* REL 366 / CHV 366 (EM) No Pass/D/Fail
Merton & King
This seminar focuses on the issue of social justice in the lives and thought of Thomas Merton, contemplative monk and Martin Luther King, Jr., activist civil rights leader, who both mounted major critiques of U.S. public policy in the 1960s. Despite biographical and vocational differences, their arguments significantly converged on issues of racism, poverty, and war. Through close reading and discussion of their major work, we will critically examine their proposals for radical social change.
Sample reading list:
David Garrow, Bearing the Cross
Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches
Eric J. Sundquist, King's Dream
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
Thomas Merton, Passion for Peace:The Social Essays
Lawrence Cunningham, Thomas Merton and the Monastic Vision
200 pages of reading per week; three page reflection/response paper on each week's reading; 10-12 page final draft paper due on Dean's date.
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
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