An interdisciplinary look into where we come from—and where our world is going.
A mythical hero, a body of texts, an ancestral language, an accident, a set of principles, a tool, a technique, or a group of objects from which fields of inquiry develop and grow: how did it all begin? Origins encourages a detailed and critical reflection of the social, historical, political, and cultural contexts that inform our understanding of who we are as humans, where we come from, and the trajectory we choose to follow in an increasingly interconnected global landscape.
2017 – 2018
These courses are designed to foster inquiry into a variety of subjects: astronomy, cultural foundations, artistic practices, environmental studies, evolution, gender and sexuality, history and historical archives, language, literary sources, national and ethnic identities, race, and religion.Find a course that engages you
7:00 p.m., Lovejoy 100
This lecture traces the conceptual etymology of “Superman,” drawing connections to eugenics, Darwin, 19th-century hero philosophy, the American revolution, and contemporary politics. Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches fiction, creative writing, and comics. He has published two non-fiction studies, On the Origin of Superheroes: from…
Gianluca Rizzo is the Paganucci Assistant Professor of Italian Literature and Language. His research focuses on modern and contemporary macaronic writing, contemporary poetry, theater, and aesthetics. He published numerous articles, poems, and translations, both from English to Italian and vice-versa (in Or, Chicago Review, l’Immaginazione, il Verri, Autografo, Sudi Novecenteschi, etc.). He edited several volumes, including the latest On the Fringe of the Neoavantgarde (Agincourt Press, 2017). Last year, he published his first collection of verse entitled Il lavoro meccanico: Un’apocalisse in quattro tempi (Oédipus, 2016). He is currently finishing a manuscript on the theater of the Italian neo-vant-garde entitled Poetry on Stage.
Arnout van der Meer is an Assistant Professor in History at Colby College. He earned a PhD in history from Rutgers University, specializing in Southeast Asian, colonial, and global and comparative history, after receiving MA degrees from both Leiden University in the Netherlands and Rutgers University in New Jersey. His research explores the importance of material and visual culture, such as dress, architecture, deference rituals, and symbols of power, for both the legitimization of colonial authority as well as its contestation in turn of the twentieth century Indonesia.
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