2011-2012 Williams Fund Recipients

Afghan and Iraq Wars Oral History Project

Alex Dracobly, History

Students in this course will document the oral histories of UO campus veterans who have served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, tapping the experiences university veterans and serving as a resource for those seeking first-hand information on the ongoing conflicts. The histories will become a permanent collection at the UO Libraries.

The Virtual Design Studio

Deni Ruggeri, Landscape Architecture

A Virtual Design Studio, using a web of digital tools, will complement the traditional design studio format and allow instructors, students and clients to share ideas, concepts, and solutions. The interactive nature of the virtual studio will foster an open creative environment and increased opportunities for feedback.

The Internet, Society, and Philosophy

Colin Koopman, Philosophy

This large-format lecture course will feature a suite of web-based tools, offering students experience in using blogs, wikis and other social media to enhance their experiential understanding of core subjects. Students will learn to write for the web, use social media and collaborate on projects through online platforms.

Public Engagement and Immigrant Integration in a New Destination State

Edward Olivos, Education Studies
Gerardo Sandoval, PPPM

This interdisciplinary seminar-style course will directly engage students in field experiences that provide an understanding of the personal experiences and the general social mechanisms involved as immigrant families and individuals link meaningfully to their new state. Students will meet and talk to individuals who work with new members of the community and with the new members themselves.

Blending Textual Analysis and Performance: Capstone Seminars in Romance Languages and Music

Gina Psaki, Barbara Altmann, David Wacks, Romance Languages
Eric Mentzel, Nicholas Isherwood, Lori Kruckenberg, School of Music

Medieval love poetry, religious poetry, courtly narrative, and drama are typically studied in silence, in solitude, and in the library. This course team-taught, interdisciplinary capstone seminar will, in contrast, bring together seniors from Romance Languages and from Music to engage with the medieval texts in the manner that they were originally sung and performed.

Undergraduate Projects on the Frontiers of Research in Physics

Eric Corwin, Greg Bothun, Dean Livelybrooks, Dan Steck, Stephen Gregory, Bryan Boggs, Physics

Undergraduate physics students will have opportunities to participate in long-term, open-ended research in this course sequence, which is intended to better prepare tomorrow's K-12 science teachers and technical industry workforce. Second- and third-year students may consider the sequence to be a capstone or pre-capstone research experience that builds off their lower-division problem-solving, data analysis and sensor interfacing skills.

Working with Oregon Tribes

Theresa O'Nell, Anthropology

This one-term course, taught in collaboration with four or five Oregon tribes, will offer a mix of undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to help transform the complex relationships between academia and Native people. Instruction time will be split between the UO and tribal sites, and students will develop final projects addressing tribal concerns or priorities.

Politics and Sexuality

Daniel HoSang, Alison Gash, Priscilla Yamin, Political Science

The new, three-course sequence will explore the legal, political and cultural underpinnings of an ongoing national debate over recognition of same-sex marriage. With the likelihood of a 2012 ballot initiative that would legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon, students will have an opportunity to become informed observers and participants in the discussion.

Developing Spanish Heritage Language and Culture

Analisa Taylor, Juan Epple, Tania Triana, Romance Languages and Literatures

Curriculum in this three-course series of advanced undergraduate courses will focus on the cultural histories and political struggles of Latino people throughout the Americas. A current course on Latina/o literatures in the U.S. will be redesigned, and subsequent courses – the first on varied topics and the second on border cultures and national identities – will be added.