On the Nature of Inquiry: Calendar

August

M 8/21 Beginnings
Preparation
• Please examine the course web site concentrating on the syllabus and the course calendar.
In-Class Activities
• Introductions. We will examine course requirements and mechanics. We will address course goals in relation to developing a course narrative.

W 8/23 On the Nature of Academic and Intellectual Inquiry
Preparation
• Please read the Question Formation Assignment.
• Please read The Marketplace of Ideas (Louis Menand).
• Please review the Philosophy of Inquiry Assignment.
• If curiosity or time permit, please skim "The American Scholar" (Emerson).
• If curiosity or time permit, please take a look at the list of Steve Fuller's audio lectures and listen to "UNESCO talk on the future of university governance," Paris, 3 December 2004" (the introduction and the audience questions are a bit hard to hear) and/or "The Future of the University," Leicester, 13 October 2004.
In-Class Activities
• We will discuss upcoming assignments with an eye toward group formation and take up Menand's and Emerson's ideas regarding inquiry and scholarship to help conceptually frame the class.

M 8/28 Our Pictures, Our World
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (1).
• Please read Parts 1 and 2 in Public Opinion (Walter Lippmann). (A PDF of Public Opinion is available (520 KB). The Project Gutenberg version of Public Opinion is available for download. )
• For background, please skim the "The Public Intellectual as Agent of Justice: In Search of a Regime" (Steve Fuller, PDF 152 KB) and "Can Democracy Work?" (Eric Alterman, 23 December 1999)
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 8/30 Stereotypes and Interests
Preparation
• Please read the Proposal Assignment. Please bring any questions you have on the assignment to class;
• Please read Parts 3 and 4 in Public Opinion (Walter Lippmann).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

September

M 9/4 The Common Will and Democracy
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (2).
• Please read Parts 5 and 6 in Public Opinion (Walter Lippmann).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 9/6 Reading, News and Public Reason
Preparation
• Please read Parts 7 and 8 in Public Opinion (Walter Lippmann).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

M 9/11 The Public and the State
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (3).
• Please read Chapters 1 and 2 in The Public and Its Problems (John Dewey).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 9/13 Democratic Government
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 3 in The Public and Its Problems (John Dewey).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

M 9/18 The Public and the Great Community
Preparation
Proposals are due this week. I will arrange meetings with groups during the week. The proposal is due during the time of our meeting.
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (4).
• Please read Chapters 4 and 5 in The Public and Its Problems (John Dewey).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 9/20 The Individual and the Social
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 6 in The Public and Its Problems (John Dewey).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

M 25 Anti-Intellectualism and Religion
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (5).
• Please read Parts 1 and 2 in Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (Richard Hofstadter).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 27 Gentlemen, Reformers and Experts
Preparation
• Please read Part 3 in Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (Richard Hofstadter).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

October

M 2 Business and Education
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (6).
• Please read Parts 4 and 5 in Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (Richard Hofstadter).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 4 Being an Intellectual
Preparation
• Please read Part 6 in Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (Richard Hofstadter).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

Fall Break

W 10/11
Class will not be held. Please take this time to meet with groups or with me.

M 10/16 No Bohemia, No Intellectuals
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (7).
• Please read the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 in The Last Intellectuals (Russell Jacoby).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 10/18 Out of the City, Into the Suburbs
Preparation
• The Philosophy of Inquiry and the Idea Forum Assignments are due;
• Please read Chapters 3 and 4 in The Last Intellectuals (Russell Jacoby).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

M 10/23 On Campus
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (8).
• Please read Chapters 5 and 6 in The Last Intellectuals (Russell Jacoby).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 10/25 Life After Intellectuals
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 7 in The Last Intellectuals (Russell Jacoby).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

M 10/30 Black Intellectuals and Pedagogical Manipulation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (9).
• Please read the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2 in Anxious Intellects (John Michael).
In-Class Activities
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

November

W 11/1 Cultural Studies
Preparation
• Please read Chapter 4 in Anxious Intellects (John Michael).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
Preparation
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

M 11/6 Game On!
Preparation
• Please be ready to debate or ask question of debaters. The group scheduled for today will please make a copy of its Philosophy of Inquiry available to the class 48 hours before the debate.

W 11/8 Game On!
Preparation
• Please be ready to debate or ask question of debaters. The group scheduled for today will please make a copy of its Philosophy of Inquiry available to the class 48 hours before the debate.

M 11/13 Game On!
Preparation
• Please be ready to debate or ask question of debaters. The group scheduled for today will please make a copy of its Philosophy of Inquiry available to the class 48 hours before the debate.

W 11/15 Game On!
Preparation
• Please be ready to debate or ask question of debaters. The group scheduled for today will please make a copy of its Philosophy of Inquiry available to the class 48 hours before the debate.

Holiday Break

M 11/27 The Critic and the Scientist
Preparation
• Please refer to the Question Formation assignment and have your questions and citations on the readings ready for class (10).
• Please read Chapters 5 and 6 in Anxious Intellects (John Michael).
Preparation
• Discussion on the readings will be based on selected questions.

W 11/29
Preparation
• Please read Chapters 7 and the Conclusion in Anxious Intellects (John Michael).
• Please post your questions on Monday's reading to the Discussion Board on Blackboard before class.
Preparation
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

December

M 12/4 Publishing and the Humanities
Preparation
• Please read Part I of Enemies of Promise (Waters).
In-Class Activities
• Class discussion will be based on the assigned reading.

W 12/6 At the End of the Day
Preparation
• Please read Part II of Enemies of Promise (Waters).
• Using Waters' critique of scholarship as a lens, we will review the class with a eye toward the course goals and toward providing a coherent course narrative.

F 12/8
• The Central Question Analysis assignment is due to me by 3:05.
Well Done!


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