The Engaged Citizen

The fall of 2013 marks the start of a new chapter at Hendrix. The Engaged Citizen is a common core course taught by a pair of Hendrix professors. "Can Art Change the World?," "Images of Politics and Society," and "Poverty and Public Institutions" are some of the topics that The Engaged Citizen will tackle as you start your Hendrix journey. Dr. Jay Barth will discuss the what to expect from The Engaged Citizen and Dr. Todd Tinsley will unveil the exciting course options for the coming fall. Dr. Kristi McKim and Dr. Sasha Pfau  will teach the first ever lesson of The Engaged Citizen. If you plan to be a student in the fall, you won't want to miss this!

The Engaged Citizen is a one-semester course required of all first year students entering Hendrix College. The theme of the "engaged citizen" combines the spirit of Hendrix's Odyssey program with the college's stated purpose of preparing "its graduates for lives of service and fulfillment in their communities and the world." From philosophers and physicists to artists and anthropologists, we all approach questions about what it means to be involved in our communities, whether locally or globally, in different ways.

Dr. Jay Barth '87

M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Professor of Politics
Director of Civic Engagement Programs
Program director of the Hendrix Project Pericles® Advisory Committee

Dr. Barth is a leading analyst, author and academic authority on the politics of Arkansas and the South, and has published a number of works on politics. He currently chairs the Communities of Arkansas Council and is a national board representative for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Barth is a five-time recipient of a Hendrix senior class's Faculty Appreciation Award and was named 2007 Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In 2000-01, Barth received the Steiger Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Foundation and served on the staff of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone (MN) working on education and civil rights policy.

Dr. Kristi McKim

Assistant Professor of English/Film Studies
Kristi McKim teaches courses in film studies. Her teaching and research explore the ways that cinema can enrich our perception by correlating our experience of time (through clocks, calendars, bodies, histories) with environmental changes (gravity, weather, seasons) and human emotion (such as nostalgia, desire, love, melancholia). She has published on Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life (in Camera Obscura) and Agnès Varda's Jacquot de Nantes (in Studies in French Cinema) in Fall 2008; her work also appears in Film-Philosophy and Senses of Cinema, Film Quarterly and Film International.

Dr. Sasha Pfau

Assistant Professor of History
Sasha Pfau (Ph.D. University of Michigan) teaches medieval and early modern European history, including courses on law, medicine, and magic. She is currently working on a book considering community responses to madness in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century France.

Dr. Todd Tinsley

Assistant Professor of Physics
Todd Tinsley is a theorist working in the area of elementary particles and fields. He studies how the most fundamental constituents of matter behave in the presence of intense electromagnetic fields. The strength of these fields can only be found in the most exotic astrophysical phenomena (e.g. supernovae, magnetars) and in laboratories for the briefest of moments (~10-15s).For the last five years Dr. Tinsley has also served as the faculty advisor to the Hendrix College chapter of the Society of Physics Students. His work has appeared most recently in Physical Review.