This tutorial includes assisting with the production and acting in Connor Lancaster's Plan film.

This tutorial will focus around several texts.  One of them is New Developments in Film Therapy by Patrick Fuery and the second is an issue of Discourse on the subject of Jacques Derrida and cinema.  We meet once a week to discuss the readings.  There will also be assigned film viewing and a short final paper.

This tutorial will focus on the basics of black and white 35mm photography (which inlcudes a lesson on developing, reading, and time to practice these skills).  This tutorial will also explore experimental film techniques that will aid future plan work.

This tutorial serves to examine and analyze photographers whose narrative work relates directly to Plan. With a heavy emphasis on family and the artist's place within the family, analysis and re-interpretation will take place in the form of written responses and a photographic body of work. 

Mentoring and guidance of aspects of stage managing. Support in organizing and prioritizing stage management responsibilities. Help testing stage management role and the relationship to actors and designers.

Most scholars tend to agree that the Cold War era was an era defined by a bipolar global order, structured according to the competing interests of the United States and the Soviet Union.  In the post-Cold War era, no such consensus exists.  This tutorial will focus on reading and evaluating the current literature on the modern sturcture of the global order, focusing in particular on the role of the United States.

An indepth look at some of the major books of Hellenistiic Poetry.  Through close literary analysis, this tutorial will examine questions of Canon formation, ancient literary aesthetics and the "anxiety of influence".  

An examination of voyages in each work with an emphasis on narrative, ethical conflicts, self-other identity, and community response upon return. This tutorial will result in a plan paper on "Heart of Darkness" with supporting research, as well as preliminary reading and research on "Gulliver's Travels."

Close readings of textbook Plato and Aristotle.

This tutorial is a study of selected Buddhist poetry as dharma teaching, works of literature, and historical documents from the Pali Canon to the twenty-first century.

This tutorial will focus on Homer, Aeschylus and Plato. In particular, we will read the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Orestia and the Republic and respond to these texts with papers.

An examination of 2016 presidential primary candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, with a focus on populism and the similarities and differences between their campaigns.

An exploration of the meaning of the term "economic superpower" and its potential for application to China.

This tutorial explores the art of the Ancient world to that of the Medieval and pre-Renaissance period with the aim of describing and analyzing the fundamental forms of Art Historical discourse and its methodologies.

An in-depth writing intensive study regarding the value of art in social discourse.

A combination of studio practice and research that explores uses of myths and symbols in feminist image making.

Part's music can be viewed as being created in two idioms, one dodecaphonic, and the other modal. Both idioms seem to exhibit an interesting correlation in compositional technique which is dependent upon musical elements that Part views as Platonic forms, unchanging, eternal and not susceptible to the vagaries of human intervention. This tutorial aims to explore these elements, their use and construction in all of Part's music.

Composition, critique and revision of poems on a weekly basis. An exploration of poetic voice and persona.

Based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), this course guides project leaders through the application of the project management process groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling, and closing. Key topics include project selection and scoping, time management, risk identification, quality planning, team building, and project communication. Taught by Karen White at Marlboro College Graduate Center.

Exploring different modes black creative non-fiction in James Baldwin, Ta- Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Cornel West and others.
In this tutorial we will focus our attention on style and form in the literary works of Jean Toomer, Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine, Gloria Naylor and Ralph Ellison.
Looking at critical race theory and how black bodies affirm and deny stereotypes. How white Americans appropriate, support and continue black American traditions in various ways, and how black Americans find power in movement.
In this tutorial I would like to engage with works pertaining to the subject of creation and creativity. Most specifically, I would like to analyze this human phenomena from the lens of religious perspective. The work in this tutorial would be researching, reading, and writing about creativity, and also perhaps a musical piece that demonstrates what I've learned throughout the course of the semester.
In this tutorial, I would like to enhance my ability to craft my written word into a lyrical piece. We will explore sound pallets , influences, and contemporary culture to help me contextualize my work within today's cultural framework. We will work with my pieces to bring them into the body and heighten the visceral experience for my listener. We will work both on the page and with recordings.
A four-credit intermediate level exploration of central theories used in macroeconomic analysis centered on the textbook Macroeconomics by Blanchard and evaluated primarily through exams on theory and a research proposal incorporating current peer-reviewed economic literature.
An exploration of the works of Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, and Frederick Hayek, among others.
A study of the relationship humans have with domesticated crop species, specifically the selection of secondary metabolite concentrations within these plants, as well as the role of these compounds in preventing the decline of bee populations.
Art history and writing 101, practice writing essays in art history.
Students with some experience with Mandarin but who are too advanced for a beginning course can take this tutorial in order to prepare for next semester's "Practical Chinese II" course.
Exploring themes of faith and atheism in the novels of Dostoevsky with comparison to the faithless world of Camus, culminating in a long paper.
This tutorial will be focused on muralism and other visual arts in Latin America. This will include stuyding the links between precolonial indigenous art and primitivist art, the influences of classical European painting in Casta painting, and the social and educative intentions of muralist painters. Students will research and talk about indigineous art and its effect on artists like Orozco, Rivera, Tamayo and Basquiat.

A seriies of sculpture projects derived from the student's two dimensional efforts.

An exploration of the botanical and anatomical world as it is and as we know it. This will then inspire and inform an invented world of creatures and landscapes in the mediums of watercolor, oil paints, and pen and ink.
An exploration of the spiritual themes in Andrei Tarkovsky's seven films, culminating in a large paper on his work as a whole. For text Tarkovsky's book "Sculpting in Time" will be used, along with his Diaries and possibly other sources as well.

