Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2020

Taught By: Abou Farman

Section: A

CRN: 6954

Credits: 4

“Let’s face it, at this point in human history we are all terminal,” declared Timothy Leary, that guru of white western counterculture, before his own death at the end of the 20th century. He was not referring to his own end but something larger. We are living in a time when the sense of finality seems acute, with a proliferation of catastrophic end-time scenarios, projections of existential risk, and debates about the end of life, the end of the planet, the end of the species. How does one face the end? How are endings understood, experienced and mediated collectively? What resources and imaginaries are there across cultures for reckoning with individual or collective endings? Moving between continuity and finality, transcendence and finitude, religion and the secular, whilst exploring literature, film, anthropology and the sciences, the course will explore what being finite feels and looks like in our times.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:55am 6/4/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/7/2020