FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR - FALL 1999

The First-Year Seminar Requirement

All first-year students are required to take two Seminars, one in the fall and the other in the spring semester. The Seminars are courses in which the student is introduced to the literary, philosophical, and artistic legacies of several interrelated cultures. Works are chosen to represent a wide range of intellectual discourse, from poetry, drama, and fiction, to history, philosophy, and polemic.

Education and Its Discontents

This year, as in previous years, the fall semester of First-Year Seminar will be devoted to the theme of "Education and Its Discontents." As the first-year students embark on the project of higher education they will be asked to make themselves aware of the assumptions they have held about this process. By reading a selection of historically important works about education they will be urged to consider questions such as: how have different thinkers at different points in history defined education? If education has sought to cultivate certain aspects of human nature, what has it sought to suppress? What is the relationship between education and the political life of the state? Who has been granted access to education and who has been forbidden that access, and what are the consequences for society of that inclusion and exclusion? What happens when populations historically barred from education gain access to it?

Core Readings
:

Plato: The Republic
Montaigne: On the Education of Children
Virginia Woolf
: A Room of One's Own
Rousseau
: Selections from Emile; First Discourse
W.E.B. DuBois
: Souls of Black Folk

All instructors will supplement this syllabus with additional texts. As the seminar is meant to provide a solid instruction in college writing as well as a forum for discussion, students are expected to compose at least five, five-page critical papers over the course of the semester.

Professor

Days

Times

Room

CRN

Ranny Bledsoe

Tues Thurs

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Olin 306

90353

Leon Botstein

Tues Thurs

5:00 pm - 6:20 pm

Olin 205

90669

James Brudvig

Mon Thurs

10:00 am - 11:20 am

LC 206

90670

Bradley Clough

Mon Wed

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

LC 210 (Mon)

Olin 107 (Wed)

90333

Deirdre d'Albertis

Mon Thurs

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Olin 309

90043

Laurie Dahlberg

Mon Wed

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Olin 308

90662

Tabetha Ewing

Tues Thurs

11:30 am - 12:50 pm

Olin 303

90100

Donna Ford

Tues Thurs

6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

Olin 201

90672

Peter Gadsby

Mon Thurs

7:30 pm - 8:50 pm

Olin 201

90373

James Goldwasser

Mon Wed

11:30 am - 12: 50 pm

Olin 310

90675

James Goldwasser

Mon Wed

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Pre 101

90676

Frederic Grab

Tues Thurs

8:30 am - 9:50 am

Olin 307

90101

Thomas Keenan

Mon Wed

11:30 am - 12:50 pm

Olin 301

90300

Benjamin LaFarge

Tues Thurs

8:30 am - 9:50 am

Olin 309

90102

M. Mark

Mon Wed

11:30 am - 12:50 pm

Olin 203

90687

Gabriel Mendes

Tues Thurs

6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

Olin 310

90671

Paul Murray

Mon Wed

11:30 am - 12:50 pm

Olin 307

90359

Justus Rosenberg

Mon Wed

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Olin 307

90104

Leonard Schwartz

Mon Thurs

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Olin 204 (Mon)

Olin 202 (Thurs)

90509

Leonard Schwartz

Mon Thurs

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Olin 303 (Mon)

Olin 201 (Thurs)

90510

David Shein

Mon Thurs

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Olin 306

90698

Karen Sullivan

Tues Thurs

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Olin 101

90105

ValerieTekavec

Mon Wed

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Olin 201 (Mon)

Olin 301 (Wed)

90696

Marina van Zuylen

Tues Thurs

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Olin 308

90079