schedule

This a one long cumulative schedule including readings, lectures, and related events. Click on the unit here to zoom straight to that unit. (Search the site; login to post.)

FALL SEMESTER
Sapere aude pre-orientation workshop, one week before regular orientation.
August 15 – August 18, Black Mountain, NC. Go here for details.
Framing Lecture for the course by Prof. Robb during Sapere Aude.

unit 1 (Quillen 8/23-9/13)
unit 2 (Robb 9/18 – 10/4)
unit 3 (Tamura – October 10/11-11/1)
unit 4 (Wills – November 11/6-12/4 )
winter break  (assignment 12/15-1/10)

SPRING SEMESTER

winter study trip, The Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama
Thursday January 10 – Saturday January 12
unit 5 (Bory)
unit 6 (Munger)
unit 7 (Ewington)
unit 8 (Denham)
final work (final work)

presentation and evaluation 4/28-5/6


UNIT 1 • Professor Quillen

Equality

This unit explores the simultaneous emergence in fifteenth- to eighteenth-century Europe of aspirationally liberating ideas (natural human freedom and equality, reason, inalienable human rights, a social compact/contract, etc.) and brutal practices that deny putatively human rights to large numbers of humans.

This unit’s artifact:

Photo of part of the watercolor and graphite work on paper by  Barthélémy Toguo, called Purification, from 2012.
Barthélémy Toguo, “Purification.” Watercolor and graphite on paper. Tate, London.

 

 


8/27 Tuesday morning • in Hance • opening lecture (not public; just for Humesters and the teaching team)
Prof. Quillen — opening lecture: themes of the course and this unit
• required plenary response form here
Prof. Denham — five minutes on resources, login instructions, for the course pages, dropbox, drive / docs / sheets, and domains)

mini-post due Wednesday at 8:00pm • assignment here

Thursday morning, August 29 • in Hance • discussion
before class READ or WATCH (take notes in your red notebook)
Chiminanda Ngozi Adichie,
“The Danger of a Single Story” (watch here)
Arthur Brooks, “The Power and Peril of Identity” (text in the Quillen dropbox folder)
Amin Maalouf, “Deadly Identities” (text in the Quillen dropbox folder)
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Questions of Multiculturalism”(text in the Quillen dropbox folder)
Toni Morrison, “Moral Inhabitants” (text in the Quillen dropbox folder)
Bryan Stevenson, Excerpt of speech at Children Defense Fund training (watch here)

Topics from the board this morning.

Any questions after the conversation this morning? Put those in the (new! streamlined!) form here! (virtual notecard, yeah)

Thursday afternoon, August 29 • in Hance • public lecture
Prof. Quillen, “humanism’s human and its critics”
• required plenary response form here

WRITE your post on the reading for Tuesday, due by Sunday 5:00pm. Assignment here.

Tuesday, September 3 morning • in sections
READ and WRITE (post by Sunday 5:00pm)
Denis Diderot, on “Natural Law,” in the Encyclopedie 1755-, vol.5, 115-116;  cited here in The French Revolution and Human Rights, ed. Lynn Hunt (Boston, 1996 and 2016), 35-37. (text in the Quillen dropbox folder; go here for a gallery of images of the original text from the Encyclopedie in our library)

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (text in the Quillen dropbox folder)
We are reading excerpts from The Second Essay, which starts on page 105. Please read these excerpts: Chapter I, paragraphs 1-3; Chapter II, paragraphs 4-7; Chapter III, paragraph 19; Chapter IV (all); Chapter V (all) 24-51; Chapter VI, paragraphs 52-55, 63; Chapter VII, paragraphs 77-82; Chapter VIII, paragraphs 95-99; Chapter IX (all).
Prof. Quillen’s key questions and notes on the Locke readings are in the Quillen dropbox folder. Read these notes at the same time you read Locke.
US Declaration of Independence transcription here; image here.

Tuesday September 3
event to review — lecture
Carol Quillen “Being Human, Disciplinary Reflections” 7pm Tyler-Tallman Hall

Thursday, September 5 morning • in sections
Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 (text in the Quillen dropbox folder
“Estranged Labor” pp. 28-35
“The Power of Money in a Bourgeois Society” pp. 59-62
Olympe de Gouges, “Declaration of the Rights of Woman” (text in the Quillen dropbox folder; from here)

Thursday, September 5 afternoon • Hance • public lecture
Prof. Quillen, on colonialism
• required plenary response form here

WRITE your draft of part 1 of project 1 due by Sunday 5:00pm
Project 1 assignment [here]
jk, this will be due Friday 9/20

Write your post number 3 before Sunday, Sept 8 at 5pm. Assignment here and above.

lots of reading for Tuesday; please plan ahead

Monday, Sept 9, see the campus event calendar for the Kristol & Allen conversation. You need a (free) ticket. Get those at the Union Box Office between 10 and 4 on Friday.

