sample courses

“I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer...education as the practice of freedom...education that connects the will to know with the will to become.  Learning is a place where paradise can be created.”

- bell hooks

Advanced Composition:

Stories of Trauma

“Writing has helped me heal. Writing has changed my life.
Writing has saved my life.”
– Louise DeSalvo

Themes in Literature:

Trauma and Healing

"Testimonial life-writing allows the author to share an unutterable tale of pain and suffering…in a discursive medium that can be addressed to everyone or no-one…It is through the very process of rehearsing and reenacting a drama of mental survival that the trauma narrative effects psychological catharsis."
– Suzette Henke

 

Expanded Composition:

First-Semester Fall Sequence (Co-created this common syllabus)

“Don’t tear up the page and start over again when you write a

bad line – try to write your way out of it. Make mistakes and plunge on…Writing is a means of discovery.”

– Garrison Keillor

 

Composition II:

International Women's Issues with Service-Learning

"A conversation of ‘us’ with ‘us’ about ‘them’ is a

conversation in which ‘them’ is silenced."

– Trinh T. Minh-ha

 

Women in Literature

“Women must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been drive away… Women must put herself into the text – as into the world and into history – by her own movement.”
– Hélène Cixous

Technical Writing:

Writing in Professional and Public Contexts (Adapted, Online)

"The difference between the right word and the almost

right word is the difference between lightning and

the lightning bug."
– Mark Twain