HUM 214: Communities and Selves, 300-1700

Current Classes

Humanities 214: Communities and Selves, 300-1700
A study of pre-modern civilizations, from the 4th through the 17th centuries. Students draw upon literature, art, music, and material culture to gain insight into the dynamics of individualism and community across the world’s diverse cultures. Classes usually include different forms of learning, including close reading, class and common lectures, performances, discussion, writing, and project-based activities. Fall and Spring.

Prerequisite: HUM 124

HUM 214 Lecture Schedule - Spring 2019

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


Spring 2019 - Lipinsky Auditorium 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

January 16, 2019

Toolbox for Humanities 214
Dr. Renuka Gusain, Humanities Program, Coordinator of Humanities 214
Dr. Evan Gurney, Department of English

January 23, 2019

Power and Knowledge
Dr. Rodger Payne, Department of Religious Studies

January 30, 2019

Maps and Construction of Knowledge
Dr. Rodger Payne, Department of Religious Studies

February 6, 2019

Faith, Power, and Knowledge in the Pre-Modern Muslim World
Dr. Samer Traboulsi, Department of History

February 13, 2019

Al-Ghazali and A History of Philosophy
Dr. Scott Williams, Department of Philosophy

February 20, 2019

Kinship in Sundiata
Dr. John Wood, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

February 27, 2019

Visual Analysis and Architecture in Ethiopia and Mali
Dr. Eva Bares, Department of Art/ Art History

March 6, 2019

Religion and Worldview in Pre-Invasion Americas
Dr. Alvis Dunn, Department of History
Dr. Ellen Pearson, Department of History

March 20, 2019

The Celestial Empire of China
Dr. Grant Hardy, Department of History

March 27, 2019

Hinduism and Nature
Dr. Kate Zubko, Department of Religious Studies

South East Asia During 300-1700
Dr. Keya Maitra, Department of Philosophy

April 3, 2019

Sound Without Notation: The Beginnings of Music Notation and Sight Singing
Dr. Christine Boone, Department of Music

Indian Classical Music
Dr. Keya Maitra, Department of Philosophy

April 10, 2019

Christine de Pizan
Dr. Scott Williams, Department of Philosophy

April 17, 2019

Professor Gregory Lyon Pico, Humanities Program

April 24, 2019

Reformation Debate
Dr. Rodger Payne, Department of Religious Studies
Professor Gregory B. Lyon, Humanities Program


HUM 214 Seating Chart


Lipinsky Auditorium

Spring 2019

Look for the name of your professor to find the seating for your class. You may also refer to the chart here.
The center portion of the front row is reserved for accessibility seating.
Use “left” and “right” in relation to when you are facing the stage.

Bares: Left section, rows B-E
Dunn: Center section, rows B-E
Gurney: Left sections, rows F-I
Gusain: Center sections, rows I-L
Lewis: Left section, rows J-M
Lyon: Center section, rows E-H
Payne: Center section, rows L-N
Stuart: Right section, rows F-L
Williams: Right section, rows B-E



Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate knowledge in the interdisciplinary study of pre-modern civilizations, both in writing and orally
  2. Students identify the key elements of a primary text and other cultural products
  3. Students write a well-supported, organized, and clearly articulated argument using both primary and secondary sources
  4. Students demonstrate knowledge of the belief systems and worldviews held by the diverse cultures studied