WFU Living Learning Communities

At Wake Forest, we believe learning takes place beyond the four walls of a classroom and are eager to provide opportunities to enhance your intellectual, cultural, and social development. One of the many ways our faculty members support this idea is through unique learning communities called Living Learning Communities.

Living Learning Communities give you the opportunity to engage with your classes in new and exciting ways. Students in Living Learning Communities build connections with their classmates while fulfilling degree requirements (such as First Year Seminars, Writing Seminars, or Divisional Courses).

In a Living Learning Community you live in the same residence hall as your classmates and engage in class and residential events designed to deepen your learning and foster community.  You also connect with your course instructor in a manner that is uniquely Wake Forest. While your Living Learning Community course instructor does not live in the residence hall with you, he/she will serve as a teacher, mentor, and event facilitator for you and your classmates. Often, but not always, Living Learning Community course instructors also serve as your adviser, providing additional aid in the advising and registration process.

Fall 2018 Living Learning Communities

We are offering the following Living Learning Communities in Fall 2018:

FYS 100: Beware the Ides, Beware the Hemlock: Roleplaying Crisis in Ancient Greece and Rome (CRN 89458)
Professor T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, Department of Classical Languages
MWF 11:00 – 11:50
Location: Tribble A303

The Thirty Tyrants have at long last been expelled from Athens, and now it is up to you and your closest friends and enemies to determine the future of the greatest city-state in the Mediterranean – and the future of the gadfly philosopher Socrates. The conspiracy of Catiline has been uncovered, and the fate of the conspirators and of Rome rests in your hands. Two decades later, the dictator Julius Caesar has been assassinated, and it falls upon you to maneuver through the wrangling in the Senate to decide what the People of Rome should do. You will play in three “Reacting to the Pase” scenarios set in ancient Greece and Rome: you will become a stakeholder in these world-changing crises and you will fight, speak, study, sweet-talk, and coerce your way to power over your classmates, be they allies or adversaries. This course is suitable for all students of all kinds, interests, and backgrounds, and will offer fun, low-pressure opportunities to develop writing, public-speaking, critical thinking, and persuasion skills.

FYS 100: Communication, Culture and South Asia (CRN 90868)
Professor Ananda Mitra, Department of Communication
MW 2:00 – 3:15
Location: TBD

This course takes a critical look at the history, culture, politics and geography of South Asia with the goal of understanding how the people from that part of the world have an influence on global issues and how the cultures of South Asia are influenced by the process of globalization.  The course requires occasional Sunday afternoon viewing of Bollywood movies.

FYS 100: Identity and Global Change (89874)
Professor Mary Dalton, Department of Communication; Professor Ron Neal, Department of Religious Studies; Professor Molly Knight, Department of German and Russian; Professor T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, Department of Classical Languages
MW 2:00 – 3:15
Location: Tribble A303

This course explores the relationship between personal identity formation and various political and social forces of change across historical and geographical boundaries. In fleshing out this relationship, attention will be given to the lived and material consequences of constructed identities or how identities are embodied in the social world. Through varied, thematically linked case studies that range in length from one class period to several weeks, students will encounter, discuss, and reflect on cross-historical and global negotiations between self and society that constitute “identity.”  The general goals of the course are to give students a deeper understanding of their own diverse identities and their place in the larger world through reading scholarly essays, engaging with relevant media texts, writing original essays, conducting independent research, giving speeches and class presentations based on their research, and completing experiential learning exercises.

FYS 100: Russia at War: Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Ukraine in Russian Culture (94974)
Professor Elena Clark, Department of German and Russian
TR 12:30 – 1:45
Location: Greene 340

This course will use Russian films, music, and literature about the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, and the current conflict in Eastern Ukraine, to introduce students to an often-discussed but poorly understood side of contemporary Russian culture: the influence of conflict on its internal policies and international relations. We will read award-winning stories and memoirs by combat veterans on opposing sides, reports by Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich and the highly respected and decorated journalist Anna Politkovskaya, watch movies about Russia’s experiences in Afghanistan and their “war on terror,” and listen to war-themed rap, rock, and pop music by artists such as Yuliya Chicherina, Rem Digga, Opasniye, and Dino MC. Students will undoubtedly find the material challenging both on the formal level and to their Western-centric worldview, and will be encouraged to make connections between the works under consideration and similar American works such as American Sniper, 13 Hours, The Things They Carried, and Black Hawk Down, as well as the patriotic or war-themed songs of artists such as Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, and John Michael Montgomery. By the end, students will have gained a more thorough knowledge of Russia’s participation in recent significant conflicts, a better understanding of Russia’s position vis-à-vis its border countries and the West, and an appreciation for the similarities and differences between contemporary Russian and American culture.

