Encounters: Transformations

General Studies 145-146: The First-Year Experience

This course is taught in many small sections, but provides a common intellectual experience for all first-year students through the shared reading schedule, plenary lectures, Common Course Description and Common Procedures and shared Learning Goals.

The reading list changes slightly from year to year.  Here is the current list of texts and editions we are using.  (Reading lists from prior iterations of the course can be found here)

Schedule of Readings, Plenary Lectures, Screenings, and Performances

Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Except where page numbers are given, assignments refer to sections, books, parts, acts, suras, or chapters.


Fall Semester 2014

 

Unit I – Origins and Beginnings

Wed 9/3 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Vol. 1, From Preface to the end of Chapter 4 (pp. 45-88)
Fri 9/5 Frankenstein from Vol. 1, Chapter 5, to Vol. 2, Chapter 3 (pp. 88-127)
Mon 9/8 Frankenstein from Vol. 2, Chapter 4, to Volume 3: Chapter 3 (pp. 127-181)
Wed 9/10 Frankenstein Vol. 3, Chapter 4 to the end of the novel (pp. 181-221)
Fri 9/12 Instructor's Choice
Mon 9/15 Genesis 1-2
Wed 9/17 Genesis 3-11
Fri 9/19 Genesis 12-22
Mon 9/22 Qur’an: Suras 1, 2, 4 and 96:1-5 – Plenary Lecture: Professor Michael Sells (Dept. of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, and University of Chicago Divinity School)
Wed 9/24 Qur’an: Suras 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, and 20
Fri 9/26 Qur’an: Suras 23, 24, 25, 27, 35, 36, 50, 51, 57, 76, 79, 85, 92, and 112
Mon 9/29 Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, pp. 3-17 (Introduction)
Wed 10/1 The Second Sex, pp. 21-48 (Chapter 1)
Fri 10/3 The Second Sex, pp. 279, 283, and Instructor choice in Vol. 2, pt.1
Mon 10/6 The Second Sex, pp. 753-766 and Instructor choice in Vol. 2, pt. 2
Wed 10/8 Instructor's Choice
 

Unit II – Transforming the Self

Fri 10/10 The Bhagavad-Gita 1-2
Mon 10/13 NO CLASS: Fall Break
Wed 10/15 The Bhagavad-Gita 3-6
Fri 10/17 The Bhagavad-Gita 7-12
Mon 10/20 Plato, Symposium, pp. 1-39
Wed 10/22 Symposium, pp. 40-60
Fri 10/24 Symposium, pp. 61-77
Mon 10/27 Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies 5-39, 57-59
Wed 10/29 The Book of the City of Ladies 91-110, 128-131, 141-142, 145-152, 169-175, 195-198.
Fri 10/31 The Book of the City of Ladies 201-240
Mon 11/3 W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, from “The Forethought” through “The Wings of Atlanta” – Plenary Lecture: Professor Walter Wyman (Dept. of Religion, Whitman College)
Wed 11/5 The Souls of Black Folk, from “Of the Training of Black Men” through “Of the Faith of the Fathers”
Fri 11/7 The Souls of Black Folk, from “Of the Passing of the First Born” through “The Afterthought”
 

Unit III – Conditions of Mutability

Mon 11/10 The Gospel According to Luke, 1-9:50
Wed 11/12 The Gospel According to Luke, 9:51-19:27
Fri 11/14 The Gospel According to Luke, 19:28-24:53
Luke online reading instructions: follow the link above to Oxford Biblical Studies Online. Select "New Oxford Annotated Bible [NRSV]" under the "Bible Texts" tab. Navigate to Luke using the directory on the left hand side of the text: The New Testament\The Gospels\The Gospel According to Luke. Navigate through the chapters using the directory to the left of the text.  Especially if your section has a "no electronics" policy, your instructor may require you to print the reading so you can bring it to class.
Mon 11/17 Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, 1-6, 60-79
Wed 11/19 On the Origin of Species, 171-206
Fri 11/21 On the Origin of Species, 411-458, 480-490  
11/24-11/28 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Mon 12/1 John Keats, “La Belle Dame sans Merci. A Ballad,” (47-48) Sonnet: ‘When I have fears that I may cease to be,’ (51) Sonnet: ‘Bright Star, would I were’ (52-53)
Wed 12/3 Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “Ode to Psyche,” (34-39) “Ode on Melancholy,” (45-46) “Ode on Indolence” (49-50)
Fri 12/5 Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother  
FILM SCREENINGS - 7:00-9:00 pm in Maxey Auditorium on Wednesday 12/3, Thursday 12/4, and Sunday 12/7
Mon 12/8 All About My Mother
Wed 12/10 All About My Mother
Fri 12/12 Instructor's Choice
Fri 12/19 9:00 - 11:00 am – Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

