Conformity and Rebellion

SC 101 – Conformity and Rebellion

“Are you a bomb-thrower or a suck-up?” Don’t like those choices? This course can help you re-phrase the question. Conformity and rebellion are not polar opposites: we sometimes conform thinking we are actually rebelling, and vice-versa. Arguably, a free society demands some level of conformity and a healthy dose of rebellion. But what balance of the two is best? When should we conform, and when should we rebel? How much tolerance do we grant to other people’s rebellion (or conformity)? We will think deeply about conformity and rebellion using case studies from different cultures and eras. Buckle-up: we will take a close look at war, rape, genocide…and school.

Meet Your Professor

Mark Freyberg, Ph.D.Mark-Freyberg

Professor of Sociology

I am from a conservative place. Appleton, Wisconsin was the birthplace of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his political base. I remember it fondly, but not for its politics. In the 1960s and 70s, all working-class kids assumed we would end up in the paper factories, while America heaved and twisted under protest and reaction. My ticket out of Appleton was a tour in the Navy, and it changed me. I visited South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. I pushed away shoeless beggars and then came home to supermarkets with 70 brands of cereal. Then I saw lines of early-risers gathered in Jacksonville to sell their plasma for $15, and noticed how much they resembled beggars overseas. I knew something needed to change.

I studied international development at UW-Green Bay, then social change at Michigan. I learned that fiery leaders and radical policies and new technology can bring change, but the nature of the change depends on how ordinary people see and react to their everyday world. Hence, a course in conformity and rebellion: it all starts with us. You want to be free? Free your neighbor.

Meet Your SC LeaderNoel's Pic (Freyberg)

Noel Rix

My name is Noel Rix. This fall, I will be a senior and the SC Leader for Professor Mark Freyberg. I just recently transferred to Simpson College as a junior. I have had a fresh experience of moving away from home and getting adjusted to the college life of a student. Due to the outstanding professors, organizations, other faculty members, and the help of some friendly students, my decision to go to Simpson has been more than worth it!

I was born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa. Ever since junior high, bowling, tennis, and swimming have been my main hobbies. I also enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family. I volunteer every week at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Des Moines and work as a part-time assistant manager at Hy-Vee Drugstore in Marshalltown. I am involved in the Rotaract Club on campus and we attend various community service projects. I’m the secretary of the Pride LGBTQIA club. These organizations, classes, and other events on campus have helped me meet some really great people here at Simpson.

I am hoping to work at a juvenile home when I graduate with my bachelor’s degree. I would like to work with young adolescents to prevent them from crime and to promote healthy living strategies. I am looking forward to what my future has in store for me. I am so excited to meet all of you. I am also excited to learn Conformity and Rebellion with you and to help you in any way I can. I am enthusiastic to be your SC Leader because I want to help you get a start on building your future. I want all of you to have a great experience as a student at Simpson College.

Meet Your Writing Fellow

Chelsea HamerlinckChelsea H_

Hi! My name is Chelsea Hamerlinck and I will be your Writing Fellow for Mark Freyberg’s SC Class! I am from Davenport, Iowa, which is along the Mississippi River. I will be a Senior for the 2015-2016 school year, and I am extremely excited to get to meet and work with all of you this coming Fall! This will be my second year as a Writing Fellow, and I enjoyed it very much last year! I am easy to get along with and always willing to help others. I will be here to help you not only with classes, but adjusting to college as well.

Since coming to Simpson College I have been involved in cheerleading, Wesley Service Scholars, work study, and have become President of the Simpson College Cancer Awareness Club. I am a Criminal Justice and Psychology double major with minors in Sociology and Social Work. During the summer I interned at the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center.

I like to consider myself a very outgoing and friendly person and cannot wait to help you all make the transition to college life as painless and stress free as possible. If you have any questions about me or Simpson, feel free to look me up on Facebook! I look forward to getting to know all of you in August!


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