Winter 2018 - Arts & Letters colloquia

Winter 2018 HC 421H: Getting Medieval

Professor: Louise Bishop

4 credits

•  CRN 23285: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ GSH 103

What is “medieval”? The word anglicizes Latin medium aevum and comes into common usage in the nineteenth century, replacing the previously-used term “Gothic.” Why the change? Read more


Winter 2018 HC 421H: Literature and Philosophy

Professor: James Crosswhite

4 credits

•  CRN 26903: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ 106 Friendly Hall

What is philosophy, and why does it take the form of writing and literature? What is literature, and how does it carry out the work of philosophy? In this course, we will explore and engage with the ways these questions have been developed and answered in some major philosophical and literary works. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 421H: War and Peace and Totality and Infinity: Tolstoy and Levinas

Professor: Steven Shankman

4 credits

•  CRN 23286: Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:50 @ Oregon State Penitentiary Salem

This is an Inside-Out class: half the students (“inside” students) are prison inmates and the other half are University of Oregon students (“outside” students).

In our time of seemingly endless wars, we will read one of the world’s greatest war novels, Tolstoy’s massive War and Peace. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 424H/421H: The Rhetoric of Racial Reconciliation

Professor: David Frank

4 credits

•  CRN 23288: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ GSH 103

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an IP (Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IP Multicultural class.

This course centers on the rhetoric of race, adaptive racism, adaptive anti-racism, and racial reconciliation.  Drawing from the theories of intersectionality, the course is designed to study the rhetoric of race, adaptive racism, adaptive anti-racism for the purpose of creating the mythic and symbolic anchors for racial reconciliation. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 434H/421H: Art and Film in Urban China

Professor: Jenny Lin

4 credits

•  CRN 26904: Friday, 10:00 - 12:50 @ CHA 202

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts and Letters Colloquium and an IC (International Cultures) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts and Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IC Multicultural class.

Over the past two decades, Chinese cities have grown at breakneck speed, emerging as global centers of finance and culture. This course explores the intersections between China’s fast-past urbanization and contemporary art and film. Read more


Winter 2018 HC 434H/421H: The City

Professor: John Nicols

4 credits

•  CRN 26902: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50 @ ESL 199

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts and Letters Colloquium and an IC (International Cultures) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts and Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IC Multicultural class.

Cities have traditionally been the catalyst to political, cultural, scientific and economic development. In this course, we look at the experiences of three cities. Ancient Athens set the standard in the Western Tradition for high cultural achievement, and defined the “classical.” Read more