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Join the Golden Monkeys as they discuss the lit hum syllabus as it pertains to gender and sexuality (how riveting)

The core curriculum at Columbia University

Since its addition to the core curriculum in 1937, the humanities classes were meant to force students to critically appreciate literature and art. It is designed to get students thinking about the broader implications of each work and to answer important questions about the human experience. What does it mean to be an individual? Or part of a community? What laws should we be governed by? These are all topics that the core aims to spark campus-wide conversations about. In addition to these general concepts, it was once said that the goal of the core was to help students prepare to deal with “the insistent problems of the present.” In summary, literature humanities is meant to provide students with the means to traverse our ever-changing society through works of literary art.

“…insistent problems of the present”

-Old dude at Columbia

Quick summary

We need change.

-James McAndie

However, as mentioned, our society changes immensely over time and the literature needs to reflect these changes in order for the curriculum to continue fulfilling its purpose. This is where the Golden Monkeys come in. They will be evaluating whether or not there is sufficient representation of different gender and sexual identities through specific examples from the current syllabus. Listen as they propose additions and/or cuts to the lit hum syllabus and provide their opinions on why and how things should be adjusted in the lit hum syllabus in order to accommodate for the growing presence of gender and sexual identity in contemporary society.



History of the Core. Columbia University, http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/timeline. Accessed 5 April 2021.

Ovid. Metamorphoses. Translated by David Raeburn, Penguin Classics, 2004.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. London: Marshall Cavendish, 1988. Print

Homer. Iliad. London : New York :Dent; Dutton, 1955.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. New York: Modern Library, 1950. Print

Plato, Seth Benardete, and Allan Bloom. Plato’s Symposium. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. Print

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