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Mid-Semester Book Studies Spring 2017

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 to read: 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.
1984   The Circle   The Handmaid's Tale

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.
In the Balance