Open Eyes, Open Minds: New Perspectives on Understanding

Single Semester Course

How can a poem, a graphic novel, or a book of philosophy affect us just as strongly as traditional literature? What affects us beside the text in a story? What is the “invisible lens” through which we interpret what we read and learn? What do we learn when we break the rules?

In this class, we will explore alternate modes and perspectives for storytelling and learning. We will compare how video and audio can affect how we receive and understand a narrative and how a change of format changes how we tell the same story. We will explore how our perspective can grow even on topics we already understand well. By the end of the semester, students will present to the class on a topic that they knew before and how their knowledge has grown through research and reflection.