EXPOS-UA 15 A Spectrum of Essays
EXPOS-UA 16 Advanced Essay Writing for Science
EXPOS-UA 17 Writing in Community
EXPOS-UA 18 Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines
ASPP-UT 1009 / ASPP-GT 1009 Writing the Artist Statement
A Spectrum of Essays
Instructor: Bruce Bromley
Section: 002 (#8995)
Prerequisite: Writing the Essay
Students concerned about not meeting the course prerequisite, please contact Professor Bruce Bromley.
In a recent interview with Vulture Magazine, Michaela Coel allows readers access to the words that the lead character of her BBC/HBO series, I May Destroy You (2020), would have written just after her sexual assault, had this scene not—finally— been cut. Coel is thinking about her own assault, about the violation of the character she’s playing, and about their shared generation: We became the generation interested in ourselves. We have no problem with self-involvement. They call us vain; we say we must have got it somewhere, so technically we’re blameless, so we’re monstrous and shameless, look at us while we’re talking to you. She ends with the words, We are the generation that decided, if you won’t look at us, we’ll look at ourselves. But what does this self-looking require, and what does it hide? In our current long-viral moment, we’ll work at writing, over the semester, two longer-form essays that think about looking and selfhood and the effort of trying to recognize the sort of pain that can resist the need to understand it. We’ll watch Coel’s series; Mike Nichols’ film of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America; read poems by Jericho Brown and Ocean Vuong’s 2019 novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
To support students’ work at writing a final essay about a thinker of their choice, in any discipline, we’ll experience representatives of what it can mean both to think within a field and to contribute to its ample future. Films grounded in the lifework of natural historian David Attenborough, musician David Byrne, and painter Joan Mitchell will help us in drawing close to how rich disciplinary thinking and contribution can be. These examples merit our attention, in a world whose complexities ask all of us to speak back to them.
Advanced Essay Writing for Science
This advanced writing course offers offers science and pre-health students the opportunity to design and conduct intensive individual research, write honors-level essays for the public and for the academy, and deliver a professional presentation. The course will rely upon the work of professional scientists and writers, and students will be encouraged to attend several public events about science and writing. Students will be encouraged to present their own research at the Undergraduate Research Conference and to submit completed essays for publication in Mercer Street.
Writing in Community
Instructor: Laura Weinert-Kendt, Language Lecturer, EWP
Prerequisite: B+ or better grade for "Writing The Essay"
Writing in Community is a course for students who are passionate about writing and community service and would like to explore the dynamic relationship between these two pursuits. Each week, we will have online sessions in which we mentor under-served high school students in essay writing. To prepare for these, we will have weekly online meetings of our own to enhance our writing and mentoring skills and allow us to reflect as writers and thinkers on pressing social concerns. Students develop ideas from the course into essays.
Students who are concerned about not meeting the course prerequisite or desiring special permission should contact Laura Weinert-Kendt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines
Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines is a course for students who want to improve their articulation of ideas and information in their own disciplines as well as develop an array of approaches gathered from a diverse group of disciplinary conventions and innovative outliers. Course materials are determined in part by the interests and academic concentrations of enrolled students and will also draw from non-academic sources of inspiration for effective communication, including stand-up comedy, political rhetoric, contemporary design, storytelling for the screen, and Internet culture. Course work generally focuses on observing, analyzing, assessing and practicing the broad structures and elements of professional work in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences, leading to pursuit of each student’s own research project through oral presentations and written assignments. Those intending to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference in April are especially encouraged to enroll. This course will directly support that research, writing, and presentation.
ASPP-UT 1009 / ASPP-GT 1009
Writing the Artist Statement: Representing Your Work for Funding and Beyond
In this course, you will develop the skills you need to write about your own work. A series of guided reading, research, and writing exercises will help you think about what your work is, what it means, and why it matters, so that you will be able to craft language that accurately and effectively represent you as an artist and thinker. We will study a variety of personal statements, project descriptions, manifestos, and other artist writings, examining them for their relative strengths and weaknesses with an eye towards the most effective expressive strategies.
You will use the writing you’ve generated as the groundwork for your final projects: After we explore the variety of public and private sources of funding, fellowships, and residency opportunities in the US, you will use search resources (such as the Foundation Center and various philanthropic databases) to research and identify several opportunities that would be appropriate for your work. You will prepare applications for two opportunities of your choosing (three for graduate students). After we examine a range of artist websites,you will learn to make your own artist website (using WordPress). You will also prepare an elevator pitch for the project of your choice. You will exit the course with writing that you might revise and reuse for many different purposes in your professional creative life.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Mikesell at email@example.com.