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Hirsh Diamant and Tomoko Hirai Ulmer
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||8||08||Weekend||S 16Spring||This program will introduce the history, culture and philosophy of China and Japan. We will use the theme of Silk Roads in our examination of China as the heart of Asian civilization and Japan as a constant presence at the eastern end of the routes. We will examine Asian philosophies including Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism and Shintoism. We will learn the ideographic languages and their embedded worldview and sensitivities as expressed in poetry and literature; and we will envision contemporary and future Silk Roads with new trends, aspirations, and beliefs. Our inquiry into Chinese and Japanese history will focus on periods in which foreign influences were most influential, for example the time when Buddhism, along with tea, traveled on Silk Roads. Another transformation occurred in the 20 century, with devastating conflicts of WWII. Most of today’s complex political issues between China and Japan stem from this war. For centuries China has played, and is continuing to play, a central role in Asia. Japan embraced Chinese culture while modifying it to fit Japan’s political and cultural climate and needs. Japanese language, architecture, literature and art are steeped in Chinese influences. Japan is also a repository of both tangible and intangible Chinese culture that has disappeared from China itself. Treasures from the Silk Road and Tang Dynasty dance and music from the 8 century still survive in Japan. Such heritage has, in turn, helped produce a present day cultural renaissance in China. Much scholarship about China has been continually flourishing in Japan and the contemporary pan-Asian culture is developing beyond national borders. Program activities will include field trips to the Chinese and Japanese gardens in Portland, Oregon; calligraphy demonstrations and workshops; and learning about Chinese tea culture and Japanese tea ceremony.||Hirsh Diamant Tomoko Hirai Ulmer||Sat||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|
Ulrike Krotscheck, Diego de Acosta and Eric Stein
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||S 16Spring||To what extent does language have the power to shape the way we think and define ourselves? How can language be used to project power or authority? What are the possibilities and limitations of the spoken word, as opposed to the written word? How do differences in language and speech encode class, race, gender, or other social hierarchies? Who, or what, controls language?This program will explore these questions and others through the lenses of linguistics, anthropology, history, folklore, and classics. We will consider how Aristotle’s classical rhetoric gets taken up in the art of contemporary trial lawyers in the United States. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, we will explore how medical discourses have structured sexual identities and pathologies. We will see how folk heroes have been immortalized in legends, songs, and community performances of resistance to colonial subjugation. We will build foundations in several disciplines: in linguistics, by considering dialects, standard languages, and language policy; in anthropology, through critical studies of cultural representation, ethnography, and power; and in classics, through examination of the origins of rhetorical theory and practice.Our sources will include novels, articles, scholarly texts, classical literature, and films. Students can expect to learn the ways that words create and maintain world views and ideologies, from the vast workings of totalitarian regimes to the everyday interactions with those around us.Assignments will include weekly analytical responses to program material, and one individual, empirically-based research project on a topic related to anthropology, linguistics, or classics. This program will be an intensive examination of these topics. Students should expect to spend 40 hours per week on this program. Successful students in this program will emerge having gained an introduction to linguistics, cultural anthropology, history, classics and rhetoric.||Ulrike Krotscheck Diego de Acosta Eric Stein||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|