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Media and Image

Program(s): Immersion

Canceled for Summer 2020

How do images help or hurt us? How one should go about interpreting images? How do particular kinds of visual media (painting, imitative poetry, tragic drama, photography, film, videogames) affect how we interpret what we see – including how we see ourselves? In this course, through readings, screenings, museum visits, and our own creation and manipulation of images, we will consider how philosophers, writers, artists, and filmmakers have attempted to answer these questions, and consider our own responses. If you want to get a taste of what goes on in college-level discussion courses in the humanities (particularly the Core sequences in the College at UChicago), if you wonder what literary and pictorial works by Plato or Botticelli might have to say to you, if you love watching movies or going to museums or playing video games and talking about what you've seen, or if you are into making visual artworks (whether with paint, your cellphone, or even make-up), this course is for you.

Course Considerations

The course serves as an excellent introduction to the kind of close reading, interpretive, and discussion skills that undergraduates learn in the College at the University of Chicago.

Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

June 22

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Lawrence Rothfield

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society
Writing and Literature

Class Specifics

Course Code

ENGL 17904 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration


3:00 PM


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks