 sessions.
C964 09/23/13-10/14/13 Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm Winston Brill CON $44
Specifically designed for those with little or no science background, this course uncovers secrets of our biological past which relate to many of society’s challenges. How did a simple cell over billions of years increase its complexity to produce today’s diverse organisms? How did that cell arise from a lifeless Earth leading to humans becoming so creative? How much Neanderthal DNA do you have and why do chickens have genes for teeth? How does evolution relate to cancer and aging? How do evolution, creationism and intelligent design differ? Are we currently in a period of mass extinction? Up-to-date topics will be easy to comprehend through demonstrations and cartoons and with a minimum of jargon. Winston Brill teaches a course, Microbes and Society, at the UW to non-science undergrads. He also teaches short courses for the 50+ crowd through the UW OSHER and Bellevue College TELOS programs. 4 sessions.
Nicholas Chandler-Klein plus 3 Grad Students
05/21/13 - 6/11/13
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The basics of behavioral economics will be covered over the course of four lectures, each given by a different economics
graduate student, loosely based on the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
Lecture 1: Rationality, irrationality, risk, and prospect theory (Nicholas Chandler-Klein)
Lecture 2: Priming, framing, anchoring, and overconfidence (Chasya Hoagland)
Lecture 3: Laboratory experiments, auctions, and strategic games (Yunling Jocelyn Wang)
Lecture 4: Policy implications of behavioral economics (Daniel Brent)
All four lecturers are third year or above graduate students in the department of economics at the UW. All have
knowledge of popular and research literature on behavioral economics. 4 sessions.