WRIT 100: Courses Current Offerings

Fall 2020

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Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Miranda, Deborah A.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-01: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Memoir and Identity in Literature (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. While novels written from a marginalized point of view are often called "literature of resistance," or literature that resists common misconceptions about a particular group, what would we call a memoir that does similar work from a first-person point of view? Does memoir also challenge and educate us about the identities of marginalized or silenced voices? Does such memoir also challenge history, cultural assumptions, media representations? How do memoirists write an identity at odds with mainstream perceptions and still connect with their mostly mainstream audience? We explore how to read and then write about such life narratives as a form of resistance literature, stressing critical analysis, active reading, argumentation, presentation of evidence, and revision. (FW) Miranda.  

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Hill, Michael D.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-02: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Shut Up and Play: Black Athletes and Activism (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Colin Kaepernick's national-anthem protest revealed the complicated relationship between black athletes and American democracy. Raising questions linked to patriotism, free speech, and labor relations, this situation shows—among other things—why the interdisciplinary analysis advocated by Africana Studies provides a full understanding of contemporary social realities. We pursue three goals tied to such enhanced comprehension. First, we learn to write clear, organized, and well-supported prose through assignments demanding skill in different types of verbal expression. Second, we strive to read multimedia materials and to use these sources in public discussions about citizenship. Finally, we try to place current debates about black athletic activism within the broader context of civil disobedience and post-Brown vs. Board pursuits of racial equality. Our class is anchored by the exploration of four case studies: Muhammad Ali's refusal to be inducted into the army; John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics; Serena Williams's boycott of Indian Wells; and Kaepernick's kneeling during the national anthem. (FW) M. Hill.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Walle, Taylor F.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-04: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Monsters Among Us (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Beginning with the first gothic novel in 1764, the gothic has thrilled readers for centuries. Featuring a variety of foes, the gothic offers readers a way to explore their deepest fears, especially the fear that monsters (real and imaginary) lurk among us. We read a wide range of texts—from Mary Shelley's classic gothic novel Frankenstein to Emil Ferris's recently-published graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters —in order to explore the notion of monstrosity and the persistence of monsters in our cultural imagination. While the topic of the course is monsters, the main focus is writing: our readings, class discussions, and assignments are all designed specifically to help you cultivate and refine your skills as a writer. (FW) Walle.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Kharputly, Nadeen

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-05: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Animal Intimacies (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Non-human animals occupy a central force in our lives. We love them, wear them, eat them, study them, experiment on them, honor them in our art, and establish therapeutic relationships with them. Animals have long served as a reflection of our own (in)humanity, and this seminar offers a close look at the human-animal bond through different genres of writing, including but not limited to poetry, personal essays, food writing, animal rights and environmental activist writing, and comics. (FW) Kharputly.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Millan, Diego A.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-06: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Homeward Bound (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. "Home" is an enduring topic in literature, in part, because of its broad appeal and applicability. It can refer to a literal structure, to the emotional bonds that hold us together, and to the practices that generate and safeguard both. Building on these meanings, homes become symbols for broader social configurations—the unit whose protection represents the security of the nation, for instance. Moreover, imaginings of home, literary or otherwise, offer us a window through which to consider how normative and so-called "non-normative" families form. We explore varying, often contradicting, expressions of the domestic. We explore how "home" intersects with markers of identity, such as race, class, and gender. Possible topics include kinship, sexuality, alienation, homelessness, and memory/nostalgia. (FW) Millan.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Fuentes, Freddy O.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-07: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Don't "I" Me: Privilege, Otherness and Writing (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. We examine "One of these things is not like the others" (a.k.a., impostor) syndrome and its effect on the human quest to feel good enough. Our reading and writing explores the complexities of and correspondence between (suggested) inferiority and otherness based on factors such as color, gender, education, sexual orientation, privilege, and language. We dig into works from, among others, James Baldwin, Peggy McIntosh, Claudia Rankine, Tucker Carlson, Audre Lorde, and Isabel Allende. (FW) Fuentes.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Oliver, Bill

