"Brain Structure and Its Origins, Spring 2009"
" Outline of mammalian functional neuroanatomy, aided by studies of comparative neuroanatomy and evolution, and of brain development. Topics include early steps to a central nervous system, basic patterns of brain and spinal cord connections, regional development and differentiation, regeneration, motor and sensory pathways and structures, systems underlying motivations, innate action patterns, formation of habits, and various cognitive functions. Lab techniques reviewed. Optional brain dissect
"Fundamentals of Computational Media Design, Fall 2008"
" This class covers the history of 20th century art and design from the perspective of the technologist. Methods for visual analysis, oral critique, and digital expression are introduced. Class projects this term use the OLPC XO (One Laptop Per Child) laptop, Csound and Python software."
"The Coming Years, Spring 2008"
" Explore the future through modeling, reading, and discussion in an open-ended seminar! Our fields of interest will include changes in science and technology, culture and lifestyles, and dominant paradigms and societies."
"Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender, Spring 2009"
" This course is primarily a literature seminar. We will use American literature as a lens through which to examine different passing tropes. It will provide an introduction to queer, gender, and critical race theories for science and math majors. We will read such works as Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom, Incognegro, and Focault's A History of Sexuality, to name just a few."
Women of the South in a Changing Society
This lesson examines the lives of women in Southern Appalachia and other areas of the south during the Civil War and focuses particular attention on analyzing the historical stereotypes of women of the 19th-century.
Power and Politics: ELP - Lesson 1
This is the first in a series of three lessons. Beginning with an introduction to political ideology, these ELP modules proceed to a study of the American political process and elections.
Power and Politics: ELP - Lesson 3
Students will work in groups to organize a political campaign that they present in class. This is the third in a series of three lessons. Beginning with an introduction to political ideology, the modules proceed to a study of the American political process and elections.
Shadows of North Carolina's Past (Archaeology)
In their study of artifact and lifeway pictures, students will observe and discuss past Native American lifeways and construct a timeline of four major culture periods in Native American Social Sciences. This unit is based on Lesson 4.1
Paint x 3: Robert Bechtle
American Photorealist painter Robert Bechtle prepares for a retrospective exhibit of his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This Educator Guide address the history and evolution of photorealism in painting.
Solo Acts: Derique
SPARK follows as Derique takes his one-man show from stage to street and back again as an evangelist for the art of "Hambone," a traditional form of body percussion originated by African American slaves in the Old South. This Educator Guide introduces educators to Hambone, explores the evolution of ...
The Art of Interpretation: A.C.T.
SPARK goes backstage at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), as Artistic Director Carey Perloff takes on one of the 20th century's most important and challenging plays â Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot." This Educator Guide explores Beckett's work and absurdism in literature.
The Bleeding Edge: Loren Chasse
Sound artist Loren Chasse seeks out unusual acoustic environments and teaches a class of students about fundamentals of sound. This Educator Guide explores sound and the history of sound as a musical form, extending back to the early 1900s.
Up from the Street: Tommy Guerrero
SPARK meets Tommy Guerrero, world famous street skateboarder and musician, whose music evokes the sounds and rhythms of San Francisco. This Educator Guide is about street culture in San Francisco, including skateboarding and its culture, as well as contemporary, instrumental music.
Home, Sweet Home: Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
SPARK follows Jared "Choclatt" Crawford as he prepares for his foot-tapping new musical theater production "Hit It!" at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. This Educator Guide is about the history of drumming, street performers, and African American musical theater.
La Ciudad: The Immigration Experience
La Ciudad tells four separate but interconnected stories of Latin American immigrants struggling to survive in New York. This lesson plan includes activities inspired by the film including internet research, writing, and poetry analysis.
La Ciudad: Using Literature and Poetry
La Ciudad tells four separate but interconnected stories of Latin American immigrants struggling to survive in New York. This lesson plan includes activities inspired by the film including writing poetry, reading related texts and creating videos and performances.
Not in Our Town Northern California: Welcome Signs - Anderson, CA
"Not In Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here" looks at five communities that are dealing with hate violence. This Educator Guide addresses an event that took place in Anderson, CA. In January 2004, an eight-foot-high cross was erected and burned on the lawn of an African American family's home, inspiring a community-organized march in support of the family. This guide includes discussion ideas and activities related to hate crimes and racism.
Out and About: Todd Hido
Internationally acclaimed photographer Todd Hido has made a name for himself capturing unsettling images of the suburban landscape, looking for the anonymous, even mysterious aspects of American life. This Educator Guide introduces students to Hido's art and provides an historical and critical context for the artists' evocative images of Bay Area homes and posed female models.
Percussion: San Francisco Taiko Dojo
SPARK follows Sensei Seiichi Tanaka and Taiko Dojo as they prepare for the 36th annual International Taiko Festival at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. This Educator Guide is about the history and traditions of the ancient art of Taiko drumming in Japan and the contemporary innovations of a global music culture.
Refugee: From Phnom Penh to San Francisco
The film "Refugee" follows three young Cambodian American men on their journey to Cambodia to find family members. This lesson challenges students to examine historical and contemporary topics from multiple perspectives.