Who are you? Do you define yourself or does the world define you? Pinning down our identity is a tricky business, for our sense of self is slippery, always shifting depending on places, people, events, and perhaps even the weather. We have national identities, political identities, cultural identities, and our private selves. In this seminar, we will examine the line between collective identity and our interior world, and we will develop a framework for the ways in which we define ourselves and the ways in which we are defined. This will require moving across several disciplines of study: social phenomena, cultural theory, epistemology, media studies, and classical philosophy, as well as critically examining a range of literature, film, images, and our digital world of virtual selves. In so doing, perhaps we will acquire new tools that will allow us to better relate to ourselves and the world.
An online seminar that analyzes the history, philosophy, and theory of graphic design from classical concepts to current global trends.
A seminar taught at Bard Early College in New Orleans which encourages students to wrestle with the problems and possibilities of creating an ideal society.
What is art and why do we make it? These questions will lead us through the philosophies of the ancient world, the emergence of new technologies, mechanized wars, and personal revolutions as we watch the pendulum swing from the state to the church to the individual, leaving us in a strange new world of glowing screens.