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Summer Term 2023


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Summer Term 2023


  • Summer Term
  • Intercultural Learning Programs (NEH Programs)
  • Collaborative Research Projects

Summer Term

Intercultural Learning Programs

  • Lisa Harris, Director, Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study and Health Professions Advising
    Judy Thorn, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment

    Why does it matter who your healthcare provider is? Aren't providers all the same? Aren't patients all the same? This project will engage students in a careful examination of the collaboration between physician and patient, and how this collaboration is impacted by the socioeconomic status, gender identity, and racial identity of each, which influences the quality of healthcare. Observations and conversations will happen both in the classroom and during off-campus site visits to medical schools within the region allowing students to hear first-hand accounts of healthcare providers. Students will be encouraged to engage their own personal reflections and experiences as they grapple with the larger systemic issues of intersectionality, social justice, and equity. This project is open to students across the spectrum from those interested in health careers to those interested in the manner in which services and resources are apportioned in American society.

    Program Dates: 12 June-30 June (plus a remote component the week of 10 July)

    Prior Experience Needed? None. Students from all majors (or undeclared) are encouraged to apply.

  • Instructor: Deirdre Dougherty

    Participants will explore the educational and community experiences of Mexican Americans in Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois through a series of seminars, field trips, and service projects that will immerse them in local history and contextualize contemporary struggle. Structured as a series of interactive seminars, participants will engage various scholars whose work specializes on the history of Chicano education in the Midwest. We will work closely with community-based organizations, visit historical sites in the Quad Cities area, and engage in collaborative archival research at the Iowa State Historical Society and the University of Iowa's Women's Archives. Together, using our background knowledge and drawing on our original research, we will develop a curriculum materials for the Davenport Community School District with the aim of preserving collective memory through the development of public facing resources that highlight histories of marginalized, othered, or oppressed groups. 

    Program Dates: 6 July-3 August, 2023

    Prior Experience Needed? Students from all majors (or undeclared) are encouraged to apply. An interest in or coursework in Spanish / Latin American Studies, History, and/or Educational Studies is advantageous. 

  • Instructor: Natsumi Hayashi

    This experiential learning project will explore the history of Japanese Americans living in Chicago, following their footsteps. Compared to Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans on the West Coast, Japanese Americans in Chicago are not often featured. How did Chicago's relationship with Japan begin? Did you know many Japanese Americans came to Chicago after leaving the internment camps? We will use online sources, experts' talks, and descendants' experiences of their involvement in activities regarding historic preservation. We'll also conduct field research to decipher where they came from, how they lived before, during, and after World War II, and what Japanese Americans are doing now. During a one-week stay in Chicago, we will visit the University of Chicago Library, Buddhist temples and a Christian church, Japanese American cemetary, the old 'Japan town' area and Japanese American internment camp, and the Phoenix Gardens, where the prewar World's Fair and Japanese Pavilion were located. The importance of history as a link to the present and the importance of passing on history will be understood through research on the history of Japanese Americans and the context in which it exists in today's society. The intercultural project can also be an opportunity to reflect on personal family history. As a culmination, students will learn how to conduct research through practice and create a digital archive on the reseach experience. 

    Program Dates: 7 June-3 July, 2023

    Prior Experience Needed? None. Students from all majors (or undeclared) are encouraged to apply.

  • Instructor: Alyssa Mathias

    This program uses music to explore the diversity of Middle Eastern cultural life in the United States. It is open to students at all levels of musical experience (including beginners). Participants will learn to perform repetoire from US-based Arab, Armenian, Jewish, Kurdish, and Turkish communities, while learning about key moments in Middle Eastern immigrant history. Hands-on immersion starts from day one at Knox, with rehearsals, listening exercises, private lessons, and movie nights, alongside classroom discussion of history and culture. During the third week, participants travel to Chicago, IL and Dearborn, MI for workshops with renowned musicians, visits to cultural sites, and independent research at the Arab American National Museum. Expect good food and plenty of dancing. Back on campus, the program culminates in a public concert, where students will also deliver oral presentations on their Chicago and Dearborn experiences. 

