Another semester of exciting humanities courses coming up this fall, including one by my husband:
History, philosophy, classics, literature, music, film: There’s something for everyone this fall at the University of Arizona’s Humanities Seminars Program – where Tucson goes to learn. Taught by present and former UA professors who are selected for their scholarly accomplishments and exceptional teaching abilities, courses are designed especially for lifelong learners.
· The Medieval Quest as a Model for Us Today. Taught by Professor Albrecht Classen, this course focuses on how some of the most significant texts from the Middle Ages illuminate fundamental issues we continue to face today, such as happiness, love, heroism, and friendship.
· The Operas of Verdi. Professor Jay Rosenblatt will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth with a survey of his operas, including a special focus on Otello and Falstaff.
· Dark Knight: The Life and Films of Alfred Hitchcock. Join Professor Lanin Gyurko as he explores the work of one of the greatest film directors, Alfred Hitchcock, master of suspense, mystery, and intrigue.
· Homer’s Iliad. Professor Norman Austin will take students through a complete reading of this stirring epic, focusing on such issues as the relations between the gods and human beings, the making of the hero, destiny, choice, and free will.
· The Chinese City: From Imperial Capital to Global Metropolis. This course analyzes Chinese urban space to show how both Chinese people and outsiders viewed the evolving form of the city as the symbol of Chinese progress and its position in the world. Professor Fabio Lanza is the teacher.
· Utilitarianism: The Greater Good? Professor Michael Gill leads the class in an investigation of Utilitarianism, the idea that one ought to perform those actions that produce the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.
· Milton and Revolution. John Milton was one of England’s most controversial, celebrated, and reviled writers. Professor Meg Lota Brown explores Milton’s prose and poetry within the context of the many revolutions in which he was a major figure.
Classes meet once a week for two or three hours during the day in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the Helen S. Schaefer Building, one block north of Speedway near Campbell with convenient parking across the street. Most classes start the first week in October.
Detailed course information, including videos of the professors talking about their upcoming classes, is available at http://hsp.arizona.edu. Program Coordinator Kerstin Miller will be happy to answer questions at (520) 626-7845.
Humanities Seminars Program
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210150
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150
Tel: (520) 626-7845
Fax: (520) 621-5566