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Spring 2021: Mid-Semester Book Club Courses

Want to earn an additional Honors credit this semester and learn more about an interesting topic? Consider adding one of these mid-semester book club courses to your schedule! Classes start the week of March 15-19.
  • HONR 293B (CRN 18792): Love & Affliction, Wednesdays from 4-4:50 p.m., Eugen Nagy, Online
    • In the course “Love in a Time of Affliction,” students will investigate, with the help of readings and media from various sources, how human relations (romantic, familial, friendship and social) are affected by, and how they can survive, during times of severe trial such as pandemics, oppressive political regimes, war etc. Through a discussion enriched by our own personal experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, the aim of the course is to get to a deeper understanding of the nature of human relationships, and to strengthening our ability to cope with and respond to such times of trial.

  • HONR 293C (CRN 18793): Undocumented in America, Thursdays from 10-10:50 a.m., Cate Johnson, On Campus
    • In "Undocumented in America," students will read two texts: "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle and "Undocumented Americans" by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. We will explore first-person accounts of undocumented immigrants and apply what we learn to today's political and cultural contexts.

  • HONR 293M (CRN 18889): Race & Antiracism Part 2, Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m., Amena Anderson, Online
    • The 8-week class will engage the work of Emory University Professor of African-American studies and history, Dr. Carol Anderson, who provides readers with a historical account of white reaction to Black progress in her New York Times bestseller, "White Rage." Beginning with evidence of retaliation from Reconstruction through the election of the first Black U.S. president, student reflections on course readings via small and whole group discussions, and written journal assignments will consider, critique, and debate the author’s assertion that "white rage … is cloaked in the niceties of law and order … [that] it goes virtually unnoticed … and has access to the courts, police, legislatures, and governors … [and is cast] as noble."
  • HONR 293T (CRN 18795): Celebrity Culture, Mondays from 4-4:50 p.m., Dennis Allen, Online
    • This course will examine our cultural fascination with celebrities as a reflection of recent changes in the nature of capitalism. If the 19th century in America was the age of industrial capitalism, focused on the production of commodities (i.e. making things in factories), and the 20th century was the age of consumer capitalism (buying commodities), then the 21st century, according to sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, is the age in which people have come to regard themselves and others as commodities. In this course, students will analyze celebrity culture as the ultimate form of the commodification of identity and human relationships, in areas ranging from social media to sports to politics. Current celebrities and celebrity controversies, selected by the class, will provide the basis for class discussion and for student projects.

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