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Puzzles and Paradoxes
Prof. Eva Cadavid
Associate Professor of Philosophy

In this course, we will study several paradoxes and puzzles that have been central to philosophy and the attempts to solve them. Some of them are historical and some contemporary.​ Can God make a boulder so big that God can’t lift it? If someone tells you “I am lying”, is she telling you the truth or is she lying? If I lose one hair at a time, at what point am I bald? We will be learning logic and critical thinking as we study these puzzles and more.

The Art of Watching Movies
Prof. Stacey Peebles
NEH Associate Professor of English and Film Studies

On December 26, 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumiè​re premiered what they called "actualities" at a theater in Paris. And the movies were born--flickering images that have moved us, thrilled us, incited us to action, given us visions of ourselves and of things we might never have imagined. We'll talk about the history of film from the earliest years to the digital revolution; the appeal of genre; film as a global phenomenon; and the many different ways we watch and understand movies today.

Global Diversity and Cultures​
Prof. Lee Jefferson
NEH Associate Professor of Religion

In order to be a global citizen, and particularly a leader within that citizenry, one must be aware of the great diversity our society affords. Especially in our current global climate, it is more important than ever to be literate in the cultures and belief systems that our world offers. Students in this track will examine and study religious diversity, including Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity within our immediate context, as well as examine cultural diversity through the lens of sustainability, including food. By immersing themselves in contemporary theories, readings, and through experiential learning, students will be well versed and literate in the global diversity of our contemporary world.

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