In this tutorial we will read "The History of Photography" and talk about new and old innovations in technology of the camera.

This tutorial will examine the anthropological concept of multiculturalism in the United States of America, with a specific focus on multicultural and bicultural identities. The readings will predominately center around the multicultural identities of American Indians who were students at federal American Indian boarding schools; however, we will also engage with several readings about Greek-Americans and how they navigate their identities. This is a reading course, and therefore there will be no essay assignments over the course of the semester; however, the student is required to come to each tutorial session prepared to discuss all assigned readings, and must email a 600-word response paper to the professor on Tuesday nights before class. At the conclusion of the tutorial, a take-home essay test will be designed and administered by the faculty instructor, in collaboration with the student’s Plan sponsors, to be graded as part of the independent portion of the student’s Plan.
Readings centered on landscape and estate in Russian culture, emphasizing the interplay between urban and peasant ('pastoral') cultural narratives in relation to Russian national identity.
In this one credit tutorial I will be reading a selection of articles and nonfiction on the topic of economic policy in Scandinavian countries and their unique combination of free market capitalism and strong social welfare. I will be looking at Michael Booth's "The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia" as well as Mary Hilson's "The Nordic Model: Scandinavia since 1945" and having a short, once a week meeting to discuss questions and writing on the subject.
A Plan specific tutorial focused around the creation of a series of stereoptic illustrations capable of demonstrating what J.J. Gibson's ecological approach to visual perception defines as event changes (for use in latter experimentation).

This tutorial will explore the concept of translocality and how research participants negotiate a transcultural identity. Another objective is to work on the reflexivity part of my research and to place myself within the (cultural) context of my fieldwork.

This tutorial will introduce the practice of analyzing qualitative data gathered from fieldwork (experiences). In this tutorial I will reflect on participants' individual opinions and perspectives in order to draw collective conclusions about the gathered data. I will experiment with multiple data-analysis approaches. The intention is to provide myself with how to best analyze the data collected.
This tutorial exams the works of Russell Hoban, Cormac McCarthy, Anthony Burgess, and Ursula K LeGuin, along with secondary sources in order to assess the importance of language to their creation of story.
This tutorial onSex and Gender in the DSM that will culminate in an analysis of the relationship between the field of psychology & the LGBTQ community & how they inform one another.
This tutorial will explore the practical application of chemistry to cooking. By working closely with a professional chef we will explore particular kitchen skills and cooking practices. We will apply our knowledge of chemistry to these processes to explore the chemistry underlying the cooking. The course will consist of kitchen sessions with the chef to practice cooking, home projects for further practice, and regular discussions about the intersection of chemistry and cooking. The tutorial will culminate in a paper describing how central ideas in chemistry underlie specific cooking practices.
This tutorial will broadly cover chemical reactions that convert raw ingredients into attractive, flavorful food. We will study questions like "Why does a souffle rise, and why are they so easy to deflate?", and "How is caramelization different from the Maillard Reaction?" The ultimate goal of this tutorial is to product a paper that describes the chemistry behind many cooking techniques and recipes.
The goal of this tutorial is to perform an in-depth laboratory study of the Maillard Reaction. The Maillard reaction is a named reaction by which short chain reducing sugars and amino acids undergo a non-enzymatic reaction which produces poorly characterized molecules which are responsible for the flavors in foods which have been "browned." One aspect of this tutorial will be the study of the sugar content in foods before and after browning. As an example, we will study the production of black garlic (which takes 30-40 days) to illustrate exactly what the Maillard Reaction can do. This tutorial will include the production of journal-style paper describing the results of the laboratory investigations.
This tutorial will closely examine the ecological issues close to home here at Marlboro. The topics revolve around conservation and relevant forest ecology. The primary objective is to deepen the understanding of the forest that surrounds us here in three senses, the "natural" longstanding features of the land, the challenges that it currently faces from human interaction, and the solutions that are created in order to address those issues. Land use will play a major role, looking at recreation, agriculture, and the proposal put forward in the Spring of 2015 concerning the protection of Marlboro's own forested lands.
This course will focus on the identification and taxonomy of common fruiting fungi in Vermont. We will concentrate on mapping a portion of the Marlboro College woodlands with specific species that are present and information on their habitats. When the weather gets too cold for mushroom hunting we will concentrate on the biology and lifecycles of fungi.
