ESP Biography



BRUCE ARTHUR, ESP Teacher




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Harvard

Year of Graduation: 2010

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

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Past Classes

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Nuclear War in Spark! 2011 (Mar. 12, 2011)
This is a class about nuclear weapons and how to use them. We will begin by looking at how nuclear weapons work and what types of nuclear weapons can be built. Then we will talk about ways of delivering nuclear weapons to your target (e.g., missiles, planes, submarines) and strategies for using nuclear weapons. We'll talk about how a nuclear war between the US and the USSR would have likely played out. We'll discuss Cold War nuclear crises like the Cuban Missile crisis and why they played out the way they did. Finally, we will look at the possibility of nuclear terrorism today.


History of Europe in Two Hours in Spark! 2011 (Mar. 12, 2011)
This class will cover the history of Europe from Ancient Greece to the modern day. It is intended for students who have not yet taken a class on European History, or for those who want a quick review.


Dinosaurs in Spark! 2011 (Mar. 12, 2011)
You're never too old to learn about Dinosaurs! This class is about dinosaur biology. We'll look at the evolutionary history of dinosaurs, the environments that dinosaurs lived in, and how dinosaurs lived...and killed.


Every US Presidential Election from 1788 to 2008 in Spark! 2010 (Mar. 13, 2010)
In this class we will examine every single US Presidential election from the adoption of the Constitution in 1788 to the most recent election in 2008. This will be primarily a history, rather than political science, class. We will learn about the major candidates, the major issues, the results, and a bit about how the winner performed afterward. The class will be an excellent way to get a broad understanding of American political history and should help you with any US history classes you might be taking now or in the future.


Nuclear War in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
This is a class about nuclear weapons and how to use them. We will begin by looking at how nuclear weapons work and what types of nuclear weapons can be built. Then we will talk about ways of delivering nuclear weapons to your target (e.g., missiles, planes, submarines) and strategies for using nuclear weapons. Finally, we will look at the possibility of nuclear terrorism today.


History of Europe in Two Hours in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
This class will cover the history of Europe from Ancient Greece to the modern day. It is intended for students who have not yet taken a class on European History, or for those who want a quick review.


Introduction to Historical Linguistics in Spark! Spring 2009 (Mar. 07, 2009)
Historical linguistics is the study of how languages change over time. In this class, we'll learn how language change happens. We'll also learn that once we know how language change happens, we can do all sorts of cool stuff with that knowledge. Skills you will learn in this class include * how to tell whether two languages are related, just by looking at them * how to re-construct languages that have been extinct for hundreds or thousands of years, just by looking at related languages


Nuclear War in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
This class will cover the basic workings and theory of conventional nuclear warfare. The information covered will include: (1) the different kinds of nuclear weapons, how they're built, and what each of them are good for; (2) the different mechanisms for delivering nuclear warheads to their target (missiles, planes, and submarines) (3) basic deterrence theory; (4) how a nuclear war between great powers might play out; If there is time at the end, there may be discussion of unconventional nuclear warfare (e.g., the dreaded "suitcase nuke" or "dirty bomb")