Stories and storytelling are as old as mankind. Stories sustain us, we tell them, we live through them. As children we listen to bedtime stories and fairy tales, as we get older we read or watch them in movie theaters and on the stage. Stories inspire our imagination, our favorite stories stay with us forever, and most of us hope that, when we are old, we can look back with gratitude and contentment to the stories of our lives.
Stories are much more than entertainment though. They are an integral part of identity building, they shape our understanding of events, they carry overt or hidden messages, they can be dangerous and even deadly. This course sets out to investigate stories from a wide range of topics and examine their specific contexts of origin as well as contradictory or complimentary interpretations.
Our journey together will take us from fairy tales to fake news, from very old sources to contemporary texts, from literature to public discourse. You will research texts, uncover sub-texts and learn to critically discern sources. Our aim is to arrive at a differentiated perception of stories as powerful individual, social and political tools and develop a sense for the relativity of stories in space and time.
Irrespective of your chosen subjects and interests, you will hone your presentation and performance skills. The course will afford you a safe space to take risks and bring your ideas and opinions to the table, and to practice speaking and acting spontaneously and confidently in front of a group of peers.
I am looking forward to working with you and to co-constructing our own story during the IFS.
This course is eligible for honors credit through Hutton Honors College.
Catalog Information: COLL-S 103 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN A & H