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IAH 207: Literatures, Cultures and Identities Sec 34-45: MW 10:20-11:40 158 Natural Resources Bldg Instructor: Dr. Aryn Bartley Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 and by appt. Cyber café in the MSU Library email: [email protected] Section Leaders: Neal Klomp Sec. 34 9:10-10:20 Thursdays; 151 Comm Arts Sec. 35 10:20- 11:10 Thursdays; 151 Comm Arts Sec. 36 11:30-12:20 Thursdays; 151 Comm Arts Dennis Tyler Sec. 37 9:10-10:20 Thursdays; 2245 Engineering Sec. 38 10:20- 11:10 Thursdays; 2245 Engineering Sec. 39 11:30-12:20 Thursdays; 2250 Engineering Andrew Kranzman Sec. 40 9:10-10:20 Fridays; 2320 Engineering Sec. 41 10:20-11:10 Fridays; 2320 Engineering Sec. 42 11:30-12:20 Fridays; 2320 Engineering Ji Yun Sul Sec. 43 9:10-10:20 Fridays; 111 Berkey Sec. 44 10:20-11:10 Fridays; 111 Berkey Sec. 45 11:30-12:20 Fridays; 111 Berkey COURSE DESCRIPTION: WITNESSING VIOLENCE IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD This course will consider the social, political, historical, and literary significance of witnessing violence. In the first part of the course, we will explore the witnessing of human rights violations. We will ask and discuss questions like: How do personal narrations about violent events help to construct contemporary histories? How does testimony allow for or prevent the construction of social identities and communities (racial, religious, gendered, national, human)? How does trauma impact memory? How do we define “truth”? In the second part of the course, we will explore what it means to witness violent texts (literary, filmic, and photographic). What does it mean, in other words, to be a reader and/or spectator? How do various modes of representation (i.e., comedy, human rights photographs, the news, reality t.v., video games) position spectators in relation to violent narratives and images? Does witnessing images of violence prevent or enact violence? What is the distinction between witnessing violence and voyeurism? What are our responsibilities as spectators (if any)? GOALS OF INTEGRATIVE STUDIES IN ARTS AND HUMANITIES: Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities at MSU seeks to assist students to become more familiar with ways of knowing in the arts and humanities and to be more knowledgeable and capable in a range of intellectual and expressive abilities. IAH courses encourage students to engage critically with their own society, history, and culture(s); they also encourage students to learn more about the history and culture of other societies. They focus on key ideas and issues in human experience; encourage appreciation of the roles of knowledge and values in shaping and understanding human behavior; emphasize the responsibilities and opportunities of democratic
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