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.
Sir Thomas More coined the term utopia in 1516 by combining the Greek word οὐ (no place) with τόπος (place), a name that roughly translates to “no place”, but the term also echoes Eutopia—which means “good place.” As we will discover in the course, this double meaning resonates through the history of utopian models and experiments. Every utopian concept is a “good place” that exists in theory but also reflects social and political reality, just as every dystopia is an extrapolation of contemporary social and political trends. This course will explore the history of utopian theory and social experimentation, and its dystopian mirror image through literature, critical theory, case studies, and film. How have the perfect society and the dystopian society evolved from the classical era through modern times? What can these models teach us about their particular social era and our own moment in history?
An online seminar that analyzes the history, philosophy, and theory of graphic design from classical concepts to current global trends.
An examination of the line between collective identity and our interior world. Together we will develop a framework for the ways in which we define ourselves and the ways in which we are defined
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.