Spring 2020

Course offerings for the Spring 2020 semester include selections in Literature, Philosophy and Social Sciences


LITERATURE


Contemporary South Asian Literature

12 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This course will provide a critical introduction to the postcolonial literature that has been produced by immensely talented writers shaped by South Asian culture. These writers are the scions of illustrious literary traditions, which continue to be expressed in many different languages, but which have emerged upon the world scene through reliance upon the English language.


Pages: For Readers Only

10 weeks, Thursdays, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

As readers, we can all identify with John Steinbeck’s remark that “certain books were realer than experience… I read them when I was… young, and remember them not always as books, but as things that happened to me.” At the same time, we can sympathize with Chang Ch’ao’s observation that “reading books in one’s youth is like looking at the moon through a crevice; reading books in middle age is like looking at the moon in one’s courtyard; and reading books in old age is like looking at the moon on an open terrace. Finally, at seventy-five or eighty, the full moon blazes forth in all its glory.”


Shakespeare in the Spring

6 weeks, Mondays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This six-week course will explore two Shakespeare plays, at least one of which will be performed at the 2020 Stratford Festival. A complete course description will be available once Stratford announces its theatre offerings for 2020.

 



HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES


Doughnut Economics: A 21st-Century Rethink of the Dismal Science

8 weeks, Wednesdays, 10 AM - 12 PM

In this eight-week course, we will consider questions that arise from a reading of Oxford economist Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, as well as texts by other authors, including Bernard Lonergan. This course is designed for people who have a limited knowledge of economics, but who want to understand the subject better in the wider context of present-day, real-life issues.


The Bittersweet Honesty of Rachel Cusk Part II

12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Rachel Cusk has written two memoirs about the upheaval she experienced during the transition to motherhood and the subsequent dissolution of her marriage. Hailed by many as honest and truthful, they were so severely censured by some that Cusk was unable to write for a period of time. Then, over the last five years, she produced a trilogy of novels widely praised as an important innovation in the writing of fiction. This course will explore Cusk’s memoirs and recent fiction in two parts.



NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS


The Inner Life of Animals

12 Weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

This course will ask the following questions: Do bees plan for the future? Do animals dream when they sleep? Do they grieve, feel shame, devotion? Are domesticated animals our prisoners? Do animals possess mirror neurons, the hardware of empathy? Will learning more about the inner lives of animals change the way we relate to their amazingly different ecosystems, their alternate worlds and heightened sensory perceptions? What can animals teach us about ourselves? Do the images we retain from children’s literature colour our feelings?



PHILOSOPHY


Jung’s Red Book III: “Scrutinies,” the Final Chapter

10 Weeks, Tuesdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

After encounters with numerous figures on his way to discover his lost soul, Carl Jung concludes his mysterious Red Book with a third volume entitled "Scrutinies." In this text we will meet several enigmatic and evocative characters, including Philemon (Jung's guide), Salome, Elijah, Hap, Abraxas, and the serpent.


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