New Drury classes challenged students inside and outside the classroom

From analyzing how attorneys are portrayed in books and movies to comparing French baguettes with American sandwich bread, Drury students had a large field of new and interesting classes to explore this past school year.

FREN 110: Food for Thought: Cuisine and Culture in the French Speaking World

First-year students of any major immersed themselves in French culture through this course. Dr. Cathy Blunk taught the class, which included weekly food tastings.

“Not only do the tastings allow the students to appreciate a sensory experience from each significant historical period in French cooking, but they also provided opportunities to work on articulating what they encountered both orally and in writing,” Blunk said.

ENGL 219: The Lawyer in Literature and Film

This new course allowed students to explore how the image of lawyers, law and, ultimately, justice itself has been portrayed throughout history. Taught by Dr. Rich Schur, this course covered everything from “To Kill a Mockingbird” to modern lawyers in John Grisham novels – a fifty year period that Schur says represents a dramatic shift in ideology.

“During the 1950s and the Cold War, our legal system differentiated us – at least in our self-perception – from the Soviets and was necessary for democracy and freedom,” Schur said. “More recently, literature and film seems to question whether our system works so well or if law seems biased toward a particular side.”

RELG 385: From Babylon to Berlin: A History of Anti-Semitism

In this course, students explored the history of anti-Semitism around the world from as early as the fourth century BCE, up to today, where they reviewed contemporary examples.

“We read, discussed, looked at art, and watched films about anti-Semitism,” Professor Teresa Hornsby said of the class structure.

Drury students collect data in the Carribbean

BIOL 329: Introduction to Marine Biology

This was the first of two courses that allow students to master key concepts in oceanography, marine ecology and genus and species identification of Caribbean corals and fish.

In the introductory course, students learned in the classroom setting. In the winter term, these students were eligible to enroll in BIOL 330, a field studies course taught by Dr. Teresa Carroll in the Caribbean waters of Roatan, Honduras.

The data gathered in the field studies course contributes to the Roatan Institute for Marine Science (RIMS) database.

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Story by Mandy Seaman, M.A., Associate Director of Web Communications at Drury.