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CHID 110 A: The Question Of Human Nature

"The Problem of Imagination: Aesthetic Education in the 21st Century"

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 2:20pm - 4:30pm
ARC 160
Terry Schenold

Additional Details:

         IN THE OFT-REFERENCED BUT RARELY                                                                                                                    
                        READ 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT WE                                                                                                                      
                        FIND A STARTLING CONCLUSION IN                                                                                                                      
                        THE FINDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE                                                                                                                       
                        TASKED WITH CRITICAL EVALUATION                                                                                                                     
                        OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE LEAD-UP                                                                                                                    
                        TO THE CATASTROPHE. NAMELY, THAT                                                                                                                    
                        THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FAILURE                                                                                                                   
                        OF LEADERSHIP WAS A "FAILURE OF                                                                                                                     
                        IMAGINATION." THIS COURSE                                                                                                                           
                        EXPLORES SOME HISTORICAL IDEAS OF                                                                                                                   
                        WHAT IT MEANS TO SUFFER A FAILURE                                                                                                                   
                        OF IMAGINATION, HIGHLIGHTING THE                                                                                                                    
                        SIGNIFICANCE OF ARTWORKS AND THE                                                                                                                    
                        CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE                                                                                                                         
                        IMAGINATION AS A HUMAN CAPACITY                                                                                                                     
                        GENERALLY FOR MAKING SENSE OF AND                                                                                                                   
                        ADDRESSING THE PROBLEMS OF OUR                                                                                                                      
                        CURRENT MOMENT, ONE CHARACTERIZED                                                                                                                   
                        BY POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC                                                                                                                           
                        IMPERATIVES TO "RE-IMAGINE" JUST                                                                                                                    
                        ABOUT EVERYTHING.
Catalog Description: 
Considers the relationship between the individual and his/her culture. Traces the evolution of the notion of human nature in Europe and the United States and compares this tradition with representations of the human being from other cultural traditions.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
April 17, 2019 - 11:23am