Tim Hacker

Humanities Building, Room 130B

731/587-7283

thacker@utm.edu

 

Courses for Fall semester, 2002:

 

English 111

Sections AC2 and 36:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 – 8:50 a.m.

Section 29:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11 – 11:50 a.m.

 

Extraordinary Minds

 

The core text of these sections is a book called Extraordinary Minds.  Extraordinary Minds, by the Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner, profiles four people who have made a mark because of their creative works:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, and Mahatma Gandhi.  We will read what Gardner has to say about each of them as a representative of a different category of exceptional people.  Then we’ll learn more about each of those categories by seeing a movie, “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” and by reading a biography of Einstein, a set of articles about creativity and women, and Gandhi’s autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth.  Our writing assignments—involving the college-level critical thinking strategies of summarizing, analyzing, and comparing and contrasting—will be suggested by the gap between what Gardner has said and what we have seen for ourselves.

 

Students in section 36 will be joined, via interactive television, by students from Camden Central High School who are taking the course for dual high school and college credit.

 

To learn about course policies and procedures, including how students earn their grade, please see the course description.  For a day-to-day schedule of course activities, assignments, and links to reading guides, please see the course syllabus.

 

 

Honors English 111 (ENG 111H)

 Section 02:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

The Human-built Environment

 

This is a course for anyone who spends a lot of time in buildings such as homes, schools, offices, restaurants, and churches . . . in other words, this is a course of interest to everyone.  We will begin by learning why the places we live in make us feel happy or sad, secure or vulnerable, by reading Claire Cooper Marcus’s House as a Mirror of Self.  We’ll use the tools it gives us to write about our own homes or dorm rooms.  Then we’ll expand our focus to public buildings and public spaces:  we’ll read the book Community by Design and articles by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critics Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin.  With the knowledge we gain from these exercises we will do a service-learning project:  research and report writing for governmental and non-governmental agencies in nearby communities, including Main Street Fulton of Fulton, Kentucky.

 

Students enrolling in Honors English 111 must have a score of 28 or above on the English portion of the Enhanced ACT.