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Arts

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A15: Fanfiction, Creative Writing, and the Art of the College Essay
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Maisha Kamal

What does fanfiction have to do with writing a college essay? A lot, actually. The world of fanfiction is all about telling a story with characters that exist, a skill that comes in handy when penning an essay to the university of your choice. In this class, you'll get a chance to look at popular fanfiction, try writing your own, and then learn how to translate those abilities into something much larger: college essays and everything after.

A17: Z(eitgeist): The Beginning of Everything
Difficulty: **

The world of literature is a wonderful, multifaceted mess. Sometimes books are informative. Other times, they’re just entertainment. Occasionally, they make political statements. But perhaps some of the best books are those that strongly reflect the time period they were written in. Whether it’s the roaring twenties in The Great Gatsby or colonialism in Heart of Darkness, translating zeitgeist into literature gives us a peek into the past that, if written well, is vibrant and enthralling. In this class, we’ll explore popular works of literature that encapsulate their eras, discuss what makes them successful, and learn how to interpret and transform the events happening around us into something similar and striking.


Prerequisites
A working knowledge of the books to be discussed, whether it's just a Wiki reading of the book blurb (without ruining the plot for yourself) or information from class discussions.

A26: Technology + Art: Deception and Integrity
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Seung Hee Rodman

We will discuss the role and limitations of technology in our visual interpretation of the world.

A35: Art of Junk
Difficulty: **

A beginner class to the idea of sculpting, this class teaches the basics of 'ready-mades"—everyday, typically mass-produced, objects that artists turn into art. We will learn what they are, the different types, and a basic instruction on how to make them. Then, students will have time to make a ready-made themselves.

Note: This class will be at York Prep (40 West 68th Street)


Prerequisites
Please bring any items that you believe you can transform into 'ready made' art (ex. shirts, paper plates, napkins, paperclips etc.) It is not necessary to transform an object to create a ready made, but try to only bring objects from home that a parent or guardian would be okay with you taking!

A20: The Golden Age of Music: The Early 90s to the Early 2000s
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Larry Sulner

Explore the golden ages of pop, rock, and hip-hop, and examine how the artists of yesteryear have lasting legacies and impacts today.


Prerequisites
Appreciation of music that's older than you are

A33: Shoot People Like a Pro: Crash Course in Digital Portrait Photography Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sara Louie

Do you love HONY? Are you fascinated by people? Do you simply want better content for your Instagram? Got a DSLR camera and don't know what to do with it? Want to take your photography to the next level?


In this class we'll dive into the world of portrait photography from the master photographers and portrait types to the techniques of shooting a great portrait, anywhere. We'll go over photography techniques (i.e.: composition, lighting) and camera terminology (i.e.: aperture,shutter), so that by the end of this class you'll be better equipped to get the perfect shot.

All skill levels and experience welcome.


Prerequisites
An interest in photography! If you have a DSLR camera, please bring it to class.

A11: Contextualizing Horror Films
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Katira Campos

Why do we like to be scared? What can horror movies teach us about ourselves and the world around us? Is the horror genre an effective means of portraying social and political anxieties? This seminar-style class, which will feature extended clips from well-known horror films, will discuss these questions and more.


Prerequisites
-Students should be interested in learning more about horror films

A5: Wonder Woman and Feminism
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Jessica Kraker

When it comes to modern literature and entertainment media, we often come across characters and plotlines that seem eerily similar to celebrities and current events. This, in it of itself, is not odd – writers are a product of their environment and their work is often influenced by the world they live in. However, sometimes there are fictional character so in tune with shifting beliefs and culture that they change to reflect that time period. Whether it be to reflect the different authors’ beliefs or to appeal to an evolving audience, the character is mercurial. One such character is Wonder Woman - after all, no other has been more in touch with the pulse of feminism in America.

A29: Dramarama! An Intro to Theatre
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Haley Dobson

This class prepares students to face the world of stage performance with confidence, curiosity, and maybe just a little too much enthusiasm. We will be engaging in basic acting exercises that will cover various topics from onstage communication to performing in character. Some exercises may be improvisational in nature.

A37: Introduction to Creative Writing
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Ryan Schulte

A class-long conversation about what makes great creative writing. We will read and listen to works of art, from James Baldwin to Jamaica Kincaid to Billie Holiday, and learn about why they are so effective. We will discuss techniques that you can use, anytime,
anywhere, to make you a better writer. While class participation is encouraged, this is a lecture-based class.

