Auditor Only Series

We are fortunate to have 2 auditor only courses this spring.


ASC 100 – Introduction to American Sign Language

Professor: Noah Bucholz, Princeton Theological Seminary

Description: This course introduces DEAF+WORLD; a world where people speak with their hands and hear with their eyes. The primary goal is to build a strong foundation for acquiring American Sign Language (ASL) and understanding Deaf culture. By the end of class, you will be able to hold greeting conversations as well as conversations about two or three different basic topics in ASL. If you are interested in studying ASL further, this course will help you know which online/offline resources to use and teach you how to use them for your further studying. 

Time: 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Dates: March 6, 13, 20, and April 3, 2020

Biography - Noah Buchholz is a PhD student in Religion & Society at Princeton Theological Seminary and lecturer in the Program in Linguistics at Princeton University. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at Bethel College. His research interests include liberation theology, postcolonial/decolonial theory, critical geography, and Deaf studies. He holds a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies and Classical Languages from Wheaton College and an MDiv and ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary.


ASC200 - Romani (gypsy) Culture in Eastern Europe

Professor: Margaret Beissinger, Research Scholar and Lecturer, Department of Slavic Language and Literature

Description: Roma in Eastern Europe have been enslaved, targeted for annihilation, and persecuted for centuries.  Yet they have repeatedly adapted and adjusted to the circumstances surrounding them, persisting as distinctive cultural communities while simultaneously contributing to and forming part of the dominant worlds in which they live.  This course treats Romani culture in the countries of Eastern Europe.  It covers Romani history and identity; folklore, music, and shifting traditional roles; representations in literature and film; and verbal art by Roma.  The course offers new perspectives on ethnic minorities and the dynamics of culture in Slavic and East European society.

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Dates: April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2020

Biography - Margaret Beissinger has a PhD in Folklore and Mythology – South Slavic and Romanian from Harvard University. She is currently focusing on Balkan cultures (especially Romanian, Serbian, and Bulgarian) and oral tradition, oral epic, and Romani traditional culture and music-making. Much of her fieldwork has been carried out in southern Romania, where she worked extensively, both before and after the 1989 revolution, with Romani musicians. Her current book projects include From Slavery to Celebrity: Culture and Performance among Romani Musicians in Romania and a book of South Slavic oral poetry.