This tutorial is an intermediate level study of observational astronomy. Over the coming semester we will continue the reduction of public images taken with the Very Large Telescope's Fors2 camera in Paranal, Chile of the globular cluster NGC 5904, and begin doing the photometry in order to create a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. In addition to this, the goal of this tutorial will be to create a 20 page draft paper describing the process and the scientific theory behind the image reduction, photometry and the use of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram in Astronomy. Our main tool will be IRAF, and we will be using a variety of sources to understand how image reduction and photometry works and how to do it in IRAF.
A weekly meeting to discuss and critique works related to each participants plan work of interest. Students will be asked to review a portion of plan work (composed by another) and respond/constructively criticize accordingly at the next meeting. This critique should include written notes or marked up drafts the author can keep to refer to as they continue to construct their plan work.
An exploration of how regulatory and developmental mechanisms are effected selective forces, working to control rate and prevalence of speciation events. Two texts will be referred to throughout the course, and classwork will largely consist of completing a literature review encompassing these works and related articles. Primary Literature: "Phenotypic Integration" By, Massimo Pigliucci "Plasticity Robustness, Development and Evolution" By, Patrick Bateson
An exploration of different scientific arguments for biological underpinnings to gender/sex and sexuality and the social context in which those arguments are made.
This tutorial will focus on the anatomical studies of Leonardo da Vinci and how the science was applied in art.
A reading of several novels written by authors dealing with their incarceration or on themes relating to it. Authors will include George Jackson, Malcolm Braly, Chester Himes, and Eldridge Cleaver.
This tutorial will focus on studying the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the first federal American Indian boarding school to open in the U.S.A., which operated under the alleged mission of assimilating American Indian children into white working class society. Over the course of the semester, we will draw on information from the archives of the school, works written by the school’s students and administrators, and secondary sources.
This tutorial will examine the biographies of American Indians who received “Western� educations and later worked in missionary schools and/or federal boarding schools for American Indian students. Together, we will investigate the ways these figures navigated their cultural identities both personally and publicly, as they lobbied for different social justice concerns. The course will focus primarily on the written works of three prominent Native Americans: Zitkala-sa, Sarah Winnemucca and Charles Alexander Eastman; however, secondary sources will also be utilized in our research, and the work of some other Native Americans from similar time periods will also be explored, as well as a few contemporary American Indian boarding school biographies. Over the course of the semester, the student will be required to write and revise one 20-35 page essay, to be included as part of her academic Plan project. A large portion of course meeting time will be devoted to discussing and revising this paper.
A further exploration of James Joyce's Ulysses, with emphasis on criticism and relevant sources. An in-depth focus on selected chapters of Ulysses as well as criticism of Joyce, and investigating Joyce's own influences, with particular emphasis on the novel's evasive approach to meaning and its status as a piece of realism. Reading List: Selections from Scienza Nueva by Giambattista Vico The Post-Structuralist Joyce reader A Biography of James Joyce Chapters of Ulysses (Telemachus, Nestor Proteus, Eumaeus, Ithaca, Penelope)
This tutorial will focus on the role of the profit motive and privatization in the postwar era and into today. We will look at how personal profit increasingly became the focal point of the American national identity, its role in the development of the postwar consumer culture, and how it relates to a diminishing focus on communal responsibility and communal resources.
An examination of methods by which poets approach the complexity and intricacy of their personae's past, and more specifically, their personae's long-term relationships, both with people and places. What sort of language can most effectively give the reader a sense of this persona's history? What shape does the tone of intimacy most commonly take in contemporary poetry? How can such intimacy be fabricated or imitated by an author without such experiences? What roles do grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary play in writing such a thing effectively?
Read Saint Augustine's On Christian Doctrine with a particular focus on his rhetoric. There will be weekly written responses and a final paper.
The tutorial will be a continuation of where Latin 1B left off. The tutorial will meet 4 times a week. Two of the sessions will be auditing latin 1A. One weekly session will be spent reading collected letters of Saint Augustine, along with excerpts from his Confessions in latin. The focus of these sessions will be to identify and understand the grammar constructions present in the texts. Another weekly class will spend the first 12 weeks dedicated to completing the remaining 12 chapters of the latin textbook Wheelock, starting with the subjunctive and ending with fear clauses and direct questions. In the remaining 4 weeks of this time slot we will translate Roman writers such as Catullus, Cicero, and Jerome, with a focus on applying the grammatical structures covered over the semester. There will be weekly vocabulary quizzes, and weekly take-home translation assignments. There will also be a midterm and a final exam.
An exploration of the current discourse on social security in a historical context.
An exploration of the daily lives and activities of nursing home residents in three facilities, with an emphasis on civic engagement.
This tutorial takes a philosophical approach to questions of the lived experience of being old.

