Thurs., Jan. 21: Introduction to Web Forum and Dailies. What are the arts and humanities and why do we study them? Discussion of Edmundson and Shorris articles. Complete group survey.
Assignment DUE: Read two pieces "On the Uses of a Liberal Education":
Mark Edmundson, "As Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students" and Earl
Shorris "As a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor." Briefly summarize each,
identifying what each implies should be the purpose of studying the
humanities as well as who is studying humanities and to what end. Write
down questions about course policy and overview. Write 2-3 pages about yourself:
previous writing classes taken, goals for the course and career, academic and
outside interests, writing strengths and weaknesses.
Tues., Jan. 26: Further discussion of first analysis assignment. Using a grid to collect information. Groups meet to plan work and discuss articles.
Assignment: Read the following: George Orwell "Politics and
the English Language," Susan Willis "Public Use/Private State," and Emily
Hiestand "Hymn." Write one-paragraph summaries of each and make a list of what the
pieces have in common.
Thurs., Jan. 28: Groups meet to discuss articles and collect material for the paper.
Assignment: Each group will determine its own assignment for
Tues., Feb. 2: Finish/polish papers and turn in. Introduction to second analysis.
Assignment: Bring "In the Garden of Tabloid Delight" by Lewis
Thurs., Feb. 4: Read abstracts of first analysis paper and come to consensus definition of expository writing in the humanities. Discuss portfolio topics. Introduction to Analyzing a Written Text.
Assignment DUE: Postscript to Analysis Paper I. Post abstract of group
Tues., Feb. 9: Answer questions about Analyzing a Written Text. Perform Publication Analysis on Harper's.
Assignment DUE: Read Lapham, "In the Garden of Tabloid Delight" and Analyzing a Written Text questions. Complete at least the following sections of Analyzing a Written Text re: Lapham's article: Purpose/Context, Author, Topic
Thurs., Feb. 11: Discuss analysis of Lapham's article.
Assignment DUE: Complete Analyzing a Written Text.
Tues., Feb. 16: Introduction to Exploratory Research for Portfolio: Review of research techniques.
Assignment DUE: Analyzing a Written Text answers. Topic Proposal (at least 5 potential topics with an explanation of your background and interest in at least
3 of these).
Tues., Feb. 16: Wrap up analysis of Lapham article. Introduce Context
Analysis assignment. Collect analyses of Lapham and topic proposals.