    Program Dates: 5 June- 30 June, 2023

    Prior Experience Needed? None. Students from all majors (or undeclared) are encouraged to apply. Music performance experience is beneficial, but not required. Selected students will represent a mix of experience levels and should be open to learning new musical techniques and/or instruments. 

  • Instructor: Gonzalo Pinilla

    This immersive experience will introduce students to Latino immigrants' contribution to the Chicago Mural Movement, a pivotal moment in the history of community activism in Chicago. By exploring art history research theory and practice and curatorial methods through a series of seminar, assigned readings, field trips, and independent research, students will learn about the history and comtemporary discussions on community activism through the visual arts. Particular emphasis will be placed on how education, immigration, identity, and political and social issues affect visual representation. The experience will include a one-week trip to Chicago to study cultural artifacts and historical sites in the Pilsen neighborhood area, attend private lectures, visit artists studios, and conduct self-led research at places such as the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. For the interdisciplinary project students will learn about some open educational resource tools such as StoryMap JS to produce a map that charts the locations of murals and explore how public art is imbued with questions about space, power, and community. 

    Program Dates: 6 June- 3 July, 2023

    Prior Experience Needed? None. Students from all majors (or undeclared) are encouraged to apply. Completion of some coursework at the 200-level or higher in ART, ARTH, LAST, SPAN, EDUC, HIST, or ANDO would be beneficial but not required. 

  • Instructor: Brandy Wilcox

    What defines an "American" identity? Is it heritage? Is it the performance of culture? And in that case, what makes up that culture? From enslavement, colonization, and immigration, it is nearly impossible to define "American" without a multitude of other identities included within the definition. Whether African-American, German-American, LGBTQ+-American, Disabled-American, or any other _____-American identity, the performance of these identities are informed by the multiple experiences of the intersectional heritages, practices, and traditions of these folk groups.

    This project explores the intersection of multiple identities present in the population of Knox College students, faculty, and the communities that connect us throughout the midwest. Not limited to those with a government-defined "American" identity, we will examine and analyze the traditions and cultural practices of various identities in contact with US-American culture. Through the lens of folklore, we seek to identify, analyze, and present how various folk groups respect and honor their multiple identities while living within a US-American context. Beginning with the Abolitionist-American identity of Knox College, we will then travel for German-American heritage and 4th of July celebrations. Each of these themes will be the research for the first three episodes of the project's podcast, tentatively titled "Performing [____]-American Identity," with the last episodes coming from students' personal projects. 

    Program Dates: 20 June- 18 July, 2023

    Prior Experience Needed? None. Students from all majors (or undeclared) are encouraged to apply. Ability to identify an element of identity you would like to explore in the context of how it intersects with the questions of "American" identity. 
    Preferred: Podcasting experience, audio editing experience (ie: Audacity), journalism and/or informational interviewing experience, performance background, formal or informal affiliation with a heritage group. 

Collaborative Research Projects

  • Instructor: Scott Harris, Lecturer, Religious Studies

    What lies behind the power of a video game to hold an audience in its narrative world? In this project, students will explore how video games communicate meaning by analyzing narrative video games through te lenses of myth and ritual. Students will address the fundamental research question, "is the interactivity between player and narrative in a video game analogous to the interactivity of a religious ritual?" In a video game, the player enacts the narrative even as the narrative steers that action towards a predetermined conclusion. This dynamic, in which the player feels an illusionary sense of agency, will be our starting point.

    Program Dates: 12 June- 21 July, 2023 (no meetings on 4 or 5 July)

    Prior Experience Needed? None.

    Anticipated Meeting Days/Times Each Week: Tentatively, the group will likely meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for facilitated meetings in a shared workspace, as well as additionally scheduled regular one-on-one meetings with the instructor. Students will work MWF independently. 
    Note: Students are asked to engage with the project (with the group or independently) for a total of 25 hours/week.

  • Instructors: Nathalie Haurberg, Associate Professor of Physics and Mark Shroyer, Associate Professor of Physics

    From Galileo's earliest observations that helped dislodge the notion that Earth was the center of the Universe, to Henrietta Leavitt's discovery of Cepheid variable stars which helped give us a handle on the size of our galaxy and expanse of the Universe, to Edwin Hubble's observations that the Universe is ever expanding, it would be hard to argue that any single scientific instrument has transformed the way that humanity views itself in relation to the cosmos more than the telescope. Students will learn relevant astronomy and physics to carry out observational astronomy projects utilizing the Knox Observatory. 

