The Global Conversation of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Building on the Western tradition explored in the second and third seminars, readings focus on the Great Conversation of the modern world, which includes the West but also includes important intercultural and global voices. 

The course focuses on issues of significant relevance for a 21st century student, as well as texts that allow for integrative thinking across the entire Collegiate Seminar sequence.  The last portion of the course will include students reflecting on what they have learned and how they have grown, revisiting the steps of ther intellectual development in a capstone experience.

The reading list is current but subject to modification. From some texts selections are read.

 Reading List
  • Andrea Dworkin, Pornography (selections)
  • Audre Lorde, "An Open Letter to Mary Daly" and Daly, Letter of Response
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness (selections)
  • Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth (selections)
  • Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis"
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Aphorisms
  • Gabriel García Márquez, "The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"
  • Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Commons"
  • Gloria Anzaldúa, This Bridge Called My Back (selections)
  • Hannah Arendt, On Violence
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Third and Final Continent"
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings
  • Mahmoud al-Braikan and Taleb Abd al-Aziz, Fifteen Iraqi Poets
  • Maya Angelou, "On the Pulse of Morning"
  • Miguel de Unamuno, "Saint Emmanuel the Good, Martyr"
  • Naguib Mahfouz, The Time and the Place (selections)
  • Nelson Mandela, "I Am Prepared to Die"
  • Richard P. Feynman, "Atoms in Motion”
  • Robert Frost, "The Gift Outright"
  • Paul Celan, "Death Fugue"
  • Qiu Jin, selected poems
  • Robert Lawrence Kuhn, "Can Religion Withstand Technology?"
  • Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes​​​​​​​
  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
  • Theodosius Dobzhansky, "The Teilhardian Synthesis"
  • Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action ​​​​​​​(selections)
  • United Nations General Assembly, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Vandana Shiva, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge
  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (selections)
  • Xiao Hong "Hands”
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko, "Babi Yar"