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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Center for the Study of the Humanities

The Willamette Humanities Center aims to provide support for scholarship, learning, and intellectual growth among students and faculty in the humanities. The humanities include, but are not limited to, language (both modern and classical), literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and theory of the arts. The Humanities Center promotes study in the humanities by sponsoring visiting scholars, faculty research, lectures, faculty, and student reading groups and interdisciplinary senior-year courses in the humanities.

The Humanities Senior Seminar provides seniors majoring in the humanities the opportunity to synthesize their liberal arts experiences. Each seminar focuses intensively on a single significant work in the humanities or literature. Recent seminars have focused on texts such as My Antonia by Willa Cather; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; The Parthenon by Iktinos, Kallikrates, Pheidias; The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir; Ulysses by James Joyce; Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman; and Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 by W.E.B. DuBois. The four seminars for academic year 2003-2004 include: Toni Cade Bambara’s The Salt Eaters; Richard Wagner’s opera, Tristan und Isolde; Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood; and Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment. A visiting scholar enhances each seminar.