Joel Hunter at Barrett Honors College

Joel Hunter’s Work at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University (ASU)

Teaching Experience

First-year Honors Socratic SeminarBarrett-Logo

HON 171: The Human Event I
HON 272: The Human Event II
HON 273: The Human Event II—Science Focus

See my Tutorial on how to succeed in the Human Event!

Upper-division Honors Seminars

HON 394: The Technological Society
HON 394: Literary and Cultural Perspectives on Harry Potter
HON 394: The Hunger Games: Critical Perspectives
HON 394: Evolution and the Monotheistic Traditions
HON 394: Tolkien, Rowling, and the Tradition of Fantasy Literature
HON 394: Twentieth Century Literature of the American South
HON 394: Anarchism: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Student Mentoringhunger-games-class-2

Honors Theses Directed

  • Lipika Wadhwa, “Understanding PTSD and Insights into its Treatment through Literature: The Hunger Games as a Pedagogical Aid in Psychology,” Spring 2014
  • Rebecca Simpson, “Teaching Middle School Students about Child Soldiers, International Development, and other Political Issues through Young Adult Literature: A Hunger Games Curriculum,” Spring 2014
  • Alexa Boccieri, “Star Lore in Non-Western Mythology and Stories: An Illustration Series,” Spring 2014
  • Rita McGlynn, “Proppian Analysis of The Hunger Games and Implications for the Film Adaptation of the Story,” Spring 2014
  • Nicole Ciliento, “A Haunting in America: an analysis of contemporary American popular culture’s fixation with ghosts,” Spring 2014
  • Kimberly Condoulis, “More Than Magic and Mockingjays: Governmental Lessons from Popular Literature,” March 2013
  • Rachel Bramble, “Natural and Anthropogenic Factors on the Communication of Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales,” November 2012
  • Sylvia Bargellini, “Improving the Mentoring Program for Industrial Design Students at ASU,” October 2012
  • Alexis Cabrera, “Enhancing American Mental Issues Through Indian Practices,” March 2012
  • Ariana Henkel, “Analysis of Ancient Medical Practices—Egyptian, Babylonian, Hebrew,” November 2010

Honors Theses, 2nd or 3rd Reader

  • Jake Gunnoe, “Expanding the Classroom Network: a method to use web development to engage past, present and future students,” Spring 2014
  • Michael Contreras, “Revisiting C. P. Snow’s ‘Two Cultures’ essay: public perceptions of science through literature,” Fall 2013
  • Rebecca Evans, “Baba-Aruki: A Walk Down Baba Lane,” April 2013
  • Kalyn Olehausen, “Sustainability and Identity: The Case of Costa Rica,” (Third Reader), March 2013
  • Cassie Snarr, “From Millerites to Mayans: Two Hundred Years of American Apocalypticism,” (Third Reader), March 2013
  • Meghan Cassidy, “Arthurian Legend in Narnia: Malory’s Influence on C. S. Lewis’ Narnia Women,” (Second Reader), March 2012
  • Brianna Pruniski, “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy: A Disease of the 20th Century,” (Third Reader), April 2012
  • Malvika Sinha, “From Theory to Practice: The Struggle to Implement Effective Victim Participation Measures at the ICC” (Third Reader), December 2011
  • Ashley Klott, “Improvement of the Future Race: Eugenics in High School Biology Textbooks” (Second Reader), November 2011
  • Andrea Belovich, “Comfort, Conscience, and Assurance of Faith: The Role of the Human Will in Faith-Based Salvation in Early English Puritan Theology” (Third Reader), April 2011

Honors Independent Study and Undergraduate Research

  • Tracie Smith, Rita McGlynn, and Saswati Soumya: Research group for “Folktale Structure as the Key to the Success of the Harry Potter Series,” Spring 2012
  • Emilio Galan, Tina Hakimi, and Neil Saez: Independent Study, the “New Atheism” movement, Spring 2012

Advising and Sponsoring

  • Harry Potter Society, founding Faculty Advisor, 2009-2014
  • Priority Male a cappella vocal ensemble, founding Faculty Advisor, 2009
  • Challah for Hunger, founding Faculty Advisor, 2011-2014

2 thoughts on “Joel Hunter at Barrett Honors College

  1. First of all I would like to say fantastic blog!

    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do
    not mind. I was interested to find out how you center
    yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting
    my ideas out there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just
    seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    generally lost just trying to figure out how to
    begin. Any recommendations or hints? Cheers!

    • Not necessarily a bad thing. Make yourself write something though. If you’re analyzing a work, find a sentence or two or a paragraph that gets you motivated to think and respond. Find a word or phrase and try to paraphrase the idea in your own words. What you’ll be doing is letting your mind work through concepts that will help you understand and organize your thoughts. If you’re writing something from scratch, you have to come up with the question or problem, too. Start by making a list of “pain” points that you’d like (and others would like) to have solved. And thanks for the kudos!

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