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Interim 2011


W10 African Americans in Reformed Tradition.  This course is designed to introduce students to historic African American participation in the Reformed and Calvinist tradition within Christianity.  The focus will be on African American men and women in slavery and in freedom who wrote, spoke, and thought within the framework of Calvinism.  Students will learn of the historical involvement of African Americans within Calvinism through reading various texts such as poetry, prayers, speeches, and sermons.  The goal is for students to comprehend how African Americans applied Calvinism to their unique historical contexts.  Students will write two short essays on specific themes in the course, they will contribute to informal discussions on on-line discussion board topics, and offer a presentation on a particular African American Calvinist, or theme covered in the course.  E. Washington.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CANCELLED W40 Heresy & Orthodoxy in the Early Church: Constructing a Myth and a Reality. In popular culture, works such as Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code," countless translations of "Gnostic" texts available at any bookstore, and numerous programs on the Discovery and the History channels, all have attempted to recover the lost voices of those condemned as "heretics" in antiquity. The hullabaloo over the recent publication of the "gospel of Thomas" is also another reflection of the popular fascination over "lost" Christianities, and one extreme tendency in contemporary scholarship has been to reduce all forms of Christianity as potentially "orthodox" in their own right. A classical argument states that only later did these "orthodoxies" become "heresies," largely due to the efforts of an institutionalized church hierarchy interested in establishing its power and authority over Christendom. On the flipside, traditionalist interpretations of early Christianity claim a single, defined orthodoxy established at the onset of the faith and passed sown intact to subsequent generations, and the works of the orthodox heresiologists and their representations of heretics and their writings are read and taken at face-value. This course is intended to challenge such traditional and dated interpretations of heresy and orthodoxy through a critical examination of primary sources and recent scholarly studies, but at the same to affirm a balanced view of the development of orthodoxy from a Reformed perspective. We will explore the relevant theological and ecclesiastical issues which were at the heart of these "heresies," and we will consider how many of the ancient debates still resonate in Christianity today. Students in the course will read several texts by various so-called heretics and selections from the works of the heresiologists who condemned them. In addition, students will read two monographs and several scholarly articles on the subject of orthodoxy and heresy. Requirements for students include an in-class presentation on a particular "heresy" and a final 10-page paper. This course may fulfill an elective in the History major. Y. Kim. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CANCELLED W80 The World of Don Quixote.  Miguel de Cervantes's masterwork Don Quixote is often taken to be a "timeless classic," but the novel and its author are also solidly rooted in the history and culture of late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Spain.  This course will explore the history and culture of the Spanish "Golden Age" by reading and discussing the novel itself in English translation, supplemented by  a brief selection of other literary, dramatic, and historical sources.  (The novel itself is about 1000 pages, so other readings will be very brief.)  Cervantes (1547-1616) was a soldier, an eclectic autodidact, a convicted felon, and a creative religious thinker, as well as one of Europe's most inspired novelists; this course will examine these many sides of his career, and the broader historical contact of each.  Each student will undertake and present a research project on one aspect of Golden Age culture or history.  Evaluation will be based on a paper, presentation, short reading quizzes, and daily class participation.  This course may fulfill an elective in the History major. Prerequisite: HIST 151 or 152 or one Spanish course above 203, or permission of the instructor.  K. Van Liere.  8:30 a.m. to noon.

294 Research Methods in History (2 semester hours). This course is an introduction to historical sources, bibliography, and research techniques, by giving particular attention to the different genres of history writing, the mechanics of professional notation, critical use of print and electronic research databases, and the development of critical reading skills with respect to historical exposition and argumentation. In this letter-graded course, evaluation is based on several reports, essays, and a final exam. Prerequisite: one course in history or permission of the instructor. NOTE: This is a required two-semester hour course in the history major.  K. Maag.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IDIS W18 Byzantine & Ottoman TurkeyD. Howard.

IDIS W49 Film Noir & American CultureJ. Bratt, B. Romanowski.

IDIS W50 Malick & Morris: Two Philosophical FilmmakersC. Plantinga.

IDIS W53 Guatemala, Closer than you ThinkD. Miller.