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HUM 214 Lecture Schedule

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These lectures are free and open to the public. Please check the seating chart for available open seating.

Spring 2014

Humanities Lecture Hall (HLH 139) 11:25a.m.-12:35p.m.

January 13, 2014

The Middle Ages: The Creation of Christian Europe
Dr. Payne, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Dr. Konz, Professor, Department of Economics and Dean of Social Sciences

The opening lecture for the Medieval and Renaissance World seeks to define the Middle Ages by considering the role of Christianity in shaping the idea of the political state in both Eastern and Western Europe, and the way in which the religion was lived and experienced liturgically, architecturally, and musically.

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January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Lecture

January 27, 2014

What Middle Ages? The Golden Age of Muslim Civilization
Dr. Traboulsi, Associate Professor, Department of History

This lecture examines the rise and development of the Muslim intellectual experience and polity within the context of Byzantine and Sassanid late antiquity. 

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February 3, 2014

African Cultural Spheres
Dr. Wood, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Boakye-Boaten, Assistant Professor and Director, Africana Studies Program

Professors Wood and Boakye-Boatan examine the cultural, economic, political and social factors that motivated the movements of peoples across the continent of Africa during the period known in Europe as the Medieval and Renaissance eras. 

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February 10, 2014

Community and Authority in the Medieval West
Dr. Spellman, Professor, Department of History and Director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC)

This lecture explores the origins of limited, responsible government in the tension between church and state from the fall of Rome until the Central Middle Ages.

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February 17, 2014

Gender & Sexuality in Medieval Europe
Dr. Mills, Professor, Department of Classics, and  N.E.H. Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities

Screamers and scholars, virgins and whores. Just what was so medieval about medieval attitudes towards gender and sexuality? 

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February 24, 2014

Medieval India
Dr. Maitra, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy

This lecture hints at the earliest outlines of modern India by exploring a few major cultural and religious forces that helped shape India between early centuries of the common era through 1650.

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March 3, 2014

Transmission of Knowledge in the Pre-Modern World
Dr. Maitra, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
Dr. Furlong, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
Dr. Traboulsi, Associate Professor, Department of History

This collaborative lecture explores the transmission of knowledge through Indian, Muslim, and European scholars and Institutes of Learning in the Pre-Modern World. 

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March 10, 2014

Spring Break- No Lecture

March 17, 2014

The Italian Renaissance: Humanism and Art

Prof. Dunn, Lecturer, Humanities Program

Why is the Renaissance a big deal? What is Humanism? What is the Progress of The Renaissance and how did it explode, thrive, then deteriorate?

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March 24, 2014

Dr. Dohse, Department of Mathematics

This lecture examines the cultural and historical background that led to the Protestant Reformation, and give a central European perspective of the unfolding events and their consequences during this time period. 

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March 31, 2014

On Science & Society in the Medieval & Renaissance World
Dr. Payne, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies

The medieval period in western Europe is often regarded as a time of superstition and intellectual regression, when blind faith triumphed over reason and rationality.  But the foundations for modern science were established during this time, often by thinkers who were motivated by religious concerns.  We will examine these foundations in the larger Mediterranean world, and compare these to technological advances in China and India.

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April 7, 2014

Pre-Columbian Americas
Dr. Pearson, Associate Professor, Department of History and HUM 214 Coordinator

An introduction to the First Peoples of North America, their cultures and communities, before sustained contact with Europeans.

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The Week in HUM 214April 14, 2014

Emerging Nationhood and Othello
Dr. Ettari, Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Language

This lecture frames William Shakespeare's Othello in the context of early 17th century political thought. 

Lecture Outline

April 21, 2014

Becoming Baroque:
Can we know them by their songs and dances? 
Performing mirrors: reflections of war, turmoil, and the human spirit

Dr. Galloway, Associate Professor, Department of Music
Prof. Schrader, Lecturer, Health and Wellness Department

Can we know them by the songs they sing and the arts they make?  This split lecture examines the cultures of the early modern period through the lens of the arts.  Professor Schrader's half of this two-part lecture focuses on the manifestations of the Baroque style across several cultures.  Originating in Italy as a part of the Counter Reformation, State and Church subsidized arts reveal the attempts of various emerging authorities to use the arts as propaganda in both sacred and secular realms.  Dr. Galloway follows in the second half of this lecture with a sweeping history of the development of Western Classical music from polyphony to orchestra,  from monks to the Messiah.  

April 28, 2014 - Last Day of Classes

Where have we been? Where are we? Where are we going?

The Ebb and Flow of Empires
Prof. Dunn, Lecturer, Humanities Program
Dr. McClain, Lecturer, Humanities Program and HUM 324 Coordinator

Part One(Dunn) - The race between the hare and the tortoise in the seventeenth century – Why is the whole world not speaking Chinese today? 

Part Two (McClain) - The key to understanding the modern world is understanding the role, the function, the 'faith' in science.

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