First Bell

I’m a bit ashamed of having not posted in the last three days. I’ve been busy getting oriented on campus. Today was the first day of classes at Middlebury College so here’s my first impressions:

  1. PHIL206 Contemporary Moral Isssues – While the class was overflowing today with people wanting to get in, I think this class is fascinating. I’ve never taken a formal philosophy course but this seems like a good place to start. In the post-Enron world, I think ethics should be a required course in school so it’s about time I get my morals in order. I’m looking to set aside any outside notions and evaluate the question posed by Aristotle: how should we live? This class has debates on abortion, the death penalty, euthenasia, and animal rights.
  2. PSCI103 Introduction to Comparative Politics – I find the topic interesting enough. Analyzing the institutions between similar countries (new democracies with new democracies and post-totalitarian regimes with post-totalitarian regimes, etc.) can be fun if one picks the right things to study. While I am impressed with my teacher’s background of comparitive politics in Asia (China in particular), I’m not a fan of his lecture style. He is a relatively new teacher with a fresh Ph.D. from Columbia. I’m going to sit in on another teacher’s version of the same class to see how it goes.
  3. FYSE1158 20th Century Indian Literature – We began this class last week, and the reading is already beginning to pile up. I’m intrigued to learn about a culture I know little about but is an up-and-coming force in the world. I think it will be fun but I’ll have to wait to get into the meat of the course (several novels including: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Moor’s Last Sigh by Rushdie, and Imaginary Maps by Devi)

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