University of California, Berkeley, undergraduates return from their winter break this month to a spring semester that includes numerous courses created in the aftermath of the tragic events of Sept. 11. Classroom instruction resumes Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Sixteen of these courses are part of the campus's Freshman Seminar Program, special courses limited to no more than 15 students and taught by some of the campus's most distinguished faculty members. Titled "Light in the Darkness: Learning from September 11," this lineup of courses reaches across various disciplines including film studies ("Writing America through New York, before and after September 11"), English ("Ground Zero: Reading Visual and Verbal Representations of Sept 11, 2001"), music ("Music's Voice in a Violent World"), and political science/geography ("September 11: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Implications").
In addition, the campus's International and Area Studies program is offering two evening courses for students and the general public. The courses are "Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy after 9/11" and "Afghanistan and its Neighbors: The Intersection of Peoples, Cultures and Traditions." Students must register to gain academic credit, but the general public can attend the classes and participate in the discussions without registering or paying a fee.
For more information on these courses, visit the Web sites below.
Freshman Seminar series: http://fsp.berkeley.edu/911.html
Free public lectures: http://ias.berkeley.edu/iasasp/iastp/globalterrorismcourses/PublicLectures.htm