Tuesday, September 10 morning in sections • discussion
Toni Morrison, “Black Matter(s)” (2019)
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin White Masks (1952)
Introduction and Chapter 1, “The Negro and Language” 1-28
Angela Davis, “Recognizing Racism in an Era of Neoliberalism”
(all three texts in the Quillen dropbox folder)

Thursday, September 12 morning in sections
READ for class
Jo Carillio, “And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, part 1 “Introduction” pp. 23-39
Friedrich Engels, “The Monogamous Family” pp. 33-44 in Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State
(all these texts in the Quillen dropbox folder)

Thursday, September 12 afternoon • Hance • public lecture
Prof. Quillen, summing up and looking ahead
READ
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
(in the Quillen dropbox folder)
• required plenary response form here


Tuesday, September 17 in sections
domains and portfolio workshop, with T&I tech and design staff and fellows

Thursday, September 19 morning Hance
domains and portfolio theory and practice, with Instructional Designers Sundi Richard and Daniel Lynds

Friday September 20, 5:00pm
Draft of project 1 due in the dropbox.

Friday, September 20, in the Lilly Family Gallery, 6:00pm
Out with the Old and In with the Humes!
Dinner and Humes alum show and tell and celebrate! portfolios.

Humes movie afterward 8pm on (optional).



UNIT 2 • Prof. Robb                                                             
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Conceptual schemes

A conceptual scheme is, roughly, a set of foundational principles and concepts that shape how we experience the world. (To see the role of a conceptual scheme on a small scale, note how your experience of the figure below changes as you categorize it first as a duck and then as a rabbit.) In this unit we’ll look at (1) the role of conceptual schemes (“paradigms”) in science, with a focus on the scientific revolution; (2) the possibility of radically different conceptual schemes, and the criteria we might use to choose among them; and (3) the sense, if any, in which truth and knowledge are constructed by our conceptual schemes.

This unit’s artifact:


Anon. “Which animals most resemble one another? Rabbit and duck.” Fliegende Blätter (23 October 1892): 17.

Thursday, September 19 afternoon, Hance
PUBLIC LECTURE

Prof. Kristen Thompson “From Observation to Theory:  Revolution in Science”
READ: Principe, The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction, chs. 1-3.
• required plenary response form here

Sunday Sept 22 5:00pm
unit 2, post 1 due

week of 9/23-9/27
paper 1 revisions with fellows and faculty; required one-on-one writing tutor sessions; required meetings with faculty

Tues Sept 24 morning in sections
READ: Principe, The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction, chs. 4-6 and the Epilogue

Wednesday Sept 25 evening screening 9:00pm – 11:00pm
We’ll screen Arrival in Hance. Movies are more fun together. You can also stream it on your own or in small groups (on-campus link for viewing here). See this film before Thursday afternoon.

Thurs Sept 26 morning in sections
READ: Kuhn, selections from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (with commentary in Boersema, “Paradigms and Research Programs”); in the Robb dropbox folder.

Thurs Sept 26 afternoon, Hance
PUBLIC LECTURE
Faculty Panel, On Translation. Profs. Marija Jankovic, Amanda Ewington, Scott Denham.
VIEW: Arrival (film, streamed on Swank, link for viewing here)
• required plenary response form here

Friday, September 27, 5:00 pm. Draft 2 of paper 1 due.

Sunday Sept 29 5:00pm
unit 2, post 2 due

week of 9/30-10/4
paper 1 revisions, required meetings with peers and fellows

Tues Oct 1 morning in sections
Borges, “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” PDF in the dropbox
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave (selection from The Republic); in the Robb dropbox folder.

Thurs Oct 3 morning in sections
Read: James, Pragmatism, Lecture VII (optional pre-read: Lecture VI); in the Robb dropbox folder.
Optional pre-read: Appiah, Thinking It Through, pp. 39-61; EBOOK here.

Thurs Oct 3 afternoon in sections

Frankfurt, “On Bullshit”, ch. 10 of The Importance of What We Care About EBOOK here

Friday Oct 4 5:00pm
Project 1 final version due.

