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Title   Offering Standing Credits Credits When F W S Su Description Preparatory Faculty Days Multiple Standings Start Quarters Open Quarters
Ulrike Krotscheck and Nancy Bishop
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day F 12 Fall W 13Winter The origins of humanism and the humanities are deeply rooted in the history and culture of the ancient Mediterranean. Contemporary society, for better and for worse, draws significantly from many aspects of this common history. This program introduces students to the foundations of humanistic investigation through the study of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Our main goal will be to study art, architecture, literature, and other known aspects of the ancient world with the goal of understanding what it meant to be human in that place and time.  Although the peoples of the ancient world lived in dramatically different circumstances than we do, the social, political, and philosophical questions they faced—as well as the answers they developed—resonate with the challenges of contemporary life.  Our work will help us to understand and appreciate why this is so.We will study the texts and monuments of Greco-Roman antiquity, seeking to understand the works of its foremost thinkers and artists, from the Bronze Age to the height of the Roman Empire. Our inquiry will help us establish a strong foundation in the literary and artistic artifacts that have long shaped our own cultural legacy, and broaden our historical perspective on this vibrant, ever-changing, often violent part of the world. Through the disciplines of archaeology, art history, literary analysis, and history, we will survey ancient Greece and Italy in a comprehensive manner. We will encounter the accomplishments of Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides, Virgil, Tacitus, Praxiteles, the architects of the Parthenon and the Pantheon, and others, not merely as relics to be appreciated but as vital, continually compelling invitations to think and feel our way into new points of view on both the modern and the ancient world. We will also investigate the less visible aspects of ancient life: religion, myth, death ritual, recreation, and the role of women and slaves.  Our aim is to gain a more comprehensive picture of this part of our history.Students will interpret textual and visual material in discussion and writing. As interpretive composition is crucial to our approach, we will provide many opportunities for writing and revising, with frequent faculty and peer review. Writing and writing workshops will be an integral part of the learning experience and students should expect to spend a large amount of time improving their writing.This program is intended for the lower-division/new student who is looking not only for a solid foundation in art history, classical literature, and the history of the ancient Mediterranean, but also to those seeking an intensive reading- and writing based experience that will prepare them for upper-level work in the humanities and social sciences.  Ulrike Krotscheck Nancy Bishop Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Stephen Beck and Thomas Rainey
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 8 08 Evening and Weekend S 13Spring This inter-disciplinary, coordinated studies program will explore, in considerable detail, the classical world of ancient Greece and Rome. It will focus on the history, literature, philosophy, and culture of these two vitally connected and overlapping classical civilizations. We will also consider how ancient Greece and Rome created the foundations of Western civilization. Our readings will be drawn from such writers as Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Suetonious, Plutarch, Seneca, and Aurelius. Stephen Beck Thomas Rainey Mon Wed Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Susan Preciso and Mark Harrison
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 8 08 Evening and Weekend S 13Spring Across time and cultures, humankind has struggled with moral taboos that obstruct the pursuit of knowledge deemed inappropriate or dangerous. While institutions have often dictated what is acceptable for us to know, the arts, literature, and mythology have been the chief mechanisms through which we have been able to explain or justify this fundamental human conflict. For example, in the creation story of Genesis and Milton’s we encounter one of western culture’s most enduring mythic structures. Faust and Frankenstein speak to a more modern dilemma about acquisition and use of knowledge. In this program we will explore this complex subject through visual art, music, poetry, and literature. Roger Shattuck’s will provide one analysis of the stories, but we’ll read other critical approaches as well. Students will be expected to read critically and well, take excellent reading notes, and write occasional critical essays on assigned topics. They will participate in seminar, lecture, workshop, and a field trip. Credits may be awarded in world literature and cultural studies. Susan Preciso Mark Harrison Wed Sat Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Bob Haft
