Western Heritage in a Global Context

General Education

Fall 2012 Assignment Calendar


Week One

Sep. 03 Fox Hall
9:30 am

LECTURE: Liberal Arts - A Journey
Professor William Felice


Sep. 05
9:30 am

DISCUSSION

In preparation read:
Syllabus
      •  Major Text:  Alive at the Core, pp. 1 - 4


Sep. 07
9:30 am

DISCUSSION

In preparation read:
Syllabus
       • Study Guide:  The Epic of Gilgamesh, pp. 5 - 6
The Epic of Gilgamesh
       • Introduction, pp. 7 - 58

Bring The Epic of Gilgamesh to class

Week Two

Sep. 10
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Gilgamesh

In preparation read:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
       • Prologue - Chapter 7, pp. 61 - 119

Bring The Epic of Gilgamesh to class


Sep. 12
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Ramayana

In preparation read:
The Ramayana
      • Introduction by R.K. Narayan, pp. xxiii - xxv
      • Prologue - Chapter 5, pp. 3 - 89

Bring The Ramayana to class


Sep. 14
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Ramayana

In preparation read:
The Ramayana
      • Chapter 6 - Epilogue, pp. 90 - 157

Bring The Ramayana to class

Week Three

Sep. 17  Miller Auditorium*
9:30 am and 5:10 pm

LECTURE: Art Bridging Time, Bridging Cultures
Professors Arthur Skinner and Brian Ransom

In preparation read:
Syllabus
      • Study Guide:  Studying the Arts in WHGC, pp 7 - 10
A World of Art
      • A World of Art, pp 1 - 5
        (stop at "2 Artists make a visual record...")
      • Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, pp. 11 - 14 (start at "4
        Artists give form...,"  end after the 1st paragraph on pg. 14)
      • Meaning and Culture, p. 31
      • Art and Its Reception, pp. 43 - 46
      • Earthworks, pp. 310 - 313
        (stop at "Performance Art As Living Sculpture")

*Because Miller Auditorium only seats 410, one half of the sections will attend the lecture at 9:30 am and the other sections will attend at 5:10 pm.  Check with your instructor for the time your section is scheduled to attend.  If you are scheduled for the 5:10 pm lecture and can not attend because of a college sanctioned conflict (eg. class, practice), please discuss this with your instructor and plan to attend the 9:30 am lecture instead.


Sep. 19
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Art

In preparation read:
A World of Art
      • Public Sculpture, pp. 48 - 49
      • Chapter 4, Line, pp. 55 - 74
      • The Ancient World, pp. 408 - 417

Bring A World of Art to class


Sep. 21 Fox Hall
9:30 am

LECTURE: Strength in What Remains
Tracy Kidder

In preparation read:
Strength in What Remains
      • Entire Book

Week Four

Sep. 24
9:30 am

DISCUSSION:  Strength in What Remains

In preparation read:
      • Review above reading


Sep. 26
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Strength in What Remains

In preparation read:
     • Review above reading


Sep. 28
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Exodus

In preparation read:
The Bible
      • Exodus, Introduction - Chapter 17, pp. 83 - 114

Bring The Bible to class

Week Five

Oct. 1
9:30 am

DISCUSSION:  Exodus

In preparation read:
The Bible
         • Exodus, Chapters 18 - 24, pp. 114 - 126
         • Exodus, Chapters 31 - 40, pp. 137 - 149

Bring The Bible to class


Oct. 3
9:30 am

DISCUSSION:  Muhammad

In preparation read:
Syllabus
       • Major Text:  Muhammad:  His Life Based on the Earliest Sources,
          pp. 11 - 35


Oct. 05
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Muhammad

In preparation read:
Syllabus
      • Major Text:  Muhammad:  His Life Based on Earliest Sources,
        pp. 35 - 57

Week Six

Oct. 08
9:30 am

SECTION DAY: Attendance Required


Oct. 10  Fox Hall
9:30 am

LECTURE: Justice
Professor Davina Lopez


Oct. 12
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Mencius

In preparation read:
      • Introduction, pp. vii - xix (end of paragraph one)
      • Book I, Part A, pp. 3 - 14
      • Book II, Part A, pp. 29 - 40
      • Book III, Part A, pp. 52 - 63

Bring Mencius to class

Week Seven

Oct. 15
9:30 am

DISCUSSION:  Mencius

In preparation read:
Mencius
      •  Book IV, Part A, pp. 76 - 87
      •  Book VI, Part A, pp. 122 - 132
      •  Book VII, Part A, pp. 145 - 156

Bring Mencius to class


Oct. 17
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis

In preparation read:
Euripides, Ten Plays
      • Iphigenia at Aulis, pp. 217 - 244
        (end at the subheading "Third Choral Ode")

Bring Ten Plays to class


Oct. 19
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis

In preparation read:
Euripides, Ten Plays
       • Iphigenia at Aulis, pp. 244 - 275

Bring Ten Plays to class

Week Eight

Oct. 22  Miller Auditorium*
9:30 am and 5:10 pm

LECTURE: Figures in Antiquity
Professors Arthur Skinner and Kirk Wang

In preparation read:
A World of Art
      • Roles of the Artist, pp. 5 - 7 (begin at "2) Artists make a visual record..."         and end at "3) Artists make functional objects...")
      • Developing Visual Literacy, pp. 19 - 31
      • Chuck Close's Stanley, pp. 118 - 119
      • Principles of Design, pp. 141 - 142
      • Scale and Proportion, pp. 156 - 159

* Because Miller Auditorium only seats 410, one half of the sections will attend the lecture at 9:30 am and the other sections will attend at 5:10 pm.  Check with your instructor for the time your section is scheduled to attend.  If you are scheduled for the 5:10 pm lecture and can not attend because of a college sanctioned conflict (eg. class, practice), please discuss this with your instructor and plan to attend the 9:30 am lecture instead.


