Two Honors Book Studies will begin in March 2017. Earn 1 credit hour. Registration
is now open.
18975 HONR 293E "Three Dystopias"
Thursdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm in Honors Hall RFL Apartment. Starts March 2nd.
Led by Dr. Ryan Claycomb, Associate Dean of Honors College. There will be 3 books
1984 by George Orwell,
The Circle by Dave Eggers, and
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
These three dystopian novels give us visions of a society gone wrong, each one in
a different way. Our class will examine how these authors take what they
see as current social crises and imagine the worst-case scenario. Our discussions
will ask what function these nightmare versions of society serve, how valid the
fears they express might be, and how other recent examples from pop culture that
ride the utopia/dystopia line (Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) communicate
hopes and concerns for our future and our present. Work will include participation,
formal discussion questions, a short research assignment, and a longer final assignment.
18976 HONR 293D "In The Balance"
Fridays 2:00 - 3:15 pm in Honors Hall RFL Apartment. Starts March 3rd.
Led by Attorney Amy Cyphert, Director of the Aspire Office.
President Trump's recent nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court
would restore the Court to nine members. This course will examine the Roberts Court,
the Supreme Court as it has been led by Chief Justice John Roberts, who assumed
that role in 2005. Through a close analysis of Professor Tushnet's book
In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court and also news articles
and other recent sources, we will discuss both the Roberts Court's first 10
years and what the next 10 might bring as well.