Fall 2018 Syllabus
Each section of the course will comprise about 15 students and 2-3 faculty members from various disciplines. Sections meet from 7-9pm once per week, and participants will take turns hosting the class. In the first week, we will have a brief organizational meeting in the Vollum Lecture Hall to give everyone a chance to get acquainted.
Books are available in the bookstore. A few copies of each text will be on reserve in the library.
The requirements of the course are attendance and active participation. You are expected to be present and prepared at every session, although illness or family emergencies will be taken into consideration. You are expected to attend another section with prior coordination with all section leaders. At the end of the semester, you will be given a questionnaire about the readings. Completion of this form is a requirement for course credit.
Tuesday, August 28, 5:30 pm, Vollum Lecture Hall
Organizational meeting for all students and faculty
Due to the Labor Day holiday, Monday sections will meet for the first time on September 10.
Week of September 3
Ayelet Tsabari, The Best Place on Earth
Week of September 10
Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl
Week of September 17
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement
Week of September 24
Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Week of October 1
Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Week of October 8
David France, How to Survive a Plague
Week of October 15 – fall break
Week of October 22
Claudia Rankin, Citizen
Week of October 29
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Week of November 5
Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in their Own Land
Week of November 12
Peter Rock, My Abandonment
Week of November 19
Only Monday sections meet.
Week of November 26
Thi, Bui, The Best We Could Do