Syllabi and Curricular Materials

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Feng, Jin, 1971-
In this tutorial we will examine the cultural and political significance of food in literature and film. We will focus on the way national cultures and personal identities are described and defined through narratives of the preparation, consumption, and appreciation of food in twentieth-century Chinese and Chinese American literature and film. Additionally, the course will integrate samples from other cultures and periods as points of comparison. Extracurricular activities, such as a restaurant visit, will also be included to facilitate our understanding and analysis of the culture of food.

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Grinnell College. Biology Department.
The goal of this handbook is to communicate to students the opportunities they have in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, as well as the expectations of their work in Grinnell College courses. Because of the close interaction between courses required for the Biology, Chemistry and Biological Chemistry majors, we recognize the need to speak in one voice about our approaches to teaching science. While you will find many differences between courses in our departments, we hope you will recognize and learn the common skills that are fundamental to good scientific understanding and practice.

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Gross, Janice.
This semester we will journey to Paris through the eyes of Americans. From the founding fathers of the United States to the most recent winner of the Tour de France, from jazz musicians and painters to the most prominent writers of the century, Americans have influenced and been influenced by their encounters with Paris.

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Henry, George T.
Stephen R. Carl ’71 working on a dissection in the biology lab.

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Hughes, Dennis D., 1951-
This will be a course in comparative heroic poetry. Through exercises in writing, spoken presentation, and discussion we shall study and analyze various aspects of five epic poems, in particular the portrayals of the hero(in)es and conceptions of the heroic in four (very) different cultures. Among topics to be addressed are the narrative patterns of quest and journey (spatial and spiritual), the role of religion and the divine, the role of women, and the diverse cultural value systems reflected in the poems. Particular attention will be paid to the organization of papers and the effective expression of ideas in writing.

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Jacobson, Kathryn M.
John Reader compiled a remarkable history of Africa in his book Africa: Biography of a Continent (1996). We will use this volume as a central reference for our consideration of the origins of various Anglo-American images of an incredibly diverse continent and its people. In addition, we will examine recent fictional and non-fictional texts and films to explore the effects of these images on current perceptions of African politics, culture and environment.

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Kaiser, Daniel H., 1945-
In recent years there has been much debate about what constitutes an appropriate undergraduate education. Discussions of multiculturalism, race and gender equality, political correctness, and much else have helped fuel sometimes stormy debates about what college students ought to learn and how. But these debates are not new, especially in American education. In this tutorial we shall examine both recent controversies and their predecessors in an effort to establish our own criteria for the proper definition of liberal education in late twentieth-century America. These discussions will conclude with each student creating his or her own four-year course of study, together with an essay justifying it on the principles of liberal education.

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Kaiser, Daniel H., 1945-
Is freedom the "natural"condition of humankind, as some theorists maintain, or are our identities subject to forces over which we exercise little control? Indeed, do humans covet freedom at all, or do they, as Dostoevsky has the Grand Inquisitor say, prefer to abandon their freedom in favor of happiness? From numerous perspectives, both classical and modern, this tutorial will examine freedom and its limitations. We will consider how dystopian fiction, Nazi culture, neuroscience, and molecular biology, among others, contribute to our understandings of freedom and its boundaries, and what these understandings mean for a liberally educated person.

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Kaiser, Daniel H., 1945-
Is freedom the "natural" condition of humankind, as some theorists maintain, or are humans subject to forces over which they can exercise little control? Indeed, do humans covet freedom at all, or do they, as Dostoevsky has the Grand Inquisitor say, prefer to abandon their freedom in favor of happiness? From numerous perspectives, both classical and modern, this tutorial will examine freedom and itslimitations. We will consider how dystopian fiction, religious discipline, slave narratives, Nazi culture, neuroscience, and molecular biology, among others, contribute to our understandings of freedom and its boundaries, and what these understandings mean for a liberally educated person.

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Lalonde, Gerald V.
Throughout the semester we will explore the meaning, philosophy, and psychology of the comic as we see it in Aristophanes and elsewhere - what makes something funny. Is all humor contextual or are some of its elements intrinsic or universal? What did the famous actor mean with his last words,

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McClelland, Kent A.
This Tutorial will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding some of the issues and controversies that surround childbearing and childrearing. At the same time, the Tutorial will help students to develop the skills and capacities needed for a successful college career.

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Meehan, Johanna.
All human beings tell stories, indeed some researchers argue that a narrative capacity is a critical and unique feature of human cognition. The great political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, claims that we tell stories because we need them to understand the intentions of human actors, and without them we cannot make sense of human speech and action. Stories not only help us to make sense of actions, they also motivate them.

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