Join us as we explore the healing cultural dances of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. We will explore Samba rooted dances including and Samba Reggae and Afro-Brazilian dance. Open to all levels of experience, beginners welcome! Come prepared to sweat and experience what the Brazilians call AxĂ©, meaning joy or “soul, light, spirit or good vibrations”. Blocks 2 & 3, Monday and Fridays 3:00 – 4:30 in Cossitt South Studio. Please sign up at the Registrar or just come by to see what its about.

Posted by squinn@coloradocollege.edu for the September 29, 2017 digest.

Never been backpacking before? Want to learn backpacking skills in a supportive group of other beginners? Want to go on an awesome block break trip? Sign up on Outdoor Education Summit for Backpacking 101! Backpacking 101 is an introductory course to backpacking that will take place throughout Block 2, for people with little or no backpacking or camping experience. Participants will learn outdoor cooking skills, how to fit and pack a hiking backpack, map and compass skills and much more! The course will include two afternoon sessions (2nd and 3rd Thursday from 4:30-6pm), a weekend day hike (3rd Sunday) and an awesome beginner backpacking trip over 2nd block break! The total cost of the course is $25 and financial aid is available. The application is open on the Outdoor Education Summit until this Sunday (10/1) at midnight. Please contact Sophia Brown (sl_brown@coloradocollege.edu) or Ula Adamska (u_adamska@coloradocollege.edu) for more information.

Posted by sl_brown@coloradocollege.edu for the September 29, 2017 digest.

History course that speaks to today! HY287 Enlightenment Culture – Block 8

Tip Ragan will teach a course in the History Department, Enlightenment Culture. This course focuses on eighteenth-century Europe, the purported birth of “modernity.” During this period, intellectuals argued that they were living in a period of “Enlightenment.” Were they right? Was the Enlightenment the birthplace of meritocracy, toleration, and freedom, as some have argued, or was it rather the precursor of intellectual rigidity, modern racism and anti-Semitism, and totalitarianism, as others have maintained? Does it even make sense to discuss it as a coherent movement? What can-or should-we take from the Enlightenment to understand the contradictions and challenges posed by Modernity and Postmodernism? All student invited to sign up, and first years particularly welcome!

Posted by jpopiel@coloradocollege.edu for the September 29, 2017 digest.

Interested in political philosophy? Looking for a West-in-Time course for spring 2018? Consider PH 244: History of Social & Political Philosophy: Classical Visions in block 5 (Prof. Dennis McEnnerney) and PH 245: History of Social & Political Philosophy: Modern Debates in block 6 (Prof. Mike Kim). If taken together, these two courses fulfill the W Critical Perspectives requirement

Posted by rstadler@coloradocollege.edu for the September 29, 2017 digest.

NEW COURSE BLOCK 3: IT320 THE EUROPEAN PAST THROUGH FILM AND LITERATURE
Prof. Amanda Minervini

What is the past, and how to we represent it?How do our interpretations of the past change over time? Which pasts become more captivating, in which circumstances? Is nostalgia helpful when shaping ideas and interpretations of the present? How do literature and other media influence, complicate, and alter our understanding of past figures and events? Can “lies” (fiction) portray a truth? Which roles may censorship, political pressure, or translation play for the realization and circulation of an artwork?

These are some of the questions with which we will grapple during this course. While learning different ways of interpreting the past and how the present hinges on it, through Derrida, Gramsci, Foucault, and others, will also learn fundamental tools of film analysis. We will also get an overview of key historical events and discuss their representations. We will start with the economic changes of the 12th and 13th century, and with Renaissance warfare and battles, to arrive at WW2, the Holocaust, and contemporary diaspora. (No prerequisites, taught in English)

Posted by tlatimer@coloradocollege.edu for the September 29, 2017 digest.

<><><>A wonderful surprising play every week at PLAY READING GROUP <> Everybody Welcome – to Read or Listen <> and Everybody Welcome to eat and drink the very free Pizza & Pop<><><>
All this at 5.00pm in CORNERSTONE – TODAY<><><><>
Watch Out for this week’s play Title – lower down these listings!<><><>

Posted by amanley@coloradocollege.edu for the September 29, 2017 digest.