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March 27, 2023 - April 24, 2023 (5 sessions)
Mondays, 6:00PM - 8:00PM ET
“The rich people not only had all the money, they had all the chance to get more; they had all the knowledge and the power, and so the poor man was down, and he had to stay down.” Coming from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, we will begin our foray into the ways in which social ills—economic, social, and otherwise—have come to influence the various spheres of inquiry from a variety of disciplines. “The Haves, the Have Nots, and Those in Between” seeks to delve into such depictions of those within the three categories proposed by the course title. Through our time together, we will explore such issues of inequalities that inhabit the texts as well as the authorial intent of proposing conducive change—whether realized or not. The course will adopt a pragmatic lens of protest literature, as proposed by Dr. John Stauffer of Harvard University, which includes three primary factors represented in the works we will explore: 1 empathy, shock value, and symbolic action. By the end of the five-week session, we will have explored texts that speak to inequality/ies and begin to question what the authors, directors, and producers seek to change within their respective societies, or perhaps what the legacy the works ultimately provided society as a direct result.
This course conceptualizes the term “text” as a wide-ranging word that includes written documents, novels, film, and music as part of the umbrella definition. As such, the course will incorporate not only written text but also visual media.
1. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. Edited by David Alworth. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2022. ISBN: 978-0-393-65659-6.
2. Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. Edited by Clare Virginia Eby. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2022. ISBN: 978-0-393-42036-4.
3. Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. Edited by Anne Fernald. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2021. ISBN: 978-0-393-65599-5.
Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission & Refund Policies
50% Johns Hopkins alumni
80% Full-time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
50% Spouse or domestic partner of full time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
Johns Hopkins alumni, staff, faculty and their spouse or domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission for Odyssey lifelong learning courses. Select the correct ticket pricing during registration. If we cannot confirm your eligibility, you will be requested to pay the full registration price for the course.
ACCESSIBILITY & ACCOMODATIONS
The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to participants with disabilities. Participants who need accommodations must notify the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org at least four weeks prior to the beginning of class.
WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS
If a course is canceled or closed, the registrant is notified immediately, and a full refund is processed automatically unless another course is requested. Registrants who wish to withdraw from an active course must complete the online Odyssey Refund Request Form. Attach any documentation to support your request (e.g., medical documentation, family crisis documentation, etc.).
100% refund- Prior to the start of the course.
50% refund- During the first week of the course.
No refunds will be given after the first week of each course unless in exceptional cases.
Please note, refunds apply only to the tuition portion of an Odyssey participant’s charges and are not applicable to any fees or gifts made to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. Registrants will be notified by email if a refund is approved within (5) business days.