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Halifax Humanities Society

The Angus Johnston Seminar

The Angus Johnston Seminar

 
  • The Seminar is the follow up program to Halifax Humanities 101and is open to any graduate of Halifax Humanities 101.
  • As in Halifax Humanities 101, all reading material is provided free of charge, as well as bus tickets and class refreshments.
  • This program exists at the request of the graduates and involves professors who volunteer their time.
  • The curriculum is designed by the students in consultation with Seminar coordinators, Dr. Paul Bowlby, and Mr. Scott MacDougall
  • From its beginnings as a six-week study of Shakespeare, the Seminar is now a full eight-month course of study, with classes held once a week at Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth.
  • Sample Seminar Curriculum: (just a few of the many works studied each year): 
      -      2007/08: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, followed by James Joyce’s Ulysses 
      -      2008/09: Classic Tragedies: Aristotle’s Poetics, Sophocles’ Philoctetes, Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus 
      -      2009/10: What is History: Shakespeare’s History Plays, works by Boethius, Nietzsche, Niebuhr 
      -      2010/11: Comedy through the ages: Sophocles’ Lysistrata, The Frogs, Erasmus’ In Praise of Folly, the films of Charlie Chaplin 
      -      2011/12: Horror, Crime, Punishment: H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Dickens’ Little Dorritt, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment 
      -      2012/13: Canadian History, Art, Literature, and Philosophy: Hawthorne’s Evangeline, Gabrielle Roy’s The Road Past Altamont, the art of Emily Carr, the music of Neil Young.
      -      2013/14: Texts of the World's Religions - from the Bhagavad Gita to the Qur'an
     
  • All Seminar students are invited to attend any cultural events in which the Halifax Humanities 101 students are involved.

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