Encounters: Transformations


General Studies 145-146: The First-Year Experience

Here is a list of the editions and translations we are using.

This course is taught in many sections, but remains a single course common to all students.
Here are our Common Course Description and Common Procedures and Learning Goals.

Schedule of Readings

Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

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


Fall Semester 2013

 

Unit 1 – Origins and Beginnings

Wed 9/4

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818 edition), Vol. 1. From Preface to the end of Chapter 4 (pp. 45-88)
Fri 9/6 Frankenstein from Vol. 1, Chapter 5, to Vol. 2, Chapter 3 (pp. 88-127)

Mon 9/9
 
Frankenstein
fromVol. 2, Chapter 4, to Volume 3: Chapter 3 (pp. 127-181)
Wed 9/11 Frankenstein Vol. 3, Chapter 4 to the end of the novel (pp. 181-221)
Fri 9/13 Free day

Mon 9/16
 
Genesis 1-2
Wed 9/18 Genesis 3-11
Fri 9/20 Genesis 12-22

Mon 9/23


Qur’an: Suras 1, 2, 4 and 96:1-5

Wed 9/25 Qur’an: Suras 7, 10, 11, 14, 15, and 20
Fri 9/27 Qur’an: Suras 23, 24, 25, 27, 35, 36, 50, 51, 57, 76, 79, 85, 92, and 112
 

Mon 9/30

 

Beauvoir, The Second Sex, pp. 3-17 (Introduction)

Wed 10/2

The Second Sex, pp. 21-48 (Chapter 1) – Plenary Session: Prof. Zahi Zalloua (Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Fri 10/4

The Second Sex, pp. 279, 283, and Instructor choice in Vol. 2, pt.1

 

Mon 10/7

 

The Second Sex, pp. 753-766 and Instructor choice in Vol. 2, pt. 2

Wed 10/9 Free day

 

Unit 2 – Transforming the Self

Fri 10/11 Bhagavad Gita 1-2
 

Mon 10/14

 

NO CLASS: Fall Break

Wed 10/16 Bhagavad Gita 3-6
Fri 10/18 Bhagavad Gita 7-12

 

Mon 10/21 Plato, Symposium, pp. 1-39
Wed 10/23 Symposium, pp. 40-60
Fri 10/25 Symposium, pp. 61-77
 

Mon 10/28

 

Augustine, Confessions Books 1-3

Wed 10/30

Confessions Books 4-6

Fri 11/1

Confessions Books 7

 

Mon 11/4

 

Confessions Books 8-9

Wed 11/6

Confessions Books 10

Fri 11/8

Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies 5-39, 57-59 – Plenary Session: Prof. Roberta Davidson (Dept. of English)

Mon 11/11

Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies 91-110, 128-131, 141-142, 145-152, 169-175, 195-198.

Wed 11/13 Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies 201-240

 

Unit 3 – Conditions of Mutability

Fri 11/15

Open Day

 

Mon 11/18

 

Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, 1-6, 60-79

Wed 11/20 Origin of Species, 171-206
Fri 11/22 Origin of Species, 411-458, 480-490

 

11/23-12/1 THANKSGIVING BREAK
 

Mon 12/2

 

John Keats, “Bright Star,” “When I have fears that I may cease to be,” “La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad”

Wed 12/4

Keats, “Ode to Psyche,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “Ode to a Nightingale, “Ode on Melancholy,” “Ode on Indolence”

Fri 12/6 Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother

 

MOVIE SCREENINGS - 7-9 p.m Maxey Auditorium

Sunday, 12/1: All About My Mother

Thursday, 12/5: All About My Mother 

Sunday, 12/8: All About My Mother

Mon 12/9 Almodóvar, All About My Mother
Wed 12/11 Almodóvar, All About My Mother
Fri 12/13 Free day

 

  12/16-12/20 – FALL SEMESTER EXAM WEEK

 

Spring Semester 2014

 

Unit 4 – Revolutions

Wed 1/22

Karl Marx, Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 54-68.
Fri 1/24 Marx, Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 68-79.
 

Mon 1/27

 

Marx, Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 157-169.

Wed 1/29 Marx, Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 169-176, 185-186
Fri 1/31 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals: Preface & First Essay
 

Mon 2/3

 

Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals: Second Essay, Sections 1-12.

Wed 2/5 On the Genealogy of Morals: Second Essay, Sections 13-25.
Fri 2/7 On the Genealogy of Morals: Third Essay, Sections 1, 2, 8-15, 23-24, and 27-28.
 

Mon 2/10

 

Free day

Wed 2/12 M. K. Gandhi, “Hind Swaraj”: Prefaces, Introduction, and Chapters 1-8 (pp. 5-44)
Fri 2/14 Gandhi, “Hind Swaraj”: Chapters 9-15. (pp. 45-76)
 

Mon 2/17

 

No Class - President's Day

Wed 2/19 Gandhi, “Hind Swaraj”: Chapters 16-20 and Glossary (pp. 77-117, pp. xc-xcii)
 

FILM SCREENINGS of Battle of Algiers  

Tuesday 2/18 (Maxey Auditorium, 7-10pm)

Thursday 2/20 (Olin 130, 7-10pm)

Sunday 2/23 (Maxey Auditorium, 7-10pm)

Fri 2/21 Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers: PLENARY SESSION: Prof. Marnia Lazreg (Dept. of Sociology, City University of New York)
 

Mon 2/24

 

Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers

Wed 2/26 Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers

 

Unit 5 – Rewrite

Fri 2/28 Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I
 

Mon 3/3

 

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II & III

Wed 3/5 Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV
Fri 3/7 Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act V

Hamlet Performances: Sat 3/1 at 7pm and Sun 3/2 at 2pm, at Harper Joy Theatre. Tickets will be distributed by section instructors.
 

Mon 3/10

 

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Act I

Wed 3/12 Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Act II
Fri 3/14

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Act III

   

SPRING BREAK

 

Mon 3/31

 

Francis Bacon, The New Organon: Preface and book 1: Aphorisms I-LXXVII (pp. 27-63)

Wed 4/2 Francis Bacon, The New Organon: Book 2: Aphorisms I-XX (pp.102-135)
Fri 4/4

Francis Bacon, The New Organon: Continued discussion on reading from 4/2

 

Mon 4/7

 

Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory” (download reading here):

PLENARY SESSION: Prof. Sean Carroll (California Institute of Technology)

Wed 4/9 Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory”
Fri 4/11 Free day

 

Unit 6 – Trauma and Transformation

 

 

Mon 4/14

Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts, 17-22, 117-175

Wed 4/16

W 4/16: Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts, 177-209, 213-238

Fri 4/18 Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts, 279-310, 377-393

 

Mon 4/21

 

Art Spiegelman, Maus,I.1-3  

Wed 4/23

Maus, 1. 4-6

Fri 4/25 Maus, 2. 1-2

 

Mon 4/28

 

Maus, 2. 3-5

Wed 4/30 Toni Morrison, Beloved, I, pages 4-59
Fri 5/2

Beloved, I, pages 60-124

 

Mon 5/5 Beloved, to the end of I, pages 125-195
Wed 5/7 Beloved, II
Fri 5/9 Beloved, III
 

Mon 5/12

 

Free day

   

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Last updated August 18, 2013. Created and maintained by Matthew Fox.