Spring I Course Registration Now Active

CHI’s first session of 2016 will offer the next installments of Existential Detective Fiction (Tuesday, 12-1) and Unlearning Our Loneliness (Wednesday, 12-1). Both classes will meet at the Senior Center in Iowa City, and will be available online shortly after. As always, each class and eight week session stand alone–but they are also designed to build from class to class to develop more complex and nuanced glimpses of each course’s founding idea.

The Existential Detective Fiction class will return to a lecture format to explore two philosophically rich novels: The Fall by Albert Camus and The Erasers by Alain Robbe-Grillet. The books are available at Prairie Lights.


02 Feb: Camus: The Fall :: Chapters 1 and 2 (3-41)

09 Feb: Camus: The Fall :: Chapter 3 (42-71)

16 Feb: Camus: The Fall :: Chapters 4 and 5 (72-118)

23 Feb: Camus: The Fall :: Chapter 6 (119-147)

01 Mar: Robbe-Grillet: The Erasers :: Prologue and Chapter 1 (7-90)

08 Mar: Robbe-Grillet: The Erasers :: Chapter 2 (93-130)

15 Mar: Robbe-Grillet: The Erasers :: Chapters 3 and 4 (133-212)

22 Mar: Robbe-Grillet: The Erasers :: Chapter 5 and Epilogue (217-256)

Unlearning Our Loneliness will examine a variety of models of love that emerge in poetry. Copies of the poems will be provided to all registered students. Each class will think through the specific insights of that week’s poem to explicate the model of love it seems to embrace and the ways that it encourages us to unlearn our loneliness.


03 Feb: William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116

10 Feb: Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress

17 Feb: Anne Sexton: Love Poems

24 Feb: Rumi: The Intellectual

02 Mar: Adrienne Rich: From 21 Love Poems

19 Mar: Henri Cole: Gravity and Center

16 Mar: Rainer Maria Rilke: Letter 7, Face of the Beloved

23 Mar: William Carlos Williams: The Ivy Crown


Visit http://www.humanistinquiries.org/register-for-classes/ to register, and visit our website to look for upcoming videos. We hope to see you soon!