    Program Dates: 12 June- 21 July, 2023 (No class meetings 4 or 5 July)

    Prior Experience Needed? There is no prerequisite, but it is recommended that participating students have completed at least one course in any of the introductory lab science courses at Knox, have some basic mathematics skills (algebra, trigonometry, and geometry), and have an interest in astronomy.

    Anticipated Meeting Days/Times Each Week: This project requires nighttime availability. We will meet MTWThF from 3:30-5:00pm and most every clear evening after dark. 
    Note: Students are asked to engage with the project (with the group or independently) for a total of 25 hours/week. 

  • Instructor: Hilary Lehmann, Assistant Professor of Classics

    Knox College prides itself on being founded by radical abolitionists. Yet the Founders' abolitionism sits uncomfortably within their historical and geographical context. The westward expansion of settler colonists like George Washington Gale was motivated by Manifest Destiny, the cultural belief that Europeans were destined to occupy North America, displacing and often eliminating its Indigenous inhabitants. In this project, students will use archival materials to examine how the Founders' abolitionism clashed with their anti-Indigenous and white supremacist beliefs, and will create a digital museum to display the results of their research. This project will appeal to students interested in local history, Black and Indigenous histories, archival research, and using digital platforms to share information. 

    Program Dates: 12 June- 21 July, 2023 (No class meetings 4 or 5 July)

    Prior Experience Needed? None.

    Anticipated Meeting Days/Times Each Week: During weeks 1-2, there will be daily (1-2 hour) seminar meetings. Students will be responsible for 2-3 hours of preparation outside of group meetings each day. During weeks 3-6, students will spend up to 5 hours working in the archives each day in addition to seminar meetings on Mondays and Fridays.
    Note: Students are asked to engage with the project (with the group or independently) for a total of 25 hours/week.

  • Instructor: Jonah Rubin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology

    In this collaborative digital ethnography, we will try to develop a social justice-oriented approach to media literacy education. Efforts to combat "fake news" are usually presented as apolitical, objective, and neutral efforts to teach students to recognize reality. Drawing on decolonial and abolitionist methods, this project seeks to uncover the subtle yet powerful political forces that lie beneath such claims of news objectivity. We will conduct research on current approaches to combatting mis- and disinformation, both to understand their political assumptions and to develop better alternatives that center decolonial, abolitionist, and social justice methods of news literacy. Research opportunites are available in either English or Spanish. 

    Program Dates: 12 June- 21 July, 2023 (No meetings 4 or 5 July)

    Prior Experience Needed? There are no prerequisites to this project. Students with Spanish language skills would be most welcome.

    Anticipated Meeting Days/Times Each Week: The group will meet Tu/Th from 1:00-4:00pm in the Abolition Lab or, weather permitting, on the Gizmo patio. Students would also be required to work independently outside of these hours.
    Note: Students are asked to engage with the project (with the group or independently) for a total of 25 hours/week. 