Sunday Oct 6 5:00pm
unit 2, post 3 due

Tues Oct 8 morning in sections
Appiah, selection from Thinking it Through (pp. 339-60) EBOOK here

Thurs Oct 10 morning Hance
Plenary Lecture / discussion
Prof. Dave Robb
Read: Rorty, “Solidarity or Objectivity?”; in the Robb dropbox folder.
• required plenary response form here

Thurs Oct 10 afternoon
• Librarians and archivists


The fall study trip as been cancelled. Study trips in January and  February are on.


Thursday Oct 17 morning Hance
• Librarians and archivists


UNIT 3 • Professor Tamura
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This unit’s artifact:

James Nachtwey's photo of machetes from the Rwandan genocide
“As the vanquished Hutus fled into Tanzania, they had to leave at the border the weapons with which they had committed the genocide, Rwanda, 1994.” James Nachtwey for TIME http://time.com/3449593/when-the-world-turned-its-back-james-nachtweys-reflections-on-the-rwandan-genocide/

NB: Texts to purchase for this unit are in the college bookstore:
• Philip Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998.
• Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003.

Thursday Oct 17 afternoon
Public Lecture.  
• required plenary response form here

Tuesday Oct 22 morning in sections
Readings:
An interview between Host Jacki Lyden and Biographer Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, “Hannah Arendt and the Study of Evil”; link here.
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, pages 51 (bottom paragraph)-55, 83-111; pdf in the dropbox.
Valerie Hartouni, Visualizing Atrocity: Arendt, Evil, and the Optics of Thoughtlessness, chapter 5: “The Banality of Evil”; e-book here and pdf in the dropbox.

Thursday Oct 24 morning in sections
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, pages 112-117, 126-128, 135-141, 228-233, 246-252; pdf in the dropbox.
Hannah Arendt, ed. Jerome Kohn, Responsibility and Judgment; entire reading is preferred, but pages 17-22, 26-32, 36-48 are required. In the dropbox.

Thursday Oct 24 afternoon
Public lecture
• required plenary response form here

Monday October 28 5:00pm
Unit 3 post 2 due
Write your post on the reading for Tuesday.

Tuesday Oct 29 morning in sections
Philip Gourevitch, We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families.  (3-74, 93-99, 110-131)

Thursday Oct 31 morning in sections
Gourevitch (147-171, 227-241, 303-353)
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, Section 1

Thursday Oct 31 afternoon – Barber Theatre
Professor Steve Kaliski
• required plenary response form here

Sunday October 28 5:00pm

Tuesday Nov 5 morning in sections
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, sections 2-4

Thursday Nov 7 morning in sections
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, sections 5, 7-9.

Thursday Nov 7 afternoon Hance
Public Lecture
Professor Yurika Tamura, “Suffering, Spectacle, and Ethics of Sensations.”
• required plenary response form here

Friday Nov 8 5:00pm



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Is revolution fundamentally a project of redefining who is human? How do racial definitions determine who can take revolutionary action, under what circumstances, and using what means? By discussing different kinds of writing – primary and secondary documents including speeches and manifestoes, legal argument, graphic history – we will reflect on Black uses of political violence and non-violence.

artifacts for this unit:

 

Tuesday Nov 12 morning in Hance
Public Lecture
Professor Anne Blue Wills
Daniel Lee
, “A Great Racial Commission: Religion & the Construction of White America” in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas
• required plenary response form here

Thursday Nov 14 morning in sections
Cheryl Harris
, “Whiteness as Property” (excerpt), in Harvard Law Review 1993

Thursday Nov 14 afternoon in sections
M-R Trouillot, “An Unthinkable History: The Haitian Revolution as a Non-event” in Silencing the Past.
1792, St. Domingue. Lapham’s Quarterly, 53 – 54.
1792 Paris: Lapham’s Quarterly, 110 – 112 

Sunday Nov 17 post due 5:00pm

Tuesday Nov 19 morning in sections
Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors (1892; excerpts)
Mary Church Terrell, “What It Means to be Colored in the Capital of the United States” (1906)

Thursday Nov 21 morning in Hance
Public Lecture
Prof. Anne Blue Wills
Robert Williams, Negroes with Guns (1962)
• required plenary response form here

Thursday Nov 21 afternoon in sections
Robert Williams, Negroes with Guns (1962)

Nov 23 – 30 holiday break—no class or AT meetings this week, but readings and portfolio work