Writing, re-working, and finalizing sections of Plan with a focus on Dostoevsky and Gogol, culminating in approximately 100 pages of writing.

A slow reading through the Small Compline in Greek, focusing on vocabulary building, stem meanings, and sentence structure.
Readings from St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Germanos of Constantinople, St. Nicholas Cabasilas, St. Maximos the Confessor, Alexander Schmemann, Aimilianos of Simonopetra, St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite, Hieromonk Gregorios, and more.
Weekly group writing and discussion towards the completion of individual Plan projects.
An investigation of the role of gender, sexuality, and local party politics in campaigning and governing in the State of Vermont.
An exploration of the rhetoric of "hope and change" in the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama, the distance between rhetoric results, and the impact of Obama's presidency on political attitudes and participation.
A case study of the Election of 1840, with a focus on the development of modern political parties and mass campaigning.
A survey of Feminist and Post-Colonial Literary Theory and Criticism, and exercises in the application of theory to critiques of fiction.
This tutorial will focus on the practice of critical-constructive writing in religious studies approached from a personal perspective.
This tutorial will explore the hermeneutic of liberation through various Indian Buddhist tests.
This tutorial accompanies the introductory class I am teaching in Buddhist philosophy.
Hermeneutics is the philosophical examination of how experience is constituted by understanding and interpretation. As a discipline, it endeavors to ask: What do we do when we interpret? Is interpretation a value-free judgement? Is it an act of critical engagement? An inevitable consequence of human activity? Does interpretation require a method? A theory? A grounding in principle? Could there ever be something like a "science of interpretation"? Or is interpretation something particular to the scholarly practices of the arts and humanities? In this tutorial, I will explore these questions through the accounts of hermeneutic thinkers such as Schleiermacher, Dilthey, Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricouer, In addition to facilitating a knowledge of the individual philosophies, the tutorial will consider how hermeneutics as a whole has evolved: Has the tradition maintained any particular tenets throughout its history? What notions have been altered? In conjunction with addressing the growth of hermeneutics, specifically, this tutorial will consider the relationship of hermeneutics to phenomenology: How are the two related? How do they differ? What accounts synthesize the two? What critiques separate them? Furthermore, we will attend to hermeneutics in the field of philosophy more generally; by examining critiques of individual hermeneutic thinkers and hermeneutics as a discipline, I hope to draw out nuances of the philosophy through dialogue with other traditions, with different sets of problems, and with varying vocabularies of formulating human experience.
From the present vantage point, we know Buddhism spread throughout Asia as a religious symbolic structure, as a cultural and philosophical vocabulary, and as a material and political system. Thus we have a general conception of what happened — we have a narrative that traces the trajectory of the tradition. However, this tutorial will endeavor to ask how it happened, and important, what contexts acted upon how it happened. Specifically, we will examine how various Buddhisms, in a diversity of ways, were understood in China. Our exploration of these sininicizations will consider: In what way were both the doctrine (soteriology, hermeneutics, metaphysics) and social practices (textualities, ritual, institutional power) of different Buddhisms changed in its adaptation in China? How were Confucian and Daoist symbolic structures influential in the initial reception of Buddhisms? What was the relationship between Buddhist institutions, doctrines, and apologetics and the Chinese imperial state? How was doctrinal development, sectarian formulation, and philosophical systemization a part of the acculturation of Buddhisms?
Introduction to Korean history from pre-modern Korea to beyond. The history of Korean language and the fast growing economy of Korea and impact of this to other countries.
This tutorial will attend to the manners in which Buddhism was variously understood, interpreted, and acculturated in China. We will consider both agents of the process and the contexts in which those agents were conditioned. Thus, on the one hand, our tutorial will facilitate a historical, cultural, and sociological frame of reference that addresses the transformation of Buddhist social practices, textualities, and institutional structures. Simultaneously, this tutorial will explore the doctrinal and philosophical interpretive encounters with Buddhism; thus our contextual investigations will be balanced with an attention to texts, traditions, and teachings active in innovating Buddhism. Thus our guiding question will address: What was the relationship between agents of interpretation and their horizon of understanding?
This course is designed to help students refine their plan topics through conducting bibliographic research, conceptual outlining, and making presentations.
This tutorial will explore the transformation of Buddhist theory and practice in contemporary Western contexts.
The objective of this tutorial is to establish some intimate knowledge with reference grammars of Mandarin Chinese, particularly with a focus on the verbal domain, in order to generate some Plan papers outlining a descriptive approach to Mandarin verb behavior within but not limited to resultative and directional complement environments. ... This tutorial is a detailed study of only reference, and no explanatory and theoretical, literature. The paper(s) generated shall constitute the reference review portion of my Plan project, the purpose of having such a portion being to establish the groundwork for which the critical review of theoretical works shall rely upon. This is part of a calculated process to create a coherent Plan study of theoretical linguistic phenomena in Mandarin. ... Potential paper(s) to report on the descriptive investigation of: verbs, objects, result, motion/direction, (telicity, if appropriate?) ... Potential literature to be reviewed for the above topics: Li & Thompson (1981), Tiee (1986), Chao (1968)-(Chao not owned or available in library)
My conception for this tutorial is a coursework-oriented program focused on examining and understanding core syntactic principles. While not explicitly focusing on primary literature and paper-reading for a specific phenomena or language family, the clear objective here is to continue building a solid foundation in the generative framework. This is another calculated step in developing the skills for a critical reading of theoretical literature related to my research interests in the Mandarin verbal domain. ... Proposed reading: Hornstein's (2005) "Understanding Minimalism", selected problem sets, (and potentially literature complements) ... I'd like to take a close look at this book for the textbook, which has been purported by many as a dense but extensive bridge between classic GB and the toolkit of modern Minimalism. The only "focus" is to develop my linguistic methodology and reasoning in order to strengthen both my critical reading and analyses to come. I think problem sets/exercises and teacher-related prompts will help tremendously with this. ... Paper output: Optional, perhaps a summary paper at the end, with comments on perceived changes from GB to the MP, and touching upon the theoretical gaps left unattended with respect to explaining resultative and directional complements.
The purpose of this tutorial is to access the history and theory surrounding the languages of China. In doing so, an additional aim is to generate some writing in the form of notes, commentaries, critical review, or in a combination of these. Starting with general accounts of China and Chinese language, the course will move toward increasingly more specific works about the policies surrounding minority languages, their consequences for diversity in the Chinese language family, and theoretical accounts of minority language families under the Chinese umbrella. With respect to its relation to the goals imposed by Planwork in Mandarin and linguistics, this tutorial will pursue relevant interests in Sinology and Chinese linguistics while providing the groundwork for S2 papers. Additionally, it aims to provide background for future fieldwork in the fields of language documentation and revitalization.
This semester's goal will be to move closer to mastery of HSK-5 level Mandarin, still working specifically with simplified Chinese characters. My minimum expectation of myself is to have completed the HSK-5 test prior to graduation from Marlboro. Such a level will prepare me for further study and my experiences in China/Taiwan to come.
In this tutorial, I would like to read both books and poetry about food in the Americas and write about them in Spanish.
In this tutorial I will continue to study the history of Brazilian migration. The objective is to contextualize my research about Brazilian migration patterns to Martha's Vineyard in Brazilian migration history.

Building on my work in the Ways of Telling tutorial, I will be reading graphic novels including those by McCloud, Eisner and Vaughn, as well as secondary materials on the comic form. The semester's work will culminate in the draft of a Plan essay.

