Seminars Fall 2012

HON 399-01 
Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Bible in Later Literature TR 12:45-2:05
MH 338 P. Meister
D. Schenker
Course Description: It is impossible to be ignorant of the Jewish Bible without missing the heart of the Christian New Testament, or to be ignorant of either the Jewish or the Christian Bible without missing more than one wants to in an unpredictable variety of Western poems, novels and plays. In this course, you will be invited to pursue one such intertextuality on your own while we as a class look closely at Dante's use of the Bible, and at T.S. Eliot's use of both Dante and the Bible in The Four Quartets. The time span separating Dante from T.S. Eliot is roughly comparable to the span separating parts of the Jewish Bible from all of the Christian New Testament. Eliot's reverence for, but reworking of, Dante serves as an analogy for the way Jewish authors of the New Testament reworked received Scriptures with love and reverence. Our study of the Bible in later literature is intended to enrich our relationship to post-biblical works, but also to the Jewish and various Christian Bibles themselves. 

Course CRN Title Time
MKT 332-01 91629 Buyer Behavior MW 2:20-3:40
BAB 114 T. Landry
PSC 468-01 90870 US National Security Policy MW 2:20-3:40
MH 124 K. Hawk
ESS 321-01 90583 Pollution Problems TR 11:10-12:30
CH 4065 M. Newchurch

Seminars Fall 2013

HON 399-01 
PSC 480-02
  Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: Global Trends  
  K. Hawk

Course Description: The course is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories over the next 15 to 20 years.  The course will look at overarching trends (the empowerment of individuals, the diffusion of power, demographic shifts, and growing resource demands for food, water, and energy, among others) and how potential "game changers" (such as a global economic crisis, the advent of new technologies, the potential for regional instability in the Middle East or Asia, etc.) can either positively or negatively shape our futures.  The course will be interdisciplinary and has no prerequisites. 

Seminars Spring 2013

HON 399-02 
HY 499
  Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: Tricksters and Troublemakers in Early America  
  C. Sears
J. Conway

Course Description: Students will study the many lives of the early American con artist, a national anti-hero who put on many faces, including trickster, pirate, counterfeiter, cross dresser, seducer, petty criminal, and slave. We will examine how this character symbolically represents economic and cultural transformation taking place between the Revolution and the Civil War. As the con artist is a "shifty" character who can never be easily classified, he has much to tell us about the shifting categories of class, race, gender, and national identity that were in the process of forming in the early U.S.