[items marked “public” are open to the public.]

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.)

Sapere aude pre-orientation workshop, one week before regular orientation.

unit 1 (Ingram 8/23-9/13)
unit 2 (Robb 9/18 – 10/4)
fall study trip, Cowpens, Saturday Oct 6

unit 3 (Tamura – October 10/11-11/1)
unit 4 (Denham – November 11/6-12/4 )
winter break  (assignment 12/15-1/10)


winter study trip, Washington, DC, Thursday January 10 – Saturday January 12
unit 5 (Munger)
unit 6 (Ewington)
spring study trips
London, Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg & Moscow, depart Friday 3/1
unit 7 (Tamura)
unit 8 (Denham)
final work (final work)

presentation and evaluation 5/1-5/8

8/22 Tuesday morning • Hance

Opening session: welcome, introductions, who we are and why we are doing this, faculty, fellows, students. What is the humanities?

Explanation of the course and the syllabus. Guidelines, expectations, key moments coming up.


E-resources, login instructions, etc. for the course pages, dropbox, drive / docs / sheets, and domains.

UNIT 1 • Professor Ingram

Thursday morning, August 23 • in sections
Jack Goldstone, excerpt from Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction (as a pdf in our readings dropbox here)
Lewis Lapham, “Crowd Control” in Lapham’s Quarterly, Revolutions, 17-25. (in the bookstore in Lapham’s Quarterly “Revolutions”; as a pdf in our readings dropbox
here; and also available online here)

Thursday afternoon, August 23 • in Hance (public lecture)
Randy Ingram, “The humanities, revolution, and the example of King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’”

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

Tuesday, August 28
Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (in Rieder, pages 169-185)
Jonathan Rieder, Gospel of Freedom, pages 3-44

Thursday, August 30 morning
Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (in Rieder, pages 169-185)
Jonathan Rieder, Gospel of Freedom, pages 47-100

Thursday, August 30 afternoon (public lecture)
public lecture, faculty panel discussion in Hance Auditorium; Professors Randy Ingram, Dave Robb, Mark Sample, Alison Bory
Plato, Allegory of the Cave
pdf in the dropbox

Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
link here and archived in the dropbox

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

Tuesday, September 4
Martin Luther King, Jr. “Beyond Vietnam”
Link to the text and original audio here.

Malcolm X, “The Ballot or the Bullet”
pdf in the dropbox

Benjamin Hedin, “Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Searing Antiwar Speech, Fifty Years Later”
Link here and a pdf in the dropbox.

Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” and “Learning from the 60s”
pdf with both essays in one file in the dropbox

Thursday, September 6 morning
Derrick Aldridge, “The Limits of Master Narratives in History Textbooks: An Analysis of Representations of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
pdf in the dropbox

Editorial board of The Washington Post, “Martin Luther King, Jr. was a true conservative”
link here and a pdf in the dropbox

Nicole Hemmer, “In MLK’s day, conservatives didn’t think he was so ‘civil’”
link here and a pdf (without links) in the dropbox

Thursday, September 6 afternoon (plenary discussion in Hance Auditorium)

Watch before class: A Debate Between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?” held at the Cambridge Union,  on  18 February 1965.

Watch HQ with transcript here (on campus) or via youtube, with ads, here.

A slightly edited transcript of Baldwin’s and Buckley’s remarks only, was publish in the New York Times soon after. That’s here and in the dropbox.

Have a look at Raul Peck’s biographical film about Baldwin I am not your Negro.

WRITE your draft of project 1 due by Sunday 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 11
Writing workshop in sections.

Thursday, September 13
Dorothy Roberts, “The Invention of Race” and “Separating Racial Science from Racism” in Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New York: The New Press, 2011), pp. 3-54. In the dropbox.

PM (public lecture)
Professor Garry Bertholf, “The Biopolitics of Race and the Post-Genomic Turn to Caste”

Project 1 due at 5:00 PM on Friday

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Sunday post: TBA

Tues Sept 18
This unit’s artifact:

From here.

Kuhn ch. 1, pp. 1-8, 13-20, 25-33, 36-41.

C. P. Snow, “The Two Cultures” (1959).
E-book here and pdf in our dropbox.

Thurs Sept 20 am
Kuhn ch. 2, pp. 45-55, 59-64, 73-77.