Oct. 24
9:30 am

DISCUSSION:  Figures in Antiquity  

In preparation read:
A World of Art

      • Liquid Media, pp. 182 - 187 (skip "Works in Progress")
      • Encaustic, pp. 222 - 223 (stop at "Fresco")
      • Sculpture, pp. 286 - 302 (stop at "Assemblage")
      • The Ancient World, pp. 418 - 427 (stop at "Developments in Asia")

Bring A World of Art to class


Oct. 26
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: The Republic

In preparation read:
The Republic
      • Book 1, pp. 25 - 52
      • Book 2, pp. 53 - 81

Bring The Republic to class

Week Nine

Oct. 29:  FALL BREAK - NO CLASS

Oct. 31
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: The Republic

In preparation read:
The Republic
      • Book 4, pp. 116 - 139
      • Book 5, pp. 140 - 153 (stop with "Very Good")
      • Figure and Translator's Notes, pp. 204 - 208

Bring The Republic to class


Nov. 02
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: The Republic

In preparation read:
The Republic
      • Book 7, pp. 209 - 234
      • Book 10, pp. 285 - 311

Week Ten

Nov 5.
9:30 am

SECTION DAY: Attendance Required


Nov. 07  Fox Hall
9:30 am

LECTURE:  Truth
Professors Harry Ellis and Michael Jerryson

In preparation ready:
Syllabus
      • Study Guide:  What is Truth, pp. 58 - 59


Nov. 09
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Gospel of Mark

In preparation read:
The Bible
       •  Gospel of Mark, Introduction - Chapter 10, pp. 1722 - 1745

Bring The Bible to class

Week Eleven

Nov. 12
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Gospel of Mark 

In preparation read:
The Bible
      • Gospel of Mark, Chapters 11 - 16, pp. 1745 - 1758

Bring The Bible to class


Nov. 14
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Life of Galileo

In preparation read:
Life of Galileo
      • Scenes 1 - 8, pp. 5 - 65

Bring Life of Galileo to class


Nov. 16
9:30 am

DISCUSSION:  Life of Galileo

In preparation read:
Life of Galileo
      • Scenes 9 - 15, pp. 66 - 109

Bring Life of Galileo to class

Week Twelve

Nov. 19
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Tao Te Ching

 In preparation read:
Tao Te Ching
      • pp. 1 - 43, 46 - 50, 57 - 60, 65, 72, 77, 80

Bring Tao Te Ching to class


Nov. 21
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Tao Te Ching

In preparation read:
       • Review above readings

Bring Tao Te Ching to class


Nov. 23 - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY - NO CLASS

Week Thirteen

Nov. 26
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Buddhism 

In preparation read:
Syllabus
      • Major Text:  The Buddha-Carita,  Books V - VI, pp. 60 - 72


Nov 28
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Buddhism 

In preparation read:
Syllabus
      • Major Text:  The Buddha-Carita, Books VII and XII, pp. 73 - 83


Nov. 30
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Rashômon

In preparation:
      • Film is available for viewing in the Library and at select times in Miller Auditorium

Week Fourteen

Dec. 03  Miller Auditorium*
9:30 am or 5:10 pm

LECTURE: Sacred Art and Sacred Space
Professor Arthur Skinner

In preparation read:
A World of Art
      • Role of the Artist, pp. 14 - 15 (begin with the first paragraph "In the
        West..." end with "the World as We Perceive it")
      • Iconography, pp. 32 - 37
      • Guillermo Gomez-Pena's Temple of Confessions, pp. 52 - 53
      • Balance/Symmetrical Balance, pp. 143-144
      • Radial Balance, p. 149
      • Fresco/Tempera, pp. 223 - 231 (include Works in Progress,
        end at "Oil Painting")
      • Glass, pp. 329 - 331
      • Architecture, pp. 347 - 358
      • The Ancient World, pp. 427 - 448 (begin with "Developments in Asia")

*Because Miller Auditorium only seats 410, one half of the sections will attend the lecture at 9:30 am and the other sections will attend at 5:10 pm.  Check with your instructor for the time your section is scheduled to attend.  If you are scheduled for the 5:10 pm lecture and can not attend because of a college sanctioned conflict (eg. class, practice), please discuss this with your instructor and plan to attend the 9:30 am lecture instead.


Dec. 05
9:30 am

DISCUSSION: Sacred Art

In preparation read:
      • Review above readings

Bring A World of Art to class


Dec. 07
9:30 am

SECTION DAY:  Attendance Required


Dec. 12
8:00 am - 11:00 am

FINAL EXAM

What is WHGC?

Western Heritage in a Global Context (known as WHGC) 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.