Fall 16 Schedule

November 15- Cuisine and National Authenticity

Readings: Lindholm, 6
Assignment: Read slowly, carefully, making notes on major points.
In-Class:

November 17 – Dance and National Authenticity

Readings: Lindholm, 7
Assignment: Read slowly, carefully, making notes on major points.
In-Class:

November 22 – Citizenship and National Authenticity

Readings: Linholm, Books 8.
Assignment: Read slowly, carefully, making notes on major points.
In-Class: Small Student Group Led discussion on the chapter.

November 24 – Thanksgiving!!!

November 29 -Genetics and Ethnic Authenticity

Readings: Lindholm, chapter 10

Assignment: Read slowly, carefully, making notes on major points.
In-Class: Final Conclusions on Authenticity

 

December 1 – Overview of Final Essay and Project Work on Presentations
     AssignmentFinal Essay Assignment

 Guidelines for Presentations

December 6 – Presentation Day on Food Fieldtrips
     Guidelines for Presentations

December 8 – Final Exam on Lindholm
Final Exam Preparation Sheet

 

December 15:  12:00 pm

Turn in Final Essay on my office door – Third Floor of Caroline Hall

 

 

 

 


September 1  – Introduction to Authenticity

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 1.
Assignment: CORE – Diagnostic Essay
In-Class: Discussion of Papers and our Assumptions about Authenticity.


A Critical History of an Ideal


September 6  – Classical Culture: The Enchanted Garden

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 2.
Assignment: Read carefully.  Determine what you think are the 5-6 most important concepts from the chapter, and be able to define them.  Determine the definitions from Guignon’s chapter itself.
In-Class: Quiz and Discussion.

September 8 – Classical Culture:  Plato and Augustine on the Cosmos

Readings: Re-read Chapter 2 carefully; Download and read Plato’s Symposium
Assignment: Read the texts carefully.  See below for notes on Plato.
In-Class: Plato was an ancient Greek Philosopher, student of the legendary Socrates, and teacher to the philosopher and scientist Aristotle.  The brief text you are to read is an excerpt from one of Plato’s most celebrated dialogues on the topic of Love.  The text is written like a play, or story, of an a dinner party where Socrates meets his friends to eat, drink, be merry, and make speeches in praise of the god Eros (Love/Desire).  How one thinks about the nature of love says a lot about how one things about the nature of the soul, and what it would mean to be authentic.  In the section of the text you have, Socrates is having a conversation with the goddess Diotima.  Diotima is attempting to explain to Socrates the nature of loving desire that animates everything from sexual desire to our thirst for knowledge and wisdom.  The text may seem strange to you, but take time to think through what it is saying.  This text had a tremendous influence on Western culture and how we imagined the nature of love and the soul.  Your task is to read this ancient text, and grasp how Diotima’s and Socrates’ conversation says something essential about the nature of Beauty, Love, and the Cosmocentric view of the universe that Guignon writes about in Chapter 2.

Powerpoint:  Guignon-Chapter-1-and-2


September 13 – Modern Culture: The Emergence of the Modern Worldview

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 3.
Assignment:Read carefully.  Fill out Chapter Notes.  PDF is here: Guignon Chapter Notes Worlsheet. Bring your filled out sheet to class.
In-Class: QUIZ!  Discussion on the cultural changes and key conceptual ideas that shaped the transition from the pre-modern to the modern world.

September 15 –Modern Culture: Romanticism and the Birth of the Self

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 4.
Assignment:Read carefully.  Fill out Chapter Notes.  PDF is here: Guignon Chapter Notes Worksheet. Bring your filled out sheet to class.
In-Class: Analysis of the transition to Modern Culture.


ESSAY #1 CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE:Summary Essay-f16

September 20 – Modern Culture:  Poetic Inaugerations

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 4.  Class Handout on Poetry.
Assignment: Rough Draft of Summary Essay-f16  Due.  Here is some advice on writing summaries:  How to Smmariz Ideas
In-Class: Peer Review

September 22 – Post-Modern Culture: What Lies Beneath

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 5.
Assignment: Read carefully.  Fill out Chapter Notes.  PDF is here: Guignon Chapter Notes Worksheet. Bring your filled out sheet to class.
In-Class: Discussion of Summary Essays in light of writing good paragraphs.


September 27 – Post-Modern Culture: Between Romanticism and Post-Modernism

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 5.
Assignment: Read carefully.  Fill out Chapter Notes.  PDF is here: Guignon Chapter Notes Worksheet. Bring your filled out sheet to class if you didn’t turn it in last week.  Re-write Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s poem “Who am I?”  for yourself?  Keep the same number of lines, according to the same stanza breaks, and keep the exact same first line of each stanza. The poem is here:  bonhoeffer
In-Class: Disccuss poems in light of Chapters 4 and 5.

September 29 – Post-Modern Culture:  The Heart of Darkness

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 5.
Assignment: Summary Essays Due.  Read carefully.  Fill out Chapter Notes.  PDF is here: Guignon Chapter Notes Worksheet. Bring your filled out sheet to class.
In-Class:


POWER POINT PRESENTATION UP UNTIL NOW:  guignon-authenticity-power-point

October 4 – Post-Modern Culture:  A Fractured Self

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 6.
Assignment:

    • Read (or review) Chapter 6
    • Bring to class two songs which reference two of the following four thinker’s ideas:
      • Thoreau or the idea of Spiritual Autonomy (p. 61)
      • Rilke or the idea of the solitary creative artist (p. 74)
      • Miller or the idea of mourning the tragic fate of childhood (p. 89-90)
      • Freud or the idea of beast within (p. 100-101)
      • One of the post-modern ideas in Chapter 6.

In-Class: Discussion of Papers and our Assumptions about Authenticity.

October 6 – Post-Modern Culture:  A Storied Self

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 7.
Assignment:
In-Class: Discussion of Papers and our Assumptions about Authenticity.


October 11  – Is there an Alternative to Authenticity?

Readings: Guignon, Chapter 8
Assignment: Come prepared to discuss in class the main ideas of the chapter.
In-Class: Discussion and Conclusions about the project of Authenticity.

October 13 – Review of Class Performance Meetings

October 18- Mid-term Exam

DOWNLOAD THE STUDY GUIDE HERE:  core-study-guide-guignon

Readings: Review the book On Being Authentic.  Especially chapter 4 through 8.

October 20  – CLA+ Assessment Exam

October 25 – What is Happiness?

Readings: .
Assignment: None
In-Class: Introduction to the cultural meaning of Authenticity

October 27 – Authenticity in Music

Readings: Lindholm, Chapter 2
Assignment: Read slowly, carefully, making notes on major points.  Be ready to summarize.
In-Class:

November 1 – Authenticity in Music and the Risk of Commodification

Readings: Lindholm, Chapter 4
Assignment: Bring to cla
In-Class: Discussion of the Text

November 3 –Authenticity in Music and the Risk of Commodification

November 8  – Authenticity and the Self

Readings: Lindholm, Chapter 5
In-Class: Reviewing expectations of the paper.

November 10 – ESSAY Due

Readings: Grammar Exercises
Assignment: ESSAY #2 Due – Bring two copies to class
In-Class: Library Research and Essay Writing Workshop – Meet on 2nd floor of Library