Videos illustrating epicycles and deferents:
• epicycles video
• ptolemy’s model of the universe video

Richard Foley, “The Humanities and Sciences are Different” in the dropbox and via e-book (on campus) here. (Note that chapter 1 is the required assignment and also in the dropbox; chapter 2 via the e-book link is optional.)

Thurs Sept 20 afternoon
Public Lecture:
Professor Kristen Thompson, “From Observation to Theory: Revolution in Science”

Sunday post: TBA

Tues Sept 25 morning

Reading: Kuhn, ch. 5, pp. 134-44, 165-71, 181-84.

Video illustrating the Copernican explanation of retrograde motion:

Neil de Grasse Tyson — Reason & Faith are Irreconcilable:

Richard Dawkins vs. Jonathan Sacks — Science And Religion:

Thurs Sept 27 morning
Kuhn, ch. 6, pp. 185-200, 219-28.

Galileo, “Letter to the Grand Dutchess Christina of Tuscany” (1615)

Thurs Sept 27 afternoon
Read before lecture:  Michael Ruse, “Why I am an Accomodationist and Proud Of it” (in the dropbox)
Public Lecture:
Professor Andy Lustig, “Confronting Caricatures and Addressing Challenges in Discussions of Religion and Science”

Sunday Sept 30: project 2 draft due.

Tues Oct 2 morning
Reading: Drafts for Project 2 Workshop

Optional: Boersema, “Paradigms and Research Programs” (For interested students, this is an optional overview of Kuhn’s philosophy of science. In the dropbox.)

Thurs Oct 4 morning
Reading: Rorty, “Solidarity or Objectivity?” In the dropbox.

Thurs Oct 4 afternoon
Reading: Sigmund Freud, “Unholy Trinity” in Lapham, p. 92.

and Franklin, “Stove’s Discovery of the Worst Argument in the World” (linked)

Public Lecture:
Professor Dave Robb, “The Philosophical Significance of the Copernican Revolution”

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Fall Break / Study Trip 1

Bus departs from Baker parking lot at 11:00 am for Cowpens National Battlefield. Site visit, workshops, discussions on public history, curation, public memory culture, site-specific evidence, revolutionary war in SC,  . . .
That evening at Cowpens we will see the outdoor drama “The Night Before King’s Mountain” presented by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association.
Back in Davidson about 9:00 pm.

[Cowpens and public history readings in the dropbox. Also on paper for the day.]

Sunday Post due (not Sunday this time, but Wednesday) at 5:00pm

Prompt here.

Thursday Oct 11 morning

Reconvene in Hance, study trip discussions and follow-up.
Led by archivists Jessica Cottle, Molly Kunkel, and Debbie Lee Landi.

then split into new sections for the second half of this class.

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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

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 11 afternoon
Public Lecture.  New Faculty Panel discussion in Hance Auditorium
“Violence of Aesthetics / Aesthetic Violence”
Professors Nneka Dennie (Africana Studies), Daria Ezerova (Russian Studies), John Cho (Anthropology), Rayed Khedher (Arab Studies).

Monday October 15 5:00pm
Unit 3 post 1 due
Write your post on the reading for Tuesday.

Tuesday Oct 16 morning


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 18 morning

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 18 afternoon
Public lecture:
Professors Rosaline Kyo (Art History and Chinese Studies) and Erik Kojola (Environmental Studies), “Visions for Revolution: Interdisciplinary research and the power of visual materials”

Monday October 22 5:00pm
Unit 3 post 2 due
Write your post on the reading for Tuesday.

Tuesday Oct 23 morning
Philip Gourevitch, We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families.  (3-74, 93-99, 110-131)

Thursday Oct 25 morning
Gourevitch (147-171, 227-241, 303-353)

Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, Section 1

Thursday Oct 25 afternoon
Public Lecture
Walking Lecture at the Van Every/Smith Galleries
Meet at the VAC in the Atrium at 3:05.
Director and Curator Lia Newman, on works by Yinka Shonibare including:
1.  The American Library
2. and excerpts from his previous exhibition, State of Emergency.

