Spring 2022 Courses

Who Is a Terrorist? course image


Who is a terrorist? Does the answer depend on the religion of the perpetrator or the nationality of the victims? Why are some killings of innocent people widely discussed as evil while others are justified? What is the relationship between the discourse of terrorism and the reality of political violence? What does a “domestic” terrorist actually mean? Drawing on examples of political violence from U.S. and global history and current events, this course will explore the high-stakes history of a contested term.

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What Is a Classic? course image


“Outmoded works by dead, white European males” would be one answer to the question. This is no doubt why we’re experiencing a new and urgent reconsideration of the nature of classics, canons and traditions. But it would be equally true to say that the classic is new, living, multi-racial, global, female as much as male, and even queer. While “classic works” may seem to be legitimated by long-past authorities, this course will explore the ways in which classics are made and remade as those works are read, invoked and recast. The “classic” is, and always has been, protean, the product of an enormous range of creative and critical responses that reshape both it and the cultures in which those responses arise. In the face of recent arguments for the dissolution of canons, the overturning of traditions and the abandonment of the idea of a classic, this class will attend to the complex and important ways in which various communities have found in these classics works both shelter and solace.

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