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Attend a UMD class virtually! Faculty are opening their doors to alumni guests the week of March 15-19. Alumni are invited to learn alongside current students in virtual classrooms hosted by Zoom. Select from any of the classes listed below. Registration is limited.

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Monday, March 15

ENGLISH: King Arthur in Literature, History & Art

Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Associate Professor, English Graduate Faculty, & Associate Department Head

"King Arthur in Literature, History & Art" explores how the literature and art depicting the legend of King Arthur and his court respond to the historical conditions that produced them. Monday, March 15th, we will begin a unit on the King Arthur legend during the Victorian Era, focusing on Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott" and the artworks created by the Pre-Raphaelite artists that reimagine it.

This class is offered on Monday, 3/15 from 9:00-10:30am (CT). Attendance is limited. RSVP HERE


ENGLISH: History of the English Language

Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Associate Professor, English Graduate Faculty, & Associate Department Head

This historical linguistics course explores the history of the English Language, with attention to both its past and its potential future, given its current status as a global lingua franca. Alumni from a wide variety of fields besides English might enjoy the topic.

On March 15th, we will begin a discussion of the origins of the English language as a Germanic language, with reference to Anglo-Saxon poetry, and a consideration of the social and historical contexts of its spread across England.

This class is offered on Monday, 3/15 from 12:00-1:30pm (CT). Attendance is limited. *CLASS IS FULL


WRITING STUDIES: Environmental Writing

David Beard, Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Master of Liberal Studies, English Graduate Faculty

Writing Studies 4200 teaches students about advocacy, education, training, fundraising and other forms of writing in Environmental organizations (government and nonprofits).

This class is offered on Monday, 3/15 from 5:30-8:30pm (CT). RSVP HERE


MANAGEMENT STUDIES: Production & Operations Management

Carrie Romundstad, Instructor, Management Studies

This production and operations management course offers an overview of topics including strategy and process and expands into elements of design and analysis to give students an understanding of real world problems that face production and operation professionals. We apply knowledge and dive deeper into an understanding of supply chain fundamentals, planning, and inventory management leaving students with a broad base understanding for production and operation management decision-making needs.

This class is offered on Monday, 3/15 from 6:00-7:15pm (CT). RSVP HERE


MARKETING: Consumer Behavior

Rajiv Vaidyanathan, Professor, Marketing

This particular class (March 15) will have a guest speaker, Dr. Ash Mukherjee, the author of the book "The Internet Trap." Dr. Mukherjee will share his research on the consumer psychology of internet applications.

This class is offered on Monday, 3/15 from 6:00-7:00pm (CT). RSVP HERE

 

Tuesday, March 16

ENGLISH: Contemporary Literature

John Schwetman, Associate Professor, English Graduate Faculty

In this course, students study literature written in English between 1945 and the present day from a variety of cultural perspectives through consideration of novels, drama and poetry. Literature facilitates our experience of other cultures by making the familiar strange and the strange familiar. This course explores these possibilities fully in order to read difficult texts and interpret them persuasively.

This class is offered on Tuesday, 3/16 from 10:00-11:50am (CT). Attendance is limited. RSVP HERE


JOURNALISM: History of American Media

American Media History explores the cultural history of journalism and media in the United States. Topics include (but are not limited to): the relationship between journalism and democracy; the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; gender, race and the media; the development of professional standards in U.S. journalism; controversial topics and the media; the media during wartime; alternative and ethnic media; the impact of the digital age on reporting; media ownership issues.

This class is offered on Tuesday, 3/16 from 11:00am-12:00pm (CT). Attendance is limited. *CLASS IS FULL 


MARKETING: Advanced Selling

Stephen B. Castleberry, Professor of Marketing and Business Ethics, Marketing

The course explores advanced topics and skill development in professional selling. Emphasis on interpersonal communications, relationship management, team selling, and negotiations. These sessions focus on formal negotiations.

This class is offered on Tuesday, 3/16 from 12:30-1:45pm (CT). Attendance is limited. RSVP HERE


ENGLISH: Literature into Film

Burke Scarbrough, Associate Professor, English Graduate Faculty

On March 16, we will be finishing two weeks of work with Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire. The class will have read and discussed the play, and they will have watched and discussed the iconic 1951 Elia Kazan adaptation. During the March 16 class, we will then discuss how the students might approach a "modern" adaptation of the play. From there, we will acknowledge a film that does just that—Woody Allen's 2013 adaptation Blue Jasmine—and begin to discuss the poignant dilemma of engaging with work by controversial artists.

