Unit 1: What is the Future?
Tuesday, August 30
- Richard Taylor, “Temporal Passage”
- Plenary with mini-lectures and small-group discussions: Presentism vs. the Block Universe.
Thursday, September 1 (am)
- Jorge Luis Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths”
- Moodle: Questions or Comments about Taylor or Borges (Due by 8am)
- Discussion sections: Students discuss Borges. Sections also come up with questions to ask in the afternoon.
Thursday, September 1 (pm)
- Plenary in Hance with mini-lectures and small-group discussions: Borges debrief.
Tuesday, September 6
- Ted Chiang, “What’s Expected of Us” from Nature (2005)
- Ana Anthropy, Queers in Love at the End of the World (2013)
- Moodle: Video Reaction to Queers in Love at the End of the World
- Discussion Sections: Consider Chiang and Anthropy, including the alternative notions of temporality and futurity they offer
Thursday, September 8 (am)
- Chapters 6-13 of Parable of the Sower, pages 61-150
- Moodle: Lauren Olamina’s Missing Journal Entries
- Discussion Sections: discuss Octavia Butler’s vision of futurity
Thursday, September 8 (pm)
- Plenary: The Technological Imagination
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.
- Make sure you have looked through Getting Started with Davidson Domains in the Portfolio tab on the webpage
- Moodle: Respond to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and What the Constitution Means to Me
- Discussion Sections: What is the future (of interpretation)?
Thursday September 15 (am)
- Read “An Ancient Mistranslation is Now Threatening Abortion Rights“
- Brandon J. Murrill, Modes of Constitutional Interpretation (2018)
- Phyllis Trible, “Eve and Adam: Genesis 2 – 3 Reread,” in Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion (1992), 74-83
- Put Davidson Domains address on the spreadsheet.
- Plenary in Hance with Author/alumna Katey Zeh ’05
- On interpretation, rereading, and letting old readings go
Thursday, September 15 (pm)
- Read Mark Noll, “The ‘Bible Alone’ and a Reformed, Literal Hermeneutic,” in America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (OUP 2002)
- And Stanley Fish, “Working on the Chain Gang,” in Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Legal and Literary Studies (Duke 1992)
- Moodle: The Past, Present, and Future of Interpretation
- Plenary: How to write (and read) (for) the future: Bible & Constitution
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 “Prologue” Beyond 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)
- Watch: 2014 Performance of Sunjata epic by Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté and Professor Chérif Keita in “Sunjata: Glimpse of an Epic”
- Sun of the Soil (2019, directed by Joe Penney, written by Laden Osman, featuring artist Abdou Ouloguem)
- Moodle: Sunjata Epic and Sun of the Soil
- Discussion Sections
Thursday, September 22 (pm)
- Plenary: Time, history, and the future; Unit 1 wrap up and Unit 2 preview