Fall 2021


English 053
Introduction to Creative Writing
Professor Eve Alexandra

This is an introductory course on the techniques of writing poetry, short prose fiction, and creative non-fiction. It is also an invitation to challenge your conception of “poetry” and “prose.” We will examine the work of contemporary poets and writers in order to further understand our own work and the creative process. We will also consider the role of creative writing in contemporary American culture. Throughout the semester you will be asked to carefully consider what it means to create and compose a body of work—a public document that responds not only to your own experience, but also to the world at large. The class is organized around student writing, and we will workshop on a weekly basis. A dedication to craft, aesthetic innovation, and risk-taking is expected of writers in this course.

Art 095
Introduction to Photography
Professor Bill McDowell

This course provides students with a broad introduction to making black and white photographs emphasizing craft, the history of photography, and conceptual problem solving.

Spring 2022

Dance 096
Environment & Performance
Professor Julian Barnett

This course explores the relationship between the human body, environment, and performance. The course orients itself around the processes of the body, as it moves, witnesses, and discerns to uniquely perceive ‘environment’ as a multi-layered body of history, geography, and identity and ‘performance’ as a social-political and transformative structure. The goals of the course are to heighten an individual's sensitivity to naturalistic practices that help build relationships to space, time, biography, and context. The class offers perspectives of how performance can function as a vital way of seeing, as well as being, within specific and rapidly shifting environments.

Philosophy 027
Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
Professor Michael Ashooh

For as long as there have been philosophers, they have been wondering about art. What is it? Why do we create it? And why do we respond to it as wevarious forms of art and their interconnections, and what philosophy cari teach us or help us to understand about the nature of art and our experiences of it. We will end by looking at the development of popular forms of art (film and music in particular) and reflect on how the mass production of art and these art institutions have transformed both our experience of art and our understanding of what countsdeal of time looking at art as we talk about it.?>