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How did creative responses attempt to make sense of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks? 9/11 elicited a wide array of passionate and conflicting responses across politics, the media, and the arts – to name just a few areas in which discourse centered on the aftermath of this shocking event. The course explores the ways in which the visual arts and literature prove to be a key part of the process by which the West, particularly the United States, would attempt to develop an understanding of what took place. Through fiction, graphic novels, photography and other visual art, we will explore why artists and writers chose to join words and images together in order to comment on 9/11, as if to say that words or images alone could not do justice to the impact of terror. We will also look at ways in which these works intersect with ethical thought.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences