Past Courses

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Looking for our really old courses (going back to the founding of the HSP program)? You can find them in our Course Archive.

Professor: Jerry Hogle

"Gothic" literature, theater, and (more recently) films have been a part of Western culture for over 250 years and have presented us, in disguise, with heightened -- and sometimes lurid and monstrous -- symbols of what really haunts us as a culture in our individual, social, and cultural sub-conscious.

This course will look at how the Gothic began as a literary form in the 1760's, how and why it has changed as a mode of fiction over time, and the ways in which it draws out repressed levels of belief and feeling in our culture. By the...

Course Time and Dates:
THURSDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. October, 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15, 2011
Dorothy Rubel Room
Professor: Scott Lucas

This course explores the beliefs and cultures of Islam and the Muslim world. It covers the life and teachings of Muhammad, major themes of the Qur’an, and the primary differences between Sunni and Shi’i Muslims. It also introduces aspects of Muslim cultures in the Middle East and South Asia in order to demonstrate the plurality of traditions within the religion of Islam. It concludes with a review of American foreign policy in the Muslim world over the past half century and its impact on Muslim-American relations.

Course Time and Dates:
WEDNESDAYS from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 2011
Dorothy Rubel Room
Professor: Mike Lippman

This course tracks the downward spiral of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire, starting from around 146 BC when Rome first firmly established herself as the world power and continuing through the Battle of Actium of 31 BC, where Octavian established his sole reign as ruler of the Mediterranean.

The main focus will be on primary ancient texts. We will read contemporary authors like Cicero (his orations and his personal letters), the historian Sallust and the campaign accounts of Julius Caesar. We will also read the...

Course Time and Dates:
TUESDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13, 2011
Dorothy Rubel Room
Professor: John Wilson

 With an eye to the esthetic qualities of the human body in motion, this course surveys diverse forms of dance in many cultures of the world in order to deepen our appreciation of the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of this universal mode of expression. We begin with studying how and why the human body is uniquely designed for dancing. We continue with the study of rhythm as a psycho-kinesthetic phenomenon and observe how dance, song, and poetry arise in the same experience. We then trace the evolution of dance forms from...

Course Time and Dates:
MONDAYS from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 2011
Dorothy Rubel Room
Professor: Norman Austin

Travels in Consciousness, taught by Norman Austin, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Classics,  will explore the history of consciousness as reflected in a variety of texts. Readings will range widely, from Bronze Age Greece to American authors of the Twentieth Century.  By “consciousness” is meant the ways in which individuals conceive of themselves and their world; it has to do not only with thought but also with feeling, volition, and behavior. So regarded consciousness constitutes individual identity and defines the human...

Course Time and Dates:
FRIDAYS from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18, December 2, 9, 16, 2011
Dorothy Rubel Room

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