New Haven

Course Description
In New Haven at Rose Alumni House (232 York St)

March 4 – April 8, 2014

Professor Traugott Lawler


Classes will be on Tuesdays in New Haven 3:00 – 4:30 pm


Joyce's Ulysses.  My experience is that Ulysses can be read well in six weeks if we omit the 150-page Circe episode (for which I will provide a summary).  We will start at 50 pages a class (episodes 1-3 for the first week, 4-6 for the second), then work up to 100 pages.  We will use the Hans Gabler edition (Vintage); everyone should also get and use The New Bloomsbury Book by Harry Blamires, a very useful chapter-by-chapter guide keyed to the Gabler edition.  Finally, you will make things a lot easier for yourself if you read Homer's Odyssey and Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man before the course starts.  You will find when you get into it that Ulysses is way less hard, and way more fun, than it is reputed to be.


Professor John Stuart Gordon

The Artistry and Meaning of American Silver

Classes will be on Tuesdays in New Haven 4:40 – 6:10 pm


Since the first colonial silversmiths started working in the seventeenth century, silver objects have played an important role in American society as currency, signals of religious belief, emblems of civic and cultural pride, and as displays of wealth. This course considers the progression of styles as well as the fabrication, meaning, function, and reception of silver from the early colonial period through the early years of the United States. It will focus on examples drawn from the Yale University Art Gallery’s famed Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, the preeminent collection of early American silver.


Professor Stephen Latham

Regulating Life: The Law of Bioethics from Before the Cradle to After the Grave

Classes will be on Wednesdays in New Haven 3:00 – 4:30 pm

March 5, 12, 26,  April 2, 9, 16, 2014


This course will look at the way American law responds to and shapes a number of profound and difficult issues in biomedical ethics. Topics we’ll consider will include genetic screening and trait-selection, assisted reproduction, abortion, organ recruitment and transplantation, research on human subjects, and end-of-life care including physician-assisted suicide. No legal background is required!