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COURSES ON VELIKOVSKY

  •  Colleges and universities around the country are offering courses based on Velikovsky's work.

During the past few months Pensée's editors have learned, incidental to routine conversations, of many courses dealing with Velikovsky's work in colleges and universities around the country.  The ones we have heard about undoubtedly represent only a small fraction of those which have been or are being offered.  We publish this very limited compilation for the information of our readers:

Dr.  John M. Bell, Associate in Arts Degree Program, New York University.

The Unity of Knowledge.  "1) The resistances to integrative scientific knowledge; 2) the epistemological power of a unified, interdisciplinary approach to scientific and social realities.  Velikovsky's work comprises an important part of the course."

Yearly, spring term.

Dr.  Donna Boutelle, Department of History, California State University (Long Beach).

History of Western Civilization.  Utilizes Velikovsky's reconstructed chronology.

Fall, 1972

Dr.  Donna Boutelle, Department of History, California State University (Long Beach).

The Velikovsky Affair.  Honors colloquium.

1971-72.

Dr.  Mary Buckalew, department of English, North Texas State University (Denton).

World Literature.  "Presentation of the historical background of the ancient world requires specific and detailed reference to Velikovsky's work." On the reading list: Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval.

Every semester.

Thomas Ferte, Department of Humanities, Oregon College of Education (Monmouth).

The Velikovsky Revolution.  "An examination of the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky and their relationship to modern mythic analysis, history, psychology, and the sciences, with special emphasis on the potential contribution of Velikovskian catastrophism to generative myth." . Winter, 1973.

General Motors Institute, Flint, Michigan.

Faculty Seminar.  Four sessions: "Immanuel Velikovsky—Scientist" (January 11, 1973); "Techniques for Determining the Age of Materials" (January 18); "Cultural Migrations" (January 25); "The Ice Ages" (February 1).

Dr.  Alan Gowans, Chairman, Department of History in Art, University of Victoria (B.C.).

History in Art 120—Language of History in Art.

History in Art 490—Special problems related to the above.  Both courses use, and argue for, Velikovsky's revised chronology.

Lewis M. Greenberg, Department of Art, Franklin and Marshall College (Pennsylvania).

Introduction to Art History.  "Interdisciplinary course dealing with advanced civilizations in historic and prehistoric times.  Discussion of cataclysms and Velikovsky's realignment of chronologies." Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval, Pensée (May, 1972).

Spring, 1972; Summer, 1972.

Lewis M. Greenberg, Department of Art History, Moore College of Art (Philadelphia).

Independent study in art history.  Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Pensée (May and fall, 1972).

Fall, 1972.

Dr.  David Griffard, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh).

Social Psychology.  Approaches Velikovsky through Jungian psychology and the collective unconscious.  Required reading: Pensée (May, 1972).

Fall, 1972 and Spring, 1973.

Dr.  T. Walter Herbert, Department of English, University of Florida (Gainesville).

Senior Seminar for High Honors in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Pensée (May, 1972).

Yearly, four quarters.

Dr.  Daniel P. Jones, Department of History of Science, Oregon State University (Corvallis).

Science and Society.  Treats the Velikovsky Affair.

Spring, 1973.

Dr. Michael Kamrin, Department of Natural Science, Michigan State University (East Lansing).

Heresy in Science.  "The nature of science and how new ideas develop." Required reading: Worlds in Collision.

Fall, 1972.

Dr.  Dorothea Kenny, Department of English, California State University (Fullerton).

Classical Myth.  Celtic Myth.  Germanic Myth. Indic Myth.  "I have four Velikovsky courses under four different titles."

Yearly.

Dr.  Noretta Koertge, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University (Bloomington).

Ethical Problems in Scientific Research.  The Velikovsky case is presented as one of several case studies.

Spring, 1973.

Dr.  William Mullen, Department of Comparative Literature, University of California (Berkeley).

The Ancient Mediterranean World.  Velikovsky discussed throughout course.  Recommended reading: Ages in Chaos, I.
 

Fall, 1972.

Dr.  Robert C. Pollock, director, Center for Humanistic Studies, Seton Hall University (New Jersey).

Immanuel Velikovsky: Controversial Figure in Science and the Field of Ancient History.  "A study of an outstanding personality, his many-sided scholarship, and his new perspectives in cosmology and history.  The controversies that have raged around him are closely examined."  Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval; The Velikovsky Affair.

Yearly (with irregularities).

Dr. C.J. Ransom, Tarrant County Junior College (Texas).

Velikovsky Theory.

Winter, 1973.

Dr. C.J. Ransom, Texas Christian University, Division of Special Courses (Fort Worth).

Velikovsky Theory.

Fall, 1972 and Spring, 1973.

Dr.  Frank Rigler, Department of Zoology, University of Toronto.

History of Biological Science.  Special Project: each student takes a portion of Velikovsky's Earth in Upheaval and checks the references to determine areas of agreement and disagreement between Velikovsky and accepted theory.

1972-73.

Dr. Lynn E. Rose, Department of Philosophy, State University of New York (Buffalo).

Introduction to Philosophy of Science.  Required reading: The Velikovsky Affair.

1971.

Dr.  Lynn E. Rose, Department of Philosophy, State University of New York (Buffalo).

Velikovsky's "Worlds in Collision."  Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Pensée (May, 1972), Yale Scientific Magazine (April, 1967—special issue on Velikovsky).

Fall, 1972.

Dr.  Lynn E. Rose, Division of Continuing Education, State University of New York (Buffalo).

Velikovsky's "Worlds in Collision.  " Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Yale Scientific Magazine (April, 1967).

Winter, 1972.

A. J. Sharp, professor of botany, University of Tennessee.

Man and His Environment—Freshman honors course.  Uses Velikovsky case to demonstrate that scientists have their dogma and are intolerant of ideas which conflict with their own."  Suggested reading: May, 1972, Pensée.

Spring, 1973.

Warner Sizemore, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Glassboro State College (New Jersey).

World Religions.  Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Pensée (May, 1972).

Yearly, both semesters.

Warner Sizemore, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Glassboro State College (New Jersey).

Introduction to Bible.  Demonstrates the relevance of Velikovsky's work for Biblical studies.  Required reading: Worlds in Collision, Pensée (May, 1972).

Yearly, both semesters.

Dr.  Harold S. Stern, Division of Philosophy and Theology, Notre Dame College of Staten Island.

The Theories of Immanuel Velikovsky.   Required reading: Worlds in Collision; The Velikovsky Affair.

January, 1970.

PENSEE Journal III

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