Research based tutorial focusing on the Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci and his use of anatomy in art making. The tutorial will culminate in a research paper developed in tandem with my study of anatomy.
This tutorial will further my competency speaking, writing, and reading the Japanese language. Our course will accomplish this task through a tri-part objective: one, improving command of conversational Japanese; two, developing proficiency with the ideographic alphabet, kanji; and three, refining Japanese grammar. Our tutorial will meet once a week for 2 hours. In the sessions we will focus on capacity of listening and comprehending spoken Japanese. For coursework outside of our meeting, I will practice reading and writing skills. The goals of the course are to facilitate a further engagement with the Japanese language following my time abroad in Japan. As such, the tutorial is situated on the broader educational trajectory aimed at improving intellectual dialogue with the Japanese language, Japanese arts, and the religious traditions of Japan.
This tutorial aims to study the history of modern sculpture exploring some of the history of the art movements of the last 100 years. Each project will involve 2-3 readings from either Modern Sculpture (by Herbert Read). Sculpture Since 1945 (andrew causey). The Sculptural Idea (by james j kelly). The Language of sculpture (by william tucker). every two weeks we will conclude with two sculptures build using some of the vocabulary or style of the artists we are examining, and will conclude with a critique and a 2-3 pages follow up paper on the artist or artists of focus. Every 3 weeks we will meet and look at how my work will be useful to my Plan, and discuss its direction both visually and thematically. The semester will end with a larger project and a research project on a artist in one of the readings’ we have covered over the semester. The objective of this tutorial is to examine some of the influential art movements in history, to better understand the dynamics of political and emotional activism through visual expression, and prepare for plan.
A tutorial for advanced music composition. Work will include compositions for string trio and solo piano.
This tutorial will provide an understanding of the style and origins of Japanese Theater. Specifically, the course will focus on the development of No, Kabuki, and Puppet Theater as well as how these forms influence and are influenced by Japanese culture and history.
This tutorial will examine the important, yet often unrecognized, cultures of Latina theater as well as theater from across the world through the lens of gender, race, sexuality, and other identities. It will be broken into two half-semester classes. The first focusing on Latina playwrights within an intersectional framework. The second half will open up to a broader look at the culture and theater of other groups across the world. Through similar lenses of intersectionality of identity we will look at theater from places like Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Indigenous cultures.
This tutorial explores art history through the photographic medium. Our primary source will be A History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum; However, Other source materials may be included to bolster specific photographic practices or movements. To conclude the semester each student should produce a final project pertaining to the material covered in this tutorial. This can be a final paper, presentation, or series of photos.
This group tutorial will meet weekly to review, update, and critique script, production plans, and film edits related to Plan work. Students will be expected to prepare material for presentation and discussion with mentors, Brad Heck and Jay Craven—and with each other.
A tutorial on how to use medium and large format cameras, how to process large format film and printing techniques, and use the Zone system.
In this tutorial, students will learn basic woodworking skills and fluency with materials and tools.
Plan specific tutorial dedicated to the creation and refinement of the works which will later populate my gallery show, regular readings including but not limited to critiques of non-objective painters and sculptors.
This group tutorial will meet weekly to watch and deconstruct comedy films in order to analyze and discuss the editing and cinematography techniques specific to the genre. Students will be expected to provide the material for study and to incorporate the discussed methods into their own work.

This group tutorial will meet weekly to review, update and critique script, production plans and film edits related to Plan work. Students will be expected to prepare material for presentation and discussion with mentors, Brad Heck and Jay Craven and with each other.

