Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Readings

Texts and Readings

All students have electronic access to the Paideia 112 Reader. Students must purchase their own copies of the following texts. Those marked with asterisk are reprinted in the Paideia 112 Readings, which must be purchased through the Luther Book Shop. The films are available through Preus Library, and do not need to be purchased.

* Akutagawa, Ryūnosuke. “In a Grove” and “Rashōmon.” Rashōmon and Other Stories. Trans. by Takashi Kojima. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1952.

Bullock, Richard H., et. al.  The Little Seagull Handbook. 3rd ed. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

Greenberg, Kenneth S., and Nat Turner. The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017.

Christopher, Frank, Kenneth S Greenberg, Charles Burnett, Todd Holden Capps, Alfre Woodard, Carl Lumbly, Tommy Hicks, et al., directors. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property. California Newsreel, 2002. (View through Preus Library)

* Plato. “The Allegory of the Cave.” The Republic. Trans. C.D.C. Reeve. Hackett Publishing, 2004.Plato. Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo. Trans. G.M.A. Grube. Rev. by John M. Cooper. Hackett Publishing, 2002.

Rashōmon.  Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Janus Films Criterion Collection, 2001. (View through the Kanopy database at Preus Library)

* Shakespeare, William. Richard II. Conceived for radio by Saheem Ali. WNYC and The Public Theater. https://publictheater.org/productions/season/1920/richard-ii.

Shapiro, Beth. How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction. Princeton University Press, 2015.


 * Included in Paideia 112 Readings

 

Spring 2021 Syllabus

Enduring Question: “What can we know, and how can we know our understanding is reliable?”

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Classes

Friday, February 5

  • Introduction to the Nat Turner unit and Study Questions
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents, “Introduction” (1-33)
  • Lecture: “The Past is a Foreign Country: The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents (Jacqueline Wilkie, Professor Emeritus of History)

Monday, February 8

  • Greenberg “The Confessions of Nat Turner”( 36-56)
  • “The Richmond Compiler, August 24, 1831,”  “The Constitutional Whig, August 29, 1831,” “The Richmond Enquirer, August 30, 1831,” and “The Liberator, September 8, 1831” (59-70)
  • “Trial of Lucy” (95-96)
  • “Nat Turner’s Trial Record, Excerpt from the Court Records of Southampton County, 1831” (98-100)

Wednesday, February 10

  • Greenberg, “Letter from Virginia Governor John Floyd to South Carolina Governor James Hamilton, Jr., November 19, 1831” (107-109)
  • “Thomas R. Dew, Abolition of Negro Slavery, September and December 1832,” (110-118)
  • “David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, 1830” (119-134)

Friday, February 12

  • Film: Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

Monday, February 15

  • Writing Workshop
  • Draft of Nat Turner Essay Due

Wednesday, February 17

  • Research Unit (see individual instructor’s schedule and assignments for this unit)

Friday, February 19

  • Research Unit

Monday, February 22

  • Research Unit
  • Nat Turner Essay Due

Wednesday, February 24

  • Research Unit

Friday, February 26

  • Research Unit

Monday, March 1

  • Research Unit

Wednesday, March 3

  • Research Unit 

Friday, March 5

  • Rest Day (no classes)

Monday, March 8

  • Research Unit

Wednesday, March 10

  • Research Unit

Friday, March 12

  • Research Unit

Monday, March 15

  • Research Unit

Wednesday, March 17

  • Research Unit

Friday, March 19

  • Research Unit
  • Research Paper Due at 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 22

  • Introduction to the Rashōmon Unit and Study Questions
  • Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, “Rashōmon” Paideia Readings (21-27)
  • Lecture: “Rashōmon: The Mystery of a Japanese Who-Dun-It” (Gereon Kopf, Professor of Religion)

Wednesday, March 24

  • Akutagawa, “In a Grove” Paideia Readings (12-20)

Friday, March 26

  • Akira Kurasawa film Rashōmon

Monday, March 29

  • Review Akutagawa Stories and Kurasawa film

Wednesday, March 31

  • Introduction to the Plato Unit and Study Questions
  • Plato, “Allegory of the Cave,” Paideia Readings (3-11)
  • Lecture: “Who Knows What Socrates Knows?  Part 1: Allegory of the Cave” (Storm Bailey, Professor of Philosophy) 

Easter Break

Wednesday, April 7

  • Plato, “The Apology of Socrates,” Five Dialogs (21-44)
  • Lecture: “Who Knows What Socrates Knows? Part 2: Apology of Socrates,” (Storm Bailey, Professor of Philosophy) 

Friday, April 9

  • Review Plato “Allegory” and “Apology”

Monday, April 12

  • Introduction to the “Mammoth” Unit and Study Questions
  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, “Introduction” in Paideia Reader, “Preface to 2020 edition” (ix-xiv), “Prologue” (xv-xvii), and Chapters 1-2 (1-50)
  • Lecture: “To Clone or Not To Clone: That is the Question” (Todd Pedlar, Professor of Physics)

Wednesday, April 14

  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, Chapters 3-4 (51-98)

Friday, April 16

  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, Chapters 5-6 (99-124)

Monday, April 19

  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, Chapters 7-9 (125-174)

Wednesday, April 21

  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, Chapters 10-11 (175-207)

Friday, April 23

  • Introduction to the Shakespeare Unit and Study Questions
  • William Shakespeare, Richard II, Episode 1; listen and read in Paideia Readings (29-44)
  • Lecture: “‘Ay no, no ay’: Free Shakespeare on the Radio's Richard II, Summer 2020” (Lindsey Row-Heyveld, Associate Professor of English)

Monday, April 26

  • Shakespeare, Richard II, Episode 2; listen and read in Paideia Readings (45-70) 
  • Shakespeare’s birthday!

