This course will explore in an interdisciplinary format both the major and often overlooked spiritual classics of the western world. Students will examine and discuss such texts in translation as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, selections from Plato and Plotinus, the Old Testament, the Kabbalah, the New Testament, some writing of the Christian mystics from Celtic sources, Boehme, Hildegard von Bingen, Ignatius, and others, as well as some Renaissance hermetic and alchemical texts, with additional readings in native and Meso-American spirituality.
HON 101-01 Western Spiritual Classics
Dr. Collins (Art History) & MS. Salter (Library Sciences)
Time: Mondays (12:45 - 2 PM)
HON 101-02 Dune: A case of future histories
Dr. Belcher (Philosophy) & Dr. Rulison (Physics)
Time: Tuesdays (2:15 - 3:45 PM)
Frank Herbert's 1965 Science Fiction epic Dune was an instant classic, largely due to its attention to sociological, environmental, psychological and historical details. In this class we'll read through the novel and some supplementary readings, investigating these issues, asking such questions as: How much does Dune borrow from Arabic and Islamic culture? How realistic is its future history? How plausible is its science?
HON 101-03 Social, Cultural and Economic Change in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRICs)
Dr. Kower (Economics) & Dr. Shrikhande (Communications)
Time: Mondays (2:15 - 3:45 PM)
Extremely rapid economic growth and increasing market integration over the last twenty years, has brought about enormous and often difficult transitions in each of BRIC countries. Through various global media sources, scholarly readings, and web- and seminars, students and faculty will begin to develop theories necessary to compare and contrast the varied and on-going social and cultural evolution in each of these countries resulting from globalization.
HON 201-01 Representations of Eva Perón and Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Literature and Film
Dr. Nardo (Mathematics) & Dr. Plotnik (Spanish)
Time: Fridays (2:00 - 3:00 PM)
This seminar explores the impact and legacy of two legendary figures from Argentina: Eva Perón and Ernesto “Che” Guevara. We will study some of the various Evitas and Ches created at different times and places (from the 1950s to the present) by examining both literature and film. By the end of the seminar, students should be able to answer the following questions:
At the same time, students will become aware of historical, social, and cultural processes that will widen their knowledge of Latin America.
- Why are Guevara and Perón such powerful icons?
- How and why have representations of these historical figures changed?