Building on the Western tradition explored in the second and third seminars, readings focus on the Great Conversation of the modern world, which includes the West but also includes important intercultural and global voices. 

The course focuses on issues of significant relevance for a 21st century student, as well as texts that allow for integrative thinking across the entire Collegiate Seminar sequence.  The last portion of the course will include students reflecting on what they have learned and how they have grown, revisiting the steps of ther intellectual development in a capstone experience.

The reading list is current but subject to modification. From some texts selections are read.

 Reading List
  • Robert Frost, "The Gift Outright"
  • Maya Angelou, "On the Pulse of Morning"
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings
  • United Nations General Assembly, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis"
  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth
  • Hannah Arendt, On Violence
  • Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
  • Xiao Hong "Hands”
  • Paul Celan, "Death Fugue"
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko, "Babi Yar"
  • Mahmoud al-Braikan and Taleb Abd al-Aziz, Fifteen Iraqi Poets
  • Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness
  • Nelson Mandela, "The Rivonia Trial"
  • Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Commons"
  • Vandana Shiva, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge
  • Naguib Mahfouz, The Time and the Place
  • Gabriel García Márquez, "The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother"
  • Andrea Dworkin, Pornography
  • Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera
  • Audre Lorde, This Bridge Called My Back
  • Qiu Jin, "Lord Shi Jing of Japan: A Response to Your Original Verse"
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Third and Final Continent"
  • Miguel de Unamuno, "Saint Emmanuel the Good, Martyr"
  • Nietzsche, Aphorisms
  • Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes
  • Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action
  • Richard P. Feynman, "Atoms in Motion”
  • Robert Lawrence Kuhn, "Can Religion Withstand Technology?"
  • Theodosius Dobzhansky, "The Teilhardian Synthesis"
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