January 16–May 9, 2019
No classes, 3/4–3/10; 4/18
Last Day to Withdraw: 4/15/2019
LS 613.401: The American Ethos
Ethos refers to the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or people as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations. Questions about the nature of the American “character” in this broader sense often permeate the national dialogue. No matter what the topic of debate everyone seems to have a firm idea of what being an American means. Yet invariably individual definitions of the American identity differ widely. This course will probe a broad spectrum of material, from belletristic literature and academic studies to icons of popular culture and time-honored symbols of the United States, to come to a better understanding of those enduring, if sometimes contested, American values.
Dr. Steven Burr, Mondays, 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/14–5/6, no class 1/21, 3/4, 4/22, 5/6]. (Historic)
LS 755.401: Dynamic of the City
An exploration of modern discourses on and of the city. For centuries the city has captivated the mind and the spirit of human beings in numerous ways. As a locale, the city has frequently inspired the imagination. It has often been the site of avant-garde experimentation and the testing ground for new theories. As an environment, the city has been home to burgeoning technology and often the embodiment of social order as well as disorder. A cross-sectional examination of the modern city is undertaken from the vantage point of a variety of disciplines. The city under scrutiny varies from semester to semester; in spring 2019 the focus will be on Baltimore.
Dr. Randall Donaldson, Wednesdays 6:30–9:00 p.m. [1/16–5/1, no class 3/6, 4/17, 4/24] (Thematic)