Common Intellectual Experience

All Majors & Minors

What You Will Read - Spring

Spring Semester

Allison Bechdel, Fun Home

The “fun” stands for funeral.

The Declaration of Independence
Truths we hold self-evident: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. At least for some of us.
John Locke Second Treatise on Civil Government

How to do government without a king. And why we get to own stuff.

Adam Smith An Inquiry Into The Nature And Causes of The Wealth Of Nations

The invisible hand pointing to Economics 101

Frederick Douglass “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”
” What indeed? A nation’s hypocrisy held up to a “fiery stream of biting ridicule.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton “A Declaration of Sentiments”
Life, liberty, and—hey, isn’t it self-evident that this goes for women, too?
Romantic Poetry

Power? Wealth? What about “little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love”?

Karl Marx The Communist Manifesto
Adam Smith turned inside out: power to the proletariat!
Charles Darwin “On the Origin of Species”

So what’s the big deal with evolution anyway?

Freud Civilization and its Discontents
Are you talking to me? Does civilization make us neurotic?
Kahneman Thinking Fast and Slow

Think that our thinking is orderly, logical and consistent? Think again.

Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow

A controversial challenge to the US justice system.

Moshin Hamid The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Let’s talk about the different kinds of fundamentalists