DEPARTMENT NEWS | General Education

Medusa Goes Online

Head of Medusa (Marble, 1630) | Artist: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598–1680) | Palazzo dei Conservatori

Don’t look now, but Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Aphrodite, Hades and other gods and goddesses from the Greek pantheon have arrived at DCTC. Margaret Milne, a general education instructor with a soft spot for Medusa, Athena and Pegasus, is teaching Greek Mythology as an online course during summer session and fall semester 2011.

“We cover the epic poems Iliad and Odyssey,” Milne said. “We also take a look at Edith Hamilton’s 1942 classic, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. We make links between the myths of ancient Greece and the politics and turmoil of today.”

Milne also mentioned that she has created two new general education courses, Nature Literature, which begins fall 2011 and will review the novel, Sick Puppy, by Carl Hiaasen, and Humanities of Modern Minnesota, which begins spring 2012 and features opportunities to see plays, the ballet and works by Minnesota artists.

Temple attributed to Athena | Karthaia, Kea island, Greece

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The King's fame riding Pegasus (Carrara marble, 1701–1702) | Artist: Antoine Coysevox (1640–1720) | Department of Sculptures, Richelieu, Cour Marly

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Head of Zeus-Oromasdes statue | Eastern terrace of Mt. Nemrud, Turkey

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Educating Citizens

Joe Eells | Psychology Instructor

Joe Eells is an industrial-organizational psychologist with a sound understanding of human behavior. He teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Lifespan Development at the college.

“I place a strong focus on community and home life in my courses,” said Eells, a staunch union advocate and also an expert on the authoritarian personality, both followers and leaders. “I teach my students to better interpret their own behavior and the behavior of others so that they can be better leaders and more discriminating consumers. General education at DCTC is about educating citizens to think critically outside their own areas of expertise.”

A former sled dog runner, Eells still owns one Siberian Husky, a 13-year-old named Pilot. “I’ve had him since he was a pup,” Eells said. “He didn’t pan out as a lead Husky even with his name, but he’s still a wonderful dog.”

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  • Joe Eells
    Psychology Instructor