American monuments course among three to be previewed at Aug. 5 open house

(Vanderbilt University)

Courses on American monuments, music in literature and political philosophy will be previewed at an Aug. 5 open house presenting Vanderbilt University’s fall offerings in the MLAS program, a master’s program designed for working adults.

The open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Cohen Hall on the Peabody College portion of the Vanderbilt campus. The open house is free and open to all. In addition to information on the courses, general information about the MLAS program will be available.

The fall course offerings are:

  • American Icons and Monuments, where students will analyze icons and monuments including the Statue of Liberty, Nashville’s Parthenon and Marilyn Monroe. The professor is Vivien Fryd, professor of the history of art.
  • Music in Contemporary Fiction, where students will sample and respond to music featured in a varied selection of poems, short stories and novels. The professor is Stan Link, associate professor of the philosophy and analysis of music.
  • The Political, Ancient and Modern, where students will examine basic writings in political theory from Plato to John Dewey. The professor is Michael Hodges, professor of philosophy.

The MLAS Program, with courses costing roughly half of that of an average Vanderbilt course, is accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester. The program is open to college graduates who complete the application process and are accepted. Further discounts are available to Vanderbilt employees.

MLAS students have the option of taking a broad variety of classes or focusing on a specific area and earning a certificate. Certificates are available in ethics, creative arts, history and creative writing.

For more information, see the MLAS website or call (615) 343-3140.