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Honors Book Study Courses for Spring 2024


Mid-Semester book study courses for spring 2024    
During the second eight weeks of the Spring 2024 semester, we will be offering three one-credit book study courses.

Second eight weeks – 1 credit courses 

HONR 293N – Women's Work
CRN: 16693
Tuesday, 4 - 4:50 p.m.
302 Brooks Hall

Claudia Goldin, one of the world’s leading researchers on the role of gender in economic outcomes, was the winner of the 2023 Nobel prize in Economic Sciences, becoming only the third woman ever to achieve that honor. Also the first tenured female faculty member in Economics at Harvard, Goldin’s groundbreaking research has been described by economist (and fellow Nobel laureate) Paul Krugman as “deeply grounded in history yet hugely relevant to the present.” A writer in The Economist described Goldin’s research as overturning “a number of assumptions about both historical gender relations and what is required to achieve greater equality in the present day.” This course will be based on Goldin’s 2021 book, Career & Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity.

HONR 293I – Pirates!
CRN: 16680
Monday, 2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
102 Honors Hall

By reading Eric Jay Dolin's Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates, students will learn of the part played by pirates in the history of the British colonies that became the United States, and how the colonists at first supported and then violently opposed the pirates sailing in their waters.

HONR 293P – Bullets and Bylines
CRN: 18443
Tuesday, 4 - 4:50 p.m.
102 Honors Hall

This course examines the dramatic, real-life story of celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died in 2012 while reporting on the civil war in Syria  During her career, Colvin covered nearly every major global conflict; she was known for her extraordinary bravery, larger-than life personality — and for documenting the stories of ordinary people impacted by war.  Through her biography, In Extremis: the Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, the feature film, A Private War, additional media texts, and guest speakers, students will explore larger questions about the role of journalism in wartime, the concept of “bearing witness,” and the balance between objective reporting and advocacy.