Moore International is a living-learning community for first-year women that combines a course that students will take together in the fall with other outside the classroom experiences. This community of students will share a common international interest that expresses itself in speaking a foreign language, a study abroad experience, or having a deep curiosity about foreign cultures and literatures.
Students will live in Moore Hall and will have an international faculty member from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) as their mentor. The goal is to create meaningful bridges between different cultures and acquire a broader perspective on one's own culture.
Inside the Classroom
Students will take the LLC 210 course that will introduce to them the study of cultural and literary texts, focused particularly on the representation of women in relation to moral and ethical norms constructed in different social and historical contexts. The course will begin by exploring classical representations of women who tend to be identified as examples of either virtue or vice.
Beginning with Greek mythology (Pandora), Genesis (Eve), the Gospels (Mary, Magdalene, etc.), and the Qur'an (Hawwa) students will investigate why women seem to be insistently depicted in terms of the extremes of virtue and vice. From there, students will examine a selection of works that confirm, complicate, or reject this Manichean perspective on women. The course also fulfills the field of study requirement in literature (FSLT) that students are required to complete, as part of their general education requirements.
Although the course will have a primary focus on literary texts, it will also introduce students to other kinds of "objects of study," including operas, visual works and cinema, in which some of these archetypal female characters are depicted.
Outside the Classroom
In addition to the course, students will participate in co-curricular events outside of the classroom with the faculty mentor that will further connect what they learn in class. Some of these activities might include:
- Attending one of the following operas from the upcoming Virginia Opera season:
- Camille Saint-Saëns, Samson and Delilah
- Giacomo Puccini, The Girl of the Golden West
- Benjamin Britten, A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Gaetano Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor
- Attending plays at one of our local theatres (Quill Theatre, Virginia Reperatory, Triangle Players, etc.)
- Attending shows at the renown Richmond Ballet
- Attending the internationally renowned French Film Festival
- Attending the African Film Festival
- Visits to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to view their exhibits
- Visit the Harnett Museum