CST 301 DOROTHY DAY AND THE CATHOLIC WORKER
Spring 2005, Flanner 524, Tuesday, 7pm
Charles K. Wilber
518 Flanner Hall
Office hours: Tuesday, 6-7pm; other times by appointment.
Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness (Harper, 1997).
Robert Ellsberg (ed.), Dorothy Day: Selected Writings
1. Do the readings and participate in class discussions.
2. Prepare a series (five) of one page papers as noted below in the class schedule. They may be handed in or emailed to me. Either way they need to be done properly.
3. Do an eight (8) page critical reflection paper that incorporates the following (due Apr 19):
A. Work at the Peter Claver Catholic Worker house for at least six hours during the semester and critically reflect on the experience in light of the course materials.
B. Do oral interviews with at least one staff person and one guest. The questions you ask are crucial. You should include a two page commentary on the interview.
Jan 11 (7-8pm): Introduction: Become familiar with the above web sites.
Jan 18 (7-9pm): We will watch the film Entertaining Angels and read the online article by Jim Forest, “A Biography of Dorothy Day” at http://www.catholicworker.org/
Jan 25 (5-9pm): Tour the peter Claver Catholic Worker House, help prepare dinner, share dinner, and roundtable discussion. We will caravan to the house and back.
Feb 15 (7-9pm) Michael Baxter, director of the Peter Claver House, will discuss with us “The Catholic Character of Dorothy Day.” By this time you should have finished reading The Long Loneliness. Fr. Baxter will focus on this book. Also read from Ellsberg, Gifts of the Spirit, pp. 155-184 and Therese, pp. 185-203. Choose one of the essays from Ellsberg and write a one page reflection/critique to be handed in at the end of class.
Feb 22 (7-8pm): Read Peter Maurin’s Easy Essays online and be prepared to discuss them in class. See http://www.catholicworker.org/roundtable/easyessays.cfm Choose one of peter’s Essays and write a one page reflection/critique to be handed in at the end of class. Also read pp. 123-7 from Ellsberg and the online article by Jim Forest, “A Biography of Peter Maurin” at http://www.catholicworker.org/roundtable/pmbiography.cfm
Mar 1 (7-8pm) Continue discussion Of Peter Maurin’s Easy Essays.
Mar 22 (7-9pm): This night we look at a concrete example of another Catholic Worker house. Margaret Quigley Garvey and Michael Garvey will be with us to discuss the Davenport, Iowa Catholic Worker house. Margaret founded the house and ran it for seven years. Michael lived and worked there for three years where they met and eventually married. Be sure to read “The Logic of Grace: Davenport, Iowa,” in Rosalie Riegle Troester (ed), Voices from the Catholic Worker, pp. 357-69. Also read Works of Mercy, pp. 89-119, from Ellsberg. Choose one of the essays and write a one page reflection/critique to be handed in at end of class.
Apr 5 (7-9pm): We focus on social and political activism tonight. Read Ellsberg, In Fields and Factories, pp. 235-57 and Politics and Principles, pp. 261-317 and be prepared to discuss them in class. Choose one of the essays and write a one page reflection/critique to be handed in at the end of class.
Apr 12(7-9pm): For this last class we will watch the Bill Moyer’s PBS video, Dorothy Day: Still a Rebel. In preparation read from Ellsberg, the section On Pilgrimage: Twenty Years, pp. 321-63 and be prepared to discuss the various essays. Choose one of the essays and write a one page reflection/critique to be handed in at the end of class.