ESP Biography



H. ALEXANDER CHEN, Instructor




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Northeastern University

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Past Classes

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H13741: Uncovering Ireland and the American Irish in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
This lecture will address the influence of the Irish diaspora in America. The lecture begins with the mass immigration caused by the Great Famine in Ireland and examines the impacts and contributions of those Irish immigrants in America. It will assess how Irish Americans build their Irish identity in America following the mass migration and the ways which identity structures are affected by migration and exile. Briefly, the lecture will discuss Irish Americans' political influence, towards the U.S. and Ireland. Together, we will discuss the history and symbolic significance of St. Patrick's Day celebration in America and the future of Ireland.


S13716: The Earth, Its Dynamics, and the Environment in HSSP Spring 2020 (Feb. 29, 2020)
Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the science of earth in connection to human activity. This course commences with an exploration of our physical planet through geological approach. Students will examine earth's landscape, formation, dynamics, and atmosphere. Together, we will use Google Earth and a number of databases to examine those physical characteristics of the earth. The second half of the course will focus on the impact of human activities on the earth. By studying pollution fate, climate change, and biogeochemical cycling, we will examine how our society impact the earth and the ways which we attempt to remediate them. We will analyze scientific principles through the lenses of modern society. Case studies along with practical experiences is a crucial component of this course. Topics include but not limited to: earthquakes, volcano, minerals and rocks, biogeochemical cycles, glaciers and glacial processes, environmental hazards, pollution fate and transport, ecosystem depletion, and sustainability.


H13146: Irish Presence in America in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
The Irish Americans: This lecture will address the influence of the Irish diaspora in America. The lecture begins with the mass immigration caused by the Great Famine in Ireland and examines the impacts and contributions of those Irish immigrants in America. It will assess how Irish Americans build their Irish identity in America following the mass migration and the ways which identity structures are affected by migration and exile. Briefly, the lecture will discuss Irish Americans' political influence, towards the U.S. and Ireland.


H13147: Ireland Uncovered in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
"History is a nightmare, from which I am trying to awake", words of James Joyce. One rebellion after another, Irish people had struggled over centuries seeking independence from a history of colonization and conquest. This lecture uncovers this dark side of Irish history and examines the revolutions and rebellions that led to the independent Republic of Ireland, today. The lecture begins with introducing Irish nationalist movements from the Era of Vikings to 1800s, assessing the historical and cultural background that contributed to Irish rebellions. The lecture emphasizes the Easter Rising of 1916 and the national movements followed. The lecture ends with a brief overview of the causes, plots, and future of The Troubles (nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland).


H13072: Macroeconomics: Principles and Applications in HSSP Summer 2019 (Jul. 07, 2019)
This course covers models and concepts in macroeconomics. Students will apply the models and theories to analyze real-world economic problems and policies. Students will interpret the actions of the Federal Reserve Banks and the Congress, and understand data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Topics include economic growth, inflation and recession, money and banking, stocks and bonds, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade and finance, and unemployment.


H12791: The Great Potato Famine: History in Context in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Four out of eight million Irish people migrated during the Great Potato Famine Era in 1840s. Many historians believe that this is the first wave of mass Irish migration to the United States. This course will explore the historical context and social and political impact of Famine Generation Immigrants in America. By examining the cultural memories after this traumatic event, students will gain an understanding of Irish identity diaspora in modern United States. Figures such as Liam Neeson, John F. Kennedy, and others will also be covered. Topics including St. Patrick's Day will be discussed.


Z12972: Macroeconomics in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
What is Macroeconomics? What are the implications of Economics in today's world? After completing this course, students will gain an understanding of some fundamental principles of macroeconomics, including opportunity cost, allocation efficiency, supply and demand, GDP, inflation/deflation, and the business cycle. Current issues will also be discussed.


H12792: Irish Presence in America in HSSP Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
This course provides students with an overview of the sociological, political, and cultural impacts of Irish diaspora in American society from 1800s to present. This course will also analyze the characteristics, contributions, and impacts of Irish communities in the United States throughout history. By studying the background and factors of migration, students will gain a deeper understanding of trans-Atlantic cultural identity and develop an appreciation to the making of the modern American society. Topics include the Potato Famine, immigration and urbanization, political impact in the U.S., the Gaelic League, St. Patrick’s Day, Irish nationalism and the Easter Rising, and other topics if time permits. Modern figures such as Liam Neilson, John F. Kennedy, and Colm Toibin will be covered. This course will use a variety of primary and secondary sources including digital and print media. See attached outline for more information regarding the content of this course.