Humanities 1500: Introduction to the Humanities

Cultural Experiences from the Past to the Future


    Class Materials:

Syllabus and Major Assignments

Schedule of Readings and Due Dates

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          Lecture and Portfolio Resources:

Class Library Guide

Cultural Experience Report Library Guide

How to Write Bibliography Entries in MLA Style

Sample Cultural Experience Reports


Links of Interest:

Fall 2019 Humanities Outsider Art Show

Spring 2020 Humanities Outsider Art Show

Spring 2020 Humanities Poetry Anthology

Find numerous works of literature through Literature Online via Galileo.

New Sounds: a show featuring new classical, electronic, avant garde, unusual and world music (click on show archive—down a ways on the right-hand side of the web page—to see a full listing of months with shows; there are over 3000 shows that you can listen to)

The 2020 Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition

The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Best Films of All Time

The Red-Hot Jazz Archive: a history of jazz before 1930, with historical essays and embedded real audio links

Project Gutenberg: over 20,000 free electronic books from the greatest writers in the world

The Poetry Foundation: free poems from the world’s leading poets

Free Speculative Fiction Online: thousands of fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories from major authors free science fiction and fantasy more free science fiction and fantasy

Read new forms of online literature from the Electronic Literature Collection

View thousands of vintage educational, advertising, industrial and amateur films at the Prelinger Archives

Listen to radio tales of the strange and fantastic

See a play at Atlanta’s famous Shakespeare Tavern (highly recommended!)

Visit the High Museum in Atlanta

Tour museums through the Google Art Project

Here is a fun postmodernist exercise. An Italian artist has reimagined what the great paintings of the Renaissance masters would look like if they conformed to 21st century ideals of beauty.

The true colors of Ancient Greek art

How Ancient Greek statues really looked

Classical Renaissance sculptures dressed as hipsters

Listen to Flannery O’Connor read “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Virgil Abloh’s DJ set

Virgil Abloh’s exhibit at the High Museum

Kampaign’s video for “Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh speaking at Harvard

The poetry of Sappho

Haiku of Basho

Allora and Calzadilla at the 2011 Venice Biennale

See the Arecibo Observatory

Ted Chiang’s “The Great Silence

Listen to Tayari Jones read from her novel, Silver Sparrow

NC Theater’s production of Driving Miss Daisy

Highlights from the original Broadway production of Parade

Listen to a monologue from A Song for Coretta

The trailers for Paths of Glory, Spartacus, The Graduate, and Patton, and clips from Rambling Rose

The trailer for the film version of James Dickey’s Deliverance

Dickey discusses and reads his poem, “Cherrylog Road.”

Dickey reads “For the Last Wolverine” and “Looking for the Buckhead Boys”

A reading of Sidney Lanier’s “Song of the Chattahoochee”

David Bottoms at Poetry@Tech

Natasha Trethewey reads “Miscegenation,” “Incident,” and “Lunch Poems

Star Trek

Mae Jemison on the importance of Star Trek

Judith Ortiz Cofer reads “Who is the Alien?”

W.E.B Du Bois, Civil Rights Pioneer

Alice Walker reads “Democratic Womanism

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech

Brian Eno’s Music for Airports

Bach’s Mass in B Minor

An Introduction to Noh Theater

Dogon Dance, Mali, Africa



Science Fiction Films

Scientific Romance: Things to Come

Pulp SF: Flash Gordon

Golden Age SF: Destination Moon

New Wave SF: Zardoz

Cyberpunk: “True Skin

Post-Singularity SF: “Rogue Farm

Estrangement: “The Cave

Cognition: “Einstein-Rosen

     Future history: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s trailer for The Martian

The Romantic sublime: Shelley’s poem “Mont Blanc

The science fictional sublime: “Wanderers

The science fictional grotesque: Tetsuo: The Iron Man

More SF grotesque: John Carpenter’s The Thing

H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Out of Time

The Lovecraftian short film “The Deep Ones

Abiogenesis: a post-singularity vision with a space-operatic, golden-age feel.

Renaissance: golden-age visions of the technological sublime within an obscure new-wave narrative.

Robots of Brixton: a new-wave mingling of robots and today’s British politics.

Sight: the near future as cyberpunk, or a golden-age vision of everyday life the day after tomorrow?

The Awareness: a chilling tale of AI.

Sundays: a lavishly produced dystopia with a new-wave sense of alienation.

Tea Time: steampunk with grrrl power.

Butterflies and Breakfast Cereal: time travel gone askew (when doesn’t time travel go askew?).

          Pumzi”: African Dystopic Afrofuturism.



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