Auditor Only Series

We are fortunate to have 3 auditor only courses this fall.

ASC 100 – The Buddhist World of Thought and Practice

Professor: Jacqueline Stone, Professor Emerita, Buddhism and Japanese Religion

Dates: Friday’s, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Description: The Buddhist tradition spans twenty-five hundred years and encompasses a wealth of teachings and practices; it claims millions of adherents across Asia and is attracting growing interest in the West. This course offers an introduction to its basic principles and later developments. We will start with early Buddhist teachings, giving attention to their Indic social and religious context. We will then turn to the rise of the “great vehicle” (Mahayana) movement and touch on a few of its many subsequent forms, such as Zen, Pure Land, Tantric, and Lotus Buddhism. Finally, we will turn to some historically recent transformations produced by global Buddhist modernism.

Biography: Jacqueline Stone joined the Princeton faculty in 1990. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Buddhism and Japanese religions. Her chief research field is Japanese Buddhism of the medieval and modern periods. Her current research areas include death and dying in Buddhist cultures, Buddhism and nationalism, and traditions of the Lotus Sutra, particularly Tendai and Nichiren. She is the author of Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism, which received a 2001 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion. She has co-edited The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations (with Bryan J. Cuevas, 2007), Readings of the Lotus Sutra (with Stephen F. Teiser, 2009), and other volumes of collected essays. Her newest book, Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan (working title), is forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press. She has been president of the Society for the Study of Japanese Religions and co-chair of the Buddhism section of the American Academy of Religion. Currently she is vice president of the editorial board of the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and serves on the advisory board of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies.

ASC 200 - The Music of the Viennese Classical Style:  Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

Professor: Scott Burnham, Professor Emeritus, Music

Dates: Friday’s, November 8, 15, 22, December 6, 2019

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Description: How did three composers associated with one European city become the prime movers of Western art music’s most consistently revered historical era?  This course offers some perspectives on this question by addressing the principal values of the musical language shared by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, as well as by engaging in detailed explorations of the music of each composer.  We will also draw upon the rich cultural contexts of their music, including poetics, philosophy, politics and biography, as we move from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century, from Enlightenment to Romanticism.

     Preparation for our discussions will include listening to plenty of musical repertoire, including string quartets, concertos, symphonies and operas, as well as absorbing a robust roster of readings that will include some of the finest English-language writing on the Classical style (by Donald Francis Tovey, Charles Rosen, Joseph Kerman et al).

Biography: Scott Burnham is Distinguished Professor of Music at the CUNY Graduate Center and Scheide Professor of Music History Emeritus at Princeton University.  His teaching and research centers on issues of music criticism, analysis, and reception; historical music theory of the 18th- through 20th centuries; and the music of Western composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann.  Burnham’s best known books are Beethoven Hero (1995), a study of the values and reception of Beethoven’s heroic-style music, and Mozart’s Grace (2013), on beauty in the music of Mozart.  He is the grateful recipient of various honors, including Princeton University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, the Society of Music Theory’s Wallace Berry Award for Beethoven Hero, and the American Musicological Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award for Mozart’s Grace.

     Devoted to the challenge of speaking about music to general audiences, Burnham lectures regularly for Princeton University Concerts, and he has presented pre-concert talks for Lincoln Center in New York, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, the Bard Music Festival, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

ASC 300 – Animal Behavior (Part II)

Professor: Jim Gould, Professor Emeritus, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dates: Friday’s, November 8, 15, 22, December 13, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Description: The interplay of instinct, learning, and cognition in animals produces endlessly fascinating behavior designed to solve crucial species-specific challenges.  In this new set of four lectures, the course will look first at animal communication -- its purposes, messages, and the surprising use of sensory abilities beyond human experience.  The second talk will focus on how animals build homes and construct other architectural triumphs, from spider webs to bird nests to beaver dams, lodges, and canals.  The third topic will be decision making, by which animals innately weigh costs and benefits to make individual strategic choices.  The final focus will be on sociobiology, the relatively rare but dramatic ability of animals competing for the same resources nevertheless to organize themselves into temporary or even permanent groups with a minimum of internal friction.  Of particular interest is the surprisingly democratic organization of larger associations, ranging from ants to humans.  While these talks will complement those in the spring 2019 auditor course, students need not have attended the earlier lectures.

Biography: Jim Gould joined the faculty in 1975.  He has taught animal behavior, introductory biology, marine biology, and writing.  With his wife, Dr. Carol Grant Gould, he has written ten books, including The Animal Mind, Sexual Selection, Animal Architects, and Nature’s Compass.  His research has focused on instinct, learning, cognition, communication, navigation, decision making, mate choice, and social insects.  He has worked on honey bees, right whales, homing pigeons, gulls, ducks, chickens, marine toads, lizards, live-bearing fish, and humans.