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CEE 59 - Global Health Crises: Epidemics, the Environment, and Public Policy
Find out why the control of global disease requires not only solid science but also effective public policy and politics. This course examines the growing health challenges posed by both emerging and reemerging diseases associated with environmental degradation, the increasing mobility of people, global climate change, and changes in human host factors. We probe the pathologic basis of diseases such as Ebola, H1N1, HIV/AIDS, malaria, anthrax, Ebola, small pox, avian flu, and the drug-resistant strains of familiar diseases such as tuberculosis, and review how they are transmitted and distributed globally looking across person, place, and time. We will also provide opportunities for class participants to gain access and familiarity with the many international health and environmental organizations in Geneva to gain a more "hands on" appreciation of how global intervention strategies are conceived, implemented and assessed as to their efficacy. Syllabus
David Gute

CLS 149 – Ancient Gaul: The Identity of France in Antiquity
The origins of France owe much to the contact, interaction and accommodation that took place between the peoples of ancient Gaul, the Greeks who settled along its Mediterranean shore, and the Romans who conquered and ruled Gaul. This course will explore this rich process of cultural creation and identity formation through an exploration of the following questions: Who were the Gauls? How did they express their identity culturally, ecologically politically, socially in cult and ritual, and in material culture and productivity? Why did the Greeks migrate to and settle in southern Gaul? What did it mean to be a Greek in Gaul? How were the Greek poleis or city-states different if it all from those in Greece, southern Italy and Sicily, and Asia Minor? How did Greeks and Gauls interact and find a middle ground? How did the Romans become involved in Gaul? How did they engage with the Greeks and Gauls? Who were the Romans in Gaul? Why did Rome eventually conquer all of Gaul? And how did Roman, Greek, and Gallic culture combine to shape the early identity and cultural legacy of France? To answer these many questions, the course will draw on the richness of recent archaeological discoveries, the diverse accounts of ancient writers, the exciting new research and analyses of modern historians and archaeologists, and the on-site experience of a study tour of the great Gallo-Roman town, Vienne. It will also include an introduction to the history of the Abbey of Talloires. Syllabus
R. Bruce Hitchner

DNC 71 – Dance Movement & Creative Process
Dance Movement & Creative Process explores the relationship between movement, the creative process, and improvisation. The course begins from the idea that any movement is a dance and that any mover is a dancer. We will explore both our everyday movements (walking, bending, carrying, sinking, twisting), and fundamental principles of motion (momentum, space, time, body articulation, dynamic force, etc.). In class, we will focus on physical experimentation, moving away from traditional ideas of dance connected to specific dance styles, or musical and emotional expressivity. Individual and group movement improvisations will involve creative problem-solving activities, and collaboration with peers. Designed for students of all levels, classes begin with a non-technical warm-up, followed by guided movement assignments focused on various methods of sourcing movement material. Students will be introduced to basic contact improvisation, and oral and written language skills for describing movement. An additional goal of the summer course in Talloires is to become acquainted with the historical evolution of creative improvisational dance, emphasizing its origins in the work of Rudolf von Laban in Switzerland, France, and Germany in the mid-1910s and 1920s. Sourcing inspiration for movement research will be inspired by the work of French artists from Laban’s time and those French artists working currently, and by the natural environment of the village of Talloires. Syllabus
Renata Celichowska

EC 91 – International Lessons for the Social Safety Net: Health, Unemployment, and Related Public Policies in France and the United States
Government provision of education, health insurance, unemployment insurance, and other parts of the social safety net vary greatly between France and the United States. Not surprisingly, health outcomes, labor force participation, and other key outcomes also differ between the two countries. In this course, you will learn key concepts from public economics, which is the study of government spending and taxation. These concepts will help build an overall understanding of the different institutions prevalent in France and the United States that give rise to differences in program participation, labor market outcomes, and health. Syllabus
Melissa McInerney

ED 130 – Human Development and Learning
Study in a foreign country invites questions about one’s own growth and education. This course introduces students to theories of child development and learning across cultures and asks students to reflect on their own identities as learners. The course begins with formative theories of child development and schooling. Influenced by the philosophies of Jean Jacques Rousseau, students examine the work of pioneering Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget on human cognition and travel to the Archives Jean Piaget in Geneva, Switzerland. Following, students consider how Piaget’s ideas may be put into practice through European models of education, such as Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. Class discussions will explore the universality of human development, the influence of culture on learning, models of schooling and teaching practice, and comparisons between French and American attitudes toward childhood and education. Through class conversations and written work, students will be asked to develop cross-cultural comparisons between course theories and their own educational experiences. Syllabus
Erin Seaton

