Fall Seminars

ENGS 053 - Intro to Creative Writing

Instructor: Eve Alexandra Lecturer of English (More about Eve Alexandra...)

You may write in a booth in a coffee shop, a corner of the library, or under the branches of a favorite tree—but you do not write alone. You immediately enter a conversation that poets and writers have engaged in for thousands of years. We strive for “the new,” but can anything we write be wholly original? There is great chatter in our ears. Whether a writer embraces this inheritance or rebels against it, he or she must reckon with what has come “before.” Hence the “the palimpsest.” A palimpsest is a page in which an earlier text has been effaced, scraped off, and can be used again.  It is never wholly pure, however, traces remain—stains, voices, shadows. The earlier text may be damaged, but it haunts the page.

You will be asked to identify your literary ancestors, to construct a family tree if you will. Whether you choose to prune that tree or chop it down is up to you. On one level, this course will provide a basic introduction to the techniques and strategies employed in writing poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. On another, it will challenge you to think about your writing in a larger context, to find and illuminate the “underwriting” in your own work. The class is organized around discussion of student writing. You will be asked to create a final manuscript in palimpsest form. All students will be expected to participate regularly and vigorously in the workshop.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course


FTS 095 - Film Begets Film

Instructor: Deborah Ellis Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies (More about Professor Ellis...)

Considers the visual history of the 20th-21st century and the practice of appropriation in media production. The course includes screenings, readings, discussion and hands-on work that puts theory into practice.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course


Spring Seminars

PHIL 096 - Art and Aesthetics

Instructor: Michael Ashooh Lecturer of Philosophy (More about 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 we do?  What is beauty and what is its opposite? Should art strive to be beautiful; should it “strive” to be anything in particular, other than art?  Is art simply a kind of expression?  Is it a social or cultural “construct”?  More recently philosophers have wondered about the nature of our experiences of art and our judgements about art works, and what these reveal about the nature and role of art in our lives and society.  In this course, we will overview some of the traditional philosophical concerns about the nature of art and aesthetic experiences, and more contemporary concerns as well.  We will investigate whether art can be defined and if so, how?  We will examine the nature and function of representation and whether art can or should be understood as fundamentally representational.  We will ask about the role of art institutions in creating, making and legitimating art.  We will ask what our judgments of beauty and artistic merit show us about art generally, and ourselves and society.  Why are we so moved, inspired, morally elevated and disappointed by art?  Philosophers have been asking these sorts of questions, and many others about art, and thinking about them helps us to better understand what it means to be human and why we value art.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course


THE 010 - Introduction to Acting

Instructor: Craig Wells Lecturer of Theatre (More about Craig Wells...)

The Introduction to Acting THE 010 course provides students with the basic training and tools for acting on the stage. The course covers body energy, breathing, diction, and improvisational approaches to building a character. Assigned monologue and scene work will provide students an opportunity to learn about script analysis, dramatic conflict, character-driven objectives, and the importance of listening when acting. Written assignments throughout the semester will serve to help students further discover a character’s goals, objectives, and actions as it pertains to the assigned monologue or scene.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course