Religion, Philosophy and Science

Instructor(s):
Henry Adams & Alan Rocke
Thursdays, February 1-April 19 | No classes March 13, 14, 15 – CWRU Spring Break|1:30–3:30 p.m.

AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING: WILDERNESS, PROGRESS, AND AMERICAN IDENTITY 
Thursdays, February 1-March 8

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Mondays, March 19-May 7|1-2:30 p.m.

Delve into the realms of science, mythology, spirituality, appearance, illusion, and reality as they apply to our place in the natural world. The two novels we will read explore profound personal, societal, philosophical and religious questions. Books: Siddhartha, Herman Hesse; Ishmael, Daniel Quinn

Instructor(s):
Joe Konen
Tuesdays, March 20-May 8|10-11:30 a.m.

The story of the gene is one of the great mystery narratives of science. In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, weaves together the history of genetics with his family’s history of mental illness.

Instructor(s):
Jim Van Horn
Fridays, March 23-May 11|10-11:30 a.m.

One hundred thousand years ago at least six species inhabited earth. Today, just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Create cities and kingdoms?

Instructor(s):
Ezra Blaustein
Tuesdays, April 10–May 1|6:30-8:30 p.m.

This course will study the Quran's presentation of characters and stories found in the Hebrew Bible. We will explore the similarities and differences between the tales as they appear in the Quran and as they appear in the Torah.

Instructor(s):
Alanna Cooper
Wednesdays, May 9-June 6|6:30-8 p.m.

The Aleppo Codex is the oldest Hebrew Bible in existence today. Scribed around 900 CE in Tiberius, it traveled to Aleppo, Syria, in the 15th century, where it was preserved for 500 years. From there it was smuggled to Israel just after the founding of the state, but in the process, many of its sacred pages went missing.