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POLS 13181-8: Ten Images of Hell in the Twentieth Century

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Instructor: A. James McAdams

The Twentieth-Century was a time of sheer hell: wars, genocide, political extremism, and terrorism. In this seminar, we will examine ten images of these experiences, including World War I, the Holocaust, Stalin's terror, and the terrorist attacks 9/11. My goal is not only to provide you with a glimpse into a century that has passed. I also want to acquaint you with themes relating to the human experience which will extend into your own lives in the current century. We will explore these questions from diverse perspectives, drawing upon insights from political science, theology, philosophy, history, technology, and the arts. We will read a number of books and articles, including works by Aldous Huxley, Erich Maria Remarque, and Elie Wiesel. We will also consider other media, including film, the fine arts, and music. I have designed this seminar to be accessible to all Notre Dame students, regardless of their anticipated majors. This is a seminar for students who like to read, reflect, write, and debate.