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HU125: Up, Up, and Away! The Superhero’s Influence on Modern Culture

This class will examine the roots of superheroes in philosophy as well as explore how our modern depictions of superheroes have evolved since their inception. We will be looking specifically at Superman, who not only was one of the first superheroes, but also was the creation of Cleveland natives Joe Siegel and Jerry Shuster.

Some of the questions we will investigate include What is high vs. low culture? How do literature and art work together to tell stories? What cultural voice does the superhero fulfill? What cultural values does the superhero reflect? How is the superhero depicted in other contexts, mediums and cultures?

In addition to Superman, we will also look at how other superheroes have developed as a result of Superman’s influence. Expect discussions on Spiderman, Batman, the X-Men, Wonder Woman, Super friends, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, the Watchmen, The Avengers and others.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Trip

On Sunday, November 10th, the Arts, Cultures, and Humanities Learning Community traveled to Beachwood to visit the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. The tour began with a guided tour of the special exhibit, "The Dreyfuss Affair,” lead by Mr. Sol Factor. After that, the group had the honor of meeting with Holocaust survivor Erika Gold, and hearing her story. Mrs. Gold was a young girl living in Hungary who survived the Holocaust and, after the war, moved to the United States. The visit concluded with a tour through the general museum, which includes an exhibit on Superman, who was created by Jewish Cleveland natives Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.

After the museum, the group traveled to Beachwood mall for lunch and a little shopping to unwind, and then drove to the boyhood home of Joe Schuster, located in Glenville (part of Cleveland) for photos.

Participants included Joe Lopez, Brock Pierson, Abigail Jackson, Jacob Godec, Abigail Sargent, and Meri Cizmar.

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