RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 006 Listening to Holocaust Survivors
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Drawing on the perspectives of history and psychology, this course will explore the experiences of survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. We shall attempt to understand not only some of what survivors endured within the destruction but also in their lives since the Holocaust-their lives specifically as survivors.
A special emphasis throughout will be on investigating, and developing, our capacity to listen to survivors. Because survivors use the same words we do, yet have experienced realities totally alien to most of us, we shall continually return to ways we may think we understand survivors yet not actually do so.
The aspects of survivors' experience on which we shall especially focus include: massive psychological trauma; desolation and destruction of identity; the roles of shame, guilt, grief and rage in the aftermath; the need to "bear witness;" the impact of images of survivors in popular culture; the role of Holocaust memorials, museums, and testimony projects; survivors' experiences re-creating family, community, and faith. While the primary emphasis will be on survivors, there will also be a number of classes devoted to understanding the motives of Holocaust perpetrators, bystanders, and rescuers/resisters. Writing assignments for this seminar will include both journal writing and interpretive essays. Theatre and visual art will also play a role. On occasion, we will be joined by survivors and thus have the chance to talk with them directly. There will be a good many evening films as well, so no student should register for this seminar who would not be free to view films on Monday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Reading will include selections from Martin Gilbert, The Holocaust; Elie Wiesel, Night; Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz and The Drowned and the Saved; Charlotte Delbo, None of Us Will Return; Jean Amery, At the Mind's Limits; Isabella Leitner, Fragments of Isabella; Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men; Art Spiegelman, Maus; and a number of excerpts from survivors' audio and video testimony.

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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20291
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2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
002 (SEM)
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20293
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2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (SEM)
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22943
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1
1RC Ugrd
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WF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
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25635
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0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
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25637
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
006 (SEM)
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25639
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
007 (SEM)
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25641
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1
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
008 (SEM)
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25643
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
009 (SEM)
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25645
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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25647
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
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37073
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
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31485
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
014 (SEM)
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29191
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
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