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Instructor Info:Lynn Miller
Office Extension x5360
TA Info:Perry Rothman-Ostrow
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
Description:

Did you ever wonder why Jewish grandmothers who make gefilte fish from Norwegian sturgeon so frequently are parasitized by tapeworms? Maybe not, but who gets parasitized, when, and by what is highly significant to understanding the history of humankind. In this seminar we will read and think about the failure of modern (Western) medicine to eliminate most of the tropical diseases of Homo sapiens. We will also introduce the workings of Hampshire College. We will read R.S. Desowitz's Federal Bodysnatchers and the New Guinea Virus (2002) and P.J. Hotez's Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases, and other articles from the medical and scientific literature. Each student, for an evaluation, must write three essays and give one seminar on the public health, medical, social aspects of one of these parasitic diseases (malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis, kala-azar, Guinea worm, etc.) focusing on the disease in one particular tropical or subtropical country. You are encouraged to work in small groups on one parasite. All students are expected to participate in the seminar, to write three essays from the original literature, and to lead one seminar. During the seminar, we will spend time thinking and working on the skills needed for successful college-level work: reading, study habits, seminar skills, and writing. Collaborative work is expected throughout.

Course Objectives:

All students are expected to participate in the seminar, to write three essays from the original literature, and to lead one seminar. During the seminar we will spend time thinking and working on the skills needed for successful college-level work: reading, study habits, seminar skills, and writing.

Evaluation Criteria:

Each student must come to every seminar prepared to ask questions and to discuss the readings. Each student must meet with Lynn on a regular basis to discuss their reading for their essays. The draft essays must be turned before the deadlines listed on the Schedule. Each student must prepare and give at least one oral presentation with an information rich handout. 

Additional Info:

Although not a requirement, I hope that students will collaborate in small groups on their research and writing. The advanced students are  expected to help the beginners.