Dans ce cours, nous tenterons de nous interroger sur les sens possibles de ces récits et de voir s’ils sont réactualisables pour nous aujourd’hui. Y a-t-il une sagesse du mythe? Pouvons-nous comprendre l’art de ces mythes avec ses contraintes et ses règles?
Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. How do we distinguish between the religion of Islam and the culture of Muslims? How does Islam fit in a secular society? This course will present both a historical background of Islam, as well as an exploration of its modern expressions.
American Dreams, American Nightmares: The Immigrant Experience in Literature
12 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30PM
This course will focus on the American immigrant experience as reflected in short stories, novels, memoirs, and selected poems written between 1880 and 1950 (part 1 Fall 2017), and 1950 and the present (part 2 Spring 2018).
Will the Brexit strategy end with “Goodbye, Great Britain” and “Hello, Little England”? Will British literature go Brexit, too? These are some of the questions this course will explore through readings taken from contemporary British fiction, drama, and journalism, which depict the unsettled condition of a country apparently divided against itself.
Rewriting India: The Emerging Vision (Pointe-Claire)
address: St. John the Baptist Church, 233 Sainte-Claire Ave.
12 weeks, Mondays, 1:30-3:30 PM
This course explores India’s recent history through the works of novelists and essayists who have followed in the wake of Salman Rushdie’s seminal 1981 novel Midnight’s Children. Readings include fiction by Arundhati Roy, Aravind Adiga, and Hari Kunzru, as well as non-fiction selections
How has the perception of opera changed over the centuries? Does the advent of opera in high definition, whether in the cinema or on television, and the use of surtitles affect the way we react to opera? Have our expectations of this genre changed in the light of such technological advances?
Where do we now stand in the wake of widespread criticism leveled at the master narrative of Progress and the myth of the West’s superiority? Have we genuinely and deeply metabolized the savagery perpetrated, ironically, in the name of Civilization?
Demagogues–charismatic speakers whose arguments appeal to emotion and prejudice rather than to reason–can gain the support of the people in a way that threatens the very democracies in which they come to power. How can democratic governments protect themselves from such leaders?
New Religious Movements of the Roman Empire: Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism
12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15-8:15PM
Throughout its rich history, the Roman Empire acted as a melting pot for many cultures and religions, including Christianity and Judaism. In this course we will focus on the genesis of these movements and the ways they came to be acknowledged and attain significance in the religious landscape.
In this course, we will accompany Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari on an iconoclastic and speculative exploration of human history through his pair of books, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, which approach history as a subject closely intertwined with psychology, sociology, and philosophy.
Humanoid Robots: How Will Artificial Intelligence Reshape our Society and Economy?
12 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30PM
Will artificial intelligence displace human beings, rendering them redundant? Or will it provide untold benefits? This course will explore the social and economic aspects of the ongoing changes and challenges resulting from artificial intelligence.
Are trees social beings? In his 2015 international bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees, forester and author Peter Wohlleben makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. Can our study of trees restore us to a source of wonder, respect, and meaning? Could it allow us to become a life-enhancing species? What would that look like?
In this combined literature and creative writing workshop, inspired by the practice of New York School writers Kenneth Koch and Paul Violi, students will hone their style by reading and imitating a wide range of short texts by traditional and contemporary poets.