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Unit 1: What is the Future?

Week 1

Tuesday, August 30

  • Richard Taylor, “Temporal Passage
  • Plenary with mini-lectures and small-group discussions: Presentism vs. the Block Universe.

Thursday, September 1 (am)

Thursday, September 1 (pm)

  • Plenary in Hance with mini-lectures and small-group discussions: Borges debrief.

Week 2

Tuesday, September 6

Thursday, September 8 (am)

Thursday, September 8 (pm)

  • Plenary: The Technological Imagination

Week 3

Tuesday, September 13

  • Watch Heidi Schrek, What the Constitution Means to Me (2020); read the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Click on “Read a Transcript” for each document. Note: the BOR text includes the original 12 amendments proposed, of which only 10 were ratified. Our present-day first amendment was actually the third in this resolution.

Thursday September 15 (am)

Thursday, September 15 (pm)

Week 4

Tuesday, September 20

  • Read excerpts from Niane/Kouyate, Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali (1965), Front Matter and 1-27, 27-47, 71-84.
  • Read Ousman Oumar Kane 2016, excerpts from “PrologueBeyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa, 1-11, 16-18.
  • Moodle: What is the Past (For)?
  • Plenary: Plenary: What is the past (for)? (Meet in Hance: 40 min plenary followed by 30 min section meetings)

Thursday, September 22 (am)

Thursday, September 22 (pm)

  • Plenary: Time, history, and the future; Unit 1 wrap up and Unit 2 preview