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 2015 and Spring 2016

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


Fall Semester 2015

 

Unit I – Origins and Beginnings

Wed 9/2 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Vol. 1, From Preface to the end of Chapter 4 (pp. 45-88)
Fri 9/4 Frankenstein, from Vol. 1, Chapter 5, to Vol. 2, Chapter 3 (pp. 88-127)
Mon 9/7 Frankenstein , from Vol. 2, Chapter 4, to Volume 3: Chapter 3 (pp. 127-181)
Wed 9/9 Frankenstein, Vol. 3, Chapter 4 to the end of the novel (pp. 181-221)
Fri 9/11 Instructor's Choice
Mon 9/14 Jim Dine, Carnival
Wed 9/16 Plenary Lecture on Carnival: Professor Michelle Acuff (Art Department, Whitman College)
Fri 9/18 Genesis 1-2
Mon 9/21 Genesis 3-11
Wed 9/23 Genesis 12-22
Fri 9/25 Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, pp. 3-17 (Introduction), 71-75 (History)
Mon 9/28 The Second Sex, pp. 21-48 (Biological Data)
Wed 9/30 The Second Sex, pp. 279, 283, and Instructor choice in Vol. 2, pt.1
Fri 10/2 The Second Sex, pp. 753-766 and Instructor choice in Vol. 2, pt. 2
Mon 10/5 Instructor's Choice
 

Unit II – Transforming the Self

Wed 10/7 The Bhagavad-Gita 1-2
Fri 10/9 NO CLASS: Fall Break
Mon 10/12 The Bhagavad-Gita 3-6
Wed 10/14 The Bhagavad-Gita 7-12
Fri 10/16 Plato, Symposium, pp. 1-24
Mon 10/19 Symposium, pp. 24-44
Wed 10/21 Symposium, pp. 45-60
Fri 10/23 Symposium, pp. 61-77
Mon 10/26 Instructor's Choice
Wed 10/89 W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, pp. v-35
Fri 10/30 The Souls of Black Folk, pp. 37-82
Mon 11/2 The Souls of Black Folk, pp. 83-131
Wed 11/4 The Souls of Black Folk, pp. 133-165
 

Unit III – Conditions of Mutability

Fri 11/6 Plenary Lecture on Keats: Professor Sharon Alker (English Department, Whitman College)
Mon 11/9 John Keats, "When I have fears that I may cease to be," (51) "Bright Star, would I were" (52-53)
Wed 11/11 Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
Fri 11/13 Instructor's Choice
Mon 11/16 Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, pp. 1-6, 60-79
Wed 11/18 On the Origin of Species, pp. 80-130
Fri 11/21 On the Origin of Species, pp. 171-206, 480-490  
11/23-11/27 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Mon 11/30 Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny, pp. 123-159
Wed 12/2 The Uncanny, pp. 123-159 (reread)
Fri 12/4 Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother  
FILM SCREENINGS - TBD
Mon 12/7 All About My Mother
Wed 12/9 All About My Mother
Fri 12/11 Instructor's Choice
TBD Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

 

Spring Semester 2016

 

Unit IV – Revolutions

Wed 1/20 Karl Marx, Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 54-68.
Fri 1/22 Selected Writings, “Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts,” pp. 68-79.
Mon 1/25 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 157-169.
Wed 1/27 Selected Writings, “The Communist Manifesto,” pp. 169-176, 185-186
Fri 1/29 Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Preface & First Essay (The tentatively scheduled plenary lecture has been canceled; attend your sections as normal.)
Mon 2/1 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 1-12.
Wed 2/3 On the Genealogy of Morals, Second Essay, Sections 13-25.
Fri 2/5 On the Genealogy of Morals, Third Essay, Sections 1, 2, 8-15, 23-24, and 27-28.
Mon 2/8 Instructor's Choice
Wed 2/10 M. K. Gandhi, “Hind Swaraj,” pp. xc-xcii, 5-44
Fri 2/12 “Hind Swaraj,” pp. 45-76
Mon 2/15 NO CLASS - Presidents' Day
Wed 2/17 “Hind Swaraj,” pp. 77-117
  FILM SCREENINGS - TBD
Fri 2/19 Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers
Mon 2/22 The Battle of Algiers
Wed 2/24 The Battle of Algiers
Fri 2/26 Instructor's Choice
 

Unit V – Rewrite

Mon 2/29 William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Acts I-II
Twelfth Night Performances: TBD.  Tickets will be distributed by section instructors.
Wed 3/2 Twelfth Night, Act III
Fri 3/4 Twelfth Night, Acts IV-V
Mon 3/7 Francis Bacon, The New Organon, Preface and Book 1: Aphorisms I-XXXVII
Wed 3/9 The New Organon, Book 1: Aphorisms XXXVII-LXXVII
Fri 3/11 The New Organon, Book 2: Aphorisms I-XX
3/14-3/25 SPRING BREAK
Mon 3/28 Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory
Wed 3/30 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 4/1 Jorge Luis Borges, "The Library of Babel," "The Garden of Forking Paths"
Mon 4/4 Borges, "The Immortal," "The Circular Ruins"
Wed 4/6 Borges, "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," "The Lottery in Babylon"
 

Unit VI – Trauma and Transformation

Fri 4/8 Art Spiegelman, Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 1-3  
Mon 4/11 Maus, Vol. 1, Chapters 4-6
Wed 4/13 Maus, Vol. 2, Chapters 1-2
Fri 4/15 Maus, Vol 2, Chapters 3-5
Mon 4/18 Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts, pp. 17-22, 117-175
Wed 4/20 Late Victorian Holocausts, 177-209, 213-238
Fri 4/22 Plenary Lecture on Late Victorian Holocausts: Professor Don Snow (Environmental Studies Department, Whitman College)
Mon 4/25 Late Victorian Holocausts, 279-310, 377-393
Wed 4/27 Toni Morrison, Beloved I, pp. 4-59
Fri 4/29 Beloved I, pp. 60-124  
Mon 5/2 Beloved I, pp. 125-195
Wed 5/4 Beloved II
Fri 5/6 Beloved III
Mon 5/9 Instructor's Choice
TBD Encounters final exam block (not all sections will have a final exam)

Last updated July 2, 2015. Maintained by Timothy Doyle.