Humanities 110

Introduction to the Humanities

Syllabus | Fall 2021

Coming Up

Mon 6 Dec

Assignment
Lecture: "House Party"
Jan Mieszkowski

Wed 8 Dec

Assignment
Lecture: "A LOVE SUPREME"
Troy Cross

Thu 16 Dec

Final Exam

Thursday, December 16, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin, 1977. 
  • Aristophanes. Lysistrata. Trans. Sarah Ruden. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2003.
  • Berlin, Adele, and Mark Zvi Brettler, eds. The Jewish Study Bible: Tanakh Translation. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Curd, Patricia, ed. A Presocratics Reader: Selected Fragments and Testimonia. Trans. Richard D. McKirahan. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2011.
  • Herodotus. The Histories. Trans. Aubrey de Selincourt. London: Penguin, 2003.
  • Hesiod. Works and Days and Theogony. Trans. Stanley Lombardo Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993.
  • Miller, Andrew M., ed. Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1996.
  • Parkinson, R. B., ed. and trans. The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, 1940-1640 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Plato. Republic. Trans. C. D. C. Reeve. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2004.
  • Plato. Symposium. Trans. Alexander Nehamas and Paul Woodruff. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1989.
  • Plato. The Trial and Death of Socrates. Trans. G. M. A. Grube, rev. John M. Cooper. 3rd ed. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000.
  • Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Trans. Rex Warner. New York: Penguin, 1954.

Additional assigned texts are available on e-reserves 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 the required books.

CONFERENCE ASSIGNMENTS
Humanities 110 is a yearlong course, and students are expected to remain in the same conference throughout the year. In cases of absolutely unresolvable schedule conflicts, students may petition for a change of conference time. Petitions (in the form of an email) should be addressed to the course Chair, Paul Hovda, including an explanation of the conflict and why it cannot be resolved. Students granted a change of conference time will be assigned to new sections based on available slots and the student’s schedule; requests to move into a particular conference generally cannot be honored. 

PAPERS AND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

Four course-wide papers will be assigned in the fall semester, due at the times designated on the syllabus. 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. 

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, Paul Hovda. 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. The schedule of the writing drop-in tutoring is available on the academic support websiteExtra tutoring help will be available in the weeks leading up to paper due dates.

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

Week 1

Introducing the Humanities: Egyptians, Israelites, and Achaemenids

Mon 30 Aug

Assignment
Lecture: “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: THE GREAT PYRAMID IN AND OUT OF CONTEXT”
Tom Landvatter

Wed 1 Sep

Assignment
  • Introduction and resources
  • “The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant,” in The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, ed. Parkinson, pp. 54-88
  • Charles Freeman, “Egypt, the Gift of the Nile, 3200-1500 BC,” in Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean, second ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 40-62
Lecture: "Speaking Ma’at, Doing Ma’at, Making Ma’at"
Nathalia King

Fri 3 Sep

Assignment
  • Introduction and resources
  • “The Tale of Sinuhe,” in The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, ed. Parkinson, pp. 21-53
Lecture: "Egypt and its Others: Death as Return in The Tale of Sinuhe"
Kritish Rajbhandari

Week 2

Mon 6 Sep

Campus closed

Labor Day

September 6 – December 16

Wed 8 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "'Sirius Rising': Religion and Art in Ancient Egypt"
Pancho Savery

Fri 10 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "Karnak: Between Two Worlds"
Jonathan Winnerman (UCLA)

Week 3

Mon 13 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "I’M WITH HER: GENDER, POWER, AND KINGSHIP IN THE MONUMENTS OF HATSHEPSUT"
Tom Landvatter

Wed 15 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: “FAMILIAR AND STRANGE: LOVE POETRY OF THE NEW KINGDOM”
Dustin Simpson

Fri 17 Sep

Assignment

Note: the lecturer advises that you begin watching the lecture before beginning the reading for today.

Lecture: “EMPIRE OF ALL KINDS: ACHAEMENID PERSIANS IN EGYPT AND BEYOND”
Margot Minardi

Sat 18 Sep

FIRST PAPER DUE

Due Saturday, September 18, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

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Week 4

Mon 20 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "PARSA, PERSEPOLIS, TAKHT-E JAMSHID"
Tom Landvatter

Wed 22 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "The Geneses of Genesis"
Michael Faletra

Fri 24 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "COVENANT, NARRATIVE, AND GENDER IN GENESIS"
Gail Sherman

Week 5

Mon 27 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: “A PEOPLE IN BETWEEN: EXODUS AND THE ISRAELITES AT THE CROSSROADS OF EMPIRE”
Margot Minardi