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-08: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Mysteries, Puzzles, & Conundrums (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Melville wrote that "significance lurks in all things." In other words, meaning exists everywhere but is hidden and sometimes difficult, even impossible to discover. Upon this belief rests the possibility of mystery. And it is with mysteries that we concern ourselves—"mysteries" not in the generic sense of stories about crime and detection but mysteries of character, morality, religion, and art. Central to each of the works we read is some puzzle, secret, riddle, enigma, ambiguity, or complexity. Sometimes the work itself is the mystery, a kind of hieroglyph. Each work, in its own way, raises questions about the methods and the limitations of human discovery. We approach your own writing as a means of investigation and discovery as well, with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary to build convincing "cases" (i.e., arguments) when evidence is incomplete, ambiguous, or contradictory. (FW) Oliver.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Dobin, Howard N. (Hank)

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-10: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Aspects of Elizabeth (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) is among history's most fascinating figures. She ruled a small island, beset by threats both external and internal, during a period of tremendous political, religious and cultural change. Her 45-year reign saw the conspiracies and eventual execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, the consolidation of the Church of England, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the flowering of English culture in such figures as Shakespeare, Donne, and Marlowe. We learn about both the public and private Elizabeth by focusing on four distinct topics: her own poetry, letters and speeches; the portraits of her as princess and queen; her controversial personal and political relationship with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex; and films about Elizabeth. The primary texts of the course are each other's essays; we learn about our topic by reading what other students have written, while focusing most of our class time on improving our writing skills. (FW) Dobin.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Ruiz, Maria F. (Florinda)

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-11: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Fables, Animal Tales, and Tricksters (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Different cultures have used animals as allegorical elements in instructional stories and as symbols to foster particular ideologies. From Aesop's fables to Native American folk tales, across the globe we can discover connections between animal spirits, tricksters, and people illustrating different cultural, political, and social norms. In western popular culture, animal tales are still used as allegories for political satire or social criticism. We read key animal fables, investigate themes and story patterns, and trace different versions of animal tales right up to the 21st century. How and why do cultural representations of particular animal tales change? Students learn to compose clear, organized, and well-supported articulations of their understanding of the texts and issues at hand. (FW) Ruiz.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Green, Leah N. (Leah Naomi)

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-12: Writing Seminar for First-Years: The Nature of Nature: Environmental Thought and Literature (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This seminar is an exploration of the human relationship to nature. How do writers and environmental thinkers understand their relationships to "the natural world"? How can we understand our own? We read widely within environmental literature. Walt Whitman, Annie Dillard, and Wendell Berry, among others, provide scaffolding for our discussion of "nature", "truth", "individuality", "community", "life", "death", "knowledge", and "mystery". We explore the implications of these ideas for an individual life as well as for a globalized world in which ecological concern is a matter of daily news and attention. (FW) Green.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Smout, Kary

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-14: Writing Seminar for First-Years: The Healing Power of Nature (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. In this course, students will read Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning , an account of vital factors that helped concentration camp inmates survive, then study three key works that deal with major personal struggles healed through outdoor activities and adventures. The works are Cheryl Strayed's Wild , Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild , and Fred Chappell's Brighten the Corner Where You Are .   e'll connect these works to extreme sports, the outdoor recreation industry, environmental issues, mindfulness, and scientific studies of healing.  Our goal is to study and discuss hope and healing in this and other troubled times. (FW) Smout.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - McGonigal, Andrew J.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-15: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Asking the Big Questions (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This is a seminar discussion of a range of traditional philosophical questions about the nature of reality and our place within it. Can we prove beyond a doubt using reason alone that God exists? Should we always adjust our beliefs to the evidence, or is it sometimes reasonable to believe something that we have no evidence for? What is the nature of the mind? What is free will, and how does it fit into a scientific picture of the universe? Are there objective moral truths? Students cultivate skills as a writer, learning to write clearly, critically, accurately, expressively, and imaginatively about complex and important issues. (FW) McGonigal.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Al-Ahmad, Jumana S.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-16: Writing Seminar for First-Years: The Middle East and North Africa in Films (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Students in this section examine the Middle East and North Africa through films and academic texts drawn from history, comparative politics, film studies, and sociology -- an interdisciplinary approach to developing a critical approach to understanding the social movements, cultures, and life of ordinary people of the region. Within the discourse of colonialism and post-colonialism debates, students gain insights into topics such as nation-building, women's leadership through popular music, poverty, uprisings, and the humanitarian crisis of refugees, and explore how the use of cinema has served to address, define, restore, or retell the transformative stories of a truly complex and heterogeneous region. (FW) Al-Ahmad.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Levy, Jemma A.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-17: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Acting & Identity (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. While most of us have watched actors performing our whole lives, very few of us have a sense of how professional actors' identities affect and are affected by the roles they play.  This course will focus on how we perceive actors, how actors perceive themselves, and how our own assumptions about actors' identities inform the way we react to their artistic work.  Using both fiction and non-fiction accounts, with an emphasis on plays, we will explore race, gender, and sexual identity in the on- and offstage lives of actors, and we will attempt to draw some conclusions about the art of acting and the ways we perform our identities in our daily lives. (FW) J.Levy.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Gildner, Robert M. (Matt)

