Brown University Free Online Course on Ethics of Memory

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Brown University is offering free online course on Ethics of Memory. In this course, applicants will discover in the writing of Freud how the exploration of memory gave birth to psychoanalysis, and in Proust how such exploration was elevated to an art form.

Applicants will learn how our personal and collective memories evolve over time, and why memory and memorializing matter. This course will start on July 11, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject:  Philosophy & Ethics
Institution: Brown University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on July 11, 2017

Providers’ Details

Brown is a leading research university where talented students and accomplished faculty collaborate to blend deep content knowledge across many disciplines to address the defining challenges of a complex and changing world. At the heart of the University’s teaching, research and scholarship is a commitment to academic excellence, intellectual freedom and making an impact to better serve people, communities and society.

About This Course

What is memory? What’s the utility in exploring it and risking the activation of painful memories? What remembrance do we owe people we have lost and how is that reflected in the monuments we create to memorialize them? Why do different groups of people interpret the same event differently—even when the facts are not disputed?

In The Ethics of Memory, we will discuss these questions and more by exploring personal memory, collective memory and memorial culture, and conflicts of memory.

Why Take This Course?

In this course, we will:

  • Discover in the writing of Freud how the exploration of memory gave birth to psychoanalysis, and in Proust how such exploration was elevated to an art form;
  • Examine poetry from WWI and the Harlem Renaissance that demonstrates the relevance of literature as a framework for understanding the ethics of memory;
  • Reflect on examples of the many ways we collectively memorialize our losses; and
  • Share examples of personal and public monuments to memory in order to reflect on the ethical responsibility that memorializing confers on us now.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine how memory was explored in 20th century literature, law, psychoanalysis, and pop culture.
  • Explore why we should care about the ethical component of memory.
  • Distinguish history from memory and explore ways in which we memorialize history.
  • Discover and interpret monuments to memory that surround you.

Instructors

Ravit Reichman

Ravit Reichman is Associate Professor of English at Brown. Her research focuses on modernism, and particularly the intersections of literature, law, historical trauma, and psychoanalysis.

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

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