Signature Humanities Courses are faculty-taught courses in the Humanities or humanistic Social Sciences that afford students unique and memorable learning experiences, exemplary of humanistic inquiry. Designed as lecture courses, they allow students to sample the best that the various humanistic disciplines and fields have to offer. While open to majors and minors, they are aimed at students across the College and are ideal as general electives.
Instructor: Diane Brentari
Description: This course will focus on the Deaf community that uses American Sign Language (ASL) as a lens into the disciplines of linguistics, psychology, and cultural studies, and how the use of ASL contributes to individual identity and identity within society. In addition to these disciplinary foci, topics of Deaf literature and art forms will figure in the discussion and readings, which come from a variety of sources and include seminal works in the field from historical and contemporary perspectives.
Instructor: Kenneth Warren
Description: In this course we will look at the financial crisis of 2008 as an event in literary fiction by writers from the US, the UK, and Asia. Our goal will be to understand the challenges that representing the 2008 crisis posed to novelists; to try to understand the social and ideological location of literature in relation to that crisis; and more generally to try to understand neoliberalism as a theory and a politics.
"I want the Middle Ages to stir up curiosity in my students, letting the obscurities of the past illuminate contemporary concerns."
"My classes explore the diversity and complexity of Brazilian culture through literature, film, music, and visual arts."
"I study the relationship between imaginative literature and other forms of knowledge production (the sciences, philosophy, theology)."
"When I teach about Zionism and Israel, my purpose is not to tell students what to think about politics, but rather to use literature to slow their thinking down."