Washington DC Course Info

"Dreams and Disillusion in Nineteenth-Century France"

Registration            $395.00

Susanna Lee, ’92, Professor of French, Georgetown University                                          

Mondays, March 5- April 9,  5:30 - 7:00 pm 
Location:  TBD Washington, DC 20036

Course Description

This mini-course studies two of the greatest literary hits of the French nineteenth-century, Balzac’s Le Père Goriot and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Balzac’s 1835 novel tells the story of a young man who has come to Paris from the provinces and hopes to make his fortune. Revolted but mainly fascinated by the corruption he finds, he sets out to conquer high society. Flaubert’s 1857 Madame Bovary chronicles a discontented married woman who dreams of passion and romance, pursuing her fantasies into the gates of madness and ruin. Focus will be on close readings of plot, character, and style, as well as on political ideologies, the role of religion, the meaning of narrative authority, the importance of gender and class, the rise of industrial production and capitalism, the definition of morality and moral authority, the relationship between reality and writing, and the nature of literary and cultural modernity.      


Course Material:

Balzac, Le Père Goriot (Translated by Henry Reed, Signet)

Flaubert, Madame Bovary (Translated by Lydia Davis, Penguin)

Course Syllabus



Professor Susanna Lee '92

Susanna Lee is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Georgetown University, where she also directs the program in Comparative Literature. Her most recent book, Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Decline of Moral Authority, came out in 2016 from Ohio State University Press. She is also the author of A World Abandoned By God: Narrative and Secularism, published by Bucknell University Press in 2006. She has written numerous articles on the nineteenth-century French novel, crime fiction, and law and humanities, and edited the Norton Critical Editions of Proust’s Swann’s Way and Stendhal’s The Red and the Black. Her current book project is entitled A Hard-Boiled History of the United States.

"Natural Resources and International Security: Energy, Water, Land, Conflict Minerals, and Food"

Registration              $450.00

Paul Sullivan, ’86 PhD, Professor of Economics at the National Defense University, Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University                                          

Saturdays, March 10- April 14,  10:00 - 12:00 pm
Location:  UCDC Washington Center 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036                    Parking available at location.

Course Description: 

This class will look into how to make the use of natural resources more sustainable and less wasteful. It will also look into how to handle resource conflicts better. Climate change will also be considered across the resources to be discussed. The areas of focus will be South America (Chile, Argentina and Bolivia), North and East Africa (the Nile Basin, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, etc), China-India-Pakistan-Tibetan Plateau, and the conflict minerals areas of Western and Central Africa. The domestic and international security aspects will include water conflicts, land disputes, minerals tensions, food security, and other resource-based social and political (and even military and diplomatic) tensions and the like.

All readings will be via the internet. No need to purchase any books.



Week 1- March 10:  An Introduction to Natural Resources, Nexus Thinking, and the Diplomacy, Economics, Politics, and Military Aspects of Natural Resources​

Week 2- March 17:  Natural Resources and South America (Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina)

Week 3- March 24:  Natural Resources and North and East Africa (The Nile, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, etc)

Week 4- March 31:  Natural Resources and the China-India-Pakistan-Tibetan Plateau Nexus

Week 5- April 7:      Natural Resources (Conflict Minerals especially) in Western and Central Africa

Week 6- April 14:    Natural Resources and Climate Change: What Else Might Change?




Dr. Paul Sullivan, '81 M.A., '82 M.Phil, '86 Ph.D 


Dr. Paul Sullivan has been a professor of economics at the National Defense University (NDU) since July 1999. He has been a primary faculty adviser to U.S. officers at the colonel and equivalent ranks, and flag officers from the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Latin America and East Asia while at NDU. He has been part of the leadership and faculty of the NDU Energy Industry Study for 15 years. Dr. Sullivan has run field studies on the energy, environment and agribusiness industries in Tanzania, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Greece, Turkey, the UAE, Qatar, Australia, Japan, Mongolia, China, and many other places as part of his duties at NDU. Dr. Sullivan is an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, where he has taught classes on global energy and international security (which include analyses of energy issues for the EU, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Arctic) for over 13 years. He is a Senior International Fellow at the National Council of U.S. Arab Relations and an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Future Global Resource Threats at the Federation of American Scientists. He is an internationally recognized expert on the economics, politics, and energy, water and security in the MENA region and parts of Asia. He has a Ph.D. (highest honors) from Yale, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis, and was in the 2006 class of Seminar XXI at MIT. His experiences and knowledge from professional and personal travels in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, Latin America and elsewhere will also contribute to the class.