Summer I (May 29–July 10, 2014)
UNIVERSITY CLOSED: 7/3-7/4
LS 646.601: Philosphy of Happiness
What is happiness? How can we create and discover it within our own lives? What are the barriers, personal, social, and existential, that seem to make this so difficult? This course will explore classical and contemporary answers to these questions, in-cluding figures such as Aristotle, Epictetus, and the Buddha, and their modern re-interpreters. This course will also take up the findings of modern psychology, and how they shed light on the perennial questions of human happiness.
Dr. Drew Leder
Monday and Wednesday, 6:00–9:00 [6/2/2014–7/9/2014] (Thematic)
LS755.601: The Dynamic of the City
An exploration of modern discourses on and of the city. For centuries the city has captivated the mind and the spirit of human beings in numerous ways. As a locale, the city has frequently inspired the imagination. It has often been the site of avant-garde experimentation and the testing ground for new theories. As an environment, the city has been home to burgeoning technology and often the embodiment of social order as well as disorder. A cross-sectional examination of the modern city is under-taken from the vantage point of a variety of disciplines. The city under scrutiny varies from semester to semester. This semester the focus will be on Baltimore.
Dr. Randall Donaldson
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00–9:00 [5/29/2014–7/10/2014] (Thematic), no class 7/3 Fullfils the foundations course requirement for new students
Summer II (July 14–August 21, 2014)
LS 710.401: Fiction and Film of the 1980s
In this course students will examine how the contentious society we live in today took shape in the 1980s; how, for example, conservatism in politics and religion gathered steam in the late 1970s and 80s, even as “postmodernism,” in its many guises, triumphed in the academy and the arts. The course undertakes a study of the two trends which defined American culture in the 1980s, with effects that still linger today. The first was the assimilation, into the mass media and elsewhere, of values and attitudes associated with the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s. The second was the rise, also widely celebrated in the commercial culture, of money-making as a preeminent social goal.
Dr. Brian Murray
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00–9:00 [7/15/2014–8/21/2014] (Historical)