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General Honors Preview Nights


During Spring semester of 2014, CNM will offer two sections of The Ancient Legacy (one online) and two sections of The Modern Legacy. Course descriptions are as follows:

CRN: 87598  GNHN 1121, Section 201: The Ancient Legacy: (W 6-8:45pm, Montoya Campus) Instructor: David Lawrence

In the age of the First Amendment and religious pluralism in the United States, how do we see religion in our lives, and how did previous generations take religious practices into account in their lives? Over the course of the semester, we will investigate a wide variety of writers and teachers, both by time (ancient and medieval) and geography (West and East).  Hopefully we will begin to answer some of the following questions:  How did people see god/God, and did religion necessarily correlate to a faithful existence?  Why are their ideas of the divine important, and did their views of the divine impact one’s daily life?  Did religion inspire, or create fear?  How do we connect these differing ideas of religion and faith into the 21st century?  Readings will come from TheBible, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer, Confucius, Plato, The Bhagavad Gita, Tao de Jing, Dante and Chaucer.  Requirements will include vibrant participation and six short papers.


CRN: 85931  GNHN 1121, Section 51: The Ancient Legacy: Journey to the Self (Online)  Instructor:  Cecily Corazón

We are often told "You take yourself with you wherever you go." What is the self, and how have we formed our ideas of the self through travel narratives? From Gilgamesh through Oedipus to Ovid's Metamorphoses to Eden to the Inferno, the ancients have defined the emerging concept of the self as an entity that travels, literally and metaphorically. How does human character shift through journeying? Do we see the roots of our own restless wandering through the world in these ancient quests? What is this urge to run -- and what are we running from, or toward?

CRN: 87599  GNHN 1122, Section 101: The Modern Legacy: The Mystery of the Human Condition (TR 1:30-2:45pm, Main Campus) Instructor:  Erin Lebacqz
Why do we exist? What are we to make of our years on earth? How best should we live them? These questions and many more constitute some of our thoughts on "the human condition" - the fact that we have each come to "exist" through no choice of our own, and that we must do something with our existence. These questions also set the stage for many societal and internal conflicts. This course will examine these questions and their ensuing conflicts through the lenses of philosophy, politics, science, and gender. Readings by Descartes, Nietzsche, Wollstonecraft, Marx and Engels, Voltaire, Chopin, Turgenev, Camus, and T.S. Eliot will help us examine the mystery of our existence and the potential effects of wondering why we live and how we might each choose to live in the way that best suits our individual approach to life.

CRN: 88442  GNHN 1122, Section 51: The Modern Legacy: (online) Instructor:  David Lawrence
Since the Renaissance there have been revolutions in all areas of human society, in science, industry, and politics, of course, but also in religion, philosophy, and the arts.  Over the course of the semester, we will investigate a wide variety of writers and teachers, and try to answer the some of the following questions: How often did these revolutions result from differing interpretations of god/God and what came from them?  Why is the idea of revolution important?  What does revolution say about the people who sparked it?  Did these new ideas create hope or fear?  Readings will include Machiavelli, Descartes, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Goethe, Shelley, Nietzsche, Marx, Thoreau, and Whitman.  Please note that while this is an online class, it is not self-paced, and each seminar participant is expected to participate in the online discussion forums by the established deadlines each week.  Requirements will include substantial discussion board participation and six short papers.  

CRN: 88443  GNHN 2096, Section 201: Legacies of Color (MW 1:30-2:45pm, Montoya campus) Ellen Cain
“Legacies of Color” is an interdisciplinary exploration of race and racism in post-Reconstruction America.  Students discuss a range of narratives:  biographies, autobiographies, and novels, as well as stories grounded in journalism, sociology, and anthropology.  The course examines how individual narratives can illuminate (and at times obscure) the larger picture of race in America.

To help you decide amongst the offered classes, this fall we are holding three Honors Previews. In the Previews, you can meet the instructors, look at texts and syllabi, and even interview on the spot if you wish. The dates, times, and locations are as follows:

                     Mon, Nov 3 at Main Campus: 3pm in MS 309
                     Tues, Nov 4 at Main Campus: 11am-12:30pm in SB 209

Tues, Nov 4 at Montoya Campus: 12:30-1:30pm in K 208
          Wed, Nov 5 at Montoya Campus: 11am-1pm in K 208

If you can’t make it to an Honors Preview, just email the teacher of the section you are interested in. You do not need to attend a Preview to get into an Honors class.



Drop in any time during these soon to be posted hours. Instructors will be on hand to answer your questions and sign Permission to Enroll forms.

Bring your Honors letter along to verify eligibility.

We hope to see you there!