Spring 2021
Skyler P. Anderson
Peter F. Kitlas
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Despite living in an increasingly globalized society, the notion of different and opposing civilizations is still used as a way to add meaning and definition to our world. In this course, we will critically evaluate what is at stake when employing the concept of civilization. Using historical contexts from "Western" and "Near Eastern" civilizations, we will explore civilizational encounters from the Afroasiatic roots of Classical Civilization to America's culture wars. With one foot in the past and one in the present we will seek to understand whether civilizations exist and why civilizational paradigms endure despite drawing controversy.