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|Title||Offering||Standing||Credits||Credits||When||F||W||S||Su||Description||Preparatory||Faculty||Days||Multiple Standings||Start Quarters||Open Quarters|
Bob Haft and Ulrike Krotscheck
Signature Required: Winter
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 14 Fall||W 15Winter||S 15Spring||The legacy of the Greek and Italian cultures in the Western world—from the Minoan world to that of the Italian Renaissance—continues to hold considerable sway over contemporary cultures. The great writings and powerful visual arts that were produced in Greece and Italy established standards of excellence that succeeding generations have both struggled against and paid homage to up to the present day. In this program, we will study two of the most dynamic and seminal cultures in Western history: Classical Greece and Renaissance Italy. We will read primary texts from the periods we study (e.g., Homer's , Aeschylus' and Dante’s ), as well as contemporary offerings like Mary Renault's . By coming to a greater understanding of this rich and often controversial legacy, we expect to learn a great deal about ourselves as well. We do not approach the pots, poems or palaces of the past as mere artifacts, but as living expressions of ideas and ideals that deserve serious consideration—not only in terms of their influence, but also in terms of their contemporary viability. Thus, Plato and Michelangelo (to name a couple of examples) can help us deepen our understanding of the nature of human love; Virgil and Dante have much to teach us about the intersection of piety and politics. Fall quarter ("Naissance"), we will investigate the rise of the Greek , or city-state, from the ashes of the Bronze Age Aegean civilizations. In addition to reading primary source materials, both literary and archaeological, we will study the architecture, archaeology, sculpture and painted pottery of the ancient Greek world. To further our understanding, students will also elect to study either the Latin language or the basics of drawing. Winter quarter ("Renaissance"), our focus will be on the Roman appropriation of Greek art and thought and the later Florentine rediscovery and interpretation of the Classical past. We'll study how 15th-century Italians used the ideas they found in classical literature and learning as the basis for revolutions both in artistic practices and the conception of humanity. In order to learn more about the legacy of Western art and its conception of the visual world, we will also learn the basics of photography.In spring, we will build on the previous two quarters' work. Our work will combine studies of both the ancient Greeks and Romans and the Renaissance Italians and students will be expected to produce a major research paper dealing with some aspect of those worlds.||Bob Haft Ulrike Krotscheck||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|
Marianne Bailey and Leonard Schwartz
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||F 14 Fall||W 15Winter||From Heraclitus and Nietzsche to Blanchot and Levinas, philosophers have sought to speak as poets: to recreate the language of their tradition in order to speak the ineffable, truths of intuition and experience which seem to lie beyond language as commonly conceived. From Homer to Mallarmé, Artaud or Pound, poets have revealed through their enigmatic languages, truths of our existence and the nature of the world. Poets engage in epistemological inquiry, ask metaphysical questions; philosophers use metaphorical language, symbol, aphorism or parable, as vehicles of insight. In this program we will study a select group of philosophers who, in the wake of Friedrich Nietzsche, write and think as poets and conversely, those poets who write and think philosophically. From Wallace Stevens, there is a lineage of American poetry, which draws from continental philosophy.We will consider how it is that a writer's words open into a multitude of interpretations, or that a symbol, as philosopher Paul Ricoeur writes, points toward a meaning otherwise inaccessible. The poets and philosophers whom we will study never relent in their fascination with the diverse avenues of knowing, or with reconceiving their means of expression; they act with the reckless abandon of the free spirit described by Nietzsche in his essay, "On Truth and Lie in an Extramoral Sense," daring to “speak only in forbidden metaphors.”We will examine works embedded in the creative power of myth and the artist-writer’s work as a ritual gesture. All students will read, write and analyze poetic, philosophical and critical texts; will discuss key theorists in aesthetic theory, and will choose between two series of workshop/seminars: either poetics/creative writing or philosophy/Nietzsche and his work’s influence on contemporary writing. Over the two quarters of this program, students will develop and complete a major personal project. This substantial body of work, students will conceive during Fall quarter, and carry through by the close of winter quarter; this offers serious writers of poetry, theory, philosophy and interpretation the opportunity to undertake a collection of philosophical/poetic experimental writings, a performance/spectacle, or an interpretive work on philosophy or literature.This upper-division program demands a serious commitment of time and effort; the works which we will read are difficult; the writings we expect substantive. We welcome serious students of philosophy, poetics and theory, those capable of designing and carrying through a major independent writing project.||Marianne Bailey Leonard Schwartz||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|
Joseph Tougas and Ulrike Krotscheck
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||W 15Winter||S 15Spring||In this program, we will investigate how and why humans, throughout history, have taken to the sea to explore the limits of their known world. What were the motives and the consequences of these dangerous ventures? We will focus on some specific case studies, including the ancient Mediterranean, the Pacific Northwest, the Chinese empire, the Polynesian islanders and the Atlantic during the age of sail. We will also learn about some theories of economic and cultural exchange over long distances. Some of the questions we will address include: How did humans develop the navigational and boat-building technologies needed for overseas exploration? What motivated overseas exploration? What new kinds of knowledge were gained through this travel and what is the relationship between the material goods and the ideas and ideologies that were traded? How do modern archaeologists and historians go about piecing together answers to questions like these?We will read texts on archaeology, ancient history and philosophy, anthropology and maritime studies. In addition to historical and scientific accounts, we’ll read works of literature, seeking an understanding of the age-old connections between human cultures and the sea. We will consider the religious, philosophical and scientific practices that grew out of those connections—practices that are the common heritage of coast-dwelling peoples around the globe. We will also work on reading, writing and critical thinking skills. In order to test our theories in practice, we will have opportunities to become familiar with the local coastal environment and its rich cultural history. This will take the form of a field trip to the Makah Museum and other sites of historical and archaeological interest on the Washington coast in winter and a three-day sailing expedition in spring.||Joseph Tougas Ulrike Krotscheck||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Winter||Winter Spring|