Wed 29 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "Moses as a Nation Builder?: A Political Philosopher’s Readings of Exodus"
Tamara Metz

Fri 1 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: "NARRATIVES AND IDENTITIES, GENDER AND GENRE: JEWS IN THE PERSIAN EMPIRE"
Gail Sherman

Week 6

Archaic Greece and the Rise of the Polis

Mon 4 Oct

Assignment
Note: Open the handout before you start listening to the podcast. It include maps and quotes that will help you follow along.
  • Hesiod, Theogony
Lecture: "Making Gender in Hesiod’s Theogony: Cosmic Parents, Monstrous Children, and Cannibal Consorts"
Nathalia King

Wed 6 Oct

Assignment
Please note: This lecture is one hour long. Please complete the reading assignment before listening to the lecture. You will need to access the lecture handout during the lecture. 
Lecture: "A house, an ox, and an enslaved woman: social structures and social death"
Gail Sherman
  • Lecture handout - Word or PDF You will need the handout in front of you as you listen to the lecture. 
  • Lecture recording

Fri 8 Oct

Assignment
  • Introduction and resources
  • “Archilochus” in Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation, pp. 1-12
  • “Tyrtaeus” in Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation, pp. 13-19
  • “Solon” in Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation, pp. 64-76
  • “Hipponax” in Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation, pp. 104-106
Lecture: "EXHORTATION, INVECTIVE, AND COMPLAINT IN ARCHAIC GREEK POETRY"
Sonia Sabnis

Sat 9 Oct

Second Paper Due

Due Saturday, October 9, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

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Week 7

Mon 11 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: "READING SAPPHO"
Lena Lencek

Wed 13 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: "'BOUND IN A SINGLE FATE': EXPLORING CONCEPTS OF EQUALITY ON THE SARPEDON VASE"
Nathalia King

Fri 15 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: "IF HORSES HAD HANDS..."
Troy Cross

Sat 16 Oct

Fall Break

October 16 – October 24

Week 8

Mon 25 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: "THE BEGINNINGS OF TRAGEDY"
Jay Dickson

Wed 27 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Peter Steinberger

Fri 29 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: "Herodotus: History and Narrative Form"
Maureen Harkin

Week 9

Mon 1 Nov

Assignment
  • Introduction and resources
  • Herodotus, Histories, 2.1-64, 2.113-120, 2.142-151, 2.164-182, 3.1-4, 3.13-15, 3.30-38, 3.61-89, and "Structural Outline" pp. 607-614.
Lecture: "Commemoration in Herodotus’ Histories: Knowledge, Location and Ethnography"
David Garrett

Wed 3 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: "Herodotus, the oracle of Halicarnassus"
Meg Scharle

Fri 5 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: "Architecture, Memory and Meaning: The Parthenon and Beyond"
Christian Kroll

Week 10

Mon 8 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: "Calling It Race: Constructing Difference in Democratic Athens (and Beyond)"
Margot Minardi

Wed 10 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: "Lessons from the (Socially) Distant Past: The Plague in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War"
Mary Ashburn Miller

Fri 12 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: “THUCYDIDEAN THOUGHT”
Peter Steinberger

Sat 13 Nov

Third Paper Due

Due Saturday, November 13, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

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Week 11

Mon 15 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: No lecture

Wed 17 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: "Lysistrata to Lizzo: Ancient Athens and the Construction of Gender"
Simone Waller

Fri 19 Nov

Assignment
  • Conference leader’s discretion.
Lecture: No Lecture

Week 12

Mon 22 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: "A Kind of Gadfly"
Pancho Savery

Wed 24 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: “WHO IS CEPHALUS?”
Peter Steinberger

Thu 25 Nov

Thanksgiving Break

November 25 – November 28

Week 13

Mon 29 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: "Plato's City/Soul Analogy"
Meg Scharle and Paul Hovda

Wed 1 Dec

Assignment
Lecture: "Plato's Theory of Forms"
Paul Hovda and Meg Scharle

Fri 3 Dec

Assignment
Lecture: "The Treachery of Images: Tragedy, the Myth of Er, and the Limits of Vision"
Jin Chang

Sat 4 Dec

Fourth Paper Due

Due Saturday, December 4, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

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Week 14

Mon 6 Dec

Assignment
Lecture: "House Party"
Jan Mieszkowski

Wed 8 Dec

Assignment
Lecture: "A LOVE SUPREME"
Troy Cross

Week 15

Thu 16 Dec

Final Exam

Thursday, December 16, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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