Sunday October 28 5:00pm
Project 3 draft due

Tuesday Oct 30 morning
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, sections 2-4

Thursday Nov 1 morning
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others, sections 5, 7-9.

Thursday Nov 1 afternoon
Public Lecture
Professor Yurika Tamura, “Suffering, Spectacle, and Ethics of Sensations.”

read before lecture:
Achille Mbembe. “Necropolitics” pages 12-14, 16-19. In the dropbox.

Friday Sunday Nov 4 5:00pm
Project 3 due.

This weekend! Ask a question for Yinka Shonibare for the Tuesday Nov 13, 6pm student Q&A event. Base your question perhaps in part on your experience of his work during the gallery lecture with Lia Newman on Oct. 25. Or on information in the library guide here.

Submit your question here before November 6.

If your question gets selected you get to have lunch with Mr. Shonibare.

The planned screenings of Robert Schwendtke’s film The Captain are cancelled in light of the Tree of Life Synagogue murders. Prof. Tamura and Prof. Denham will focus not on the representation of perpetrators at this time, but instead on ideas of human rights, human dignity, and healing.

To our Davidson Community,
On Saturday, in a senseless act of hatred, a heavily armed man stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and leaving more injured. Our hearts are with that community today. As we grieve, let us recommit ourselves, at this college and beyond, to respecting the dignity, worth and rights of all human beings and to building together a just and humane world.
Carol Quillen

Unit 3 – Unit 4 transition
film screening — attendance required
Sunday November 4 (no post)

required screening of the film The Captain (Robert Schwentke, 2017)
• VAC 117 Semans Lecture Hall at 2:00pm
• Tyler-Tallman in Sloan at 7:30pm

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Unit 4 artifact (listen to the reading every time you look at this)

For this week, before Thursday afternoon, read:
• John Felstiner, “Preface” in Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan (pp. xix – xxxvi)
• Johanna Klink, “You. An Introduction to Paul Celan” (in the dropbox);
together about 3 hours of reading.

Tuesday Nov 6 morning plenary session in Hance
Prof. Scott Denham
Racism and antisemitism, antisemitic violence, hate speech, and possible responses. How this relates to Paul Celan for us now.

Logistics update.  Davidson domains and portfolio work.

Introduction to Unit 4.

Tuesday and Wednesday regular ATs.

Wednesday Nov 7
brief post due 9:00 pm
Go to Find a poem. Any poem. Make a new post and (1) include the poet and title of your poem and a link to your poem on the Poetry Foundation website; (2) tag your section professor in the category box. We will use these in section Thursday morning.

Thursday Nov 8 morning in sections
How to read poetry, open discussion with examples — use your Poetry Foundation poem you linked last night.
Refer to this handout “How to Read a Poem” here Ryan and Churchill.

Thursday Nov 8 afternoon in Hance
Public Lecture
Representing Totalities of Loss. On Paul Celan’s “Todesfuge” [“Death Fugue”]
Prof. Scott Denham
(You have read Felstiner and Klink beforehand.)

Sunday Nov 11 post due 5:00pm

unit 4 prompt 1 due Sunday 5:00pm

Tuesday Nov 13 morning in sections

Celan’s “Death Fugue” and the “Early Poems” in Felstiner’s collection.

also this:
6 pm, McKay Atrium at the Wall Center
Yinka Shonibare’s student Q&A session–with your questions!

7:30 pm Kinan Asmeh concert – attendance encouraged

Tuesday and Wednesday ATs in the library; on poems as artifact.

Wednesday Nov 14
mini-post Wednesday night by midnight: list your ten poems for discussion tomorrow

Thursday Nov 15 morning in sections

Celan — read ten more Celan poems, one from each section in Felstiner’s collection; bring a few ! and ? for discussion

Thursday Nov 15 afternoon in Hance
Public lecture

Prof. Denham on Celan’s readers: Derrida, Gadamer, Olschner, Felstiner
Breakout into groups with your secondary texts.

Read before lecture Celan’s “Meridian” speech in Felstiner, pp 401-14. Pay special attention to pages 407-411.

