A Love of the Printed Text:
You are required to have the exact edition of the work being studied; if a text is distributed in PDF, you must print it out and bring it to class.
No laptops or cell-phones on the seminar table. The temptation – to check FB, e-mail, look up a word, or whether your professor is right or wrong – is too great to resist!
Timeliness in presence:
Please come to class on time; three absences will result in an automatic full point grade deduction of final grade (i.e. A to B, B to C) – each addition absence will be 1/3 of a grade (B to B-, B- to C+); do not ask to go to a different section (even if can’t wake up on time; have a driving lesson; have a doctor’s appointment, etc.); this affects the dynamics and cohesion of our seminar.
Timeliness in print:
Turn in your papers on time or one-third grade deduction per day (A to A-).
Virtues of a scholar:
responsible citation of sources, honesty in individual work. Please, no plagiarism.
Care of a Gardener:
“seminar” is from the Latin seminarium, “breeding ground, nursery,” from seminaries, “of seed,” from semen,”seed.” Thus our time together is a time of intellectual intercourse, growth, development, and cultivation. What the Germans callBildung. Results might not be overnight. But hour by hour, day by day, idea by idea, we will all become wiser thinkers and more articulate speakers.