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, 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, from Vol. 2, Chapter 4 to Vol. 3, Chapter 3 (pp. 127-181)

Wed 9/11

Frankenstein, from Vol. 3, Chapter 4 to the end of the novel (pp. 181-221)

Fri 9/13

Free day - Instructor’s choice

 

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, 85, 92, and 112

 

Mon 9/30

 

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

Wed 10/2

PLENARY LECTURE (in Cordiner Hall): Prof. Zahi Zalloua

The Second Sex, pp. 21-48 (Chapter 1)

Fri 10/4

The Second Sex, pp. 279, 283; Instructor choice in Women V2, pt. 1

 

Mon 10/7

 

The Second Sex, pp. 753-766; Instructor choice in Women V2, pt. 2

Wed 10/9

Free day - Instructor's choice

Unit 2 – Transforming the Self

Fri 10/11

Bhagavad Gita 1-2

 

Mon 10/14

 

FALL BREAK, No Classes

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

PLENARY LECTURE (in Cordiner Hall): Prof. Roberta Davidson

Christine de Pizan, from The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan pp. 5-39, 57-59

Mon 11/11

Christine de Pizan, from The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan pp. 91-110, 128-131, 141-142, 145-152, 169-175, 195-198

Wed 11/13

Christine de Pizan, from The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan pp. 201-240

Unit 3 – Conditions of Mutability

Fri 11/15

Free day - Instructor's choice

 

Mon 11/18

 

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

 

 

THANKSGIVING BREAK 11/23-12/1

 

Mon 12/2

 

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

Wed 12/4

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

Fri 12/6

Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother

Screenings of All About My Mother (in Maxey Auditorium [W33]):

DATES & TIMES T.B.A. 


Mon 12/9

Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother

Wed 12/11

All About My Mother

Fri 12/13

Free day – Instructor’s choice

 

 

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. 58-68

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 2/31

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface and First Essay

 

Mon 2/3

 

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 – Instructor’s choice

Wed 2/12

Mohandas 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

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY - No classes

Wed 2/19

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

Screenings of Battle of Algiers (Maxey Auditorium [W33], 7pm): Times & Dates T.B.A.

Fri 2/21

PLENARY LECTURE (in Cordiner Hall): Prof. Marnia Lazreg (Dept. of Sociology, City University of New York)

Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers

 

Mon 2/24

 

Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers

Wed 2/26

Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers


Unit 5 – Rewrite

Fri 2/28

William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1

*Hamlet performances at Harper Joy Theatre, 2/27-3/2

 

Mon 3/3

 

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Acts 2 and 3

Wed 3/5

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 4

Fri 3/7

Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 5

 

Mon 3/10

 

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Act 1

Wed 3/12

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Act 2

Fri 3/14

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Act 3

 

 

SPRING BREAK 3/15-3/30

 

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

Bacon (continued discussion on reading from 4/2)

 

 

Mon 4/7

 

Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory” (handout/online)

Wed 4/9

Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory” (handout/online)

 

Fri 4/11

Free day - Instructor's choice

 

Unit 6 – Trauma and Transformation

 

 

Mon 4/14

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

Wed 4/16

PLENARY LECTURE (in Cordiner Hall): Tentative, T.B.A.

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

Spiegelman, Maus 1. 4-6

Fri 4/25

Spiegelman, Maus 2. 1-2


Mon 4/28

Spiegelman, Maus 2. 3-5

Wed 4/30

Toni Morrison, Beloved, I (pp. 4-59)

Fri 5/2

Morrison, Beloved, I (pp. 60-124)


Mon 5/5

Morrison, Beloved, to the end of I (pp. 125-195)

Wed 5/7

Morrison, Beloved, II

Fri 5/9

Morrison, Beloved, III

 

Mon 5/12

 

Free day – Instructor’s choice

 

5/15-5/20 – SPRING SEMESTER EXAM WEEK

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