The Honors Studies program at Finger Lakes Community College will offer three seminars open to the public during the fall semester.
Topics are writing a music-themed memoir, studying comedy in literature, and academic inquiry. Details are as follows:
Honors Retreat (HON 100-01 and 100-02 Honors Seminar I): This one-credit class takes place at Muller Field Station at the south end of Honeoye Lake over a single weekend, with two options for participants. The first runs 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, and the second from 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 23.
The retreat offers an opportunity to practice the essential tenets of honors education: critical thinking, creative expression and mindful action. Participants can balance intellectual endeavors with physical ones, such as hiking, canoeing and camping.
Writing the Music Memoir: Meeting Yourself at the Crossroads of Music and Memory, (Seminar II: HON 200-01) runs Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:20 p.m., starting Aug. 29. This three-credit course is taught by Curt Nehring Bliss, associate professor of English, and David McGuire, associate professor of music.
This seminar gives musicians and music lovers an opportunity to examine the significance of music in their lives and draft their music memoirs. They will also study some of the exemplary texts in the genre.
Laughing Stock: Comedy in Literature (Seminar II: HON 200-02): This three-credit class, taught by Charlotte Cline, instructor of English, runs Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 to 4:50 p.m., starting Aug. 30.
Participants will study humor in a variety of cultural contexts and social systems, exploring questions such as why we laugh and why laughter is important in culture. Works for study include “A Modest Proposal,” “ Team America: World Police,” excerpts from “McSweeneys,” “The Daily Show,” “Eddie Izzard” and “Family Guy.”