Painting of the fall of Tenochtitlan

Unit 6: Ends of the Future

Week 26

Tuesday, March 28

  • Mexica Narrative and Poetry and the Destruction of Tenochtitlan, Miguel León Portilla, The Broken Spears (Excerpts)
  • Plenary: Apocalypse and the Birth of Modernity

Thursday, March 30 (am)

Thursday, March 30 (pm)

  • Joy Harjo, “Selected Poems” (“I Am a Dangerous Woman,” “Perhaps the World Ends Here,” A Map to the Next World,” “Morning Prayers,” “When The World As We Knew It Ended”)
  • Plenary: Apocalypse; or, Coming Full Circle

Week 27

Tuesday, April 4

  • Peter J. Smith and Robert W. Tuttle, “Biblical Literalism and Constitutional Originalism,” Notre Dame Law Review 86, no. 2 (March 2011): 693-716. Link is to the entire article (693-764) but you need only read through page 716.
  • Judith Jarvis Thomson, “A Defense of Abortion,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 1, no. 1 (Autumn 1971): 47-66. 
  • Daniel K. Williams, “Introduction,” from Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016), 1-9.
  • Plenary: Reproductive Futures: Where We’ve Been

Thursday, April 6 (am)

Thursday, April 6 (pm)

Week 28

Tuesday, April 11

Thursday, April 13 (am)

  • Section: Portfolio Revision/ Writing & Research Nuts and Bolts  

Thursday, April 13 (pm)

Week 29

Tuesday, April 18

  • Entry on Nongqawuse from the New African Encyclopedia
  • Zakes Mda, The Heart of Redness (2000), front matter-p21 (to section break); 37-58; 66-87 (to section break); 91-113 (to section break).
  • Plenary: Prophecy, Narrative, History. Readings

Thursday, April 20 (am)

Thursday, April 20 (pm)

  • Zakes Mda, The Heart of Redness (2000) 123-137 (end of para after section break, read parts with italics); 197-201 (end of page); 208-211 (to section break); 253-261 (end of page); 268 (top of page)-277.
  • Plenary: The Heart of Redness (cont.)

Week 30

Tuesday, April 25

  • Carmen Maria Machado, “Inventory” (2017)
  • Section: Intimate Apocalypses

Thursday, April 27 (am)

Thursday, April 27 (pm)

  • Plenary: Zombies and the Apocalyptic Imagination

Week 31

Verna Miller Case Symposium, Wednesday, May 3