HMXP 102H Calendar (Fall 2017)

This calendar includes 34 current anthology pieces (excluding Bird); additional texts by Bernstein, Marx, and Rodriguez; and Targ’s video. course I.D. #: 15811855 password: winthrop

You must bring the readings to class on the assigned days.


Day # and Reading


W 8/23

1) Introduction to the course; Bird, “How to Read Critically,” vi-vii (read in class)


M 8/28

The Self and Education

2) Hiner, “Critical Thinking and the Techno Brain,” 209-15; Newman, “The Idea of a University,” 27-28;


W 8/30

3) Plato, “The Allegory of the Cave,” 3-6.


M 9/4

Labor Day: No class


W 9/6

4) We will discuss how to write your papers today. Look over these linked documents before coming to class:


M 9/11

5) Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” 172-75


W 9/13

6) Lakoff and Johnson, “Metaphors We Live By,” 7-11; Bohm, “On Communication,” 14-16. Who will volunteer papers for our writing workshop?


M 9/18

7) Bernstein, Living in the Borderland: The evolution of consciousness and the challenge of healing trauma, xv-xix and 3-14: print, read, and mark the text; bring a copy to class; Targ, “Banned TED Talk about Psychic Abilities” (watch it before class:


W 9/20

8) Writing Workshop: Read the two papers before class; bring them to class.


M 9/25

The Autonomous Self

9) Plato, Apology, 29-42. Handout.

 Paper 1 due

W 9/27

10) Mill, “Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion,” 53-56


M 10/2

11) Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” 69-74. Handout.


W 10/4

The Self and Community: The Social Self

12) Myers, “Ingroup and Outgroup,” 99-100; Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 129-33


M 10/9

13) Bellah, “Why Do We Need a Public Affairs Mission?—The Moral Crisis in American Public Life,” 123-28; and Nussbaum, “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism,” 115-22


W 10/11

The Self and Community: Diversity and the Other

14) Rodriguez, “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood,” 155-64; “The Achievement of Desire”: print, read, and mark the text; bring a copy to class


M 10/16

15) Fall Break--no class


W 10/18

The Self and Community: Alienation

16) Common Book Day: Spare Parts. Who will volunteer papers for our writing workshop? Spare Parts handout. SP Handout Page 2.


M 10/23

17) Group activity:

·        Group 1: Friedman, “The Relation Between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom,” 57-64

·        Group 2: McIntosh, “White Privilege and Male Privilege,” 140-47; and Loury, “Free at Last?” 134-39

·        Group 3: Donne, “Meditation 17,” 109-10

·        Group 4: “The Declaration of Independence,” 65-68; “The Bill of Rights,” 75-76; “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” 111-14

·        Group 5: Camus, “The Myth of Sisyphus,” 275-77


W 10/25

18) Writing workshop: Bring a properly formatted copy of your full draft for peer editing. You must have your own full draft to participate.


M 10/30

19) Kilbourne, “Jesus is a Brand of Jeans,” 165-68; and Swimme, “How Do Our Kids Get So Caught Up in Consumerism?” 169-71. Watch Annie Leonard's The Story of Stuff: We will watch the following video in class: Kilbourne Handout.


W 11/1

20) Marx, “The Alienation of Labor (1),” 176-81; The Communist Manifesto


M 11/6

The Self and Nature

21) Quinn, “An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit,” 202-08

Paper 2 due

W 11/8

22) Orr, “Love It or Lose It: The Coming Biophilia Revolution,” 226-30


M 11/13

23) Frost, “Birches,” 12-13; Eiseley, “The Secret of Life,” 238-46


W 11/15

The Self and Sacred

24) Lewis, Mere Christianity, 264-69; and Peterson et al., “Religious Diversity,” 252-63


M 11/20

25) Tillich, “What Faith Is,” 247-51


W 11/22

Thanksgiving: No class


M 11/27

26) Crawford, “The Case for Working With Your Hands,” 43-52; and Moore, “The Sacred Arts of Life,” 278-83


W 11/29

27) Writing Workshop: Everyone must bring a draft of Paper 3. "Draft" means at least 4 full pages. The price of admission will be a draft.


M 12/4

28) We will do the course evaluation (bring your gizmo: laptop, tablet, or phone) and will talk about the final examination.

Paper 3 due

M 12/11

Final examination: Monday, December 11th, 11:30.