English - Rhetoric, Critical Thinking, & Composition: Death & Other Conversations
This semester-long course studies rhetoric, analyzing texts (essays, podcasts, art, poetry, film, and other media) focused on death. Topics extend beyond corporeal death to sociopolitical constructs, traditions, the environment, and more. Students examine how texts shape and are shaped by normalized depictions of death and dying and what impact death rhetoric has on individual and societal understanding. Throughout the semester, we return to the question: What does death reveal?
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (excerpts)
"The American Way of Death, Revisited” by Jessica Mitford (excerpts)
“The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” by Audre Lorde
“Man vs. Corpse” by Zadie Smith
“Apocalypse” by Junot Díaz
“Formation” by Beyoncé
Thank You for Smoking (film)
“History Project” by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
“dinosaurs in the hood” by Danez Smith
“The Gun Show” from More Perfect podcast
“Doing the No No” with Adam Zaretsky by Love + Radio
Hannah Gadsby’s “Nannette”
Honors - Butt Dials & Booty Calls:
Sex, Sexuality, & Relationships in the Digital Age
This half-semester seminar studies the ever-evolving relationship between technology and intimacy. Through music, podcasts, television, film, short fiction, essays, poetry, and art, students explore the impact of digital media on sex, sexuality, and relationships, investigating questions like: What impact does media have on sexual education and health? How does popular media (re)define dating and romance? Who is included and who is left out of depictions of these topics in popular media?
“The Tech Boom” The Eighties (s1e6)
“When Did Porn Become Sex Ed?” by Peggy Orenstein from The New York Times “Opinion”
“Sex Education” Last Week Tonight
“Is YA Fiction a Better Sex Educator Than Sex Ed?” from Love + Sex podcast
“Dating App Helps Muslim Millennials Find Love, Parents Not Included” from NPR’s Code Switch podcast
“Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenia on The New Yorker
“Romantic Comedies: When Stalking Has a Happy Ending” by Julie Beck, The Atlantic
“San Junipero,” Black Mirror (s3e4)
English - Introduction to Creative Writing: Workshop
This semester-long workshop introduces students to creative writing fundamentals and provides space for students to write in a variety of genres, receive and share feedback, and revise. Paired with a lecture that offers extensive readings in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, this workshop focuses on the full creative writing process, including: brainstorming ideas with writing prompts; outlining and plotting; sharing feedback with peers; receiving, and interpreting feedback; revision strategies; submitting to journals. Students receive feedback from their workshop instructor on each workshop piece, as well as individual guidance during one-on-one conferences.
Setting / worldbuilding
Style & voice
Quality of Teaching
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