Representations of HIV/AIDS

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Course Date: 22 September 2014 to 17 November 2014 (8 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

We will explore how HIV/AIDS has been portrayed in diverse genres through the perspectives of the scientist and the literary critic.

Course Instructors

Ann M. Fox

Professor of English at Davidson College, Dr. Ann Fox specializes in modern and contemporary dramatic literature and disability studies. Her scholarship on disability and theater has been supported by an AAUW postdoctoral fellowship and published widely. She has served on the executive board of the Society for Disability Studies and the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Disability Studies, and her current book project traces the representation of disability on the 20th-century commercial stage. In 2009, she co-curated two disability-related visual arts exhibitions with Jessica Cooley: Re/Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture, and STARING. Dr. Fox earned a BS in Management and a BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a MA and PhD in English from Indiana University at Bloomington.

David R. Wessner

Professor of Biology and Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Davidson College, Dr. David Wessner teaches introductory biology and courses on microbiology, genetics, and HIV/AIDS. His research focuses on viral pathogenesis. He is co-author of Microbiology, an undergraduate textbook, and Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education: A Call to Action. He also is a member of the American Society for Microbiology Committee for K-12 Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Davidson, David conducted research at the Navy Medical Center. He earned his PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University and his BA in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College.

Allison Dulin

Allison Dulin is the Special Projects Manager in the President’s Office at Davidson College. She is the Program Manager for all of the DavidsonX courses and also thinks about strategic planning, research, and the future of MOOCs on Davidson’s campus.

Kristen Eshleman

Kristen is both practitioner and director in the field of instructional technology at Davidson College. She identifies current and emerging technologies and works with faculty in the humanities to determine whether they have pedagogical value in a small, residential liberal arts environment. She is also the educational technologist on all DavidsonX course teams.

Olivia Booker

Paul Brantley

Paul Brantley is the Instructional Technologist for Math and the Sciences at Davidson College. He works with DavidsonX faculty to implement their learning design in the edX development platform. In addition, he supports on-campus technologies used in development and delivery of DavidsonX learning components.

Robert McSwain

Robert McSwain is an Instructional Technologist at Davidson College. He is the videographer on all of the DavidsonX course teams. He does all of the filming and editing for the courses.

Sara Swanson

Sara Swanson is the Assistant Director for Information Literacy at Davidson College. She is the Librarian on all DavidsonX course teams. A few of Sara’s responsibilities include: sourcing open educational resources, educating the team on copyright law, negotiating needed licenses, assisting faculty on research, answer questions regarding purchasing and licensing new content, and addressing preservation needs.

Course Description

Professor of English at Davidson College, Dr. Ann Fox specializes in modern and contemporary dramatic literature and disability studies. Her scholarship on disability and theater has been supported by an AAUW postdoctoral fellowship and published widely. She has served on the executive board of the Society for Disability Studies and the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Disability Studies, and her current book project traces the representation of disability on the 20th-century commercial stage. In 2009, she co-curated two disability-related visual arts exhibitions with Jessica Cooley: Re/Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture, and STARING. Dr. Fox earned a BS in Management and a BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a MA and PhD in English from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Course Prerequisites

No prior college-level experience with biology or literary study is required, though it is recommended that students have completed high school-level biology and literature courses. In the introductory part of the course, we will discuss basic strategies for reading scientific journal articles and doing basic literary interpretation.

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