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Sample Classes for Prospective Students

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Fall Sample Classes

October 9: Dealing with COVID-19 in Shanghai while working as an ESL Teacher

Friday, October 9th @ 10am ET
Geneseo Graduate, Ally Jones

Ally will be talking about her initial reasons for moving to China after graduating from Geneseo, and how those reasons have grown and shifted throughout her time there. She will also touch on the obstacles she’s encountered while teaching English as a second language, COVID-19, company bankruptcy, and the shift to teaching online. She encourages you to attend and be ready to ask questions!

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October 15: Philosophy of Race & Racism: On the Concept of White Privilege

Thursday, October 15th @ 4pm ET
Professor Amanda Roth

This class session asks: how can philosophical tools of reasoning   and argument help us better understand the concept of white privilege--and socio-political privilege more generally--as well as the often contentious public discourse around white privilege? We will draw on the classic paper by Peggy McIntosh "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," recent philosophical work on the notion of privilege, and our own experiences talking  about the idea of white privilege in everyday life.

Register for Oct. 15 philosophy sample class

October 15: The Importance of Social Media Marketing

Thursday, October 15th @ 5:30pm
Professor Ian Alam 

Description: Social networks are one of the fastest growing industries in the world. As a result, social media is quickly becoming one of the important aspects of marketing. The purpose of social media marketing is to build a brand and increase a brand’s visibility, through building relationships and communicating with potential customers. Yet, using social media for the purpose of marketing is a challenging task. In the class, we will explore these challenges and the best practices for effective social media marketing techniques.

Register for Oct. 15 social media marketing sample class

October 19: Paris: From Roman Times to the Present

Monday, October 19th, 2020 @ 6:00pm ET
Beverly J. Evans, Distinguished Teaching Professor of French

This class will present an overview of the history of Paris, focusing on major moments in the evolution of the city from its early days as a Celtic, then Roman, settlement to the present-day City of Light.  (No knowledge of French required for this session.)  

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October 21: Introducing Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Make Competition Irrelevant

Wednesday, October 21st @ 5pm ET
Professor Steven Brookstein

Companies are better off searching for ways to gain "uncontested market space" over competing with similar companies. These new spaces are described as "Blue Oceans", compared to the struggle for survival in bloody "Red Oceans" swarming with vicious competition. The Blue Ocean Strategy represents the simultaneous pursuit of high product differentiation and low cost, making competition irrelevant. A whole new way to look at new business opportunities.

Register for Oct. 21 sample class

November 2: History of Music in Western Civilization Since 1750

Monday, November 2nd @ 4pm ET
Professor Monica Hershberger

Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll classical music? In this class, we will examine Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Strangely enough, Berlioz wrote this symphony in 1830 to tell a story about a lovesick artist who eventually overdoses on opium. After we examine the history and sound of the Symphonie Fantastique, still widely performed by symphony orchestras across the world, we will consider how this piece complicates the popular notion of classical music as "high art." 

Register for Nov. 2 sample class

November 4: Intro to LGBTQ+ Identities

Monday, November 4th @ 4pm ET
Professor Alice Rutkowski

This sample class, taught by a faculty member in English and Women's and Gender studies, is part of the basic Safe Zone workshop as offered here on campus. It introduces students to the basics of LGBTQ identities & suggests strategies about how to become a better ally - whether you identify as part of the community or just want to better support the people you know in the community. Class will be co-facilitated by student Hannah Fahy.

Register for Nov. 4 sample class

November 5: Preparing for College Vocal Auditions - Virtually!

Thursday, November 5th @ 7pm ET
Dr. Gerard Floriano

This course's aim is to give high school students preparing for college voice auditions the do's and don'ts of how to prepare a successful virtual college audition using Zoom and piano tracks.  The course will be divided into two sessions - one for classical voice, and one for musical theatre - and will be hosted by Dr. Gerard Floriano, who serves as Chair of the Department of Music and SUNY Geneseo and Artistic Director of Finger Lakes Opera, with faculty from the SUNY Geneseo Department of Music.

Register for Nov. 5 sample class

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