A Humanities program for First Year students at Yale
Six Pretty Good X is a new initiative within the First Year Seminar Program offered every fall semester. Intentionally irreverent in name, the program deconstructs canonicity and reconceives the “great books” rubric as open, dialogic, and vital.
Examine the Capitol, the Library, the Ship, the Factory, the Museum, and the House. Covering a range of epochs, geographies, genres and media these six building “types” provide a foundation for questions about how societies and individuals organize value systems.
This year, we begin with a hypothesis: that poetry offers a useful space for exploring the problem of how to relate universals to particulars. Explore this possibly universal problem through six pretty good poems.