What happens when a Mathematician and a Shakespeare scholar develop a course together? Apparently, one possibility is Mathematics and What it Means to be Human, a course developed and taught by Dr. Manil Suri and Dr. Michele Osherow at UMBC. The Chronicle of Higher Education is publishing a series (installment 1 is here) describing how this course came into being, complete with the syllabus. They also discuss the class in this video.
I enjoyed reading about Dr. Manil’s desire to proselytize a love of math to Humanities majors, and Dr. Osherow’s struggle to overcome her mathphobia. I’m looking forward to the next installments which will hopefully detail the students’ reactions to this grand experiment.
Thanks Dr. Ben Capistrant for bringing the Chronicle article to my attention!