This course will explore some of the purposes that have been ascribed to college, including development of personal character, participation in a community, conversation on intellectual matters, and preparation for citizenship.
This seminar will explore the unique problems that popular leaders pose for democracies as they arise in appropriate texts from the history of political thought, reflections on constitutional government, and literature.
A rare opportunity to read deeply Dante’s most enigmatic, restless work – the Divine Comedy – to study its influence, and to participate in the making of a new translation of Dante’s New Life *No knowledge of Italian required
The city of Rome from its legendary origins to its role in post-war Europe. Significant moments of Roman and world history considered through literature, intellectual history, political science, theology, and the arts.
The truth can set you free, but of course it can also get you into trouble. We begin with the revolt of the Hebrews and the Socratic questioning of democracy, and end with various contemporary cases of censorship within and between regimes.
A writing-intensive sophomore seminar that explores the relationship between the real and the virtual in twentieth century literature and film. We consider what consequences images and media have for art, subjectivity, and politics.
Taking a pan-European perspective, the course examines quotidian, civilian experiences of war during a conflict of unusual scope and duration. Key works of wartime and postwar fiction, film, diaries, and memoirs.
Close examination of Aristotle’s observations on storytelling to identify the universal principles that all good stories share, and investigate how these principles connect us all despite cultural, ethnic, and geographical differences.