Classes

    Mental Health and Mental Illness through Literature and the Arts (Gen Ed 1144)

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    How have mental illness and mental health been understood across time and space, and how have literature and the arts both perpetuated and undermined stigmas against individuals with mental illness?

     

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    Karen Thornber

    Mental health experts believe that globally, more than 1 billion people have a mental illness.  And yet the biases and misperceptions surrounding mental illness, not to mention the dehumanization and abuse in many communities of individuals with a mental illness, remains acute.  This course uses literature and the arts to help students learn about more about some of the prevalent biases/misperceptions/myths/stigmas against individuals with mental illness and how these biases can be (or in the past have been) ameliorated.... Read more about Mental Health and Mental Illness through Literature and the Arts (Gen Ed 1144)

    The Ancient Greek Hero (Gen Ed 1074)

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    How did ancient Greek heroes, both male and female, learn about life by facing what all us have to face, our human condition?

     

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    Gregory Nagy

    How to face death? Concentrating on this central human question, we will explore some of the greatest works of ancient Greek literature in English translation. For the Greeks, a special way to address the problem of death was to think long and hard about what they called "heroes" in their myths.... Read more about The Ancient Greek Hero (Gen Ed 1074)

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