"For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business." - T.S. Eliot

A21: Collage
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sari Weisenberg

This course will explore the role of collage throughout modern and contemporary art history both aesthetically and sociopolitically, let students know where they can see interesting collages in NYC museums and galleries, and offer various techniques and tools for students to make collages of their own. Collage has been an important tool in art for mapping out new ideas with pre-existing materials, which also allows the medium to be ideal for responding to issues in the world.

If you're interested in digital collage, please bring your own laptop.

Note: This class will be at York Prep (40 West 68th Street)


Engineering

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E39: What's up with the MTA?: Why Your Train is Always Late
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Joshua Cutler

A perspective from a current Macaulay student and transit enthusiast. Learn about the inner workings of the MTA, why subway service continues to deteriorate even as fares increase, why upgrades take so long, and what can be done to "make the MTA great again."

While this is primarily an engineering class as it pertains to an industry and will cover some technical components, politics will also be discussed.

E32: The How of Music
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Joseph Shaker

This class will explore the journey the music takes from the performers head to your ears.
Expect to learn something about Music Theory, Acoustics, Electronics, Microphone Technique, Digital Recording and Sampling, Post Production, and Marketing.
We will host some interactive demos, time permitting.


Prerequisites
Some background in music playing or production or some background in introductory physics would be ideal but not required. Some background in Trigonometry would be very helpful.


Humanities

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H25: Rap and American Culture/Politics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Linda Luu

We will listening to various songs by Hip Hop and Rap artists including Public Enemy, Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, and Lauryn Hill among others. We will discuss how these songs give insight into the sentiments of millions of Americans living in America and how rap music has historically served as a vehicle for Black Americans to resist oppression.


Prerequisites
None

H14: Fighting Poverty: Lessons from Brazil
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Oscar Rodriguez

In this course we will examine one strategy Brazil has used to tackle its problems of poverty and inequality. We will study the social program Bolsa Familia using concepts from economics and political science and explore what this has to teach us about the history and politics of Brazil.

H19: Power and Resistance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kendra Cornelis

What is power? How do we get it? How do we stay in power, once we have it? These are questions that political theorists have been asking since we began dividing and organizing ourselves into communities and states. Why do we do what we're told? Why do we act against our own best interest, even if no one is telling us to? Why don't we always revolt when our leaders fail us, and when we do, will it work? This class will be a brief overview of the theory and scholarship that's used to analyze these concepts today, and then we'll try to apply what we know to real life.

H7: The Joy of Government! Citizenship, Politics, and Government
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jeremy Cumberbatch

We've all heard bits and pieces of the state of politics in our nation, but why not get to know the context and framework of these political issues a little better? Learn everything about how government works, the electoral college, and modern political parties. This class looks at the legality of many issues and how they relate to the three branches of government and the constitution. You will come to understand how convoluted and yet intriguing our government is and why it is important to be an informed and engaged citizen!

H30: Fun with Logical Fallacies
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kelsy Hillesheim

How can you be certain that what others tell us is true? You can use logic to analyze their arguments and look out for logical fallacies. This course will cover common logical fallacies how to spot them in context. By the end of this class, you will be able to not only know whether an argument is valid, but why (and finally win that argument!).

H6: Sports and American Culture
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Avi Goldman

We will study the impact that sports have had on American society - how they are inextricably bound and how they have come to shape one another - with particular attention paid to specific athletes and events. (The Olympics, Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig, Jesse Owens, WWII, Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, Magic/Bird, Michael Jordan, O.J. Simpson, the Steroid Scandal, LeBron James, Concussions and more)


Prerequisites
http://www.hbo.com/sports/sport-in-america-our-defining-stories/video/sport-in-america-our-defining-stories-preview http://www.espn.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/070427 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrB3rOcrJxg

H23: Gender and Sexuality: What's with all the letters?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jehan Miah

Identity is a large and complicated idea that, with time, has been growing on a societal level. Gender and sexuality, in particular, are among the most complicated aspects of that identity, as the spectra of each are coming into light. Though these spectra have existed as long as humans themselves have, a significant portion of the population is continually baffled by how deep the concepts go beyond the binaries. Starting with a historical introduction to the LGBT movement in the US, this class hopes to clarify the complexity behind the notions of gender and sexuality, as well as reveal the modern day difficulties, marginalization, and overall experience of those who identify within the community. Of course, no two people experience life the same way, and this class will explore the idea of intersectionality of gender and sexuality within the context of the other aspects of identity, as well.


