Kole Odutola, Sophia Acord
Kole Odutola Department of Language, Literature, and Culture ; Sophia Acord, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
This project will allow the development of a one-credit course, housed in the Honors Program, which will give students direct access to guest scholars participating in the annual speaker series organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS). The engagement will be done in a relaxed and creative manner; that is, the construction of knowledge will not be the usual “tell and listen” format but will instead combine attendance at speaker presentations with independent and collaborative work on the subject. The course will first run in Fall 2011, when the theme of the CHPS series is “Rehumanizing the University: New Perspectives on the Liberal Arts.” Students will attend every lecture, conduct pre-presentation research on the subject, create and maintain a semi-public discussion forum where debates and conversations will be facilitated. The students will also produce a creative summative final project that will be disseminated and preserved as appropriate.