ENV 105 – Flowers of the Alps
We devote at least six hours per week studying the Talloires region's world-class display of montane and alpine floral diversity. Two lectures per week treat plant architecture and life history in enough detail to make use of professional dichotomous keys for identifying plants. Sessions highlight current findings on floral biology, the role of wild bees in promoting food security, ways to recognize prominent members of important plant families, their relevance to human and ecological agency, and the design of dichotomous keys. Course includes an outdoor field session each week to see alpine species in their native environment and to evaluate shifts in growing season and resource availability associated with climate change. Syllabus
George Ellmore

FAH 48 – Nature into Art
From the Garden of Eden and caves of Lascaux to contemporary art responding to climate change, the natural world has been a constant source of inspiration—and foil—for art. Focusing primarily on French visual art of the last five centuries and ranging across media, this course will survey various ways in which nature—the land, environment, flora and fauna—has been filtered through the artistic imagination for our edification and pleasure. Themes will include: landscape painting and photography; parks and gardens; Land and Environmental art; exploration, tourism, and scientific illustration. Assignments will encourage students to respond to art and nature of the French Alps and Talloires area. Nature into Art is designed for all students interested in deepening their connection to the world around them. Syllabus
Andrew McClellan

FLM 0111 – Animation 1 Techniques and Sound – Media Arts: Animation in the Alps
Animation in the Alps is a comprehensive animation basics course showcasing hand-drawn, replacement, and stop-motion techniques. No prior experience necessary. All assignments are based on the theme: documenting your Talloires immersion experience through animation. This work will be edited by each student into two final individual projects with sound and credits. In addition, the class will attend the Annecy International Animation Festival, the largest in the world, to view award winning films, meet with filmmakers, and participate in unique workshops. A screening presentation of all work to the entire Tufts in Talloires community will serve as the final exam. Syllabus
Joel Frenzer

FR 21 FR 22 - Communication, Culture, et Couleur Locale
Experiencing full immersion in a French-speaking region is the best way to improve rapidly and discover a new culture. The course aims to promote oral and written fluency in French. Thus, careful preparation of written assignments for the course and active class participation are essential. Consistent application in spoken and written French is the focus of the continuing grammar review at this level. Students will cover the grammar lessons of French 21 or French 22 separately but will work together on readings, discussions, and projects. For insight into contemporary France, the readings will come primarily from the local media to highlight the historical, social, and cultural aspects of the Alps region as well as the rest of the country and nearby Switzerland. Through weekly writing assignments, students will report on their experience and reflect on their observations. The term project will be to produce a newspaper or magazine, based on the students’ study of the various newspapers and materials discussed in class. Other course work includes reading articles and short stories, written and oral grammar exercises, weekly papers, occasional short oral presentations, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Taught in French. Syllabus
Anne Taieb

FR 121 FR 122 – Découvrir la Haute Savoie
This course offers students an in-depth review of grammar with the goal of improving and perfecting oral and written expression. We will study contemporary language and place an emphasis on grammar usage, specificity of expression, and vocabulary acquisition through analysis of written and spoken French. The main reading will be a contemporary French novel that was a 2017 finalist for the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, "Summer," by Monica Sabolo. The title in English refers to the name of one of the characters and the novel is a suspenseful, moody drama set on the banks of Lake Geneva. In this course, active class participation is essential. Other coursework includes regular written and oral grammar assignments, an exposé, as well as weekly writing assignments that will give students the opportunity to report on their experiences and reflect on their observations. Conducted in French. Not for native speakers or for majors who have studied in French-speaking countries. Prerequisite: FR 22. Syllabus
Tracy Pearce

MATH 19 – Mathematics of Social Choice
This is a course on group decision making. We will mostly focus on elections of presidents and parliaments.
Why isn't it clear how one should elect a president? Doesn't everybody just vote, and whoever gets the most votes wins? To see why that may be problematic, suppose that among six candidates for president, X has the largest number of enthusiastic supporters, but is despised by much of the rest of the voters. Y is the first choice of fewer voters but is well-liked by most voters. The most common election system in the United States would make X the winner. Is that really what we want? The choice of election system has real consequences, for the outcomes of elections and in fact for the political culture. As a result, there are now many advocates for electoral reform in the United States, at the local, state, and federal levels. There is a large body of mathematical literature on this subject, going back to 18th century France (and strictly speaking further). We study some of the mathematical theory in this course, illustrating it with examples from the United States, Germany, the UK, Italy, India, Switzerland, and of course France, including a special focus on local and regional elections in Haute-Savoie (of which Talloires is a part) and the larger region (Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes). "Social Choice" encompasses much more than elections, and to widen our view, we will also briefly study the problem of fair resource allocation. Syllabus
Christoph Borgers