This course is a special extended edition of the Basic Program methods course offered as part of our celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the program. One of the foundational premises of the Basic Program is that reading is a skill. And that like many skills, one can get better at reading through theoretically-informed practice. In this short course, we will examine the theoretical perspective on good reading contained in Mortimer Adler's famous How to Read a Book, which we will practice through a close examination of the beginnings of a range of classic texts. After all, if we don't understand the beginning of a work, how can we hope to understand the ending?
Adler, Mortimer and Van Doren, Charles, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent; Reading. ISBN: 978-0671212094
Other short texts will be provided as handouts on Canvas.
Students can purchase books at the Gleacher Center Bookstore online using the Textbook order form, or by using the ISBN number to order the correct edition elsewhere.
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