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Honors Challenge Courses for Fall 2012

April 26, 2012

The University Honors Program strongly encourages you to take advantage of the exciting learning opportunities available through an Honors Challenge Course this Fall. These remarkables courses are team-taught by researchers and lecturers from many fields both inside and outside the university. The courses take an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to challenges that extend beyond borders, and each counts as an honors course and an honors experience. The Fall 2012 course offerings are:

HCOL 3801H: Honors Challenge Course, Changing America: The Face of Immigration

In this interdisciplinary seminar, we will study the immigrant and refugee experience in America in the past and the present through readings, discussion, and service-learning with local immigrant and refugee serving organizations. We will address national and international issues related to immigrants and refugees in the US, while also focusing on communities, organizations, and topics specific to Minnesota. We will also consider why immigration has been considered a subject of "perennial debate" in the United States. Throughout the course we will explore four key areas: immigration and xenophobia, immigrant/refugee integration, immigrant rights, and immigration law and policy.

This course is co-taught by Erika Lee and Katherine Fennelly.

Why do immigrants come to the United States? What kind of "America" do they find once they're here? And why have Americans continuously debated the merits and demerits of immigration since the colonial era to the present? These are the questions that Erika Lee, Professor of History and Asian American Studies, explores in her research, writing, and teaching. Winner of a 2011 Arthur "Red" Motley Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts, Professor Lee is the author of two award-winning books and several articles on Asian American history and the history of immigration law in the United States.

Katherine Fennelly is Professor of Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Her research and outreach interests include the human rights of immigrants and refugees in the United States, and the preparedness of individuals, communities and public institutions to adapt to demographic changes. Fennelly is bilingual in Spanish and English and has worked and traveled extensively throughout Latin America.

Please note that HCOL3803H ("Can we feed the world without destroying it?") has been moved to spring 2013.