Fall 2019, New First-Year Foundation Seminar:
Tolkien, Lewis, and Techocracy
We will explore how C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien developed a unique literary resistance to totalitarianism through their fantasy, science-fiction, and rhetorical writings in the twentieth century, and consider the relevance of their work to concerns about totalitarian trends today. Books include: JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings; C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength and The Abolition of Man; Ryszard Legutko, The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies; Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Achipelago; Shoshanna Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism; Igor Shafarevich, The Socialist Phenomenon.
Fall 2019, SOCIOLOGY 140 American Society and Culture
This is an introductory course in American society and culture, American history, American myth, and the American people. The course is multidisciplinary and and draws on sociology, political science and political philosophy, economics, history, and literature as intellectual frameworks for viewing American society. Course readings include: George Borjas, We Wanted Workers; Victor Davis Hanson, The Case for Trump; Samuel Huntington, Who Are We?; Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses; Mark Regnerus, Cheap Sex; Amy Wax , Race, Wrongs, and Remedies
Spring 2020, Integrated Perspectives Course, The Conservative Mind
Spring 2017, Terror with a Human Face
Fall 2018, SOCIOLOGY 265: The Sixties and American Society: Conflict, Contravention, Consequences. This is a course on major social, cultural and political conflicts and change in the US from roughly 1955-1975 and the long-term consequences in contemporary American life. Close and critical examination of the New Left, civil rights movement, student movement, feminist movement, anti-Vietnam War movement, and the ’60s counterculture.