What is an Honors Colloquium Course?
An Honors Colloquium is an HON-H 399 seminar course. Typically, it is led by different instructors in different semesters and the topic changes from semester to semester. To complete the Honors Program each student must complete two HON-H 399 Colloquium courses.
The Philosophy of Goodness, Beauty, and Truth
Spring 2021 - Professor Christopher Buckman, Philosophy
This seminar explores central areas in philosophy, the love of wisdom, through the work and legacy of the Greek sage Plato. How does true knowledge differ from mere opinion? What is the character and source of goodness? Do our experiences of beauty and joy in life have a deeper metaphysical meaning? The dialogues of Plato, rich in intellectual and literary treasures, remain the indispensable guide to these timeless questions. Unlock hidden mysteries of the eternal, unchanging Platonic Forms with teachings from the ancient word.
Women of Stage and Screen - Summer I 2021
Professor Joann Kaiser, Communication
Recent studies show that women comprise the biggest share of American theatre audiences, while the representation of women through writing, producing and acting is less than one third of all produced plays on Broadway and regional theatres. The ratio for women in the film industry is even lower. This course will examine plays and films written, directed and performed by women, examine the female archetype in dramatic literature for both stage and screen, and explore the significance of the female narrative. We will examine how culture and society affects the engagement of the female voice through stage and screen.
Monsters, Aliens, and Outcasts: Politics in The Twilight Zone - Fall 2021
Dr. Paul Cook, English
Amid the stifling conformity of the 1950s, when a new-fangled technology called “television” was still in its infancy, former GI turned screenwriter Rod Serling set out to make the kind of TV that networks at the time wouldn’t touch. Thwarted in his attempts to make shows that challenged the status quo and explored difficult social and political issues, Serling turned his attention to the supernatural: monsters, freaks, aliens, misfits, bizarre situations, and strange worlds. What he discovered in the process was that a science fiction anthology series could be a showcase for the kinds of difficult themes that the plastic-fantastic-frozen-dinner Eisenhower-era wasn’t ready for in prime time. This seminar will explore the history of one of the most iconic TV shows in American history as well as the life of its creator and head writer Rod Serling; in so doing, we are after a core set of questions: What can the legacy of The Twilight Zone teach us about politics in American life? In what ways does the show’s focus on the supernatural allow for a more “honest” or robust exploration of challenging political and social issues? If we are currently experiencing TV’s second “golden age,” as many media critics claim, then to what extent does our own era of binge-watching Netflix and longform serial dramas on HBO and Showtime owe a debt to Serling and his quirky anthology series? Finally, what lessons about engaging in progressive politics does the show hold for us? For more information on this course, go to paulgcook.org.