Humanities 110

Introduction to the Humanities

Syllabus | Spring 2020

Coming Up

Wed 1 Apr

Assignment
  • James Weldon Johnson, “The Making of Harlem,” in Survey Graphic, 635-639.
  • Saidiya Hartman, “A Note on Method,” “Mistah Beauty: the Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Woman, Select Scenes from a Film Never Cast by Oscar Micheaux, Harlem, 1920s,” “Revolution in a Minor Key,” “Wayward: A Short Entry on the Possible,” and “The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner,” in Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (New York: Norton, 2019),  xiii-xvi, 192-202, 216-256.
Lecture: "Harlem, New York: City within a City"
Margot Minardi

Fri 3 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Paddy Riley and Radhika Natarajan

Mon 6 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Peter Steinberger

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Course Logistics

Syllabus updated as of March 19, 2020. Access recorded lectures here.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

The following book includes required readings for some days and recommended readings for others. You may purchase it at the bookstore or access it for free as an e-book via the library website:

  • Davíd Carrasco, The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 20011) [E-book].

Additional readings are available on e-reserves and through online galleries, accessible via links embedded in the syllabus below. You will need your Reed username and password to access these texts. Please bring a copy of the day’s reading assignment to class each day. The library has on reserve a limited number of each required text.

CONFERENCE ASSIGNMENTS:
Humanities 110 is a yearlong course, and students are generally expected to remain in the same conference throughout the year. The Registrar assigns all students to conferences at the beginning of the year. Thereafter students may change conferences only due to academic schedule conflicts and only with the authorization of the course chair, Margot Minardi. Any student who wishes to initiate such a change should contact Prof. Minardi for the appropriate form. No conference changes are permitted after the second week of the term. Continuing students granted a schedule change and returning students adding Hum 110 for spring only will be assigned to conferences based on available slots; requests to move into a particular conference or time slot generally cannot be honored.  

PAPERS, WRITING ASSIGNMENTS, AND EXAMINATIONS:

Three course-wide papers will be assigned in the spring semester, due at the times designated on the schedule of readings and lectures. Individual conference leaders may assign additional writing. If the due date for an assignment conflicts with a religious holiday or obligation that you wish to observe, please consult with your conference leader. A four-hour final examination for the spring semester will be given at the end of the semester; date and time to be announced. Rescheduling of the final exam will be allowed only for medical reasons

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:
If you have a documented disability requiring accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services. Notifications of accommodations on exams, papers, other writing assignments, or conferences should be directed to your conference leader. Notifications of accommodations regarding lectures can be directed to the chair of the course, Margot Minardi. You are advised to consult with your conference leader about how your accommodations might apply to specific assignments or circumstances in this course.  

RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT:
Your conference leader is your first line of support for any questions you have about the course. Please also be sure to explore the Hum 110 website for additional information. The Course Resources page provides brief introductions to upcoming readings and suggestions for how to approach them. The Writing in Hum 110 page provides tips on the writing process.  

The Writing Center is a particularly valuable resources for Hum 110 students working on papers. You can get help with all stages of the writing process from peer tutors at the Writing Center, which is located in the Dorothy Johansen House. Drop-in help from writing tutors is available Sunday through Thursday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.; additional hours will be held in Trillium multipurpose room  during weeks that a paper is due.

For additional information about support resources available to you on the Reed campus, please see Student Life’s Key Support Resources for Students.

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please consult your conference leader or email Hum110@reed.edu.

Schedule of Readings and Lectures

Week 1

Palimpsest of Past and Present: Tenochtitlan/Mexico City

Mon 27 Jan

Assignment
Lecture: “WE WALKED A LONG TIME TO GET HERE; WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOREVER.”
Nathalia King

Wed 29 Jan

Assignment
Lecture: "Representing Mexica Imperialism: the Codex Mendoza"
David Garrett

Fri 31 Jan

Assignment
Lecture: “Mapping the Cosmos at the Templo Mayor”
Margot Minardi

Week 2

Mon 3 Feb

Assignment
  • “Beginning of the Songs,” “A Song of Green Places, an Otomi Song, a Plain One,” and “Another to the Same Tone, a Plain One,” in Cantares Mexicanos: Songs of the Aztecs, trans. John Bierhorst (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1985), 134-139. 
  • Aquiauhtzin of Ayapanco, Warrior Women of Chalco,” Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World, (Norman: University of Nebraska Press), pp. 255-282  
  • Recommended: Davíd Carrasco, Chapter 6 “Wordplay, philosophy, sculpture” The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction (E-book)
Lecture: "Flower : Song"
Laura Leibman

