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Meeting Time: M 1:00pm-3:00pm plus 30 hours of research weekly
In this project, each student will choose a research project, focusing on a special topic related to education activities
in a variety of possible settings. Students are encouraged to seek topics on their own, but to discuss them with the
instructor as soon as possible—well before the beginning of the Exploration Term. The bulk of time spent in the
course will be devoted to independent work on the research project. The project will include the traditional chapters
of a research study (introduction; review of literature; research methodology; presentation and analysis of data; and
summary, discussion, implications, and recommendations). The project will be submitted in writing. It will also be
presented orally to meet BSC requirements for the Senior Conference.
The End and After: Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature, Film, Religion, and Politics
Joseph Stitt
EH 102 or equivalent
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Max. Enrollment:
Meeting Time:
M Tu W 9:00am-12:00pm
The course will explore artistic and social representations of world-ending and catastrophically transformative
events. Though the primary focus will be on film and literature, students will also examine myths, religious texts,
social phenomena (the survivalist movement, for example), and various ideological viewpoints that frame historical
narrative in eschatological terms. From John of Patmos to Jared Diamond, Cormac McCarthy to
Dr. Strangelove
the Midgard Serpent to Al Gore, “The Second Coming” to
The Walking Dead
Spengler to Atwood, Breughel to
Michelangelo, heat death to the Big Crunch, representations of world’s end will be interpreted to discover what they
have to say about how we think about the present, about our anxieties and conflicting values, about purpose and
ethics and ultimate ends. Evaluation will be based on essays and a presentation.
Faulkner’s Town: Oxford as the Setting for the Snopes Tales
Fred Ashe
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Max. Enrollment:
Meeting Time:
Tu W F 9:45-11:30am
Although Faulkner is best known for transforming literature with novels like The Sound and the Fury and stories like
A Rose for Emily,” he spent 35 years developing the history and life of his fictional Yoknapatawpha County and its
county seat, Jefferson. Based on Oxford, Mississippi, this setting is especially clear in Faulkner’s tales of the
poor-white Snopes family. We will read the middle novel in “the Snopes Trilogy”—The Town (1957)—along with
selections from other Snopes stories and from Faulkner’s biography. We will also spend three days in Oxford,
Mississippi (the model for Jefferson), visiting Faulkner’s house, hearing from experts, and seeing some of the
specific sites he was writing about. Students will be evaluated on reading quizzes, class discussion, and a series of
short response papers.
Estimated Student Fees: $200 for two nights hotel, gas, food
The Grimm Reader Keeps Märchen On: Exploring the World of Fairy Tales
Dave Ullrich