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, reflection, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Fall 2020, WRIT 100-18: Writing Seminar for First-Years: How to Overthrow the State (3). Prerequisite: First-year class standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least three revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This course places each student at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society. How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses?  How do you plan on improving the lives of the people?  How will you deal with the past? From Frantz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohandas Gandhi and others, we explore examples of revolutionary thought and action from across the Global South. Students engage these texts by participating in a variety of writing exercises, such as producing a Manifesto, drafting a white paper that critically analyzes a particular issue, and writing a persuasive essay on rewriting history and confronting memory. (FW) Gildner.

 

Spring 2020

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Winter 2020

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Barry, Jeffrey S.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-01: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Opium Lessons (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. In this seminar, students learn how to research and write about the opioid crisis that has evolved through decades of ethical and medical concerns complicated by the misuse of scientific information within the pharmaceutical industry. As journalistic readings guide us through the issues, we examine the data and sources behind the stories to reveal the techniques of writing. For the assignments, you investigate an opium-related topic in an area of your interest. Opium and its derivatives are nothing new. History and literature demonstrate that the milky sap of the poppy (papever somniferum) gained notoriety long before now. The course ends with student-led discussions about the lessons learned (and not yet learned) by government, industry, and society. (FW) Barry.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Wheeler, Lesley M.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-02: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Other Worlds (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This seminar focuses on fantastic literature about borders and boundary states. Many readings come from the edges of genre: dystopian fiction, poetry based on fairy tales, and more. The core skill that students hone is critical writing, but they also try other modes and media, including creative writing. (FW) Wheeler.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Kharputly, Nadeen

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-03: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Writing as Consolation (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This seminar focuses on the theme of writing as consolation, with a close look at meditations on grief, healing, loss, complicated relationships with the body and with nature, ranging from work by Roxane Gay, Joan Didion, Rachel Carson, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and more. The central question we consider is how and why writers turn to their craft to move through tremendous shifts in their life. What does it mean to write about difficult issues publicly, to put oneself—as a writer, as a person, as someone who grieves—out there? What is achieved in this relationship between reader and writer? Students should be prepared to discuss and write about sensitive issues like trauma, grief, loss, assault, illness, and death. (FW) Kharputly.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Brodie, Laura F.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-04: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Wicked Women (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This seminar begins with Chaucer's Wife of Bath and ends with recent essays on Hillary Clinton. In between, we examine witches, femme fatales and prostitutes, considering representations of difficult women in literature, journalism, and film. The course is not for women only—for instance, our discussion of witchcraft and wizardry runs from Miller's The Crucible through excerpts from Harry Potter. (FW) Brodie.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Oliver, Bill

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-05: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Misfits, Rebels, & Outcasts (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. The seminar's title leaves out a lot. If extended, it might include strangers, visionaries, fanatics, prophets, artists, lovers, criminals, transients, deviants, freaks, and monsters. We read stories and plays, as well as view films, about individuals challenging the status quo, either directly or indirectly, deliberately or inadvertently. We consider, among other things, what happens to the individual in the process, and what happens to the status quo. (FW) Oliver.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Pickett, Holly C.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-06: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Nonconformity and Community (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. In this community-based writing seminar, students articulate their own thoughts and beliefs about community, in dialogue with literature and nonfiction about the tension between nonconformity and community. What is the proper role of nonconformity in the healthy community? How much conformity is needed to sustain a culture? Are complete nonconformity and strict conformity even possible? Through readings by classic and contemporary writers, we explore the importance of sameness and difference within the various communities to which we belong. Moreover, in Winter 2020, students visit and interview residents at Heritage Hall Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; they work in pairs with a Heritage Hall resident to create a story about a life experience or belief of that resident. Site visits take place during class time. Students present their work to Heritage Hall residents. Students interested in community engagement are especially encouraged to enroll. (FW) Pickett.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Loar, Matthew P.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-07: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Down with the Patriarchy! (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. In the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, patriarchy was the norm. Women were permanently enshrined as second-class citizens. Whole categories of citizens were socially marginalized or legally disenfranchised strictly on the basis of participating in non-normative sexual activities. This seminar explores the social and political functions of gender and sexuality in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, drawing on ancient texts, modern theoretical writings, and contemporary scholarship to inform our analysis. In the process, we also keep a keen eye on how the same attitudes about gender and sexuality prominent in the ancient world manifest and persist today. (FW) Loar.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Green, Leah N. (Leah Naomi)