 

Spring Semester 2015

 

Unit IV – Revolutions

Wed 1/21 Karl Marx, Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 54-68.
Fri 1/23 Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 68-79.
Mon 1/26 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 157-169.
Wed 1/28 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 169-176, 185-186
Fri 1/30 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface & First Essay – Plenary Lecture: (Speaker TBA)
Mon 2/2 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 1-12.
Wed 2/4 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 13-25.
Fri 2/6 On the Genealogy of Morals, Third Essay, Sections 1, 2, 8-15, 23-24, and 27-28.
Mon 2/9 Instructor's Choice
Wed 2/11 M. K. Gandhi, “Hind Swaraj,” Prefaces, Introduction, and Chapters 1-8 (pp. 5-44)
Fri 2/13 “Hind Swaraj,” Chapters 9-15. (pp. 45-76)
Mon 2/16 NO CLASS - Presidents' Day
Wed 2/18 “Hind Swaraj,” Chapters 16-20 and Glossary (pp. 77-117, pp. xc-xcii)
  FILM SCREENINGS - 7:00-10:00 pm in Maxey Auditorium on Sunday 2/15, Tuesday 2/17, Wednesday 2/18, and Sunday 2/22
Fri 2/20 Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers
Mon 2/23 The Battle of Algiers
Wed 2/25 The Battle of Algiers
 

Unit V – Rewrite

Fri 2/27 William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I – Plenary Lecture: Professor Theresa DiPasquale (Dept. of English, Whitman College)
Mon 3/2 Hamlet, Acts II & III
Wed 3/4 Hamlet, Act IV
Fri 3/6 Hamlet, Act V
Mon 3/9 Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Act I
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Performances: Tentatively scheduled for Mon 3/9 and Tues 3/10.  Tickets will be distributed by section instructors.
Wed 3/11 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Act II
Fri 3/13 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Act III
3/16-3/27 SPRING BREAK
Mon 3/30 Francis Bacon, The New Organon, Preface and book 1: Aphorisms I-XXXVII – Plenary Lecture: Professor Allison Calhoun (Dept. of Chemistry, Whitman College)
Wed 4/1 The New Organon, Book 1: Aphorisms XXXVII-LXXVII
Fri 4/3 The New Organon, Book 2: Aphorisms I-XX
Mon 4/6 Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory
Wed 4/8 The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory
  The links above direct you to the e-reserve page for Encounters, hosted at the Penrose Library.  This page contains the reading assignment in .pdf format.  If prompted for a password, use "encounters".  Especially if your section has a "no electronics" policy, you may need to print the essay and bring it to class.
Fri 4/10 Instructor's Choice
 

Unit VI – Trauma and Transformation

   
Mon 4/13 Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts, pp. 17-22, 117-175
Wed 4/15 Late Victorian Holocausts, 177-209, 213-238
Fri 4/17 Late Victorian Holocausts, 279-310, 377-393
Mon 4/20 Art Spiegelman, Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 1-3  
Wed 4/22 Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 4-6
Fri 4/24 Maus, Vol. 2, Chapters 1-2
Mon 4/27 Maus, Vol 2, Chapters 3-5
Wed 4/29 Toni Morrison, Beloved I, pp. 4-59
Fri 5/1 Beloved I, pp. 60-124  
Mon 5/4 Beloved I, pp. 125-195
Wed 5/6 Beloved II
Fri 5/8 Beloved III
Mon 5/11 Instructor's Choice
Fri 5/15 2:00 - 4:00 pm – Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

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