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Calendar

February 3
Introductions
Workshop on rhetoric, audience, and evidence in video lectures:
Antonio Damasio: “The Quest to Understand Consciousness” (online lecture)
Jill Bolte Taylor, “My Stroke of Insight” (online lecture)

February 10
Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman, or a History of My Nerves
Paul John Eakin, “Autobiographical Consciousness: Body, Brain, Self, and Narrative” (Chapter 2, Living Autobiographically)
Gregory Colón Semenza’s “Chapter 5: The Seminar Paper” in Graduate Study for
the 21st Century (available as an e-book through the Mina Rees Library)
Gordon Harvey, “Elements of the Academic Essay” (handout)
Discussion Questions: Julia
Bloggers: Dag, Liz, David, Amber, Andrew, Jeff, Justin

February 17
Antonio Damasio, Antonio Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens, Chapter 1 + Self Comes to Mind, Chapters 1-4
Discussion Questions: Jeff, Andrew
Bloggers: Jen, Berni, Mari, Yael, Julia, Cheryl, Venita, Ayanna

 February 24
Alva Noë, Out of Our Heads, Preface + Chapters 1-4 & 6
Alva Noë, “Why Is Consciousness So Baffling?” (online lecture / interview)
Workshop: Rhetoric and Evidence
Discussion Questions: Justin
Bloggers: Dag, Liz, David, Amber, Andrew, Jeff, Justin

March 3
Maud Casey, The Man Who Walked Away
Ian Hacking, Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illness, Chapter 1: “The First Fugueur”
Discussion Questions: Liz, Mari
Bloggers: Jen, Berni, Mari, Yael, Julia, Cheryl, Venita, Ayanna

March 10
Research Methodology Workshop with Alycia Sellie (joint session with MALS 70000: Oversharing, Professor Carrie Hintz)
Mark Gaipa, “Breaking into the Conversation: How Students Can Acquire Authority for Their Writing”

March 17
Joint session with MALS 70000: Oversharing (Professor Carrie Hintz)
Matias Viegener, 2500 Random Things about Me Too
Nancy K. Miller, “But Enough about Me, What Do You Think of My Memoir?” (Chapter 1, But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People’s Lives)
Wayne Koestenbaum, “Memoir in the Age of Buzzfeed”
Bloggers: Dag, Liz, David, Amber, Andrew, Jeff, Justin

March 24
Matthew Lieberman, Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect
Discussion Questions: Jen, Amber
Bloggers: Jen, Berni, Mari, Yael, Julia, Cheryl, Venita, Ayanna

March 31
Antjie Krog, Nosisi Mpolweni, and Kopano Ratele, There Was This Goat: Investigating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile
Discussion Questions: Berni
Bloggers: Dag, Liz, David, Amber, Andrew, Jeff, Justin

April 7: No class (spring break)

April 14
Research Project Working Session
Bring Laptops!

Saturday, April 18
Research project proposals due (to me, via email)

April 21
T.M. Lurhman, “Redefining Mental Illness”
Vaughn Bell, “A Community of One: Social Cognition and Auditory Verbal Hallucinations”
Eleanor Longden, “The Voices in My Head” (video lecture)
Rufus May, “Living Mindfully with Voices” (online lecture)
Podcast: Ben Alderson-Day, “The Stuff of Voices: Mapping the Clinical, Neural, and Cognitive Correlates of Different Types of Inner Speech”
Discussion Questions: Venita, Dag, Ayanna
Bloggers:Dag, Liz, David, Amber, Andrew, Jeff, Justin

April 28
Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World
Rita Carter, “Chapter 1: A Brief History of Ourselves” & “Chapter 6: How Multiple Are You?” (from Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality, Identity, and the Self)
Workshop: Annotated bibliographies (Bring list of sources to class.)
Discussion Questions: Amber, Yael, David
Bloggers: Jen, Berni, Mari, Yael, Julia, Cheryl, Venita, Ayanna

Saturday, May 2
Annotated bibliographies due (to me, via email)

May 5
Anthology & Abstract Workshop (Joint session with MALS 70000: Oversharing, Professor Carrie Hintz)

May 12
Film: Tarnation (dir. Jonathan Caouette) (Please watch the film in advance. You can stream it here: http://www.veoh.com/watch/v996523eSJ792tq?h1=Tarnation)Saturday, May 16

Drafts of research projects due (to your writing group and me, via email)

May 19
Research project workshop
Bloggers: Everybody reflects on the course as a whole (or particular aspects of it)

 

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