• KHC RS 103: History and the Novel
    A series of close readings of major modern works of fiction. Focus will be on such topics as the novel's effort to speak the truth of history, its status as unintended historical symptom, its occasional conflictual relation with history, its rivalry with music in the effort to distill an essence of time, and the notion of literary history itself. CAS Divisional Assignment: HU; KHC Assignment: HU
  • KHC RS 104: Mutant Tongues
    How did language evolve in the human species? Linguists, anthropologists, biologists, neuroscientists, and paleontologists have labored to answer this question for centuries. But, despite substantial progress and some truly ingenious recent research, answers remain elusive. In fact, a full account of the origin of the language faculty in human beings may never emerge. The goal of our seminar is to investigate this evidence and puzzle it together in such a way that it tells the story of language evolution in the most creative, compelling, cumulative, and coherent manner possible. We will start at the beginning, walking the long and winding path from single cells to modern humans. We will compare our own communication systems with those of birds, ants, chimps, bees and dolphins. We will examine the way language is organized in our minds and will study the anatomy and physiology at work when language is made audible through speech. We will identify the series of evolutionary events -- the ecological, neurological, physiological, social, genetic, and cognitive happenings -- that simply must have occurred for us humans to have emerged as the only language using animals on the planet. Lastly, we will explore the issue of linguistic diversity in the modern world, asking whether the rapid expansion of a handful of languages threatens to forever destabilize the linguistic profile of the globe. CAS Divisional Assignment: SS or NS without lab; KHC Assignment: SS
  • KHC ST 111: Studio I
    The studios foster writing, research, and quantitative skills by exploring fundamental ethical, aesthetic, and social issues. They focus on the themes and problems raised by provocative modernist texts drawn from literature, film, psychology, philosophy, and the arts.
  • KHC ST 112: Studio II
    The studios foster writing, research, and quantitative skills by exploring fundamental ethical, aesthetic, and social issues. They focus on the themes and problems raised by provocative modernist texts drawn from literature, film, psychology, philosophy, and the arts.
  • KHC TH 101: The Ethical Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    This Freshman Seminar will examine the life, thought, and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a resource for the conceptualization and development of ethical leadership. The study of the ethical leadership of King will introduce students to an interdisciplinary learning experience that includes leadership theory, 20th century American history, ethics, philosophy, religion, theology, cultural studies and archival research. Ethical leadership, as the term implies, is concerned with complex moral questions that leaders face in respect to discernment, deliberation, decision-making and acting. The study of King's ethical leadership will demonstrate the challenges that leaders face in their personal and public lives and what might be appropriate guides for discerning the appropriate action(s) in varying contexts. Students will be introduced to classical ethical theories with special emphasis on narrative-based ethics which highlights the role and place of tradition and story-telling; and King's distinctive interpretations of the practices of character, civility and the community and their relevance for the formation of emerging leaders. (4 credits) CAS Divisional Assignment: pending; KHC Assignment: HU
  • KHC UC 103: Anger
    If Homer's Iliad is the first work of Western literature, as it well may be, then the first word of Western literature is "anger." Homer begins his epic with a particular word for anger, "mênis"--it is but one of several ancient Greek words for this emotion, and means something like righteous anger, righteous indignation. That word, and Homer's famous portrayal of its meaning and effects, will inaugurate our seminar. Our topic is, in short, just this: anger. What is it? How to understand it? Is it a good thing to feel, or is it to be suppressed on grounds of irrationality, of its destructiveness, of its connection with possibly flawed quasi-moral notions such as honor? We have all felt anger, to the point that it seems to be an emotion intimately familiar to us. And yet we have all wondered at his power and nature, and about its morality. Anger certainly seems to be an extraordinarily prevalent and influential emotion at all levels of human life. CAS Divisional Assignment: HU; KHC Assignment: HU
  • KHC VA 101: Art for the City
    Visual Art is a universal language where diverse areas of professional specialization can intersect and find a new voice and way of speaking to many people instead of an esoteric and isolated few. Significant social, political, and moral issues of our time require the ability to think from multiple points of view. This ability can be developed into a visionary skill, which in turn can be embodied in enduring and powerful forms of artistic communication. In this course students will examine the ways that visual art embodies contemporary issues and how these issues relate to content found in the liberal arts study disciplines including The Social Sciences, The Natural Sciences, and Life Sciences. This course will include a diverse range of contemporary practices in many art forms that we will discuss as a group through frank discourse. We will investigate the impact of visual arts on diverse domains of 'real world' industries and communities locally in the Boston Area and compare these with projects made worldwide. We will do this through lecture presentations, peer to peer dialogue, student to professional dialogue and research. The course will culminate with individual illustrated reports in the form of online portfolios. CAS Divisional Assignment: HU; KHC Assignment: Arts
  • KHC VA 102: Spaces of Art: The Place of Art in the Contemporary Museum, Gallery and Studio
    The goal of this course is for students to experience and reflect upon works of art within an architectural, institutional and cultural context. Students in this seminar will visit Boston-area museums to look closely at and question the role of art in the contemporary museum and beyond. In contrast to much of contemporary visual experience, which is mediated through screens and via printed material, students in this course will have the opportunity to give in- depth consideration to primary sources. Through experiencing the presentation of the work in the context of an exhibition, and in conversation with artists, curators, and other museum professionals, students will be challenged to think critically about the role of material form as related to meaning in specific works, and more broadly about the larger social context surrounding groups of work in an exhibition. CAS Divisional Assignment: HU; KHC Assignment: Arts