FIRST YEAR SEMINAR - FALL 2001

All first year students are required to take two seminars, one in the fall, 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.

FALL 2001 - WAR AND PEACE

Throughout history, and across cultures, war recurs. Human endeavors to prevent war through movements for peace have also had a prominent role in history, particularly (but not exclusively) in the last two centuries. Wars have shaped the international system and promoted social change. They have inspired literature, art, and music. On a more personal scale, wars provide some of the most intense and brutal of human experiences, bringing out the best and worst in people--heroism, comradeship, and self-sacrifice, as well as utter cruelty and viciousness. It could be said that very little in human affairs can be understood without studying war. Today, it also could be argued that among all of the enormous ills on our planet, the most pressing problem continues to be the violence that humans commit or threaten to commit against others. Thus the study of peace becomes a necessity as well. In the process, war and peace raise fundamental questions of ethics. What are the causes of war? What are the moral arguments for considering a war just or unjust? Can war ever be conducted in a moral way? Is there such a thing as peace without war? Can a war be fought peacefully and non-violently? Is a lasting peace a necessity for creating a just, sustainable world and if so, how can conflicts be resolved? This course assumes that there are no simple solutions to the problems of either peace or war; the war-peace dilemma is complex, interconnected, and often very poorly understood. This course does not pretend to cover all of the issues raised by the theme of war and peace, but does intend to explore both sides of the divide, as well as some of the many ambiguities in between, by closely examining great works composed by a variety of thinkers writing in a variety of genres, who have reflected or reported upon the nature of both war and peace, and also by activists who have moved to promote either war or peace. To concentrate our topic of inquiry, the course will examine war and peace from within the context of three cultures, with the following works being covered:

 

 

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Professor

Section

Days

Times

Room

CRN

Anne Bertrand

AB1

Tuesday &

Friday

1:30 p.m. 2:50 p.m.

10:00 am 11:20 am

OLIN 301

90726

Anne Bertrand

AB2

Tuesday &

Friday

3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

11:30 am 12:50 pm

LC 206

OLIN 301

90727

Celia Bland

CB1

Mon & Thurs

11:30 am 12:50 pm

OLIN 304

90763

Celia Bland

CB2

Mon & Thurs

10:00 m - 11:20 am

OLIN 304

90769

Leon Botstein & James Romm

LB

Mon & Weds

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

OLIN 310

90771

James Brudvig

JB

Weds & Friday

11:30 am 12:50 pm

HEG 300

90759

Laurie Dahlberg

LD

Weds &

Friday

10:00 am - 11:20 am

10:00 am - 11:20 am

LC 115

LC 208

90768

Paula Droege

PD

Tues & Thurs

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

PRE 101

90770

Peter Gadsby

PG

Mon & Thurs

11:30 am - 12:50 pm

OLIN 201

90340

Lisa Katzman

LK

Monday &

Tuesday

4:00 pm 5:20 pm

10:00 am 11:20 am

OLIN 309

LC 115

90714

Thomas Keenan

TK

Tuesday &

Wednesday

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

LC 120

LC 120

90427

Paul Marienthal

PM

Tuesday &

Thursday

1:30 pm 2:50 pm

1:30 pm 2:50 pm

OLIN 308

ASP 302

90762

Gregory Moynahan

GM

Weds & Friday

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

OLIN 101

90458

William Mullen

WM

Tues & Thurs

3:00 pm 4:20 pm

LC 118

90002

Barbara Olsen

BAO

Tues & Thurs

3:00 pm 4:20 pm

OLIN 204

90009

John Pruitt

JP

Mon & Thurs

11:30 am 12:50 pm

PRE 101

90760

Susan Rogers

SR1

Wednesday &

Friday

10:05 am 11:25 am

10:05 am 11:25 am

OLIN 308

OLIN 303

90764

Susan Rogers

SR2

Weds & Fri

1:30 pm 2:50 pm

OLIN 303

90422

Justus Rosenberg

JR

Mon & Weds

10:00 am 11:20 am

OLIN 310

90034

Leonard Schwartz

LS1

Monday &

Thursday

1:30 pm 2:50 pm

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

OLIN 101

OLIN 307

90544

Leonard Schwartz

LS2

Mon & Thurs

3:00 pm 4:20 pm

OLIN 304

90545

Alice Stroup

AS

Tues & Thur

11:30 am 12:50 pm

OLIN 203

90452

Valerie Tekavec

VT1

Mon & Weds

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

HEG 300

90732

Valerie Tekavec

VT2

Mon & Weds

4:30 pm - 5:50 pm

HEG 300

90733

Alan Zeitlin

AZ

Tues & Thurs

11:30 am 12:50 pm

OLIN 307

90025