An Invitation to Forums for a Future

  • Author: Edward Renner
  • Release Date : 2012-06-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • File Size: 90906241 Bytes

I teach an Honors course at the University of South Florida, entitled Forums for a Future. The course engages students in a series of civic discussion about the economic, social and political issues we must deal with to have a future. This book is a brief preview of the content of that course. The course will become available through USF iTunes University for the Fall Semester 2012. Any one may take the course free. The only difference between the USF for-credit course and the free public version on iTunes U is the lack of direct access to the instructor and freedom from the three classes per week time table of a semester schedule. The iTunes version is self paced. Anyone taking the course on iTunes will be able to interact with others who are at the...

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Invitation to a Beheading

  • Author: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Release Date : 1989-09-19
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • File Size: 774781 Bytes

Like Kafka's The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude," an imaginary crime that defies definition. Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail, where he is visited by chimerical jailers, an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner, and by his in-laws, who lug their furniture with them into his cell. When Cincinnatus is led out to be executed, he simply wills his executioners out of existence: they disappear, along with the whole world they inhabit....