Ancient Greeks had the same name for the god of theatre, wine, and chaos: Dionysus. They used this god to try to understand life's craziness, for the ways in which human joy and suffering are so often intertwined: Why, for example, do human beings so regularly destroy what they most love? In this Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry, students study theatre as literature and art: analyzing plays, reading commentary, attending live theatre, and performing scenes from the dramas they have read--all in service of developing the intellectual habits necessary to write and speak effectively and with integrity. Affiliate department: Theatre Arts.
Prerequisites: This class is open to freshmen and sophomores.