RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 006 Stopping and Reading: Contemplative Practices and the Arts of Reading to Live
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What may occur when we approach academic reading as a contemplative practice? If we read in a contemplative fashion, can we still enjoy the text? Can we still engage its social and political dimensions? How do we share contemplative experiences of texts? This course will explore these questions and others via three core, interrelated experiences: 1) an introduction to and hands-on experience with simple Zen Buddhist contemplative practices; 2) close readings of short texts from a variety of genres; 3) supplementary readings designed to expose participants to (a) a history of the contemplative practices we are engaged in; (b) alternative, related conceptions of reading as contemplative practice; (c) “model” contemplative readings; (d) debate concerning the ethical (or “worldly”) value of contemplative practices. These three core experiences will be knotted together into six clusters, each lasting two weeks, each oriented around a short text and a contemplative practice. Attendance in class and all readings will be mandatory. In addition students will be required to maintain a structured journal and sustain the contemplative practice introduced in a given cluster at home (minimum 3 days per week for fifteen minutes).

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
25956
Open
2
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
26241
Open
12
 
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W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
28238
Open
3
 
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M 8:00PM - 10:00PM
W 7:00PM - 10:00PM
M 7:00PM - 8:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
28283
Open
5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (SEM)
P
28284
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
28491
Open
8
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Class will meet at the Detroit Center, as part of the Semester in Detroit.
008 (SEM)
P
29017
Open
3
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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