Thursday Nov 15 evening

Shonibare event w Carol Quillen

Nov 17 – 25 holiday break—no class or AT meetings this week, but readings and portfolio work

Sunday Nov 25, 5:00pm

project 4 draft due

Tuesday Nov 27 morning

Hance. Plenary session with info and Q&A about portfolios, study trips, travel guidelines. make-up study trip ideas.

Thursday Nov 29 morning

continued work on the relationship between your secondary texts and Celan’s poems; reading and writing workshop in groups

Thursday Nov 29 afternoon

Public Lecture, Carol Quillen, “Telling the Truth. Or, informally: Questions that Carol thinks that everybody should at one time or another ask themselves.”

Friday Nov 30, 5:00pm
Project 4 final version due

Tuesday Dec 4 morning — last class session
Prof. Amanda Ewington. Brief introduction to the winter break reading and Unit 6.

Prof. Greta Munger. Substantial introduction to the Washington, D.C. study trip and to Unit 5.

Project 4 assessment meetings with your teachers this week

draft practice portfolios due

student feedback instrument — in class

self assessment — in class or later

no ATs this week

Thursday Dec 6 — reading day, no class

Friday Dec 7 — exam period begins

Tuesday Dec 11
• final version of the December practice portfolio is due at 5:00 pm
• self-assessment due at 5:00 pm

Dec 12 Wednesday through Dec 19 Wednesday
required study trip — Athens group (Tamura, Ingram, Landi)

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winter break reading assignment — begin Dostoevsky’s Demons (it’s nearly 800 pages)

Jan 10 – 13 required study trip to Washington, D.C.

Early arrival approved by RLO for Humesters and Fellows for Wednesday Jan 9.

depart 9:00 am Thursday 1/10

return evening Saturday 1/12 by about 5:30pm

details here

UNIT 5 • Professor Munger

Week 1: Kandel Parts 1-2

Jan 15 Tuesday AM: start in Hance

  • Cara Evanson’s Mini-lecture about the Library of Congress (wrapping up DC study trip)
  • Various announcements from the faculty
  • Spring break study group pictures:  Fellow for each trip gets us together (those present) and take a photo.  Then email to all with a caption with names (from the upper left…)
  • We then split into Unit 5 discussion groups and find our classrooms for:
    • welcome back & meet your fellow(s)
    • present your revolutionary artifact; how will it inform your ongoing definition?
    • review CP Snow’s two cultures essay from Unit 2

Jan 17 Thursday 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

Jan 17 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

Jan 22 Tuesday morning

• 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)

Jan 24 Thursday morning — in discussion sections

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

Jan 24 Thursday afternoon — Hance
Public Lecture
Prof. Shaw Smith, “Clement Greenberg: Reductionism and Modern Abstraction”

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

Jan 29 Tuesday morning

student presentations continued

Jan 31 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

Jan 31 Thursday afternoon

Gallery tour! Meet at the VAC to tour this amazing work by Hiwa K. with Lia Newman (VAC Director/Curator) and visiting artist Hiwa K. in person.

before Thursday afternoon
Watch the video first, then the interview will make more sense.



Feb 1 Friday 5:00pm Project 5 due

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UNIT 6 • Professor Ewington

Feb 5 Tuesday morning Hance
Professor Amanda Ewington,  “Getting a Grip on Demons.”
This lecture will offer a toolbox for approaching the novel, or starting to make more sense of it if you’ve already started.

Feb 6 Wednesday — Tyler Tallman Hall 7:00pm
Being Human Lecture Series (1 of 4)
This series addresses
the question “What does it mean to be human?” Organized by Prof. Jaya Jha. These lectures, though not required, are highly recommended for Humesters.
Prof. Keyne Cheshire, “Being Human: A Divine Perspective

Feb 7 Thursday morning — in discussion sections
Dostoevsky, Demons, Part I, (epigraph & pp. 7-206)

Feb 7 Thursday afternoon — Hance
reading workshop, Q&A on Demons

Feb 12 Tuesday morning
Dostoevsky, Demons, Part II, ch. 1-4 (pp. 209-317)

Feb 13 Wednesday Evening — Hance 7:30 pm
Public lecture
Dr. Martin Miller (Duke University), “Militants and the Police: Entangled Terrorisms in 19th Century Russia

Feb 14 Thursday morning
Dostoevsky, Demons, Part II, ch. 5-8 (pp. 318-423)

Feb 14 Thursday afternoon
Dr. Martin Miller (Duke University), “Dostoevsky’s Demons: A Writer’s Journey from Radicalism to Conservatism.”

