Course Description

IN PERSON: A moral crisis is a condition of sudden uncertainty involving competing values or principles with no obvious resolution. The experience can be profoundly confusing, but narratives can help us understand ourselves and our situation. In this course, we will consider a number of such narratives: the story in the Book of Genesis of the "fall of man"; two brief novels, Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace"; a short story, Alice Munro's "Lives of Girls and Women"; brief philosophical examples; and one film, "Atonement," from the Ian McEwan novel. In this discussion-based course, we will use these texts as invitations to think about how we fall into a moral crisis, how we should think about such crises and how we might get out of a crisis. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 15.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Narrative and Moral Crisis: How Stories Help Solve Life's Most Persistent Problems
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Apr 30, 2024 to Jun 04, 2024
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Students may acquire any edition of the Conrad and Coetzee novels. Instructor will provide PDFs of other readings. Students will need to watch the 2007 film "Atonement" at home. It is available on Amazon Prime. Before the first class, students should read chapters 1-3 of the Book of Genesis in any edition of a King James Version of the Bible.

Required reading:
J. M. Coetzee, "Disgrace: A Novel" (9780140296402)
Joseph Conrad, "Heart of Darkness" (9781673303056)

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