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Peter Schmidt

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Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography: 

Pete Schmidt  came to Barrett, the Honors College after teaching courses as a tenured instructor in the humanities at Grossmont College in San Diego for nine years. While at Grossmont, he led numerous faculty seminars in active learning; enthusiastically engaged in campus-wide cross-disciplinary programs; and was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award. 

His academic and pedagogical activities reflect his wide-ranging interests in the interaction of culture and the material world.  While completing his master's degree, he pursued course work in science and religion, popular culture, and American history. His master's thesis explored American hopes and fears about atomic science through a survey of American comic book super heroes. His doctoral course work continued this examination of the boundaries between popular culture and professional science. Through archival research at the Huntington Library, interviews with hard science fiction authors, and close reading of selected science fiction literature, his doctoral dissertation examined how professional science and science fiction interacted and informed each other on the topic of terraforming. One aspect of his work was recently published in ZETEO; The Journal of Interdisciplinary Writing. He has continued this interdisciplinary line of interrogation via professional talks that have included analysis of popular reactions to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and examinations of biological art and genetic science. His current research examines the creation and perpetuation of the cult of Nikola Tesla and its relation to attitudes towards science and technology. He maintains an abiding interest in how visual artifacts and literature reflect cultural values, ideals, and beliefs, especially pertaining to science and technology. 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota
  • M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, Arizona State University

  

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
HON 484Internship
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 379Romantics, Victorians, Moderns
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 380Aesthetics and Society
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event