Christine Henseler teaches classes in Spanish on contemporary Spanish language, literature, culture and technology. In English, she teaches courses on Generation X, on media culture and literacy, remix culture, the Arts & Humanities and the Liberal Arts. She team-teaches with faculty from across the college, in particular with colleagues from the Computer Science Department on topics pertaining to new media, social networking and computer games. She has also developed several multidisciplinary courses taught by faculty across campus, including the Humanities Super Seminar and "Entrepreneurship and Digital Media," a course generously supported by Michael Rapaport, Union alum of '59. Prof. Henseler is fluent in Spanish, German and English.
Union College (2001 to present)
Courses taught in Spanish
Courses taught in English
Spring 2013: In Your Face: The Self in the Digital Age
Spring 2014: The Arts & Humanities in Health and Healing
Spring 2015: Humans vs. Zombies: Humanistic and Scientific Reflections on the Apocalypse
Spring 2017: Street Smarts: The Future of Urban Living
Spring 2018: Alexander Hamilton
Middlebury College (Summer 2005 - Visiting Assistant Professor)
Cornell University (Fall 2004 - Visiting Assistant Professor)
SUNY Fredonia (1999-2001 - Assistant Professor)
Joint tenure track appointment in the Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures and Women's Studies.
Spanish Mutant Fictioneers: Of Mutants, Media Mutations and Mutations in Fiction (SPN 306 - Fall 2011)
In this course students worked on a class Ning site, wrote critical blogs (see below) analyzing the work of Agustín Fernández Mallo, Alberto Olmos, and Doménico Chiappe, and developed and wrote digital storytelling projects through Google Maps, such as this one:
Artific Innovation Hub: A Student-Driven Course for Spring, 2017
Over the course of the summer of 2016 and the academic year 2016-17, three Scholars students and I will research, discuss, and develop the next Humanities Super Seminar. This Seminar will take the shape of an interdisciplinary hub emphasizing the integration of the arts and humanities into other professional fields and how this integration applies to/affects Millennials in significant ways.
Each student will spend the summer doing research on how their field of interest intersects with the arts and humanities and why these interactions matter to the Millennial generation. These interests include Mathematics, Economics, and Health.
During fall term, we will meet repeatedly to sift through the research conducted by all members of the team, refine this research, and work together to develop a syllabus for the Humanities Super Seminar. We will focus on specific plans for the hub sessions, aiming to demonstrate the ubiquitous role of the arts and humanities in daily life. To enhance and focus on the Millennial perspective, these students will get to co-lead the class during spring term 2017. The students will write blog posts throughout the project to chronicle the process and develop a more formal written piece at the end of the project. They have also expressed interest in presenting their findings at a future conference.
The students involved in this project include Elizabeth Altman, Elizabeth Ricci, and Laura Marlin.
The Liberal Arts Scholars Colloquium (SCH 300)
(not yet taught)
You belong to the Millennial Generation. You have been born into a century marked by unique social, political, and technological challenges. How do you prepare for your future life and career in the twenty-first century? And how does your Liberal Arts education at Union College provide you with the skills you need to confront your future successfully?
In this class you will learn about the value of the Liberal Arts, what this education means to you and your future. You will learn about the history and the debates surrounding the Liberal Arts in the twenty-first century. You will have the opportunity to engage with the Liberal Arts experience that Union College offers, and you will get to speak to several groups of alumni and hear how their Liberal Arts experience has served them in life and career. In addition, you will engage in open forums to debate the significance of the Liberal Arts, and you will get to develop advocacy material with professionals from the field of communications. You will learn to write personal testimonials and Op-eds, create short videos and design advertisements. And, what’s more, you will have the opportunity to publish your work in a series of local and national media outlets and market them through social media. To top it all off, you will get to present your media campaign to a group of Union College alumni who will choose the best pieces and award you with a prize.
Generation X: Global Youth Culture in Fiction and Film
Student Video Projects created in the Generation X class
Breaking Through Walls: A Montage of the History of Generation X in Graffiti in Argentina
Final Video project created by Team "Las Chicas" -- Emily Pettengill, Caroline Friedman, Tori Bailey, and Gabrielle Tantillo
Generation X: Children of the Disappeared
Final Video project created by Team "Retro" -- Kathryn Long, Maylin Paveltic, and John Moran
Generation X Children's Loss of Innocence
by Union College Scholar student Lindsey Hunt
Generation X Graffiti
Union College Scholar student Erika Steuer