UA Humanities Seminars Program Offers Adult Education Courses In Spring 2011
The University of Arizona’s Humanities Seminars Program will explore subjects that include travel narratives, morality and religion in Europe, theatre in Spain’s golden age, and modern Jewish literature this spring for members of the Tucson community. All seminars will be led by UA faculty members.
On Tuesday mornings Associate Professor of Philosophy Michael Gill will explore the development of morality in the tumultuous 17th and 18th centuries in a course entitled “Morality and Religion in Early Modern Europe”. By examining the works of philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke, Hume and Kant, Gill will illuminate the foundations of modern morality and explain how those foundations have shaped contemporary ethical thinking. (This course meets once a week from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM January 25 through April 5.)
In a seminar entitled “Such a Story I Could Tell You….Modern Jewish Literature Part II”, University of Arizona Instructor Thomas Price will consider not only some of the forefathers of modern Jewish literature, such as Shalom Aleichem and Mendele Mocher Sforim—which were touched on in Part I of the survey–but also authors who are often more widely recognized in Europe than in North America, such as Primo Levi, Joseph Roth, and Franz Kafka. In addition, authors who became North American but whose origins were in Europe, such as Elie Wiesel and I.B. Singer, will be examined. (This course meets once a week on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM from January 26 through April 6.)
Professor Amy Williamsen, a specialist in early modern Spanish literature, will offer “From Page to Stage: Theatre in Spain’s Golden Age” on Thursday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Early Modern Period in Spain generated such a wealth of literature and art that it became known as the Golden Age—the time of authors such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Calderon. Many archetypes including the Don Juan figure emerged from this theatrical tradition. (This course meets once a week on from January 27 through April 7.)
In the two-hour course “Around the World in Modern Travel Narratives”, offered on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, University of Arizona Lecturer and Author D. R. Ransdell will examine the fresh ideas that travel provides us in. She will consider texts by Flaubert, Twain and other early travelers before turning her attention to narratives written in the past 20 years such as those by Pico lyer. (This course meets once a week from January 21 through April 8.)
All courses take place in the Dorothy Rubel Room in the Helen S. Schaefer Building at 1508 East Helen Street, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell. There is convenient parking the Highland Garage across the street from the classroom.
For more information about these courses or the Humanities Seminars Program go to http://hsp.arizona.edu or call Program Coordinator Kerstin Miller at 520 626-7845.
The University of Arizona’s Humanities Seminars Program offers a variety of thought-provoking classes for adults in literature, fine arts, science, geopolitics, classics, film and more. The program recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
For more information see below. You can sign up online as well (click here).
Kerstin Miller, Coordinator
Humanities Seminars Program
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210150
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150
Tel: (520) 626-7845
Fax: (520) 621-5566