First-Year Showcase

E&H students begin their academic career in Core 100: Self.

In this class students develop a foundation for critical and humane inquiry, consider the application of skills in academic and professional settings, and learn how to take responsibility for their learning. They also complete one or more collaborative projects which are usually presented in the Kelly Library at the end of the semester as part of the First-Year Showcase.

This year we are proud to present a small selection of projects from Core 100 classes online since we are unable to gather in person.

Activism and the Arts: Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and the Vital Work of Social Change with Prof. Kelly Bremner

“Artists have always reflected and challenged the times they live in. This course studies the history of the connection between activism and the arts, and imagines how we might use our own potential as artists to challenge the issues facing the world around us.”


Food and Place with Prof. Ed Davis

“Eating is an agricultural act, says the farmer-poet Wendell Berry of Kentucky. Whenever we buy food, wherever we buy it, our choices determine what farmers can make a living at. The story of our food is an amazing one, and in this course, we explore many facets of it, particularly how Southern and Appalachian people have produced and prepared food.”


Move It or Lose It with Prof. Beth Funkhouser

“Do we stop playing because we grow old, or do we grow old because we stop playing? How do movement and activity define us? Movement is tied to our physical and mental growth, development, and health outcomes, as well as our social structures and culture. This course explores how we understand and examine movement throughout our lives and its integral role in our health, happiness, and humanity.”

Sitting Well

Movement Starved Kids

Movement Starvation and the Autism Spectrum

Moving in Place

Movement as Expression

Banned Books with Prof. Travis Proffitt

“Oscar Wilde once wrote, “The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.” In this course students read three novels which have, at different times and for different reasons, been deemed so inappropriate, controversial, or taboo that public schools and libraries have pulled them from the shelves.”


Reel to Real: The Portrayal of Stereotypes in TV and Film with Prof. Samantha Amos

“This course examines the portrayal of stereotypes in society, focusing on 1) race, ethnicity, and culture, 2) sexual orientation and gender identity, and 3) physical ability and mental illness, within TV shows, movies, and documentaries in the 21st century.”


Navigating Morals in the Age of Technology with Prof. Eric Grossman

“How much of yourself is online? This course explores a range of issues that emerge when you interact with technology, such as online reputation, virtue signaling, using humor as a Turing text, and sex robots.”