The following Freshman Seminars... will all include some consideration of this year's Fiat Lux theme. As you can see, the instructors approach the theme from very different disciplinary standpoints.

Fall 2012

Classics 24: Ancient Greek Tragedy in Modern Performance

Professor Mark Griffith | Schedule →

Computer Science 39P: Photographing History in the Making

Professor Brian Barsky | Schedule →

East Asian Languages and Cultures 84: Reading the Multilingual City: Chinese, Korean, and Japanese in Bay Area linguistic landscapes

Postdoctoral Scholar David Malinowski | Schedule →

Education 24: Behind the Scenes at Berkeley: Perspectives on Public Higher Education

Associate Chancellor Beata Fitzpatrick | Schedule →

English 24, The Arts at Berkeley and Beyond

Professor Genaro Padilla | Schedule →

History 24: The Place of Berkeley in the History of Universities

Professor Sheldon Rothblatt | Schedule →

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 24: Overview of IEOR

Ken Goldberg | Schedule →

Students will learn the mathematics behind the collective discovery engine, in particular how we use dimensionality reduction to transform data about the original photos to position each image on the visual plane.

Letters and Science 24: Looking at Berkeley Buildings

David Wright | Schedule →

Mechanical Engineering 24: Let There Be Pixels

Professor Benson Tongue | Schedule →

Physics 24: Science at UC

Professor Bob Jacobsen | Schedule →

Political Economy 24: Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective

Senior Lecturer Alan Karras | Schedule →

Rhetoric 24: Ansel Adams’s "Fiat Lux" and the Visual Rhetoric of Berkeley in the 1960s

Professor Michael Mascuch | Schedule →

Spanish 24, section 2: Envisioning the University

Professor Ignacio Navarrete | Schedule →

To begin our exercise in envisioning the University, we’ll read some key historical documents, including selections from Kerr’s master plan and from the recent “Commission on the Future” report. We’ll take a particularly close look at admissions policies, past and present, and pay special attention to the views of undergraduate students as expressed in the annual “UCUES” surveys. We’ll invite visitors to meet with us who play important roles in planning for the University’s future. And in the closing weeks of the semester, teams from the class will develop their own visions in the form of a new Master Plan, an admissions policy, and/or a new module for the UCUES survey, and present them to UC administrators.

Spanish 24, section 3: Photographs of/for the Future: Two Case Studies--Buenos Aires and University of California

Professor Natalia Brizuela | Schedule →

In 1935, with the celebrations of Buenos Aires’ first centennial approaching the following year, the Mayor of the city commissioned Horacio Coppola, the most avant-garde Argentine photographer of the time, to make an official photo-book of the city. In 1963, with the first centennial of the University of California a few years away, Ansel Adams, the world’s most famous nature photographer, was commissioned by the University’s President to make a photo-book of the University. We will spend our weekly meetings this semester studying these two photo-books, both ‘commemorative documents’ which instead of looking back to the years already gone by (which is what monuments, commemorations and photographs always do) look forward to the years to come.

Theater, Dance and Performance Studies 84: Performing the Score

Professor Lisa Wymore | Schedule →

This project will utilize photographs and videos taken during small group interactions in the site. These materials will be blended into a live performance in the spring, part of Aperture - The Berkeley Dance Project.

Spring 2013

Anthropology 24, section 2: Student Life at Cal Documentary and Archaeological Perspectives

Professor Laurie Wilkie | Schedule →

Computer Science 39P: Photographing History in the Making

Professor Brian Barsky | Schedule →

East Asian Languages and Cultures 84: Reading the Multilingual City: Chinese, Korean, and Japanese in Bay Area linguistic landscapes

Postdoctoral Scholar David Malinowski | Schedule →

English 24, section 3: The Arts at Berkeley and Beyond

Professor Genaro Padilla | Schedule →

Nutritional Science and Toxicology 24: Fiat Lux: Memories and Traditions, Hopes and Dreams of Cal

Professor George Chang | Schedule →

Vision Science 84, section 4: Stewardship of UC Berkeley Using Social Media

Professor Stanley Klein | Schedule →