MORE Spring 2016 Courses

Published on November 4, 2015

There are a few great courses outside of this list of cross-disciplinary options.  They are below.  If you have questions, please be in touch with faculty that are listed in each offering below.  Enjoy!






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The focus of the class is to be making things which are directly connected to how we interact with the natural world, and how we communicate this to an audience. Some of you might be more interested in a pedagogical or didactic approach, others in an interpretive, experiential approach. This course is cross-listed as a class in the Center for Environmental Studies to encourage dialogue across disciplines.

The class includes a trip to Panama during Spring Break to the coastal mangrove forests, the rain forest, and to areas where rare flora and fauna have yet to be identified and yet are facing extinction. The study abroad component is optional for students on a tight budget, but it would give them access to sights, sounds, colors and textures that they might never have imagined (like a primeval howling monkey or blue-crowned motmot). Please let me know if you have any questions.

Laura Chessin


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mOb Studio is a community engaged, service learning studio course which works with clients from the city of Richmond to provide high quality design outcomes. Students work in a dedicated downtown studio and work with faculty, staff, professional mentors and visiting critics to solve problems. Projects range from new uniforms for a historic theatre, to site and structure plans for a community garden, to publication, identity, and experiential design concepts.

To register, please send an e-mail to Kristin Caskey at with a description of your work and interests and your interest in interdisciplinary work. Come visit and see what it’s all about!!!!! 205 East Broad St.
Class meets this spring T/TR from 2:00-4:20 and the CRN is 25920, FASH 402



I (Professor Russ am planning to offer a new course on design in the spring semester. It focuses on design for highly constrained environments. It is motivated in part from some work we’ve done in the pass several years to explore the need for simple, low cost medical devices for hospitals and clinics in developing countries.

The constraints in these settings thwarts almost all western-centric approaches to problem solving. I am interested in working with undergraduate students from all disciplines to explore techniques to turn constraint into an opportunity for the most creative type of problem solving.

This course will be offered in a studio format at Middle of Broad. I am optimistic that this rich environment for creativity in the service of the community will influence the experience for all students enrolled in course. I am deeply grateful for the kind reception this idea has received from John Malinoski, Kristin Caskey, and Camden Landew.

Enrollment will be limited to 20 sophomores. I would be delighted to have 3-4 students from the School of the Arts engaged. I am convinced that the best models of innovation education will include the most unlikely suspects.