May Term 2007 Theme “Sustaining Self and Society”
May 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s May Term 2007, titled “Sustaining
Self and Society: Practical Solutions to the World’s Problems,” began on Tuesday,
May 8, with final exams to take place on Thursday, May 31.
May Term is a month-long opportunity for IWU students to study a single subject intensively,
take a travel course within the United States or abroad, or accept an internship.
The concept is designed for total immersion in order to erase the barrier between
in-class and out-of-class learning.
Students staying on campus for May Term are offered multiple courses from a variety
of departments. Highlighting this year’s theme, courses from the Political Science
Department will include “Peace and Justice in International Relations,” a class introducing
students to ongoing discussions on poignant issues such as war and peace, the universality
of human rights, and international distributive justice, and “Presidential Power in
Times of War and National Emergency,” which examines the constitutionality of the
actions taken by past and contemporary U.S. presidents, focusing on Supreme Court
opinions. The Physics Department will explore “Problems of Nuclear Disarmament,”
teaching basic science behind nuclear technology in the historical context of the
atrocities at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Other examples of May Term courses include “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” an English playwriting
course titled after a stage direction from Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, often cited as the most famous in literary history, and the anthropology course
“Indian Classical Dance and Dramatic Performance,” which follows ancient Indian intellectual
traditions through readings, lecture, films, and workshops, culminating in a student-produced
Indian classical dance drama accompanied by live musicians.
Students taking a May Term travel course have many diverse options from which to choose,
including an art course, “Street Photography in Barcelona,” an English course, “Writing
in Ireland,” sociology courses, “Multiculturalism in Hawaii,” and two music courses,
“Jazz in Italy” and “Cathedrals, Museums, and Concert Halls” in Italy and Austria.
In addition to coursework, May Term offers a number of student activities (see calendar as pdf). Students are also invited to participate in several day trips, such as a paintball
trip and a trip to Six Flags. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, multiple
events will take place at Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington),
including films, comedians, musical performers, and special speakers.
Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan enrolls over 2,100 undergraduates. The University
is comprised of the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments, and the
Schools of Art, Theatre Art, Music, and Nursing.
For additional information, contact May Term Director Jean Kerr at (309) 556-3751
or visit the May Term Office Web site at http://ww2.iwu.edu/mellon-center/mayterm/.
Contact: Teresa Sherman, (309) 556-3181