Chase Interdisciplinary Seminars

Chase Seminars (IDC 1002/2002), endowed by Baruch alumna Professor Hedy Feit in honor of former Weissman Dean Myrna Chase, offer a unique experience to second semester freshmen who have participated in the Freshman Learning Community Program. Each spring, one or two groups of students chosen from among the most promising participants in the previous fall’s Freshman Learning Communities receive invitations to register for these interdisciplinary team-taught courses that are designed on the model of the Feit Seminars. Faculty who are selected to teach these seminars are distinguished professors who are committed to creating an excellent educational experience for students.

The seminars also extend the learning community experience, including opportunities for education outside of the classroom. As in the learning community, professors may arrange co-curricular events, such as a play, a concert, an exhibit at a museum, or a visit to a restaurant. Participation in the seminar gives students the opportunity to become acquainted with some of the most interesting and gifted students at Baruch. Moreover, students who maintain at least a 3.3 GPA and who obtain a letter of recommendation from their Chase Seminar faculty may apply to the Baruch College Honors Program as Provost’s Scholars.



Tuesday/Thursday     2:30-3:45 p.m.
Cultural and Political Landscapes of the Himalayan Region
Professor Carla Bellamy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Professor David Hoffman, School of Public Affairs

For more than two thousand years the Himalayan region has been a cultural crossroads from which innovation and wisdom have sprung. Connected to both the East and the West by the Silk Road, its high mountain passes have offered places of refuge and reflection down through the centuries, where the Indian and Chinese cultural spheres have overlapped, and the Bön, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim religions have all had an influence. Today, the cultural cooperation that that has long been characteristic of the region continues to exist alongside of political strife. This discussion-based seminar will introduce the discipline of Cultural Anthropology in the context of the complex cultural and political geographies of the Himalayan region. Students will have free access to the extensive collection of Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum of Art, and hear guest lectures on subjects such as cultural preservation, governance, and political activism in the Himalayan context.

*Students who have already completed ANT 1001 may take this course as IDC 1002H

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