Sunday Dec 1, 5:00pm

Tuesday Dec 3 morning in Hance
Public Lecture
Prof. Anne Blue Wills
Lewis, Aydin, Powell, March 2
• required plenary response form here 

Thursday Dec 5 morning in sections
Lewis, Aydin, Powell, March 2

Thursday Dec 5 afternoon in sections
Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the Bullet” (1964)

Friday Dec 6, 5:00pm
Project 4 final version due

Tuesday Dec 10 morning — last class session
Prof. Denham — introduction to the winter break trip to Montgomery (15 mins)
Prof. Alison Bory — introduction to the winter break assignments and Unit 5 (30 mins)
• required plenary response form here

Project 4 assessment meetings with your teachers this week

draft practice portfolios due

student feedback instrument — in class (20 mins)

self assessment — in class or later

no ATs this week

Thursday Dec 12 — reading day, no class

Thursday Dec 19
• final version of the December practice portfolio is due at 5:00 pm
• self-assessment due at 5:00 pm


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winter break reading /viewing assignments TBA

Jan 9 – 13 required study trip to Montgomery, Alabama

Early arrival approved by RLO for Humesters and Fellows for Wednesday Jan 8.

depart 9:00 am Thursday January 9

return Saturday 1/11 evening

details here


UNIT 5 • Professor Bory

Bill T. Jones, “Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land”

Jan 14 Tuesday morning Hance

  • introduction to the unit
  • welcome back, trip work

Jan 16 Thursday morning in discussion sections

Jan 16 Thursday afternoon in Hance, 3:05 – 4:20
Public Lecture
Prof. Alison Bory
• required plenary response form here

unit 5 prompt 2 due Sunday 9:00 pm

Jan 21 Tuesday morning in sections

Jan 23 Thursday morning — in discussion sections

Jan 23 Thursday afternoon — Hance
Public Lecture
• required plenary response form here

Jan 28 Tuesday morning

Jan 30 Thursday morning

Jan 30 Thursday afternoon in Hance
public lecture
Prof. Alison Bory
• required plenary response form here 

[Reynolds Lecture]

Feb 4 Tuesday morning in sections

 
Feb 6 Thursday morning in sections
 

February 8 Saturday — all day — study trip to Greensboro for a museum visit and a dance performance. Attendance required except for college sponsored absences.

During the day . . . The International Civil Rights Center and Museum, in the Woolworth Building. “The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.

Dinner on your own in groups downtown.

In the evening . . . 
Camille A. Brown & Dancers performance at UNCG Arts.


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[SD — needs revision here down]

UNIT 6 • Professor Munger
Week 1: Kandel Parts 1-2

Feb 11 Thursday afternoon
Public Lecture

Feb 11 Tuesday morning in discussion sections

  • CP Snow’s “two cultures” from Unit 2 (reread this; in the Robb readings dropbox)
  • Kandel parts 1 and 2 (read this; ebook here; also at the bookstore)
  • iconography, symbols, signs

Feb 13 Thursday morning

go to the VAC here

Feb 13 Thursday afternoon in Hance, 3:05 – 4:20
Public Lecture
Professor Greta Munger on art, authenticity, judgment, & making meaning

  • optional readings
    • Hess, U., Gryc, O., & Hareli, S. (2013). How shapes influence social judgments. (in dropbox)
    • Newman, G. E., & Bloom, P. (2012). Art and authenticity: The importance of originals in judgments of value. (in dropbox)

unit 5 prompt 2 due Sunday 9:00 pm

Week 2: Kandel Part 3

Feb 18 Tuesday morning

readings
• Kandel part 3
• Clement Greenberg, “Avant-Garde and Kitsch” (in dropbox)
• Clement Greenburg, “Modernist Painting” (in dropbox)

optional reading
• Mamassian, P. (2008). Ambiguities and conventions in the perception of visual art. (in dropbox)

Feb 20 Thursday morning — in discussion sections

Begin student presentations about assigned artist (from the book); highlight artist’s chosen reduction.