Signature Required: Winter 
  Program SO–SRSophomore - Senior 16 16 Day F 12 Fall W 13Winter S 13Spring The legacy of the Greek and Italian cultures in the Western world---from the Minoan world to that of the Italian Renaissance---continues to hold considerable sway over contemporary cultures. The great writings and powerful visual arts that were produced in Greece and Italy established standards of excellence which succeeding generations have both struggled against and paid homage to up to the present day. In this program, we will study the texts and monuments of two of the most dynamic and seminal cultures in European history: Classical Greece and Renaissance Italy. We will read and discuss writings from the periods we study (such as Homer's , Aeschylus' and Dante's as well as contemporary offerings (such as Mary Renault's ). Throughout the program we will learn about modern rediscoveries and re-interpretations of these periods, culminating in our own journey to Greece and Italy. Fall quarter ("Naissance"), we will investigate the rise of the Greek , or city-state, from the ashes of the Bronze Age Aegean civilizations, as well as that of the Etruscans, in what is now Tuscany. In addition to reading primary source materials, we will study the architecture, sculpture and painted pottery that was produced, and we will all learn the rudiments of drawing. Winter quarter ("Renaissance"), our focus will be on the Roman appropriation of Greek art and thought and the later Florentine rediscovery and interpretation of the Classical past. We'll study how 15th-century Italians used the ideas they found in classical literature and learning as the basis for revolutions both in artistic practices and the conception of humanity. We will also learn the basics of black and white photography.During the spring ("Odyssey"), we will travel to Greece and Italy for six weeks, visiting, studying and holding seminars in sites and cities synonymous with the Classical world and the Renaissance. The first three weeks will be in Greece, where we will start in Crete, focusing our attention on the Minoan Civilization. Next, we will travel through mainland Greece, visiting numerous sites including Athens, Corinth, Olympia and Delphi. The last three weeks will be spent in Italy, using Florence as our main base but making side trips to nearby sites and cities, such as Fiesole and Siena. Bob Haft Tue Wed Thu Fri Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Fall Fall Winter
Nancy Koppelman, Trevor Speller and Charles Pailthorp
  Program FR–SRFreshmen - Senior 16 16 Day S 13Spring What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character? - How do we determine what to do when faced with hard choices? Is our own happiness uppermost in our minds, or is something else--loyalty to a friend, say, or religious principles? How can we live with integrity in the face of temptation or tragedy? These ethical questions demand that we think carefully about character. Character comprises not only our distinctive qualities, but also our disposition to act in certain ways, for good or ill. Indeed, our word "ethical" derives from the Greek word for character, , which, like our word, can refer to a literary figure (a character) or to an individual's qualities and dispositions. In this program, we study works of philosophy, history, drama and fiction that illuminate our understanding of character. We explore how character affects, and is affected by, desire, deliberation, action and suffering. We read literary and historical accounts that illustrate the character of people or a people. These accounts may portray profound moral dilemmas or day-to-day trials woven into the fabric of human experience. Texts in ethical philosophy will broaden our notions of character, particularly in relation to external goods, habit, happiness, friendship and duties. They provide powerful interpretive tools and a refined vocabulary for grappling with questions raised by our other texts. Authors will include Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Immanuel Kant, Soren Kierkegaard, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Wharton, among others.This program suits students who are prepared not only to think critically, but to investigate their own beliefs and submit them to rigorous scrutiny: that is, to practice ethical thinking as well as study it. Writing will be central to that practice, and students will write long and short essays submitted to peer and faculty review. Nancy Koppelman Trevor Speller Charles Pailthorp Mon Wed Thu Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Spring Spring
Daniel Ralph
  Course SO–SRSophomore - Senior 4 04 Evening W 13Winter This course will primarily consist of a cover-to-cover reading of Plato’s Republic.  The primary course activities will be seminar discussion, workshops and a series of writing assignments.  Previous exposure to Plato’s works is helpful but not mandatory.  Students who enroll should be prepared to engage in a focused learning experience fueled by a challenging set of readings. Daniel Ralph Tue Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR Winter Winter