GRBK 3001 Spring 2018


GRBK 3001. "Great Books of Science"

Prof. Helena Feder, Department of English
FC:HU (31849), crosslisted with HNRS 2011 () MW 2:00-3:15

This interdisciplinary seminar will focus on key texts of modern science that explore what it means to be human by interrogating both human nature and the larger natural world of which we are a part, our values, ethics, and aesthetics. The texts investigate the nature of reality and dream, our shared human and nonhuman evolutionary history, and the ways in which nonhuman cultural worlds resemble and differ from ours. They ask questions about our distance from each other, individually and culturally, and from the stars, all measures of light and dark matter, literal and metaphorical. They shine a light on science’s relation to culture and culture’s use of technology; they both embody and consider what it means to be modern.

  • The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
  • Loren Eisley, Invisible Pyramid
  • Robert Sapolsky, A Primate’s Memoir
  • Frans de Waal, Primates and Philosophers

CLAS 2230 Great Books of Ancient Lit. II: Rome

L. Ellison  32878 .001 MWF 12:00-12:50  TBA

CLAS 4000 Seminar in Classics: Ancient Receptions of the Odyssey

J. Stevens  32896 .001 TTh 2:00-3:15  Bate 2003

ENGL 2100 Major British Writers

D. Wilson-Okamura  30017 .001 MWF 11-11:50  TBA

ENGL 2200 Major American Writers

E. Shields  30018 .001 TTh 3:30-4:45  TBA

ENGL 3080 Shakespeare: Comedies

D. Wilson-Okamura  30028 .001 MWF 10:00-10:50  TBA

ENGL 3090 Shakespeare: Tragedies

T. Herron  30029 .001 TTh 2:00-3:15  TBA

ENGL 3630 The Bible As Literature

L. Tedesco  30036 .001 MWF 2-2:50  TBA

HIST 3405 History of Ancient Rome

F. Romer  32668. 001 MWF 1:00-1:50  TBA

PHIL 3331 Modern Philosophy

H. Jacoby  33890. 001 MWF 2:00-2:50  TBA

POLS 2070 Intro to Political Theory

N. Spalding  32054. 001 MWF 12:00-12:50  TBA

RELI 2692 Buddhism

D. Maher  33910. 001 MWF 11:00-11:50  TBA

RELI 2696 Intro to the New Testament

C. Mercer  33911. 001 TTh 9:30-10:45  TBA
L. Johnson  33915. 002 TTh 12:30-1:45  TBA

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