This tutorial will focus on both printmaking and bookmaking. In addition to creating works in both mediums, students will examine the relationship between the two, and the unique opportunities they afford when used in conjunction.
This tutorial would focus specifically on the art of surreal sculpture, with an emphasis on air movement. Combining simpler materials such as wire and frabric with more complex materials of light and air, will serve to create sculptures that fall within the fantastical realm of surreal sculpture, bordering the etheral. Three large scale sculpture will be constructed as individuals that will later serve a greater purpose within a gallery installation.
Sculpture tutorial focusing on selected mediums to illustrate human anatomy and the human body in art. Gesture and mechanical/anatomical analysis will culminate into a body of work to be presented at an advanced level.
Designing and implementing a website to be used for the Khmer Children's Education Organization, a non-profit Cambodian children's school that Marlboro students, myself included, have traveled to and continue to collaborate with. This includes maintaining web presence and working with faculty (chiefly John Willis) to increase exposure and funding opportunities for the school.
Piano lessons with Chonghyo Shin.
Composition, critique, and revision of poems on a weekly basis. An exploration of poetic voice and persona.
This tutorial will consist of a journal entry every day documenting thoughts, feelings and experiences that I have abroad that are separate from the fieldwork I am conducting. I will write in the journal daily, but I will choose only a few pieces to revise and enlarge. In total, I will submit 4-5 journal entries throughout the semester that will be about 3-4 pages each.
In this tutorial, we will read the basic texts that started the Distributist movement and also how it has grown as a movement inside the United States. I will then write a reflection on the readings.
This course is concerned with examining the dramatic transformation of the religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa, which, exceptions notwithstanding, was once solidly animist. After developing a reasonable acquaintance with the traditional religions and Weltanschauungen of the “Dark Continent,� we will proceed to examine the introduction and development of the two largest world religions, viz., Christianity and Islam, into Africa and the ways in which they have been adopted, challenged, resisted, and altered by various societies. With a more or less regional lens of analysis, particular attention will be paid to the dramatic growth of Christianity and Islam on the eve of decolonization and the decades directly thereafter. What factors may be adduced to account for the striking success of both religions? Who converted, when, where, and why? Is it possible to discern certain conversion patterns on the continent? These are but some of the many questions with which we will contend. Denominationalism, conversion, syncretism, indigenization, fundamentalism, sectarianism, pluralism, conflicts over law, political involvement, and the future of African religion will be specific foci of study.
The purpose of this tutorial is to support a paper on urban heterogeneity in Brazil of which I will be a cosponsor. The chief aim of the paper itself is to fill a lacuna in the literature on urban heterogeneity by analyzing such in the context of the Brazilian urban system. Although my colleagues and I will examine and discuss Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, we will devote special attention to the Amazonian cities of Belém and Manaus and the northeastern city of Salvador, an early site of settlement. And yet while we will examine the aforesaid cities in reasonable depth—and are definitely keen to extend analyses of Brazilian urban systems beyond the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasília—our principal aim is to analyze the Brazilian urban system as a whole and to demonstrate its fundamental systemic unity. We will do so by both quantitative and qualitative means. For the paper, I will be concerned chiefly with analyzing and discussing the state of the scholarship on urban heterogeneity, establishing the importance of the Brazilian urban system as a focus of study, describing economic inequality and "stop-and-go" economic growth in Brazil, making some general observations related to the project, and remarking upon Brazilian economic trends.
A reading seminar that builds a Commonplace Book with entries on natural law.
A reading seminar that builds a Commonplace Book with entries in contemporary political theory.
This tutorial looks at how children embrace and come into gender. How they deal with gender dysphoria, what their families are like, and their school lives. What is it like to be a child and trans/questioning gender?
An exploration on the ways individuals learn to form healthy and trusting attachments. Focusing first on child development withing the family and moving to and through adolescent development. The goal of this tutorial is to draft a major Plan paper and fill in knowledge gaps.
This tutorial will guide me while I am conducting ethnographic work in the field and later writing an ethnography from my research findings and experiences. In this tutorial I will learn how to explore and interpret my research data (interviews and field notes). I will also learn how to properly transcribe interviews. I plan to write four papers that are about five pages long throughout the course of the semester. The first will be submitted on the 30th of September, the second will be submitted on the 30th of October, the third on the 15th of November and the fourth on the 3rd of December. These papers will all serve as drafts from which my plan will be constructed.
In this tutorial, we will explore texts on body image as it relates to psychology. Some topics may include self perceptions of the body, psychological implications of physical disability, the significance of self image in everyday life, and more.
Reading "Ecological Engineering Design: Restoring and Conserving Ecosystem Services" plus one other approximately 450pg book on the topic of Environmental Economics. A total of 20 pages of writing on the subject as well.
Throughout the course, the tutorial will study some of the major thinkers in economic thought including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, Keynes, and Friedman.
A study of intermediate macroeconomic theory based on the textbook Macroeconomics by Blanchard & Johnson.
A study of intermediate microeconomic theory based on the textbook Microeconomics by Besanko & Braeutigam
The goal of this tutorial will be to continue and refine my research into colonial and post-colonial African language policy and draft plan papers on the topic, as well as exploring new areas of linguistic interest that may arise outside of African languages.
This course will explore the concept of agency as it is applied to and by sex workers. The readings will be a mix of theory, memoir, journalism and mixed media such as zines. The course will examine the false dichotomy that has sprung up between abolitionists and defenders of sex work and provide a critique of both groups methodology. We will try to find an approach that can be used to start an honest and meaningful conversation between these groups and in society at large. This course will be primarily readings and short responses but also will be a space open to start plan writing as well.
This tutorial will complement the work that I am doing in the main class.
In this tutorial, we will be going over the basics of Pre-Algebra to help prepare me for other math classes offered here.
Learn many of the concepts that underlie all programming languages. Use functional programming and contrast it with object-oriented programming. Through experience writing programs and studying different languages, learn the key issues in designing and using programming languages, such as modularity and the complementary benefits of static and dynamic typing. This course is neither particularly theoretical nor just about programming specifics – it will give you a framework for understanding how to use language constructs effectively and how to design correct and elegant programs. Furthermore this course will cover the design and implementation of compiler and runtime systems for high-level languages, and examine the interaction between language design, compiler design, and runtime organization. Topics covered include lexical and syntactic analysis, handling of user-defined types and type-checking, context analysis, code generation and optimization, and memory management and runtime organization.
