An Immersion Experience on Hatred: Connecting the Humanities to Other Disciplines and Global Citizenship

Dr. Randall E. Osborne,
Dr. Christopher Frost
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Texas State University-San Marcos has developed a year-long immersion experience titled the Common Experience. During this immersion program, students explored the issue of hatred from a variety of disciplinary, community, and cultural perspectives. All first-year students, for example, were given a copy of Elie Weisel's book Night to read. First-year English courses, then, used Night as a text for critique and analysis. Students in their University Seminar (a required first-year integration to college course) explored the issue of hatred. Students in the required Speech Communication course were asked to speak about the text.

One significant goal of the experience was to assist students in connecting their courses in a variety of disciplines to the broader context of global citizenship. Students, for example, were able to see the relationship between required humanities courses and courses within their majors. Students discussed issues of hatred with faculty from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds so that they could connect their course experiences to issues of civic-engagement and pluralistic awareness.

Internationally known experts on hatred were brought to campus for symposia and presentations and students were required to write about these experiences in composition classes, to speak about them in speech classes, to link them to course work within the discipline, and to create artistic pieces to demonstrate what they had learned. Overall, the Common Experience seems to be an extremely successful method for engaging students in an immersion experience that connects their course work in the humanities to their major and their overall development as global citizens. Examples of Common Experience events as well as student work will be shared with conference participants.

Keywords: Hatred, Humanities and other disciplines, Interdisciplinary perspective
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Randall E. Osborne

Chair of Department, Psychology Department College of Liberal Arts

Dr Osborne received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He successfully defended his dissertation in the Fall of 1989 while serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College in Decorah Iowa. After serving two years as an Assistant Professor at Phillips University, Dr Osborne joined the faculty at Indiana University East in 1992 and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. Randall's background is in Social Psychology but his teaching interests range from introductory psychology to psychology in the courtroom. For almost three years, Dr Osborne served as chair of the Behavioral and Social Science Division at Indiana University East before accepting the position at Texas State in Fall 2001. His colleagues describe him as endlessly enthusiastic. He himself lives by the motto, "take your job seriously and yourself lightly". Dr Osborne has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, teaching journals, and applied journals. In addition, his more than one dozen books include textbooks, resource manuals for faculty, a humor book, and two fantasy adventure novels. Randall is currently serving as President of the National Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology.

Dr. Christopher Frost

Director of University Honors Program, University College, Texas State University-San Marcos

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