Hurford Humanities Center Student Seminar Program
This past year, three of the four seminars were advised by faculty in the department: Asst. Prof. Laura McGrane was the faculty advisor to student seminar leaders Caroline Goldstein '08 and Nina Morton '08 as they planned their seminar, It Started Out Like a Song: The Art of Musical Theatre, exploring its roots in the 18th century and asking whether musical theater can be a form of social critique in terms of race, class, gender or power. Prof. McGrane also advised Luke McNamara '08 and Ben Lansky '08 on the diverse interests of their seminar, "I clutched at sound-"; Synesthesia Across Disciplines, which looked at modalities of perception as they inform aesthetic experience. And Professor Kim Benston was an advisor to Justin Dainer-Best '09 in the development of his seminar, Mining the Folktale, which explored the folk tale in all its dimensions and asks what its resonance can be for the modern world.