Feb 19 Tuesday morning
Dostoevsky, Demons, Part II, ch. 9-10 & Part III, ch. 1-2 (pp. 424-517)

Feb 21 Thursday morning
Dostoevsky, Demons, Part III, ch. 3-6 (pp. 518-629)

Feb 21 Thursday afternoon — Hance
Julia Ioffe on Radical and Conservative Russia(ns)

Feb 21 Thursday evening
Hansford M. Epes Distinguished Lecture, 7:30 p.m. in Hance
Julia Ioffe, “What Russia Wants, and What It Means for America

Feb 26 morning
Dostoevsky, Demons, Part III, ch. 7-8 and Appendix, “At Tikhon’s” (pp. 630-714)

Feb 27 Wednesday — Tyler Tallman Hall 7:00pm
Being Human Lecture Series (2 of 4)

This series addresses the question “What does it mean to be human?” Organized by Prof. Jaya Jha. These lectures, though not required, are highly recommended for Humesters.
Prof. Paul Studtmann, “To Be Human Is To Be Punishable”

Feb 28 Thursday morning
Study trip prep sessions; meet with your study trip group

Feb 28 Thursday afternoon
Study trip prep sessions; meet with your study trip group

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Thanks to the deep and committed generosity of our supporters, the Humanities Program is able to require a small-group international study trip for every student, at no cost for our Humesters and leaders. These trips  are planned and directed by Humes teaching faculty and co-lead by faculty and staff from across the college in T&I, the arts, the library and archives, which provides professional development opportunities and builds the Humes community beyond the course.

See for impressions of our first trip to Athens.

The other required international study trips are March 1 Friday through March 9 or 10.

St. Petersburg & Moscow (Ewington, Henke)
London (Ingram, Robb)
Paris (Munger, Fache, Tilburg)
Berlin (Denham, Tamura, Fox)

Study Trip review

Artifacts: Your slides.  

Week 1 (This week we will recap our study trip and write up a mini-research report based on each student’s own travel experience)

March 12 Tuesday morning                Hance Auditorium

Study trip group recap (major events, incidents, experience and how to recover from the trip) and Introduction to Unit 7

March 14 Thursday morning              In sections

Discuss students’ Revolutionary Artifact research post

Prompt for Sunday 3/17 – Revolutionary artifact mini-research post

March 14 Thursday afternoon            Hance Auditorium

Formal Study Trip Group Presentation – modeled after Athens’ group presentation (show and tell) but organized around the group/city/history instead of individual’s artifacts.

Racap on what it means to travel today.

Unit 7 – Memory, Body, Location of Resistance • Professor Tamura

This week is about “Memory, body, trauma”

Unit 7 Artifact: This Oki Dub Ainu band protest concert (19 July 2014).

Post due Monday 8pm on Hammad and See. Assignment Here.

ATs meet with librarians and archivists this week and next week to advise on the final research paper.

March 19 Tuesday morning — in Hance

Suheir Hammad “Exotic” (pdf in the dropbox readings folder)

Sarita Echavez See “An Open Wound: Angel Shaw and Manuel Ocampo” in The Decolonized Eye : Filipino American Art and Performance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 1-9. (pdf in the dropbox readings folder)

March 21 Thursday morning — in Hance

Suheir Hammad “First Writing Since” (2001, revised as performed here on Def Poetry Jam, season 1, episode 1 in 2002).

Alphonso Lingis. The Community of Those Who Have Nothing In Common. pp. 155-159, 31-37.

Thursday March 21 afternoon — in Hance 3:05pm
Miki and Tyler Starr – Fukushima and art activism

Week 3 • This week we will focus on the research project writing and facilitate the students’ transition into Unit 8

ATs meet with librarians and archivists this week again to advise on the final research paper.

March 26 Tuesday morning

Research writing/project workshop in sections; report your progress on the research paper.

March 28 Thursday morning — in the Barber Theatre in Cunningham

Mini post on Lingis, due Wednesday night by 10pm.

