JS190-002: Freshman Seminar

Topic: Suffering,Healing & Redemption

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Callaway Center S221
Seeman, Don
Appropriate for First Year students.

Designed to engage first-year students in aspects of inquiry and research into areas of Jewish religion, culture, history, or language. Topics will vary.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: http://evidence.emory.edu/in-the-news/evidence-focused-courses.html 

Content: This Freshman Seminar explores the nature of suffering that underlies the human condition and the different responses to suffering or evil that religious and cultural traditions have tried to offer. It also examines the question of evidence, or how we can know or make claims about the experience and circumstance of suffering. We will start by comparing classical Greek, Jewish and Buddhist texts that outline radically different approaches to a problem they all recognize, and then move on to consider literature from the Holocaust, ethnographic accounts of illness, suffering and healing in different cultures, and firsthand accounts of contemporary man-made and natural disasters, like the genocide in Rwanda, or the AIDS pandemic. How do human beings find healing or transcendence in the face of implacable fate, and how does our response to suffering stand at the very heart of different choices in contemporary politics? How can different disciplines, such as anthropology, the study of religious texts or literature offer different kinds of evidence about the human condition?  We will be asking these and other “big questions” while also gaining familiarity with different research disciplines as well as different religious and cultural traditions. Students are requested to bring open minds and hearts.

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