French

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.

Drury professor combines love of surfing and writing

The Ozarks have plenty of water resources, from Table Rock to Lake of the Ozarks, but none of those bodies of water are useful for Drury French Professor Patrick Moser’s favorite form of recreation: surfing.

The California native grew up on the California coast and even left high school a year early to live and work on the beach in Los Angeles. “The surf lifestyle means living by the beach, and waking up and thinking about riding waves. Your day revolves around surfing,” Moser said.

Dr. Moser preparing to surf Lake Michigan in winter 2012

Since coming to Drury, Moser has taught a class about surfing, edited a book about the history of surfing called Pacific Passages, and even taught a surfing class at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He was supposed to teach that class in Hawaii again this summer, but it was cancelled, instead he’ll spend ten days in Vermont immersed in his other passion: writing.

“The Bread Loaf Conference is the oldest writer’s conference in the nation. It was first suggested by Robert Frost,” Moser said. “We live in rustic farmhouses. It’s an intense ten days, but there are 200-250 of the top writers, editors and publishers in attendance.”

Moser attended the conference in 2011, and applied for and received a scholarship to return this summer based on the work he’d done over the last year.

He was so motivated to pursue writing that he went back to school for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Now, besides French, Moser teaches Drury classes in fiction and nonfiction writing.

Moser hopes that by attending the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference he’ll continue to improve his writing projects, which include a novel about surfing. “I want to communicate to people who don’t live by the ocean who’ve never surfed what makes surfing so special.”

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Story written by Mark Miller, associate director of marketing and communications at Drury University.