Bard College at Simon’s Rock faculty member Asma Abbas will present a Seminar Lecture titled “Walking on Walls: Notes on E.M. Forster and W.E.B. DuBois.” The lecture, to take place in the Kellogg Music Center on October 22 at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Asma Abbas is faculty member in Political Science and Philosophy and has recently taught such courses as Cultural Politics of Indian Cinema, Questions of God in Politics, American Idol: Searching for Superstar Political Thinkers, and Social Movements and Political Action. This semester, Abbas is also teaching the Sophomore Seminar, a required course of which this lecture is a part.
Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus is a one-semester course that explores how 19th- and 20th-century thinkers confronted the accepted order of things, how they challenged accepted ideas, and how they constructed radically different conceptions of the world. Readings include Darwin’s The Descent of Man, Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto, Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals, Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents, Forster’s A Passage to India, DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk, Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and Kafka’s The Trial.
First Year Seminar: The Examined Life is a two-semester course that focuses on themes of self-discovery, the relationship of the individual and society, and the nature of values and responsibility. Readings for the course include Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, Plato’s The Last Days of Socrates, Dante’s Inferno, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and a wide variety of supplementary works. Throughout the semester the College schedules public lectures, which are a part of this Seminar as well.
Before coming to Simon’s Rock, Asma Abbas taught courses in political theory and comparative politics at Penn State, where she had the Miller Fellowship in Political Science and was a resident at the Institute of Arts and Humanities. She also organized academic conferences on globalization and on Jean-Jacques Rousseau at Penn State, and the theater festival Artifice in Karachi, where she also founded and edited Pandora, a collection of original poetry and prose. Abbas contributes, in Urdu and as a translator, to a literary-political journal based in Karachi.
Abbas holds BBA with honors and MBA from Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan; an MA from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and PhD from Pennsylvania State University.
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