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Master of Liberal Studies

Fall Seminar Focuses on Senses

Professors Rebecca Graff (Sociology and Anthropology) and Ben Zeller (Religion) have collaborated to create a new version of the MLS seminar on Chicago. The seminar is titled Sensing Chicago: Past, Present, and Future.

The new title more accurately reflects the direction that Graff and Zeller have taken with the course.  The instructors note, “Our experience of place is mediated by our senses. Chicago can be grasped via its aroma (the Stockyards, Bloomer’s Chocolate Company), sights (1893 World’s Fair, the Chicago School of Architecture), sounds (Blues, Jazz, Classical), tastes (deep dish pizza, molecular gastronomy), and touch (the wind toward the Lake, the crowds on the CTA). By using our senses as a lens, we interrogate the many layers of Chicago.” The course integrates campus sessions with field-based explorations of Chicago.

A new course has also been developed for Spring semester, “Life as We Don’t Know It: The Science of Science Fiction.”  If interested in enrolling, contact Carol Gayle gayle@lakeforest.edu.