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Wed 5 Feb

Assignment
Lecture: "From Conquest to Colonialism"
David Garrett

Thu 6 Feb

Optional lecture

“The Colors of the New World”
Diana Magaloni,

6:00 PM, Psych 105

Fri 7 Feb

Assignment
Lecture:
Carmen Ripollés (Portland State University)

Week 3

Mon 10 Feb

Assignment
  • Sacrifice of Isaac,” in Nahuatl Theater Volume I: Death and Life in Colonial Nahua Mexico, eds. Barry D. Sell and Louise M. Burkhart (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 2004), 147-163.
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, “Loa to Narcissus,” in Poems, Protest, and a Dream, 195-239.
Lecture: "Ritual Spectacle: Catholic Drama in Colonial Mexico"
Lucía Martínez Valdivia

Wed 12 Feb

Assignment
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, “First I Dream,” in Poems, Protest, and a Dream, 77-129.
Lecture: "SOR JUANA'S "FIRST DREAM" AND BAROQUE POETICS"
Ariadna García-Bryce

Fri 14 Feb

Assignment
Lecture: "Sex and Passion in the Poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz"
Laura Leibman

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Sat 15 Feb

Paper 5

Due Saturday, February 15, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

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Week 4

Mon 17 Feb

Assignment
Lecture: "Casta Paintings"
Laura Leibman

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Wed 19 Feb

Assignment
  • Selections from The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics, ed. Gilbert M. Joseph and Timothy J. Henderson (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002).
    • José Maria Morelos, “Sentiments of the Nation” (1813), 189-191.
    • Agustín de Iturbide, “Plan of Iguala” (1821), 192-195.
    • Editors of El Tiempo, “A Conservative Profession of Faith” (1846), 220-225.
    • Mariano Otero, “Considerations Relating to the Political and Social Situation of the Mexican Republic in the Year 1847” (1847), 226-238.
  • Gallery: Diego Rivera, National Palace mural (c. 1929-1935)
Lecture: “Turning Points: Mexico in the Nineteenth Century”
Margot Minardi

Fri 21 Feb

Assignment
Lecture: "Modernity and Revolution"
David Garrett

Week 5

Mon 24 Feb

Assignment
Lecture: "Mexican Muralism, 1920-1940"
William Diebold

Mon 24 Feb

FILM SCREENING

Los Olvidados/The Young and the Damned

7:00 PM, Vollum Lecture Hall

Wed 26 Feb

Assignment
Lecture: "Los Olvidados: Space, Violence, Dream"
Marat Grinberg

Fri 28 Feb

Assignment
Lecture: Gender and Genre, Modernism and Mexicanidad: Frida Kahlo and Maria Izquierdo
Gail Sherman

Week 6

Mon 2 Mar

Assignment
Lecture: "Representation and its Discontents"
Jan Mieszkowski

Wed 4 Mar

Assignment
Lecture: "Mónica Mayer: Feminist Art in Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Portland"
Alberto McKelligan Hernández (Portland State University)

Thu 5 Mar

Optional lecture

“From Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan: The Biggest Cities in the Ancient New World”
Michael E. Smith

7:00 PM, Vollum Lecture Hall

Fri 6 Mar

Assignment
Lecture: “The Inconvenience of Revolution: Zapatismo, Cynicism, Dignity and Memory”
Christian Kroll

Week 7

Aesthetics and Politics: Harlem

Mon 9 Mar

Assignment
  • Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, in Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900, 2nd ed., ed. Jacqueline Jones Royster (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016), 46-68.
  • Booker T. Washington, The Atlanta Exposition Address,” in Up from Slavery (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003), 141-151.
  • Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk, chapter 3.
Lecture: "Strange Fruit"
Pancho Savery

Tue 10 Mar

Optional lecture

“Fighting Prison Nation: The Nation of Islam's Challenge to Criminalization"
Garrett Felber

4:45 PM, Psych 105

Wed 11 Mar

Assignment
  • Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk, chapters 1 and 2.
Lecture: Du Bois’s “Double Consciousness” As Theory and Form: “What I have briefly sketched in large outline, let me tell again in many ways”
Nathalia King

Fri 13 Mar

Assignment
  • Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk, chapters 10 and 13. 
  • W. E. B. Du Bois, “Credo,” “A Litany in Atlanta,” “Religion in the South,” “The Church and the Negro,” “Pontius Pilate,” “The Color Line and the Church,” and “Will the Church Remove the Color Line?” in Du Bois on Religion, ed. Phil Zuckerman (Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 2000), 43-44, 65-89, 99-100, 157-159, 169-179.
Lecture: This lecture has been cancelled. Conferences will run as scheduled.