  • The initial, first-choice registration period for Summer Term: TBD. 
  • A late registration period: TBD  
  • Current Knox students: Please complete the Summer Term Course Preference Form: TBD.
  • Knox students should consult with academic advisors during the Spring Advising / Pre-Enrollment Period.
  • Non-Knox students: To register, please complete this form: TBD.
  • To register for a Summer Term course, please submit your completed form to the Registrar at
  • Note: Knox may cancel courses for which there is not sufficient enrollment by the end of the initial registration period.
  • Payment is due by TBD.
  • Summer Term Calendar
  • Summer Term 2023: June 7 to July 1.
  • Course Meeting Times. Courses meet according to their individual daily schedules. Please see the course descriptions above.
  • 1.0-credit Courses: Generally meet during the time periods of Monday-Friday mornings and Monday, Wednesday, Friday afternoons
  • 0.5-credit Courses: Meet Tuesday, Thursday afternoons.
  • Last Day to Add/Drop a Course: End of the Second Day of Classes
  • Last Day to Elect S/U Grading: End of the Fifteenth Day of Classes - TBD
  • Last Day to Withdraw from a Course: End of the Fifteenth Day of Classes - TBD
  • All relevant Knox College Academic Rules and Regulations apply.
  • Tuition
  • For Degree-seeking Knox undergraduates and Undergraduates from other institutions:
  • $1600 per 1.0 Knox credit (3.3 semester hours)
    $800 per 0.5 credit (1.6 semester hours)
  • Knox College first- and second-year students who are behind on credits, Non-degree-seeking continuing education students, high school students, and auditors:    
  • $800 per credit
  • First-year Knox students with fewer than 9 credits, and second-year students with fewer than 18 credits may take a single summer term course for $800. To qualify for this discounted tuition, first-year students must have been registered for three terms and have completed fewer than 9 credits including transfer, AP, and IB credits. Second-year students must have been registered for six terms and have completed fewer than 18 credits including transfer, AP, and IB credits.
  • This discount does not apply to independent study courses and internships. The discount does not apply to transfer students. Please contact the Associate Dean of the College if you have questions about these policies:
  • The Knox College Student Handbook and Knox College Honor Code apply to all students.
  • Room and Board
  • Housing will be available on campus ($268 for the term--single rooms only). Students can apply through the Campus Life Office. (Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, housing is available only to degree-seeking Knox students in 2023.)
  • The Gizmo hours will be announced later. The Hard Knox Cafe is not open during summer. 
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Students enrolling in the Summer Term are ineligible for Knox College Scholarships and Knox Grant awards. Knox students may receive Title IV Federal Aid; non-Knox students would not be eligible. Students must be enrolled in at least 1.5 credit hours to be eligible for federal loans and at least 1.0 credit to be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. The amount of aid is determined based on the remaining eligibility for the current academic year. Students should communicate with the Office of Student Financial Services regarding their eligibility for Title IV Federal Aid.
  • The following Title IV refund schedule will be applied to the Summer Term:
Return to Title IV Refund Policy
If withdrawal occurs... … before 60% of the term is completed ...after 60%-100% of the term is completed
Knox will collect % of Title IV Aid equivalent to % of term completed 100% of the Title IV Aid
Title IV refund will be % of Title IV Aid equivalent to % of term that was NOT completed $0
  • ACM TREP or Tuition Exchange (TE) programs do not apply to Summer term courses. Knox employees and tuition benefit-eligible dependents can enroll in summer courses tuition free as long as the course already has sufficient enrollment to meet the minimum requirements.
  • Billing and Refunds
  • Students enrolling in the Summer Term will receive a billing statement one week after pre-enrollment for the Summer Term. Payment for the Summer Term is due May 20 and monthly payment plans are not available. Please note that late payments may result in a $50 late payment fee.
  • The following refund schedule will be applied to the Summer Term:
Tuition Refund Policy
If withdrawal occurs... … before 10% of the term is completed ...after 10%-100% of the term is completed
You will be charged $0 100% of the term’s tuition
Tuition refunded will be 100% of term’s tuition $0
  • Billing Statements will be available on May 8 and June 8 through the CASHNet payment system.
  • On-Campus Employment
  • A limited number of on-campus jobs are available each summer, mostly in the area of Facility Services. Please check Handshake for availability.
  • Academic Accommodations / Disability Services
  • In keeping with its earliest commitment to access to all qualified students, Knox College promotes the full inclusion of students with disabilities because that inclusion adds depth and value to the educational experience for all of its students. For students with documented disabilities, it is the goal of the College to provide an environment encouraging full participation in and equal access to its programs and services through the provision of reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are provided within the framework of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. 
  • Requests for Accommodations: Students requesting accommodations are directed to the Office of Disability Services, whose professional staff will document the nature of the disability, determine the ways in which it impedes access to the educational experience, and coordinate an appropriate modification or adjustment to ensure access. Anyone seeking additional information about disability support services at Knox College should contact Stephanie Grimes.
  • Health and Counseling Services
  • These services will be available on a limited basis.
  • Library
  • College library resources are available to all registered students. The library will post hours of operation during summer term.
  • Network / Wireless Access
  • All enrolled students receive online course material access, library, and information resources, and access to the Knox wireless network. 
  • Use of Athletic Facilities
  • Athletic and recreational facilities are available according to the regular summer schedule published by the Athletics Department.
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