class 10/18

Your TAs will run this class on reading and studying habits. Here’s what you need to do in preparation:

FYS 10/18/2017 homework

Bring in your method for organizing what you need to do. For example: assignment notebook, syllabus calendar, etc.

Make sure to bring a hard copy of your answers (it doesn’t have to be typed just not on a device)

1)      How do you decide what order to work on things and how much time to commit to them?

2)      How do you take notes for your classes? Does it differ by class? How do you decide what to write down?

3)      How do you annotate your readings?

4)      How do you make sure that you’re prepared for class?

FYS reading groups at APEX

FYS Reading groups are designed for first-year students to be able to bring a reading assignment from FYS to tackle together with classmates. ELL Peer Tutors will be available to facilitate the reading groups, assist with comprehension of particularly tricky portions of readings, and provide tips and strategies for efficiently reading and taking notes on reading assignments. FYS Reading Groups begin next week and will occur Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm in the APEX Longbrake Commons.


First-Year Seminar 2017: Making Color: labor, culture, meaning

IDPT 10100-15

Instructor: Sarah Mirza,, 330-287-1939, Kauke 005, office hours MWF 12-1, or by appointment

TAs: Emma Folkenroth office Sundays 1-2 Lowry Pit (at a table closer to the back)

Emily Huxtable office Wednesdays 1-2 Gault 2 carrell (to your right at the top of the stairs)

Course summary:

Why do most people in the Western world say that their favorite color is blue? Why did medieval European painters depict the sky as gold? What was so important about the color red that 17th century global trade relied on the blood of a female insect, now better known as Red 4 or E120 and found in your lipstick or candy? How does meaning and our responses to color change over time as the process and economy of making color changes? What does religion and culture have to do with it? We will study medieval European, Middle Eastern, and Asian recipes for pigments, read about the human cost and history of producing color, and discuss how this background impacts how we understand the visual and material meanings of things. This seminar will include hands-on instruction and assignments.