Sat 14 Mar

Paper 6

Due Saturday, March 14, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

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Week 8

Mon 16 Mar

Assignment
  • Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series (1940-1941), Phillips Collection.
    • Browse the thumbnails, including the titles (titles are visible if you hover the mouse over an image). Then, explore the full series (60 panels) panel-by-panel, starting with panel 1. You can advance to the next panel by clicking the down arrow below “panel 1” on the upper right of the screen.
  • Gallery: W.E.B. Du Bois data portraits.
Lecture: "MOVING THE PERCEPTION OF THE COLOR LINE: JACOB LAWRENCE’S “MIGRATION SERIES”
Nathalia King

Wed 18 Mar

Lecture: Lecture moved to 3/30 due to cancelled classes.

Fri 20 Mar

Lecture: Lecture moved to 4/1 due to cancelled classes.

Sat 21 Mar

Spring Break

March 21 – March 29

Week 9

Mon 30 Mar

Assignment
Lecture: "Who, How, and Why Not?: Questioning African American Spirituals"
Mark Burford

Wed 1 Apr

Assignment
  • James Weldon Johnson, “The Making of Harlem,” in Survey Graphic, 635-639.
  • Saidiya Hartman, “A Note on Method,” “Mistah Beauty: the Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Woman, Select Scenes from a Film Never Cast by Oscar Micheaux, Harlem, 1920s,” “Revolution in a Minor Key,” “Wayward: A Short Entry on the Possible,” and “The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner,” in Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (New York: Norton, 2019),  xiii-xvi, 192-202, 216-256.
Lecture: "Harlem, New York: City within a City"
Margot Minardi

Fri 3 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Paddy Riley and Radhika Natarajan

Week 10

Mon 6 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Peter Steinberger

Wed 8 Apr

Assignment
  • Toomer, Cane, 3-75.
    • Click here for an alternative edition of this text in digital form.
Lecture:
Pancho Savery

Fri 10 Apr

Assignment
  •  Toomer, Cane, 76-160.
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Lecture: "Formal Innovation and Tragic Beauty in Jean Toomer's Cane"
Dustin Simpson

Week 11

Mon 13 Apr

Assignment
  • Survey Graphic:
    • Cover;
    • Table of contents and "The Gist of It" (p. 627);
    • Locke, "Harlem" pp. 629-30;
    • Locke, "Enter the New Negro pp. 631-34;
    • Reiss, "Harlem Types" pp. 651-54;
    • Locke, "The Art of the Ancestors" p. 673.
  • In The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader, ed. Lewis: 
Lecture:
Paul Hovda

Wed 15 Apr

Assignment
  • In The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader, ed. Lewis: 
    • Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” 91-95.
    • George S. Schuyler, “The Negro-Art Hokum,” 96-99. 
    • Helene Johnson, “Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem” and “Poem,” 277-278
    • Langston Hughes, “The Weary Blues,” 260-261. 
Lecture: "Race, Poetry, and the Blues in the Harlem Renaissance"
Dustin Simpson

Fri 17 Apr

Assignment
  • In The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader, ed. Lewis:
    • Gwendolyn Bennett, “Song,” 221–222, “Hatred,” 223. 
    • Claude McKay, “The Tropics in New York,” 292, “The Desolate City,” 294-296.
    • Anne Spencer, “Lady, Lady,” 299. 
Lecture:
Jan Mieszkowski

Week 12

Mon 20 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Gail Sherman

Wed 22 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Paul Vadan

Fri 24 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Sonia Sabnis

Sat 25 Apr

Paper 7

Due Saturday, April 25, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

Week 13

Mon 27 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Marat Grinberg

Wed 29 Apr

Assignment
Lecture:
Pancho Savery

Fri 1 May

Assignment
Lecture: “And Saying No and Saying Yes, Saying Yes and Saying No: Unambiguous Ambivalence in Invisible Man”
Lisa Steinman

Reading Week

Mon 4 May

Assignment
Lecture:
Christian Kroll, Pancho Savery, and Lisa Steinman

Tue 12 May

Final Exam

Available Tuesday, May 12, 12:00 PM
Due Thursday, May 14, 12:00 PM to your conference leader.
You should spend 4 hours working on the exam during this 48-hour period.

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