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1Introduction - Welcome Aboard

Wiene, Robert. The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari. 1920.
3Marlowe, Christopher. Dr. Faustus.
4First journal due
5Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.
6Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "The Birthmark," and "Rappacini's Daughter."
7Journal due

Christie, Agatha. "The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side." Miss Marple. Vol. 2. A&E Home Video, 1992.
9Doyle, Arthur Conan. A Study in Scarlet.
10Journal due
11An open discussion of modern "Sherlockery." Take the time to watch an episode of any of the current "detective shows" - especially the "scientific" shows like the assorted versions of "CSI" or "Crossing Jordan." More traditional "procedurals" like "NYPD Blue" or "Law and Order" will serve just fine, though. No matter which one.
12Hillerman, Tony. Sacred Clowns.
13Journal due

Young, Terence. Dr. No. 1962. (The first James Bond film.)
15LeCarre, John. The Tailor of Panama.
16Brecht, Bertolt. Galileo.
17Journal due
18Banville, John. Kepler.
19Gleick, James. Isaac Newton.


Else, John. The Day After Trinity. 1980.
20Journal due
21Frayn, Michael. Copenhagen.

Kubrick, Stanley. Dr. Strangelove. 1964.
23Journal due
24We'll do some organizing - your task this week will be to seek out and interview an MIT grad student about the "pursuit of mastery." If you're desperate to have something to read, there is a good book about the Whitehead: Natalie Angier, Natural Obsessions, a nd a more recent autobiography, Pepper White's The Idea Factory.
25Journal Assignment: Summarize your findings about the life of MIT grad students.
26Discussion of the results of your research on grad students.
27Discussion of Teachers

Optional Readings

Kidder. Among School Children.

Edmundson. Teacher.

Come to class prepared to describe the best teacher you've ever encountered.
28Optional Readings

Rich, Adrienne. "Planetarium."

Bloom, Harold. Genius.
29We'll view the pilot episode of "House."

Optional Readings

Williams, William Carlos. "The Use of Force," "Old Doc Rivers," "Medicine," "Hell's Kitchen," and "First Years of Practice."

Thomas, Lewis. "Becoming a Doctor."
30Final presentations due


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