Feb 20 Thursday afternoon — Hance
Public Lecture
Prof. Shaw Smith, “Clement Greenberg: Reductionism and Modern Abstraction”

Week 3: finish Kandel Part 3 (student presentations), Part 4

Feb 25 Tuesday morning

student presentations continued

Feb 27 Thursday morning

• Kandel, Part 4 and “two cultures”

• E.O. Wilson, “On the Origins of Art” (in dropbox)

• Ferris Jabr “How Beauty is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution


Feb 27 Thursday afternoon

Feb 28 Friday 5:00pm Project 5 due


Feb 28 – Mar 8 spring break


Mar 10 Tuesday morning Hance
writing and portfolio workshops

Mar 12 Thursday morning
writing and portfolio workshops



Unit 7 Professor Ewington

Mar 12 Thursday afternoon — Hance
Public Lecture
History: Stalinism, purges, context, representation

Mar 17 Tuesday morning
Shiela Fitzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinism and excerpts from Svetlana Alexievich’s Second Hand Time

Mar 19 Thursday morning
Akhmatova’s Requiem

Mar 19 Thursday afternoon
Public Lecture
on Chukovskaya and preparing the novella

Mar 24 Tuesday morning
Lidia Chukovskaya’s novella Sophia Petrovna

Mar 26 Thursday morning
Lidia Chukovskaya’s novella Sophia Petrovna

Mar 26 Thursday afternoon
Public Lecture
historical nostalgia: Stalin now, Neo-Confederates, monuments and memorials

Mar 31 Tuesday morning
revolutionary nostalgia politics

Apr 2 Thursday morning
revolutionary nostalgia politics

Apr 2 Thursday afternoon
public lecture
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(Begin Karin Bauer, “In Search of Ulrike Meinhof” (about 100 pages, lots of notes) for next Tuesday.)

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UNIT 8 • Professor Denham
Ulrike Meinhof and the Revolutionary Violence of the RAF

artifact
Gerhard Richter’s paintings of Ulrike Meinhof from his 1988 cycle of 15 paintings titled October 18, 1977. Two of those are our artifacts for this unit: Jugendbildnis [Youth Portrait] and Tote [Dead Person].

Gerhard Richter Youth Portrait of Ulrike Meinhof painting in the MOMA collectionGerhard Richter Ulrike Meinhof Tote painting

Sunday April 5 at 9pm and Monday April 6 at 8pm, VAC Semans Lecture Hall
Screening The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
(Also available via Davidson Kanopy but a common screening is more fun!)

April 7 Tuesday morning — in sections
Karin Bauer, “In Search of Ulrike Meinhof” and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

April 9 Thursday morning — in sections
Meinhof, “Hitler Within You” (1961) and “Human Dignity is Violable” (1962)
and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

April 9 Thursday afternoon — Hance 3:05pm
PUBLIC LECTURE
Professor Scott Denham, Talkin Bout a Revolution: The Fascination with Ulrike Meinhof and The Red Army Fraktion.

April 14 Tuesday — break no class

April 16 Thursday morning

April 16 Thursday afternoon
Public Lecture

Sunday April 19 at 9pm and Monday April 20 at 8pm, VAC Semans Lecture Hall
Screening The Baader-Meinhof Complex
(Also available via Amazon Prime video for 3 bucks.)

April 21 Tuesday morning — in sections
Meinhof, “Counter-Violence” (1968)

April 23 Thursday morning — in sections
Meinhof, “From Protest to Resistance” (1968)
and
Susan Sontag’s contribution to the “Talk of the Town” section in the New Yorker following the 9/11 terrorist attacks “Sontag Tuesday, and After | The New Yorker” (scroll down to p 16).

Thursday April 23 afternoon Hance
Public Lecture

 
April 28 Tuesday morning – Hance
  • group discussion and Q&A about German in Autumn
  • checking in on research papers
  • checking in on portfolios
  • introductions of new fellows for 19-20 and an idea for Humes alumni participation
 

April 30 Thursday morning – in section
portfolio and research paper workshop

April 30 Thursday afternoon — Hance 3:05pm
PUBLIC LECTURE
Professor Scott Denham, Where have we been and where are you going?

May 5 Tuesday morning

final work •

May 6 Wednesday – Verna Miller Case Symposium
Public Presentations
All Humanities students show their portfolios during the morning from 9:00 until 12:30 in the E.H. Little Library, first floor. Be ready and in place with your screen up and any other text or artifact in hand by 8:45.
Faculty evaluate your portfolio work and your presentation and explanation of it at this time.

May 6 evening The Humanities Ball
VAC Atrium 6:30pm
(By invitation only, all Humesters, Fellows, faculty members, librarians and archivists, and study trip team members are invited; others contact Scott if you want to cross the velvet rope.)

May 7 Thursday reading day

May 9 Friday exams begin

May 9-10 Humanities Workshop for teaching team and new 2020-21 fellows. Details to follow.

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