The following courses are sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities. You may also view our past course offerings.

Spring 2014

Documentary Film and Approaches to Truth

This course explores the challenge of truth-telling in documentary film and video, through both practice and theory. What ideas and practices have documentarians engaged with to acknowledge, deny, undermine, complicate, and perhaps solve the problem of truth? Readings, film viewings, discussions, writing, and exercises in video production and editing lead to the creation of final videos by students.

Limited to 15. Requires Sophomore standing or higher.

  • Course Number: ICPRH278B01
  • Taught By: Victoria Funari
  • Department: Independent College Programs
  • Location: Stokes 102
  • Meeting Times: TTh 1:00-2:30, with required lab section Th 2:30-4:00
  • Fulfills: HU III

Philosophy of Religion

"There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism."–Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History

The classical tradition of philosophy of religion focuses on questions such as "How do we know if God exists?" and "Could an omnipotent being cause itself?" This class will take a radically different approach, focusing on how poststructural philosophy of religion in the 20th century turned away from speculative topics and towards bodies, power, and difference. This class will look at the roots of this turn as well as contemporary thinkers in decolonial theory, feminism, critical animal studies, postsecularism, and queer theory.

Limited to 15. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

  • Course Number: RELGH350B01
  • Taught By: Donovan Schaefer
  • Department: Religion
  • Location: Gest 102
  • Meeting Times: M 1:30-4:00
  • Fulfills: HU

Anarchisms: Old and New

An inquiry into anarchist political thought and action from the 19th to the 21st century. We will study anarchist views on human nature, democracy, capitalism, feminism, imperialism, and ecology, comparing them with liberal and Marxist perspectives.

Prerequisite: Limited to juniors and seniors. One political science course or consent of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

  • Course Number: POLSH306B01
  • Taught By: Andrew Cornell
  • Department: Political Science
  • Location: Stokes 301
  • Meeting Times: M 7:30-10:00pm
  • Fulfills: SO I