HUM 414: The Individual in the Contemporary World
Critical examination of contemporary global issues and recent world history. Builds on key themes and questions raised in the preceding Humanities courses toward a fuller understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities of humanity today. All sections meet weekly for a common lecture, and classes may include close reading, discussion, writing, presentations and project-based activities.
Prerequisites: 75 credit hours and HUM 124, 214, 324; LANG 120.
Senior Capstone Courses
UNC Asheville offers two options for the Senior Capstone course: HUM 414 "The Individual in the Contemporary World" and LA 478: "Cultivating Citizenship in a Global World." Please visit the Senior Capstone Course Comparison page to help you select a course that best harmonizes with your major and intellectual interests.
HUM 414 Lecture Schedule - Spring 2019
These lectures are free and open to the public.
Spring 2019 - Lipinsky Auditorium 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
January 25, 2019
"Religion" in Quest of "Globalization"
Dr. Marcus L. Harvey, Department of Religious Studies, Humanities 414 Coordinator
The categories “religion” and “globalization” enjoy a significant degree of normalization in contemporary Western lexicons. Often we are led to construe these categories as self-evident realities requiring little to no investigation beyond pronouncements made by journalists, pundits, politicians, and even some scholars. Running counter to the above tendency, this lecture investigates “religion” as a fabricated artifact of the European intellectual imagination whose meaning has long been contested. In addition, the role of “religion” in authorizing the expansion of colonial Europe and in fostering the closely allied present-day condition of “globalization” is also explored. Further, the lecture considers “religion’s” role in the establishment of “othering” colonial epistemic regimes that generated a universalist sense of European identity at the expense of so-called “non-Western” identities. Finally, mention is made of critical anti-colonial responses since the early 1940s to inveterate problems like coloniality which issue from “religion” and “globalization.”
February 1, 2019
Indigeneity as a Decolonial Project
Dr. Jeremias Zunguze, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies; Africana Studies Program
This presentation discusses the processes through which African and Africanist cultural producers in the former Portuguese colonies in Africa trace African Indigenous views and values as a decolonial option from the current global social order.
February 8, 2019
Indigenous Feminist Activism: Disrupting the Patriarchal/Colonial Economic System
Dr. Juan Sanchez Martinez, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
February 15, 2019
Orientalism Revisited: The Challenges of Studying Islam and the Muslim World
Dr. Samer Traboulsi, Department of History
February 22, 2019
The Cold War Era
Dr. Sarah Judson, Department of History
March 1, 2019
The African-American Freedom Struggle since World War II
Attorney James Ferguson of Ferguson, Chambers, and Sumter; Charlotte, NC
March 8, 2019
The Racial Wealth Gap
Dr. Megan Underhill, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
March 22, 2019
Mass Incarceration in America: Two Wrongful Convictions on North Carolina’s Death Row; State v. Glenn Edward Chapman
Dr. Pamela Laughon, Department of Psychology
March 29, 2019
Dr. Melissa Burchard, Department of Philosophy
April 5, 2019
Migration and Immigration
Dr. Alvis Dunn, Department of History
April 12, 2019
Modern LGBTQ Movements
Dr. Shawn Mendez, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
April 19, 2019
Global Art Challenges
Dr. Eva Bares, Department of Art & Art History
April 26, 2019
Dr. William Bares, Department of Music
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students demonstrate knowledge of contemporary human diversity--in cultures and in personal identities.
- Students identify the connection of values, beliefs, and cultural forms to humanity’s economic, social and environmental sustainability.
- Students write a well-supported, organized, and clearly articulated argument using both primary and secondary sources, and appropriate documentation style.
- Students gather, document, analyze, and integrate information about contemporary texts and other cultural forms.