On Being Human after ‘the’ Human

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

After the Human

Spring 2019

Taught By: Tobias Rees

Section: A

CRN: 7868

Credits: 3

We usually take it for granted that the human exists, that there is something that we –– we humans –– all share. Something that is independent from where we are born…or when. Independent of whether we are rich or poor, old or young, woman or man. Independent of the color of our skin. Something that constitutes our humanity. In short, something that is truly universal: the human. But is it? When, historically speaking, did the human emerge? When was it first articulated? By whom? Where did it surface? And why? How did the concept of the human evolve over time? In this one week intensive course, we will trace how the emergence of the human gave rise to a whole new understanding and concept of nature, and how it led to the modern university and its disciplines. Over the course of this week, the course will meet twice each day. The first meeting will largely be reading-based: we will read primary sources and trace the emergence of the modern concept of the human. The second meeting will largely consist of studio and lab visits, focusing on how the figure of the human we have historically relied on fails us today: because of AI, climate change, synthetic biology, CRISPR, microbiome research and other things.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 8:51am 5/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1003

Date Range: 1/14/2019 - 1/18/2019

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 803

Date Range: 1/14/2019 - 1/18/2019