Winter 2013 Sophomore Inquiry Themes

4 Nov

Winter 2013 Interpreting the Past Sophomore Inquiry Classes

Instructor: George Armantrout, PhD
Ancient Greece
Our main theme will be to examine the ideas of Justice and Law in ancient Greece from the time of Homer down to the time of Plato (ca. 750-380 BCE). To this end we will be reading and discussing a variety of ancient texts. We will also consider the role of the divine and the role of the state in these matters. Since context is important, we will also be looking at other issues such as status and gender. A central concern will be how perceptions of these matters change through time.

Instructor: Leslie W. Batchelder, PhD
Seeing is Believing: Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century
In this class we will examine visual culture of the Nineteenth century from photography, to advertising, to the experience of the built environment and urban cityscapes. We will discuss how artifacts of 19th century visual culture in turn helped to form and solidify modern European Identities.

Instructor: Bill Fischer, PhD
Origins of Sustainable Environmentalism: In the Footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt
The explorations, scientific research, sociological studies, and ethical thought of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) established the principle of interconnectedness – of our planet, its life forms, its natural resources, and its societies. Humboldt was probably the most famous cultural figure of Nineteenth-Century Europe, and was widely known in the United States. After a century of obscurity, he is being rediscovered and recognized as both a heroic explorer and a giant in many fields of endeavor: climate research, plant and animal geography, environmental studies, anthropology, linguistics, and social justice. Humboldt’s work was a major factor in not only modern sustainable environmentalism, but also how the United States developed as an ecology and a society. Counties, towns, schools, universities, geographical features, biological species and, of course the Humboldt Current, commemorate his name.

Instructor: Laurel Pavic, PhD
Sixteenth-century Venice
This fully online SINQ will examine art, culture, and history of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice. The Republic of Venice, or “la Serenissima,” was celebrated throughout Europe as a model society worthy of emulation. Using a variety of primary sources and art works, we will examine and evaluate why Venice had this reputation, how the city maintained this status, and the extent to which the claim of Venice as the “perfect society” holds up under historical scrutiny.

Instructor: Sarah Sentilles, DTh
Practices of Looking
You are what you see. This course will examine practices of looking, beginning with ancient Fayum portraits through the invention of photography in the 19th century. We will explore how contemporary forms of image-making depend on, transform, and reanimate ancient ways of thinking about language, communication, and meaning-making. We will examine the history of changing conceptions of image, truth, and viewer, paying particular attention to how these ideas inform and (mis)shape contemporary understandings of what images are, how they work, and what might be required of viewers. We will investigate how human beings engage language and images to make worlds.


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