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-08: Writing Seminar for First-Years: The Nature of Nature: Environmental Thought and Literature (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This seminar is an exploration of the human relationship to nature. How do writers and environmental thinkers understand their relationships to "the natural world"? How can we understand our own? In this seminar, we read widely within environmental literature. Walt Whitman, Annie Dillard, and Wendell Berry, among others, provide scaffolding for our discussion of "nature", "truth", "individuality", "community", "life", "death", "knowledge", and "mystery". We explore the implications of these ideas for an individual life as well as for a globalized world in which ecological concern is a matter of daily news and attention. (FW) Green.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Ruiz, Maria F. (Florinda)

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-09: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Fables, Animal Satire, and Tales of Beasts (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing . Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. Different cultures have used animals as allegorical elements in instructional stories and as evocative symbols in the preservation of particular ideologies. Some appear in Native American folk tales illustrating connections between animal spirits and people. Others, like Aesop's fables, originated in India and have traveled the globe communicating cultural norms and inspiring numerous forms of art. We examine animal tales from around the world, investigate themes and story patterns, and trace different versions of animal tales right up to the 21st century. How and why have cultural representations of particular animal traits changed? Is our modern world more separated from the realities of the animal world? Students learn to compose clear, organized, and well-supported articulations of their understanding of the texts and issues at hand. (FW) Ruiz.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Brodie, Laura F.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-10: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Wicked Women (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. This seminar begins with Chaucer's Wife of Bath and ends with recent essays on Hillary Clinton. In between, we examine witches, femme fatales and prostitutes, considering representations of difficult women in literature, journalism, and film. The course is not for women only—for instance, our discussion of witchcraft and wizardry runs from Miller's The Crucible through excerpts from Harry Potter. (FW) Brodie.

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Harrington, Jane F.

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-11: Writing Seminar for First-Years: Controversies in Children's Literature (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. In this seminar, students engage with works written for children (some classic and some modern; some fiction and some nonfiction) and apply a critical lens to issues involving violent content, gender representation, racial stereotyping, religious objections, and historical accuracy. Instruction in research methods and proper use of information is also included. Students can expect a dynamic environment with a lot of small-group discussion and activities. (FW) Harrington .

Writing Seminar for First-Years

WRIT 100 - Smout, Kary

Concentrated work in composition with readings ranging across modes, forms, and genres in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The sections vary in thematic focus across disciplines, but all students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing  several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style.

Winter 2020, WRIT 100-12: Writing Seminar for First-Years: A Whole New World (3). Prerequisite: First-year standing. Concentrated work in composition. All students write at least four revised essays in addition to completing several exercises emphasizing writing as a process. All sections stress active reading, argumentation, the appropriate presentation of evidence, various methods of critical analysis, and clarity of style. In this age of global travel, economics, and politics, people can go almost anywhere and find similar technology and consumer goods, experiencing a new place as a comfortable and in some ways familiar variation on home. At other times visitors and newcomers really have discovered a whole new world. In this section, students study novels, movies, and other accounts of cultural encounters between people who have been in the same place but experienced very different worlds. Works include James Welch's Fools Crow about white men first meeting the Blackfeet Indians in Montana, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart about the English first coming to Nigeria, and Cormac McCarthy's The Road about the breakdown of shared culture in a post-apocalyptic world. We also think about how such encounters are depicted in the news and in popular culture, from Disney movies to advertisements to music videos. We compare these fictional encounters with international experiences, issues, and conflicts today. (FW) Smout.