FT 05-P Fathers and Sons
Doug Calisch, Art Department
From Oedipus and Laius to Cal Ripkin junior and senior, to the Bush Presidents, the relationships between fathers and sons throughout history are charged with intensity and passion. Love/hate, competition/caring, respect/irreverence, presence/absence, and the coming of age/fear of growing old are dichotomies that can characterize this relationship between males. This class will examine the variety of ways that fathers and sons are depicted in our culture through film, literature, and art. Our journey will involve looking at cultural stereotypes, human nature, and personal experiences. In addition, students will reflect through journal writing, interviewing, papers, and discussion on their roles in this powerful and ever changing relationship. The course, like all Freshman Tutorials, will focus on improving communication skills. The theme of Fathers and Sons will be our vehicle to develop critical observation skills, while cultivating talents as readers, writers, and speakers.