University Courses

Collaborative Research Studio
The New School College of Performing Arts

Collaborative Research Studio (CRS) combines research and civic engagement to offer an experiential, community partnership-based research project which requires work both inside the classroom and in the field to create positive change.


This fifteen week Projects course guides students in the visioning, execution, presentation and evaluation of an artistic collaborative project, building on the relationships developed with community narrators in Oral History Method’s course. We will critically engage a wide array of oral history/community-sourced creative projects across a variety of mediums, paying particular attention to participatory, public and social practice art and artists. Through our examination, we'll question what the motivations, challenges and successes are in co-creating, using our findings to inform evaluative processes for determining what constitutes equitable, relationship-centric collaboration. Throughout the semester our constant grappling will walk the fine line between honoring and exploitation, investigating the power inherent when other people's stories enter our hands.

During this process, students will shift their focus from life story interviewing into a space of co-creation with their narrator, together completing and presenting an open-media artistic project by the semester’s close. Through guided creative benchmarks, in-class exercises, peer/guest artist feedback, dialogue and deep reflection, students will develop skills in community collaboration from perceptive, empathic, critical and ethical standpoints. Students will also practice intensive project scaffolding, skills needed in seeking funding through grant proposal writing, and developing interactive and participatory methods for presentation. Students will be expected to engage weekly readings, keep thorough fieldwork journals and rigorously document their journey for a final portfolio reflection.  

English 110
City College of New York

What is a rhetorical situation? Generally speaking, the rhetorical situation can be understood as the circumstances under which we write. Those circumstances include: (1) the audience we are writing for, (2) the reason we are writing, (3) the ultimate goal of our writing, and (4) what others have written about what we are writing. Why is it important to understand rhetorical situations? In reading the above definition, we can easily see that rhetorical situations exist everywhere – that, in fact, all writing happens within a rhetorical situation. 

In addition to answering the two questions above, the purpose of this course is to practice our own writing within rhetorical situations through a number of different methods, such as, reflecting, analyzing, reporting, and arguing. You'll learn quickly my class slogan is NO BORING WRITING, which means, while you probably have experience in each of these (and other) ways of writing, this course seeks to further develop your skills in creating writing that is engaging, develops personal voice and exceeds your run-of-the-mill academic yawn-fest. Which is to say, we'll have fun with these tasks. We'll place special focus on the crucial practice of assessing your own writing and determining if it effectively addresses its rhetorical situation, in order to be better prepared to write/speak/communicate in your academic and professional careers beyond our singular classroom.