Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars
Dr. Fessler’s ANTHRO 19 class on animal cognition was pretty cool. We read a book called "Animals in Translation," which revolves around someone’s interpretation on how animals think. The book was interesting but largely unscientific--Dr. Fessler picked up for that in his presentations each week. He is a brilliant man with a lot to say about biological anthropology. He also has a sense of humor, and he does’t mind going on tangents on topics he finds interesting. Very cool professor and interesting class! Still find myself thinking about the things we learnt.
Fall 2017 - This was a great class. Professor Garro is an incredibly knowledgeable professor having done work in Canada. She is oftentimes funny. Every week consisted of reading articles on Paul Farmer's journey/ Partners in Health and intersection of anthropology and biomedicine. Discussion is very interesting. I learned in this class that healthcare is a right
Fall 2017 - I took Long-term Animal Behavior in my freshman fall quarter. The class is NOT as fun as it sounds. It mainly focused on monkeys and some scientific methods scientists use when observing animals. Each student was required to read a book and share with the class. Dr. Perry is undoubtedly an amazing researcher, but not a really interesting lecturer. Plus, you have to attend every lecture to pass the class. Would recommend to anthropology majors and those who are interested in monkeys.
Fall 2020 - I really liked my fiat lux (food and culture during pandemics) with Professor Smith. She is really nice, funny, and wholesome, and she always makes an effort to include everyone. The class involves a weekly reading that usually ranges from 4-20 pages (most are between 4-7). They're really interesting, and you definitely don't need to retain all of the information - just an elementary summary understanding will suffice. Then, in class, she always starts with an intro question like your favorite staple cooking ingredient and goes around the room to share. You will participate in this class, but it's not intimidating at all! She's super understanding and approachable. After the intro question, you just discuss the reading and any current events for the remainder of the 50 minutes. She ends class punctually and sometimes will send additional articles she thinks are cool throughout the week afterwards. Overall, Prof. Smith is an AMAZING anthropologist with lots of cool stories. If you ask her about her experiences, she'll recount some really interesting projects and things she's learned (ask about Asia!). Prof. Smith is also very understanding of mental health and zoom exhaustion. She lets you miss 2 classes and even spent some time on the day before the election talking about mental health resources for us. I would definitely recommend taking the seminar if you want an interesting, low stress class, and take advantage of the discussion time you have!!