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General Education

Reading List

Fall 2013

Summer Reading:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Boo

Euripides Ten Plays, Roche, trans.
Eyes of the Heart, Aristide
The Harper Collins Study Bible - Student Edition, SBL trans.
Life of Galileo, Brecht
Mencius, Lau, trans.
The Ramayana, Narayan, trans.
The Republic, Plato
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston
A Writer’s Reference 7th Ed., Hacker
Syllabus for Human Experience: Then and Now, FD 181

Major Texts

Nussbaum, “Foreword,” Alive at the Core **
Hughes, “Let America Be America Again” **
Eastman, “No shortcuts to a true education”
Eastman, “Online education no substitute for the real thing”
Felice, “Happiness and compassion go hand in hand” 
Nussbaum, “Patriotism and Cosmopolitism” **
Cronon, “Only Connect” *
Havel, “The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World” *
Readings on the Five Pillars of Islam **
Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844
Skinner, “What is Wrong With Daily Life in the Western World?” *
Freud, Civilization and its Discontents **
Seneca Falls Declaration
Baldwin, “A Report from Occupied Territory” *
Baldwin, “The American Dream and the American Negro” **
Duberman, Stonewall *

* Copyrighted material, available in the printed syllabus

** Copyrighted material, available on Moodle

What is Human Experience?

Human Experience will engage some of the influential works and ideas of Western civilization in a conversation with important works of non-Western civilizations. We will also listen to voices that have often gone unrecognized in traditional Western Civilization courses. What we envision is a journey through time that creates cross-cultural communication and allows students to consider alternatives to the received wisdom of their own culture.