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Course Calendar

Please note that this calendar is designed to be flexible: we may make changes along the way, depending on your interests and the needs of the class. Should you miss a class, you are responsible for knowing about—and adjusting for—any changes. Professional protocols and collegiality call for you to alert us if you’ll be missing on a day when we’re having a workshop or when you are scheduled to present materials.

Week 1
Introductions & course goals

W.
9/3
In class: Introductions, key terms, course goals
Due: course survey
F.
9/5
No class: K-Day

Week 2
“The Great Potter cannot intervene —
All creation thrives of itself.”

M.
9/8
In class: Textual Analysis
Reading
: T’ao Ch’ien, “Substance, Shadow, and Spirit”
Due: Poem summary and analysis
W.
9/10
In class: Ch’ien, “Substance, Shadow, and Spirit”, continued
F.
9/12
In class: Previewing Virgil“Dante and Virgil in Union Square”, 1932 by Isabel Bishop; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Week 3
“Then followed other arts; and everything
was toil, relentless toil, urged on by need”

M.
9/15
In class: “But though both men and cattle do their work,
And do it well, there are the mischievous geese …”
Reading: Virgil, The Georgics, 3-19
Background: ThoughtCast » Virgil’s Georgics
Due: Reading and writing in a technological age (one page)
W.
9/17
In class: “How shall I tell of Autumn and its changes?”
Reading:

  • Virgil, The Georgics, 19-43
  • William Carlos Williams, “The Farmer”
  • Robert Hass, “Iowa, January”

Due: In-class writing

F.
9/19
In class:  Analyzing text: informative, figurative, and literary
Reading
: Genesis 3: 17-19

Week 4
“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees”

M.
9/22
In class:
Reading: William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience
W.
9/24
In class:
Reading: William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Due: In-class writing
F.
9/26
Reading: William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell:

Due: In-class writing

The Temptation and Fall of Eve, illustration to Milton’s'Paradise Lost (1808, pen and watercolour on paper)

Week 5
“A short history about everyone for the last 13,000 years”

M.
9/29
In class: History and context
Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel, I: 33-82
Due:
W.
10/1
In class: History and context
Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel, I, continued
Due:
F.
10/3
In class: Exam

Week 6
Guns, Germs, and Steel
, Part II

M.
10/6
Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel, II: 83-130
W.
10/8
Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel, II: 131-192
F.
10/10
In class: Art, culture, and history
Reading: Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru 1846
Due: Art notes (emailed before class)

Week 7
Guns, Germs, and Steel
, Part III

M. 10/13 In class: Writing and technology
Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel, III: 195-264
Due:
W. 10/15 In class: ” … urged on by need,” revisited
Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel, III, continued
F.
10/17
Film Viewing

Week 8
Guns, Germs, and Steel
, Afterword

M. 10/20 In class: Project and presentation planning
Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel: “Afterward”
Due: Reading response
W. 10/22 In class:
Reading:
Due:
F.
10/24
Film Viewing

Week 9
The Sea Around Us: Narrative in a Technological Age

M. 10/27 In class: The Sea Around Us
Reading: Part I
Background: Study: Sea Levels Won’t Rise As Much As Predicted (NPR)
Due: In-class writing
W. 10/29 In class: The Sea Around Us
Reading: Part II
F.
10/31
Film viewing

Week 10
Research, context, and reception

M.
11/3
In class: The Sea Around Us
Reading: Part III
Due: Film notes
W.
11/5
In class: Exam #2
F.
11/7
Film viewing

Week 11
“Maybe if I made the bed / it would help”
Time & Materials

M. 11/10 Reading: Hass, Time and Materials, 1-34
In class: Project and presentation updates
W. 11/12 Reading: Hass, Time and Materials, 35-62
Project and presentation updates
Hass: ”You know that milkmaid in Vermeer?
Entirely absorbed in the act of pouring …”
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F.
11/14
Film viewing

Week 12
Time & Materials, continued
Preparing Research Projects

M. 11/17 Time and Materials, 63-87
Project and presentation updates
W. 11/19 Research Project Groups: meet in the CCLI, 104 Walker
F.
11/21
Film viewing
Thanksgiving recess 11/22-30

Week 13
Preparing Research Projects

M.
12/1
Research Project Groups: meet in the CCLI, 104 Walker
W.
12/3
Research Project Groups: meet in the CCLI, 104 Walker
F.
12/5
Film viewing

Week 14
Research Project Presentations

M.
12/8
Research Project Presentations
W. 12/10 Research Project Presentations
F.
12/12
Research Project Presentations

Final Exam Week

Monday 12/15

5:30-7:30 p.m.
In-class Final Exam; location TBA


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