ASTROLOGICAL INTRIGUE IN THE FIRMAMENT
How did digging a hole lead humans to know the circumference of the earth? How do we know the distance to the planets? How do know what is in the sun? How did our earth get here? It’s all about astronomy! Please join me in an exploration of how humans have sought to understand our firmament and ourselves. We will build and use historical instruments. We will discuss some of the great thought-experiments that have revolutionized our understanding of our world. Get ready to step into a new world!
ORIGINS OF THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT
Using readings, television clips, and music videos, students will examine the historical origins of the Israel-Palestine Conflict within the framework of land dispute. This short course will focus on the events leading up to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Students will be introduced to the history of Zionism and Arab resistance. Students will analyze the two main narratives of the conflict as told by both Palestinian, Israeli, and Arab-Israeli figures. The goal of this short course is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the conflict by examining the personal reflections and accounts of citizens living in region.
MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: EVALUATING ELEMENTS OF ART AND STYLE IN LITERARY FORGERY
What makes a piece of art or literature unique? What is style? How is style forged? In this course, you will evaluate the elements of style, focusing on literary techniques used by authors. Then, you will try your hand at writing a work that incorporates and mimics the techniques of the works evaluated.
FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP
In the fiction writing workshop, we will be targeting writing and critiquing skills, and for the latter, I would like a writing sample from each student to pre-read and have ready to critique when they arrive for the weekend. Ideally, this writing sample would be a complete work of short fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words that shows the writer at his/her best. This will give me a firm idea of writing skills and allow me to tailor the workshop to the specific group of writers.
Send the short fiction to this email address (email@example.com) as an attachment in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format.
FILM STUDIES: FROM PREMISE TO PRINT
Movies serve the function of storytelling, entertaining, inspiring and perhaps even teaching us to cope with problems. Interestingly, when the story and production of a film is broken down we frequently discover that all stories consist of common structural elements and can engage audiences beyond their wildest dreams. When we analyze how a film engages the audience, we learn that even the smallest handful of certain elements of film can determine if a movie works or fails.