New Course, Spring 2014 - The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy From Antiquity to Harry Potter

November 3, 2013

This Spring, Associate Professor Tara Nummedal (author of Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire) will teach a new course — HIST0150B: The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy from Antiquity to Harry Potter.

Course Description

As a set of ideas and practices, alchemy has a long, rich history in China, Roman Egypt, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. From late antiquity to the present, alchemists have transformed matter in order to understand nature, make things (including elixirs and gold), and explore connections between the natural and the supernatural. The history of alchemy offers a point of entry into science, magic, medicine, gender, religion, and cultural images of the sage, fool, and fraud.

Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 01:00pm-01:50pm

About HIST0150 Courses

HIST 0150 courses introduce students to methods of historical analysis, interpretation, and argument. This class presumes no previous history courses and is appropriate for students in their first and second years who are considering concentrating in History, as well as for students farther along who are interested in the topic or who haven't taken many history courses previously.