This class is offered on Tuesday, 3/16 from 2:00-3:00pm (CT). Attendance is limited. RSVP HERE

Wednesday, March 17

ECONOMICS & HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT: Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

Kim Dauner, Associate Professor, Economics & Healthcare Management

This course is designed for undergraduate/graduate business students who seek an understanding of the administration and organization of quality and patient safety definitions, practices, processes within the healthcare system of the United States. This course focuses on quality and patient safety management in the U.S. healthcare system using continuous quality improvement and team building techniques. 

This class is offered on Wednesday, 3/17 from 10:00-10:50am (CT). *CLASS IS FULL


MANAGEMENT STUDIES: Strategic Human Resource Management

Ormonde Cragun, Assistant Professor, Management Studies

HR strategy is increasingly important to business success. This class explores the Dynamic HR Strategy Framework as a tool for developing and implementing contemporary HR strategy. We discuss the most current thinking and practices in HR strategy.

This class is offered on Wednesday, 3/17 from 12:00-12:50pm (CT). *CLASS IS FULL


THEATRE: Musical Theatre History

Rebecca Katz Harwood, Associate Professor, Dance

By looking at musical theatre from multiple perspectives – historical, cultural, political, social, aesthetic – the class will explore the ways in which musicals both reflect and embody values, tastes and trends in the cultures and eras from which they spring. 

This class is offered on Wednesday, 3/17 from 3:30-4:45pm (CT). Attendance is limited. *CLASS IS FULL


WRITING STUDIES: Professional Life for Creative Writers

David Beard, Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Master of Liberal Studies, English Graduate Faculty

Writing Studies 2506 introduces students to local writers to learn their craft, their professional practices, and their path to becoming a writer (poet, magazine writer, playwright). Local author, Julie Gard, will attend this class -- come meet this exciting poet!

This class is offered on Wednesday, 3/17 from 5:30-8:30pm (CT). RSVP HERE

Thursday, March 18

CIVIL ENGINEERING: History of Structures

Andrea Schokker, Department Head & Professor, Civil Engineering

In this course we learn about structures of historical significance worldwide including their impacts on society and the economy. This class is currently asynchronous, so this will be a bonus live Zoom lecture covering Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater House.

This class is offered on Thursday, 3/18 from 8:30-9:30am (CT). RSVP HERE


MARKETING: Advanced Selling

Stephen B. Castleberry, Professor of Marketing and Business Ethics, Marketing

The course explores advanced topics and skill development in professional selling. Emphasis on interpersonal communications, relationship management, team selling, and negotiations. These sessions focus on formal negotiations.

This class is offered on Thursday, 3/18 from 12:30-1:45pm (CT). Attendance is limited. RSVP HERE


WORLD LANGUAGES & CULTURES: Chinese 1102

Weiqing Zhang, Associate Professor of Chinese Area Studies

This course is the beginning level of Chinese language. A peep into the Chinese mindsets and culture.

This class is offered on Thursday, 3/18 from 2:00-2:50pm (CT). *CLASS IS FULL


AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES: American Indian Novel

Carter Meland, Assistant Professor

In this course we examine novels written by Native people that explore the experiences of Native characters. During the week of March 15-19, we will be reading Linda LeGarde Grover's novel, In the Night of Memory.

This class is offered on Thursday, 3/18 from 2:00-3:15pm (CT). Attendance is limited. *CLASS IS FULL

Friday, March 19

CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY: Instrumental Analysis

Melissa Maurer-Jones, Assistant Professor

This course surveys the variety of instrumentation used in chemical and biochemical analysis. The course covers areas of separations, mass spectrometry, analytical spectroscopy, and electrochemistry.

This class is offered on Friday, 3/19 from 1:00-1:50pm (CT). RSVP HERE


CIVIL ENGINEERING: Graduate Student Seminar

Nathan Johnson, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

The graduate student seminar provides basic background for the development of research, including an outline of a thesis proposal which meets the requirements and standards of the department and serves as the foundation of and guideline for the development of the graduate research project (i.e. thesis). Ethical issues facing the Civil Engineering professional in his/her life as a practitioner are also discussed.  

This class is offered on Friday, 3/19 from 3:00-4:00pm (CT). RSVP HERE