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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Features: Academic Program Departmental Approval: Classics, English
Language Requirement: No Credit Type: Skidmore Credit
Non-Skidmore Student: No Class Year: 01- First Year, 02- Sophomore, 03- Junior, 04- Senior
Program Description:
This travel seminar examines French thinkers in the early 20th century who engaged literature, philosophy, and religion to explore the passages between the sacred and the profane in a dauntingly secularized world. How do we find the sacred after the death of God? How did these thinkers invoke enchantment, mysticism, the erotic, the transgressive and the "obscene" in their searches for meaning, love, beauty?  Students will immerse in varied and provocative responses - a balance of nonfiction & fiction writings - to this dilemma and then explore it in their own analytical and imaginative (fiction) writing as they use Paris as their classroom.

The class is centered on a group of writers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Bataille, and Simone Weil. One of the defining characteristics of this group of writers is their place at the margins of French institutions of higher learning and the French public sphere. Students will be able to see and understand how these thinkers eschewed positions in French institutions in order to disentangle their work from the hierarchies, politics, and limitations inscribed therein. The course in Paris will give students the opportunity to bring to life the institutions, communities, and cultures that cultivated this unique cadre of intellectuals.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Travel Sem- May 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Travel Sem- May 2019 12/07/2018 12/14/2018 05/21/2019 06/06/2019
NOTE: Arrival in Paris on 5/21/19. Departure from US will likely be on 5/20/19. Students are on their own for making flight arrangements, but will be given a preferred flight (departing from New York).

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.