FYS 100: Vocation of a Healer (CRN 95577)
Professor Ulrike Wiethaus, Department of Religious Studies
MW 12:30 – 1:45
Location: Wingate 314

The seminar will explore the vocation of healing through processes of self-actualization and personal growth as students become more perceptive of communal and individual realities of pain, suffering, and healing.  We will work to develop a cross-cultural paradigm of the healing journey, in which a commitment to health and healing can become a part of any vocation and can perhaps even be perceived to be the deepest layer of vocation as such.

FYS 100: More than Toros and Flamenco: Confronting Spanish Stereotypes Through Film and Literature (CRN 93910)
Professor Bruce Cole, Department of Spanish and Italian
TR 3:30 – 4:45
Location: Greene 237

With English speakers in mind, this course acquaints students with a panoramic introduction to some of the most representative literary and visual representations of Spain from the late 18th to the 21st century. The seminar allows students to critically and intellectually reflect on, analyze, and evaluate a culture and society outside of their own, bringing learners to pose and consider bigger questions such as social anxieties and injustice. To this end, the learner not only gains knowledge concerning the implications that inspired the cultural representations that they will study, but also academic skills of success in writing, speaking, reading, as well as observing.

FYS 100: Art, Artists, and the Law: Ownership, Control and Artists’ Rights to Protect and Profit from their Work (CRN 96138)
Professor JERF Friedenberg, Department of Theatre and Dance; Professor Barbara Lentz, Wake Forest University School of Law
T 2:00 – 5:00
Location: TBD

Students in this course will learn and apply the principles relevant to resolving disputes about the rights of artists to protect their work from unauthorized reproduction. For example, the differences between sampling and stealing and fair use. Under the guidance of a professional artist and an attorney, students will read and discuss interdisciplinary materials, interview market participants and observe their working environments, and suggest solutions to the problems associated with determining ownership and use of intellectual property in the United States.

WRI 111: Writing Seminar: On Writing (CRN 90045)
Professor Anne Boyle, Department of English
WF 9:30-10:45
Location: Tribble A209

In this seminar, you will study writing processes as you develop and refine your own prose. What do George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, Alice Walker, and Joan Didion have to say about writing?  How do your favorite writers write and why are their arguments and prose styles so compelling?  We will discuss the merits of different advice and style manuals, study a variety of philosophies of composition, learn how to research and integrate the ideas of others into our prose, analyze and experiment with different rhetorical modes, and explore the lives and habits of well-known writers.

WRI 111: Writing Seminar: Faster, Smarter, Better: The Rhetoric of Self-Help (CRN 90053)
Professor, Erica Still, Department of English
WF 12:30-1:45
Location: Tribble B13

Daily we are bombarded with invitations and instructions for improving our lives and our selves; physically, financially, sexually, intellectually, psychologically, relationally, spiritually—in every possible arena of our lives, we are told, we can be, do, and/or have more. In short, we can—and therefore should—be better. This impulse for self-improvement is nothing new, of course, and there are good reasons to embrace and celebrate it. At the same time, we know that these messages pushing us toward an ideal self sometimes come with grave side effects. How can we recognize, analyze, and evaluate the multiple layers of meaning embedded within our cultural strivings toward perfection? In this course, we will begin answering this question by focusing on the rhetorical practices of recent self-help or self-improvement messages related to learning, goal-setting, and writing (among other examples). Paying particular attention to issues of language, tone, audience, graphic design, argumentation, and persuasion, we will assess how various sources promise perfection. Our own writing will serve as a way to respond to these messages, whether we are offering a critique of, employing suggested strategies from, or reflecting on our personal experiences and experiments with such texts and methods.

At the center of our examination will be ongoing attention to our own writing process, so that by the end of the semester we will be able to add our critically informed voices to the culture of self-help that surrounds us. Careful reading and thoughtful writing are crucial to success in this class. We will develop reading strategies that will allow us to uncover both what a text says and how it says it. In other words, we will focus our attention on how texts work to advance particular ideas for specific audiences and purposes. We will build on these reading strategies in order to develop our own writing—thinking carefully about how we might present our own ideas and arguments most effectively for a given rhetorical situation.  Through a variety of written assignments, we will move from observation and description, to comparison and assessment, to argument and proposition—skills that will serve you well in a variety of future writing contexts.