Lunch

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L3: Lunch Period
Difficulty: *
Teachers:

Enjoy a break for lunch with your friends and Macaulay Honors college students! Please register for at least one lunch period.


Math & Computer Science

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M28: Building Your First Website: Programming for Beginners Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rina Schiller

By the end of the hour, you will be able to build your own simple website! You'll know the basics of building a website and understand what web development takes. No previous programming experience required.

Note: This class will be at York Prep (40 West 68th Street)

M2: On (some of) Hilbert's 23(+1) Problems
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Diljit Singh

We will go over the history, statements, and consequences of some of Hilbert's Problems. In any permitting time we will offer a proof* of Hilbert's 7th problem (the Gelfond-Schneider Theorem) or focus on aspects students may be interested in. Please email: diljitsingh22 AT gmail if you have any questions.

There will be snacks! Email me for dietary restrictions too.

* We may skip the proof of some results.


Prerequisites
A want to learn. We will explain as much as is needed.


Science

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S31: Coffee Chemistry: The Science Behind the Bean Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lisa Guerrera

Caffeine is the most widely used and abused drug in the world. Join me in exploring the chemistry behind the magical coffee bean and the science of getting the perfect cup of coffee (if it's even possible). In this class, we will be making coffee in many different ways and sampling them in the hopes of finding the classes perfect cup. We will be going in depth on flavor profiles, water temperature, brewing methods, grind size and many other topics. Come slightly tired because y'all will be AWAKE after this class!

Note: This class will be at York Prep (40 West 68th Street)


Prerequisites
Basic chemistry (would be helpful but not entirely necessary)

S18: Geo + Tech
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Maximilian Ioffe

You may think that geography is this boring field of dusty maps and a lot of memorization. Through its beautiful fusion with computer science, nothing can be farther from the truth. It is (and always has been, but now even more so!) an exciting field of crucial analysis, super big data, and gorgeous visualizations. In a short fifty minutes, I want to show you a glimpse of a world I discovered not too long ago and am very passionate about - the world of geography technology. I hope to introduce some of the most important computer science concepts, all of which lie at the foundation of the present of geography technology and shape its future, show some really cool projects I've done in my short time tinkering in this field, and discuss what geography really is. In the end, my mission is to spark your interest in a field of science not yet "big" in school and college circles, but huge in the real world and, hopefully, cause a paradigm shift in the way you see and analyze relationships amongst things. See you then!


Prerequisites
None, except your curiosity and a desire to listen to me ramble

S10: Memory Myths: The Creation of False Memories
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Gabriela Rico

Have you ever had a word or name "on the tip of your tongue," but been unable to remember it? Have you ever mixed up the plot of two different books? Have you ever found that you and a friend have two completely different recollections of the same event? If you've answered yes to any of these questions and you're interested in learning why, this course is for you! This is an interactive psychology course focusing on debunking common myths about memory, particularly about the strength of our memories and their resistance to change. Using several classic cognitive psychology paradigms, you will learn how memories are formed, stored, and recalled, and perhaps even more interestingly, distorted. We will also talk about how false memories are formed and what implications false memories have on our lives.

S8: Crash Course in Genetics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Brianna Naizir

What makes you, YOU? With trillions of cells in the human body that are constantly performing complex processes to keep us alive, the least we can do is learn a little more about them! This course will introduce you to the field of genetics, focusing on rules of heredity, gene expression, gene regulation, and the basics of epigenetics. Discover more about yourself and learn some facts about biology to impress your friends!


Prerequisites
High school level biology

S9: Biogeography. Biodiversity. Bio. Bio. Bio!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Iman Mamdouh

What happens when you merge biology with geography? You get biogeography! And what is the connection between biogeography and biodiversity? I will answer these and many more questions as we touch upon concepts like Pangea, Geology, Biogeography, Biodiversity, Migration, Niche, and Invasive Species. No previous knowledge of these terms are necessary, I will walk you through all of it! By the end of the class, you'll see how truly connected the flora and fauna across our globe is and how it interacts with processes and changes on Earth, to conclude that nature is far from random.


Prerequisites
Basic understanding of science and eagerness to learn!

S13: Flavor Tripping with Miracle Berries Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Nuri Jung

Synsepalum dulcificum, known as the Miracle Berry, is a fruit that when eaten, causes sour and bitter foods to taste sweet due to a glycoprotein called miraculin. In this class, we will be learning about the science of taste. We're also going to be putting the science into action with a Miracle Berry taste test.