Alphonso Lingis, “The Other Community” in The Community of Those Who Have Nothing In Common, 1-13.

Steve Kaliski – Theater exercise: Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed

March 28 Thursday afternoon      —      Hance Auditorium 3:05pm
Professor Yurika Tamura,  “Vibration of Others: Transnational Indigenous Resistance and Materiality of Music.”

(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

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 March 31 at 9pm and Monday April 1 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 2 Tuesday morning — in sections
Karin Bauer, “In Search of Ulrike Meinhof” and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

April 4 Thursday morning — in sections
Meinhof, “Hitler Within You” (1961) and “Human Dignity is Violable” (1962)
and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

April 4 Thursday afternoon — Hance 3:05pm
Professor Scott Denham, Talkin Bout a Revolution: The Fascination with Ulrike Meinhof and The Red Army Fraktion.

Sunday April 7 at 9pm and Monday April 8 at 8pm, VAC Semans Lecture Hall
Screening The Baader-Meinhof Complex
(Also available via Amazon Prime video for 3 bucks.)

April 9 Tuesday morning — in sections
Meinhof, “Counter-Violence” (1968)

April 11 Thursday morning — in sections
Meinhof, “From Protest to Resistance” (1968)
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 11 afternoon. Hance

Ross Douthat in conversation with Humanities students about violence and terrorism
In prepration for his session with us Thursday afternoon, read his two columns “The Way We Fear Now” and “Checking Charlie Hebdo’s Privilege.”

and his public lecture that evening, 7:30, Lilly Family Gallery

April 16 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 18 Thursday morning – in section
portfolio and research paper workshop

April 18 Thursday afternoon — Hance 3:05pm
Professor Scott Denham, Where have we been and where are you going?

April 23 Tuesday morning — break, no class

final work •

April 24 Wednesday 9pm
First full draft of your paper due in the dropbox here. This is a hard deadline. Do not be late.

April 25 Thursday morning in sections
Peer critique workshop in sections. Bring two printed copies of your draft to section. Review the peer critique worksheet. We will have copies of the peer critique sheet for you. Begin reporting out in section.

April 25 Thursday afternoon in sections
Continued work from the peer critique worksheets from the morning session. Everyoen reports out. Group fedback, responses, and support.

April 26 Friday through April 29 Monday
Required 30-minute one-on-one writing tutor sessions with fellows.
The fact that this is frolix weekend will help you get up early, get organized, and get good work done efficiently. The fellows’ spots will fill up quickly, so pay attention and get those meetings done.

April 29 Monday 9pm
Revised full draft of your paper due in the dropbox here.

Tuesday April 30 – Friday May 3
TWO one-on-one meetings this week.

Required one-on-one sessions with your section teacher. Schedule as usual with your section teacher. You may schedule sessions with more faculty as well, but you must meet with your own section leader at least once.

Also a second required 30-minute one-on-one writing tutor sessions with (a different fellow) from the past weekend.
These sessions focus on style, form, presentation, copy-editing;  use the paramedic method.

April 30 Tuesday morning
Second peer critique workshop in sections; new partners. Bring two printed copies of your revised draft to section. Review the peer critique worksheet. We will have copies of the peer critique sheet for you. Quick reports out in section.
Brief portfolio check-up on screen if there’s time.

May 2 Thursday morning in Hance
Practice session for portfolio presentations. Half of you present in the morning; half in the afternoon. We’ll start here. You’ll open your draft portfolio and practice leading us through your main points of interest and connection. Practice your one-minute presentation. Peer critique and feedback.

May 2 Thursday afternoon in Hance
Practice session for portfolio presentations. Same as in the morning. Peer critique and feedback.

May 4 Saturday 11:59 pm
Final Portofolio due up on your domain
Faculty evaluate your research papers as they are presented in your portfolios at this time
. Put your research paper in the dropbox folder as well.

May 7 Tuesday morning in Hance Public Presentations
portfolio presentations — one minute each

May 8 all day Verna Case Symposium (formerly Alenda Lux)
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 8 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 9 Thursday reading day

May 10 Friday exams begin

May 10-11 Humanities Workshop for teaching team and others. New Fellows join Friday night. Details to follow.

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