Academics & Faculty

UCLA Creates 50 New Courses in Response to Sept. 11 Attack


Respondingto the events of Sept. 11, the College of Letters & Science at UCLA hascreated 50 new courses that explore the scope of issues emerging from theterrorist attacks.

Offeredin the fall quarter, the courses will be taught by senior professors, campusleadership — including UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale — husband-and-wifefaculty teams, and members of the UCLA professional staff.

Thenew courses feature subjects that span the fields of study across the campus —political and social issues, science, psychology, literature, law and the arts.

"Asan institution that prizes reasoned discussion of vital subjects, UCLA canaddress the issues that are shaping our world through its teaching mission,"said Brian Copenhaver, provost of the College of Letters & Science andinstructor of a new course titled "War, Terror and Violence: Reflecting onMachiavelli."

"These courses provide an excellent way to involveundergraduates — especially our newest students — in understanding and copingwith these tragic events," Copenhaver said.

Eachcourse, taught in a seminar format, is limited to 15 undergraduates, withpreference given to freshmen and sophomores. Graded pass/no pass, the coursesmeet one hour per week, beginning the first week of October and ending in thelast week of classes.

"This is a wonderful way of reaching students, especiallynew students, who are just arriving during this terrible time," said AllanTobin, professor of physiological science, director of the UCLA Brain ResearchInstitute, and co-instructor with his wife, English professor Janet Hadda, of acourse titled "Echoes of Terror in Brain, Mind and Literature."

"For faculty members, who — like everyone else — feelpowerless, it's a way to do something both responsive and constructive," Tobinsaid. "In discussing the call for proposals, Janet and I found ourselvesrecalling Adlai Stevenson's eulogy for Eleanor Roosevelt: 'She would ratherlight one candle than curse the darkness.'"

The courses will cover such diverse subjects as:

       "National Security in the 21st Century"

       "War, Terror and Violence: Reflecting on Machiavelli"

       "America as Hyperpower"

       "Understanding, Respecting and Honoring The FirstAmendment in a Terrorist Environment"

       "Stress and Coping in the Aftermath of a National Disaster"

       "Understanding the Unthinkable and Incomprehensible"

       "Information Technology and Infrastructure in Times ofCrisis"

       "Bin Laden and Terrorism Outside the U.S."

       "Making Sense of the New World Disorder"

       "Fictions of Terror vs. Real Terror"

       "Beyond Tears: Evidence, Fact and Crisis"

       "Poetry and Loss"

Acomplete list of the courses is attached. For more information about the newUCLA courses, visit



UCLA Seminars: "Perspectives on September 11"

Honors Collegium 98

Fall Quarter 2001

(In alphabetical order by instructor)

For details about the seminars, visit

Understanding the Taliban

John Agnew, geography

Understanding the Unthinkable andIncomprehensible

Edward A. Alpers, history

Honor and Shame and the Clash ofCivilizations

S. Scott Bartchy, history

The Struggle to Understand, the Struggle to Respond

C. Adolfo Bermeo, CesarChavez Center

Bin Laden and Terrorism Outside the U.S.: The Case of Uzbekistan

Andras J.E. Bodrogligeti, Near Eastern languages and cultures

Navigating Between Blithesome Optimismand Cultural Despair

Albert Boime, art history

Information Technology andInfrastructure in Times of Crisis

Christine L. Borgman, information studies

Making Sense of the New World Disorder

Rogers Brubaker, sociology

Fictions of Terror vs. Real Terror

Frederick Burwick, English

National Security in the 21st Century

Albert Carnesale, policy studies

War, Terror and Violence: Reflecting on Machiavelli

BrianCopenhaver, history and philosophy

What Do We Tell the Children? Parenting Issues

Chandice Covington, nursing

Implications of World Crises for Student Stress and Academic Achievement:Coping Strategies

Winston Doby, higher education

Historical Perspectives on September 11

EllenDuBois, history

Stress and Coping in the Aftermath ofa National Disaster

Chris Dunkel-Schetter, psychology — social

Culture and the Deferral of Violence

Eric Gans, French and Francophone studies

America asHyperpower

Geoffrey Garrett, political science

An "East" and a "West"? Thinking Aboutthe "Clash of Civilizations"

James L. Gelvin, history

Beyond Tears: Evidence, Fact andCrisis

Kenneth Graham, law

Recognizing and Dealing With Stress During a Time of Crisis

Carlos Grijalva, psychology — behavioral

The Search for Identity? InsurgentIslam and the Response of the West — the Sudanese Case

Sondra Hale, anthropology; Gerry Hale, geography

Psychological Perspectives: Anxiety,Stress and Depression

Constance Hammen, psychology — clinical

"The Map of Love," an Exploration of Islam and the Colonial ExperienceThrough a Novel by Egyptian Writer Adhaf Soueif

Katherine Callen King, comparative literature

Terrorism and the Politics ofKnowledge

Vinay Lal, history

War and Autobiography: TestimonialsFrom Algeria and the Belgian Congo

Francoise Lionnet, French and Francophone studies

Women's Participation in PoliticalViolence

Judith Magee, history

Understanding, Respecting and Honoring theFirst Amendment in a Terrorist Environment

Joe Mandel, law

Concepts of the Terror in Western CultureFrom the French Revolution to the Present

Robert M. Maniquis, English

September 11th: Reflections onTerrorism, Its Origins and Consequences

Jose C. Moya, history

International English-LanguageNewspaper Coverage

Dominic Thomas, French and Francophone studies

Terror and Its Psychological Impact

Alan Nagamoto, psychology

The World Conference Against Racism:Illusions, Collusions and/or Opportunities

William D. Parham, psychology

Silence, Slogans and Flags

Carol Petersen, Writing Programs

Law and the Useof Force

KalRaustiala, law

Terror and the Dilemmas of American Power

Geoffrey Robinson, history; Jessica Wang, history

Biological and Chemical Weapons: Assessing the Terrorist Threat

Ralph Robinson, microbiology and molecular genetics

The Terror of History: A Search for Justice

Teofilo F. Ruiz, history

Responses to National and Personal Tragedies in the Bible (Prophets andPsalms)

Yona Sabar, Near Eastern languages and cultures

Justice and War: The Ethics ofInternational Conflicts

Andrew Sabl, policy studies

Privilege, Power and Difference: Is Tolerance Enough?

Ronni Sanlo, education

LiteratureAs Mourning: China and Greece

David Schaberg, East Asian languages and cultures

"Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War"

Craig Smith,medicine

International English-LanguageNewspaper Coverage

Dominic Thomas, French and Francophone studies

What the U.S. Should Do to Be Popular in the Third World?

Earl Thompson, economics

Echoes of Terror in Brain, Mind and Literature

AllanTobin, medicine; Janet Hadda, English

The Role of Art and Technology inTimes of War

Victoria Vesna, design/media

Perspectives on War and Terror Thereto — Through Theatre, Art and Music

Wm. Tom Wheatley, theater

Poetry and Loss

Reed Wilson, English

Psychology of Group Identity

Victor Wolfenstein, political science

At War With the Afghans and Chechens:The Russian Experience

Olga T. Yokoyama, Slavic languages and literature

Terror and Society in Bergman's Films

Jules Zentner, Scandinavia

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