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The courses I teach:

Honors World History II Honors 
This required full year course is a continuation of World History I. The class asks students to analyze the makings of the modern world while continuing to build skills in research-based writing and argument design. Beginning with the European Enlightenment, students compare revolutions in the American English Colonies, France and Latin America. Focus then shifts to the Industrial Revolution and development of Modern Economic Systems and Communist Political Movements. Through economic, political and social lenses, students assess the reasons for and impacts of Imperialism in different parts of the world. World Wars I & II provide the stage for an examination of contemporary 20th century issues including economic interdependence, Cold War conflicts and the development of organizations for multi-lateral decision making. Finally, students will elucidate a contemporary world issue in a formal presentation to the public. This course is for students with excellent skills in reading, writing, class participation and organization.

Philosophy & Thought - Grades 11- 12 
This semester-long course is designed as a course in abstract thought, both in history and in practice. It will introduce students to many of the celebrated thinkers since antiquity through readings, discussions, and thought experiments. This is a course of deep analysis and the exploration of fundamental ideas such as: Who are we? What does it mean to exist? How do we know we actually know something? What is consciousness? What is beauty or art and who gets to decide? What is right and wrong and who gets to decide? How do we know something is of “high quality?” Students will read primary source material written by philosophers such as Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Foucault. In addition, students will discuss and write analytic papers on topics such as time travel, the nature of beauty/art, free will and determinism, and the mind-body problem. Finally, students will apply newly acquired knowledge to discussions and writing on issues of global importance such as poverty, war, and international human rights.