A self-designed laboratory project on Bisphenol-A (BPA) and how it interferes with the human endocrine system.
The goal of this tutorial is to produce a review paper about research on how environmental estrogen affects functions in the human body. This paper will provide context for a self-designed laboratory research project on environmental estrogens.
A tutorial for continued work on plan components relating to computer science.
A tutorial for continued work on plan components relating to mathematics.
In this tutorial we will review text, primary literature and videos relating to sex in the animal world, including but not limited to sexual selection, courtship behavior, sperm competition, and mating systems. This work will result in some short research papers, written responses to the reading and a 15-25 page "graphic story" (in illustrated comic form) on a related topic of interest.
The main purpose of this tutorial is the continuation of the efforts begun last semester to designate a portion of Marlboro College's forested land as the Marlboro College EcoReserve. As background for this effort, I will explore forest management and conservation in depth, using relevant texts. Writing for this tutorial will include OpEd pieces and a research paper culminating in a conservation proposal to Town Meeting.
An in depth look at how computers communicate and how they secure that communication. We will look at basic cryptography and wireless security, learn about networking at the protocol level, current technologies used in penetration testing and counter measures to protect assets.
The origins of Jazz music have been historically described in two ways: First as what Jazz historian Randall Sandke calls, “the product of an insulated African American environment shut off from the rest of society by the strictures of segregation and discrimination,� and more recently as what many describe as an “ethnic melting pot.� However, more nuanced theories have emerged regarding Jazz’s origins. Indeed, in a recent ethnomusicological study entitled, “Subversive Sounds: Race and the Birth of Jazz in New Orleans,“ Charles Hersch argues that Jazz “emerged from social and political regulation aimed at enforcing racial purity.� More specifically, Hersch contends that Jazz music was largely the product of the effect Jim Crow segregation had on an already complex racial dynamic that existed in New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 19th century. As a result, this tutorial attempts to explore the racial politics of New Orleans, Louisiana during the the early 19th century with an emphasis on Gayatri Spivak's theory of "strategic essentialism" as well as Mikhail Bakhtin's theory theory of "carnivalesque."
This tutorial will extend our previous analyses of historical, political, social, cultural, economic, and religious processes in the Central Highlands of Vietnam to embrace all of mainland Southeast Asia and southwestern China. Relevant case studies in neighboring areas may also be examined.
An introduction to classic and contemporary approaches to environmental ethics.
This tutorial will be grounded in fieldwork done in Cambodia collecting oral histories on medical experience, belief and practice. This tutorial will seek to provide the foundation for contextualizing and interpreting those personal narratives. In terms of context, the interviews will be supported by research into the politics and history of Cambodia in the past 50 years, as well as the changes that have occurred in terms of medical belief and access. I will also be looking into Buddhist understandings of the body to provide background for some the concepts and practices I encountered. Primarily, the tutorial will seek to make sense of what I encountered, and to deeply consider my role as a (very privelaged) interviewer and interpreter of other people's stories and culture.
A study of medieval Persian epic poetry focusing on the stylistic and thematic features of two texts-- The Conference of Birds and The Shahnameh. We will also examine the enduring influence of these texts on contemporary Persian culture and identity. Another goal of this tutorial is to learn Persian and read selected passages from these texts.
In this tutorial, we will review French Grammar (Intermediate I) and practice French conversation for everyday situation and travel. Homework, Quizzes and oral examinations. Meeting twice a week.
This tutorial will start with an overview of the concept of Antropófago, an idea that was presented by Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade in his essay Manifesto Antropófago. This tutorial will consist of an analysis of the essay and concept, as well as the history behind the desire to eliminate this colonial perspective. Further writings will apply de Andrade’s concept to Brazilian American or Brazuca literature, specifically Samba Dreamers by Kathleen de Azevedo.
This tutorial will explore the history of minority literature in the U.S., with a focus on Nuyorican literature. The two books that will be analyzed will be A Partial Rememberance of a Puerto Rican Childhood by Judith Ortiz Cofer and Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas. There will be a brief overview of the history in order to further analyze minority literature as it is perceived in the U.S. today.
Intermediate Latin tutorial.
Examining Vergil and the history behind The Aeneid.
An exploration of graphic novels, and some predecessors, from a variety of artists and writers in order to learn how to write them ourselves. The first half of the semester is more reading intensive; the second half focuses on creating original material.
Intensive work on the novel, both writing and mutual critique.
Chinese composition practice for writing a chapter of the Plan in Chinese.
This is intermediate/advanced Arabic meeting at 11:30 to 12:20 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
A writing seminar for seniors completing their plans of concentration.
In this group tutorial, we will discuss and analyse selected Medieval literary texts in Modern French translation such as : - Les Lais, Marie de France - Le chevalier au lion, Chrétien de Troyes - Perceval ou le conte du Graal, Chrétien de Troyes - Le roman de la rose, Guillaume de Lorris et Jean de Meung - Les Fabliaux du Moyen Âge Requirements : Homework, oral presentations, compositions, Grammar and vocabulary Tests. Meeting twice a week.
This tutorial will begin as a survey of David Foster Wallace's works, utilizing close reading and written responses. As the semester progresses, we'll shift towards drafting longer form analytical papers in preparation for Plan work.
Writing and editing Plan papers.
A painting group tutorial studying the history and techniques of impressionism, expressionism, and primitivism. In this class we will explore: ~roots and major themes of the three different styles ~questioning the objective quality of the different genres ~discovering what makes an image powerful ~the different intentions of each method By the end of the class we will develop a deep understanding of key artists, skill in a practical sense, and a higher visual literacy.
This tutorial aims to answer a number of questions about a series of musical interactions occurring in the Caribbean and across the Atlantic Ocean in the 19th century. By considering everything from colonial trade practices to the exoticizing of all things non-western, this tutorial will investigate the cultural, economic, and geographic factors that allowed the Caribbean to not only form, but also disseminate a number of musical idioms that are still present in musical vernacular today.
Supporting work for Plan, this tutorial will focus on printmaking and drawing as active, additive, and multilayered. This tutorial will explore scale and layering, and the relationship between two-dimensional work to three-dimensional work produced in other tutorials. I will also explore the relationship between content or meaning and its visual expression.
