Modern European Humanities
An interdisciplinary study of the development of modern European society and culture, from the Enlightenment to roughly the mid-20th century. Primary attention is given to the transformations of ideas, political institutions, social structures, and forms of artistic and literary expression that characterize the modern world. The course emphasizes such crucial areas as the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Romanticism, Industrial Revolution, liberalism and socialism, imperialism, modernism and 20th-century war, revolution, totalitarianism, and genocide. The course includes lectures, discussions, and papers on topics of individual interest that are developed in each conference.