HUM 214: Communities and Selves, 300-1700

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Humanities 214: Communities and Selves, 300-1700
A study of pre-modern civilizations, from the 4th through the 17th centuries, using a thematic approach. 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 2018

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


Spring 2018 - Humanities Lecture Hall 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

January 22, 2018

Toolbox for Humanities 214
Dr. Renuka Gusain, Humanities Program, Coordinator of Humanities 214
Dr. Eva Bares, Department of Art/Art History
Dr. Till Dohse, Department of Mathematics
Dr. Scott Williams, Department of Philosophy

January 29, 2018

The Dynamics of Nature, Human, and Sacred Relationships
Prof. Dennis Lundblad, Humanities Program, Coordinator of Humanities 124
Dr. Ellen Pearson, Department of History
Dr. Renuka Gusain, Humanities Program, Coordinator of Humanities 214

February 5, 2018

The Body and Death
Dr. Eva Bares, Department of Art/Art History
Dr. John Wood, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

February 26, 2018

Encounters and Transmissions of Knowledge
Dr. Grant Hardy, Department of History
Prof. Gregory B. Lyon, Humanities Program

April 9, 2018

Why and How are Power Structures Established?
Dr. Ellen Pearson, Department of History
Dr. Grant Hardy, Department of History


HUM 214 Seating Chart


Humanities Lecture Hall (HLH 139)

Spring 2018

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 1 through 3
Dunn: Left section, rows 4 through 9
Gusain: Center section, rows 1 through 3
Lewis: Center section, rows 4 and 5
Lyon: Center section, rows 6 through 9
Payne: Center section, rows 10 and 11
Traboulsi: Right section, rows 1 through 6
Williams: Right sections, rows 7 through 9



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