This tutorial will support the creation of a body of work for plan. It will build on prior coursework in ceramics, and push ideas to a further stage of development. The work will be primarily abstract, and will explore repetition, scale, form, and surface. Several pieces will be made, some will be repeated forms with variations, some will be large scale pieces. All will relate to work done in other tutorials, and to a way of making that is intuitive and process based. This tutorial will also focus on bringing content and meaning into the work without sacrificing immediacy and expressiveness. The approach will emphasize content and making, and learning more technical skills will come from executing the projects.
This tutorial will support a body of work made for plan. It will build on work done and skills acquired in prior courses, as well as introduce new materials and methods of making. Materials such as paper, fabric, cardboard, wire and found objects will be utilized explore forms, and these may become more permanent and refined in works made from more durable materials. Light and fragile materials such as paper will also be used to create final pieces. The tutorial will explore the relationship between two and three-dimensions, and will create a dialogue across these different kinds of making. This tutorial will draw heavily from and expand upon work made in my ceramics and two-dimensional tutorials, allowing a conversation to emerge between all of them. A crucial part of this particular tutorial will be to turn intuitive and responsive ideas into something more refined and concrete, and to keep convert immediate and expressive ideas into a plan for something constructed and final.
This tutorial will be dedicated to revising drafts of the script that will ultimately be my plan performance.
This tutorial will focus on the intersection of interview and narrative, as well as themes of empathy, travel, and transition. It will culminate in a plan paper.
Violin lessons with Moby Pearson.
In collaboration with Jean O'Hara's seminar in production, I will work on skills necessary for scenic design, including but not limited to drafting, construction, modeling, and aesthetic/dramaturgical research.
An exploration of the relationship between humor and visual art. This tutorial is open to all mediums but will focus primarily on works in clay and mixed media. Humor plays an important role in softening, shaping, and delivering a wide range of commentary. Humor is often used as a tool for both accessibility and exclusivity. This class will reference and draw from historical and contemporary artists who employ this in their work. Students will have the opportunity to express and challenge different brands of humor through work, discussion and critique.
Private cello lesson with Paul Cohen
A practice and exploration in watching dance work and creating close readings. Taking note of how trust and support is found in individual performers and in relational contact.
A drawing-based tutorial on the above subjects.
A student run ensemble dedicated to free improvisation and interpretation. Students will both perform written scores by composers such as Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff and compose their own, culminating in a concert at the end of the semester.
A research based tutorial using Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity" to explore gender performativity within pop music.
A hands-on songwriting workshop focusing on original compositions.
Instructors Julian Gerstin (percussionist) and Eugene Uman (pianist, arranger) will help participants develop skills while playing music that uses specific rhythms as their basis. Emphasized Latin styles will include Cuban Son, Rumba, Bolero and Cha-cha-chá, Brazilian Partido Alto, Samba Reggae, Bossa and Samba, plus Colombian Cumbia.
A continuation of work from last semester, playing Jazz standards in weekly rehearsals with a performance at the end of semester.
Topics include classical and non-classical logics, Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory, construction of the natural numbers, and paradoxes of the infinite.
Field recordings of birdsong will be analyzed using a spectrogram and inform the composition of an original piece of music based on birdsong for the independent component of plan.
Theory and practice of electrical circuits and components, following the material in Scherz and Monk's "Practical Electronics for Inventors, Third Edition", ISBN 0071771336.
The tutorial, taught by Rachel Gravel, is a continuation of the study of German language and culture. In addition to continuing the acquisition of new vocabulary and grammatical concepts, there will be a major focus on diction and German prosody.
In this tutorial, we will investigate the elusive dialogue between words and visual images, and consider how we "read" or interpret both prose and pictures. Beginning with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a genre-bending autobiographical novel that explores the convergence of memory and imagination, we will explore Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, David Small's graphic memoir Stitches, Wright Morris's memoir The Home Place, and Lynd Ward's Vertigo. We will consider the point at which images enter the texts and examine how they act to undercut, reinforce, and/or expand the written narrative.
A tutorial designed to facilitate the drafting process of two Plan papers. The papers will examine subjects such as thematic similarities in films that take place in the course of a single night (or within 24 hours), and the importance of place in film. Films to be considered may include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe,"Glengarry Glen Ross," and Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope".
The production for an original chamber opera on Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' with be designed and rehearsed. The goal is to have the opera ready for performances in Vermont and New York during the Spring 2016 semester.
In this tutorial, the writings on the life and work of Franz Liszt from a variety of historical sources will be examined and studied. In particular, there will be a focus on the literature about Liszt's songs. The capstone project of the tutorial is a paper on Liszt's lieder and his German prosody.
A study of Schenkerian Analysis culminating with a paper and an accompanying graph.
Private instruction with Robert Merfeld in piano.
Rehearsing and performing the 2nd and 3rd movements of the Brahms Violin Sonata no. 1 Op. 78 in G major.
A tutorial designed to oversee the drafting process of a feature-length screenplay for Plan. Additional writing will include two analytical papers examining films unfolding in a single night, and the importance of place in film, respectively.
In this tutorial I will participate in the parts of the Calculus One class necessary to prepare myself for Calculus Two next semester. This will include a review of limits and differentiation, as well as an exploration of anti-differentiation and the fundamental theorem of Calculus. I will complete the midterm exam as a homework assignment, as well as various practice problems. I will participate in class beginning with antiderivatives and continuing for the rest of the semester.
The purpose of this tutorial is to serve as an introduction to the field of Algebraic Topology using Allen Hatcher's book. Possible topics include Fundamental Groups, Homology, Cohomology, and Homotopy.
A series of examinations designed to demonstrate mastery of a broad selection of undergraduate mathematics topics.
The purpose of this tutorial is to refine a plan paper produced in the previous semester on Algebraic Geometry and write a short paper documenting previous work done on Narcissistic Terraces.
The purpose of this tutorial is to synthesize previous course work and student research done relating to knots and links in order to produce a paper that will be part of the student's plan of concentration.
The purpose of this tutorial is to serve as an introduction to Category Theory using Harold Simmons's book. Possible topics covered include categories, functors, natural transformations, limits, colimits, and adjunction.