Focus: Undergraduate Studies

Global Perspectives of Stress Cool Course with a photo of instructor Jeff Gaddess
Santa Barbara

Cool Course: “Global Perspectives on Stress”

Jeff Gaddess sees the prevalence of stress in our society as a product of the ways that it is arranged. “There are reasons you feel the way you feel,” he says. Instead, in his undergraduate course “Global Perspectives of Stress,” he guides students as they explore how different cultures from around the world manifest and manage stress—ultimately aiming to find new ways to disrupt today’s cycles of stress and trauma. 

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A header announcing a Cool Course article about Systemic and Generational Trauma, with a photo of Ángel Martinez.

Art and the Path to Healing

“I love the ways that the arts and social sciences can be brought together,” says Ángel L. Martínez, PhD, who teaches the course Systemic & Generational Trauma.

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Consuelo Flores
Los Angeles

Day of the Dead Altarista Uses Grief, Justice, and Joy as Her Medium

Early in the month of October, the Los Angeles home of MFA alum Consuelo G. Flores becomes an explosion of boxes and bins, ornate paper flowers, and bolts of colorful fabric. This is when her busy time begins. The artist, writer, and advocate will spend the following weeks preparing to build altars for Day of the Dead celebrations—a practice she began as a teenager.

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