The New Commons Team-Taught Courses
Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these courses are intended to generate new perspectives from cross-disciplinary pairings and to sustain faculty and student collaborations across and beyond conventional disciplinary and methodological boundaries. The courses create connections between public programming and curricular development by focusing on the theme of the current dialogue symposium. In addition, instructors of the team-taught courses serve as Higgins Faculty Fellows.
The New Commons courses are offered only during the fall semester. In Fall 2013, the Higgins School presented three classes exploring freedom, the theme of our semester-long dialogue symposium:
HS 114: Freedom's Battle: The Quest for National Self-Determination in the Age of Empire (1914-2014) Professors Doug Little (History) and Kristen Williams (Political Science)
HS 202: Suburbia and the Rhetoric of Personal Freedom Professors Deb Martin (Geography) and Kristina Wilson (Art History)
HS 204: Freedom Dreams: Global Freedom Struggles from Decolonization to the Present Professors Stephen Levin (English) and Ousmane Power-Greene (History)
The New Commons courses for Fall 2014 will be announced in March.
Dialogue Seminar — HS 010
Offered as part of the Difficult Dialogues (DD) Initiative, the dialogue seminar is intended to deepen students' understanding and experience of dialogue. Each section of this half-credit course will be led by teams of faculty members paired with experienced DD fellows. The course will include a small set of readings on dialogue, but will focus on in-class dialogues that draw from the experiences and issues raised by the public events in the semester-long dialogue symposium. Attendance at roughly one DD symposia event per week will be a requirement of the class.
Mindful Choices — HS 012
A guided, intensive arts immersion experience in which students engage in creative practice and critical reflection as they consider disciplinary commitments and direction. Students participate in the program at a critical juncture in their undergraduate careers (sophomore or early junior years), in which they integrate experiences of artistic practice in the visual arts, music or creative writing with conscious exploration of their interests and passions.