Walk-in Activity

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W41: Macaulay Honors Information Session
Difficulty: *

What’s all the hubbub? This is the ONLY class that parents are invited to attend. However, students are welcome to attend as well. Learn more about Macaulay and what it offers to students. Get to know the college from both the administration and student perspective. Ali Kamara, Associate Director of Admissions will be in attendance to answer any questions.

Parent Sign-Up: https://goo.gl/forms/GHldTeU0cuXRpoMy2

W22: "This Is How We Do It: 90's Hip Hop Dance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Demi Moore

Students will be introduced to the foundations of hip hop dance through an interactive workshop experience taught by Macaulay Crew (MaCrew) Co-Captains.

Note: This class will be at York Prep (40 West 68th Street)


Prerequisites
N/A

W38: Origami
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alicia Manjila

This class will teach students how to make origami classics like the crane and a standard box. Demonstrations of different creations will be run throughout the hour. Stop by!

W43: Treats & Tea with Macaulay Students
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Sara Louie

Wind down from Macaulay Splash! by chatting with current Macaulay students. Ask us about what college life is like, how we chose our college, interesting experiences we've had, or simply chat with us about how today went!

If tea is not your thing, there will also be coffee and light snacks will be provided.


Miscellaneous

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X27: An Introduction to Competitive Pokémon
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kristian Mosquito

Have you ever fought your way through the Elite Four and wanted more from the Pokémon games? Ever been bothered that your friends always beat you? Look no further! This class will teach you how to win at Pokémon! It will also cover the basics of the competitive gaming mentality.


Prerequisites
Students should have a basic knowledge of the Pokémon games (i.e. played them at least once).

X12: Moroccan Food Culture Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Mitasha Palha

Learn basics about Morocco and its exotic food culture and enjoy a hands on activity to experience mint tea and bread making skills.

X34: Professional Presentations 101
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Max Bernstein

A quick lesson on how to properly make a professional presentation. I will explain formatting, speaking styles, and some tricks to make it easier.

X42: Crash Course in Conversational Arabic
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Saim Siddiqui

Arabic is a language spoken by almost half a billion people, you've sure to have encountered it before. They say it's a very difficult language to learn... They're right. BUT it's not hard at all on the first day! Come to this class to learn some basic Arabic phrases and introductions. By the end of this class, you will be able to introduce yourself and hold a short conversation with a native speaker.

Note: This class will be at York Prep (40 West 68th Street)

X4: Bodega Battles
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lucien Formichella

This class will be an analysis of the many ways bodegas, delis, and sandwiches effect American culture. It will examine how bodegas (and delis) shape neighborhoods, the role they play in immigration, race, and economics, and the struggles of bodegas today. The class will also discuss sandwiches through history, and the search for a perfect sandwich.


Prerequisites
a healthy appetite and a love of meats

X1: Taking Control of Your Health
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Haley Dobson

We are constantly being told what is good and not good for us in terms of our eating habits. In a world full of fad diets and intense workout routines, it is important to understand the basics of how your body takes in and uses food. Students will be given the tools they need to take control of their health without the often confusing and harmful advertisement of the newest health crazes.

X24: Different Students: Demographics' and Identity's Roles within the Classroom
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jehan Miah

The CUNY system is one of the most diverse student bodies in the world: socioeconomic status, race, language, and even national origin, every student has a unique set of life experiences. With this diversity, however, comes an overwhelmingly idiosyncratic assortment of learning styles and difficulties. As students, we all have different exposures to the world of education, and, as such, we all learn differently. Working class students undergo a different learning experience than upper class students; students of color experience a discrete educational environment than white students would; the list goes on. This class hopes to educate students on the intricacies of the classroom environment, and how they, as peers, can be conscious of the many different situations surrounding them.

X40: Monsters Among Us
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Heather McCallum

Introductory seminar to teratology, the study of monsters. Students will learn about the three types of teratology (clinical, literary, and psych-socio), a brief history of the monsters we're most familiar with, and how these stories were motivated, migrated, or mutated in response to historical events. We'll look at story cycles and key tropes in monster stories that universalize our monsters despite geographic gaps.


Prerequisites
World History (American and European) Basic Geography English **Students should be aware that the subject will deal with prejudice and real-life violence, and may include disturbing images at a PG-13 level, to the effect of images of lynching, redacted crime scene photos, images of medical anomalies, or Nazi propaganda. Although the lecturer does not take a position in support of these vulgarities, it is important to display these images to provide a full account of real-life atrocities and the monsters among us.