Wednesday, April 28

  • Shakespeare, Richard II, Episode 3; listen and read in Paideia Readings (73-91)

Friday, April 30

  • Paideia Research Symposium opens online
  • Final Essay Due

Monday, May 3

  • Shakespeare, Richard II, Episode 4; listen and read in Paideia Readings (92-113)

Wednesday, May 5

  • Shakespeare, Richard II Review

Friday, May 7

  • Prepare for Final Exam

May 10-12

  • Final Exam Week


Tuesday, Thursday Classes

Thursday, February 4

  • Introduction to the Nat Turner unit and Study Questions
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents, “Introduction” (1-33)
  • Lecture: “The Past is a Foreign Country: The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents (Jacqueline Wilkie, Professor Emeritus of History)

Tuesday, February 9

  • Greenberg “The Confessions of Nat Turner”( 36-56)
  • “The Richmond Compiler, August 24, 1831,”  “The Constitutional Whig, August 29, 1831,” “The Richmond Enquirer, August 30, 1831,” and “The Liberator, September 8, 1831” (59-70)
  • “Trial of Lucy” (95-96)
  • “Nat Turner’s Trial Record, Excerpt from the Court Records of Southampton County, 1831” (98-100)
  • Greenberg, “Letter from Virginia Governor John Floyd to South Carolina Governor James Hamilton, Jr., November 19, 1831” (107-109)
  • “Thomas R. Dew, Abolition of Negro Slavery, September and December 1832,” (110-118)

Thursday, February 11

  • “David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, 1830” (119-134)
  • Film: Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

Tuesday, February 16

  • Writing Workshop
  • Draft of Nat Turner Essay Due

Thursday, February 18

  • Research Unit (see your instructor’s schedule and assignments for this unit)

Tuesday, February 23

  • Research Unit
  • Nat Turner Essay Due

Thursday, February 25

  • Research Unit

Tuesday, March 2

  • Research Unit 

Thursday, March 4

  • Research Unit 

Tuesday, March 9

  • Research Unit

Thursday, March 11

  • Research Unit

Tuesday, March 16

  • Research Unit

Thursday, March 18

  • Research Unit

Friday, March 19

  • Research Paper Due 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 23

  • Introduction to the Rashōmon Unit and Study Questions
  • Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, “Rashōmon” Paideia Readings (21-27)
  • Lecture: “Rashōmon: The Mystery of a Japanese Who-Dun-It” (Gereon Kopf, Professor of Religion)

Thursday, March 25

  • Akutagawa, “In a Grove” Paideia Readings (12-20)
  • Akira Kurasawa film, Rashōmon

Tuesday, March 30

  • Review Akutagawa Stories and Kurasawa film

Thursday, April 1

  • Introduction to the Plato Unit and Study Questions
  • Plato, “Allegory of the Cave,” Paideia Readings (3-11)
  • Lecture: “Who Knows What Socrates Knows?  Part 1: Allegory of the Cave” (Storm Bailey, Professor of Philosophy) 

Easter Break

Thursday, April 8

  • Plato, “The Apology of Socrates,” Five Dialogs (21-44)
  • Lecture: “Who Knows What Socrates Knows? Part 2: Apology of Socrates” (Storm Bailey, Professor of Philosophy) 

Tuesday, April 13

  • Introduction to the “Mammoth” Unit and Study Questions
  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, “Introduction” in Paideia Reader, “Preface to 2020 edition” (ix-xiv), “Prologue” (xv-xvii), and Chapters 1-2 (1-50)
  • Lecture: “To Clone or Not To Clone: That is the Question” (Todd Pedlar, Professor of Physics)

Thursday, April 15

  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, Chapters 3-5 (51-108)

Tuesday, April 20

  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, Chapters 6-8 (109-158)

Thursday, April 22

  • Beth Shapiro, How to Clone a Mammoth, Chapters 9-11 (159-207)

Tuesday, April 27

  • Introduction to the Shakespeare Unit and Study Questions
  • William Shakespeare, Richard II, Episode 1 and Episode 2; listen and read in Paideia Readings (29-70)
  • Lecture: “‘Ay no, no ay’: Free Shakespeare on the Radio's Richard II, Summer 2020” (Lindsey Row-Heyveld, Associate Professor of English)

Thursday, April 29

  • Shakespeare, Richard II, Episode 3; listen and read in Paideia Readings (73-91) 

Friday, April 30

  • Paideia Research Symposium opens online
  • Final Essay Due

Tuesday, May 4

  • Shakespeare, Richard II, Episode 4; listen and read in Paideia Readings (92-113)

Thursday, May 6

  • Prepare for Final Exam

May 10-12

  • Final Exam Week