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. Method for engagement: Oral History

Course description excerpt: 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. 

FIQWS Creative Expression:
Narrative Medicine, 
The City College of New York

Course description excerpt: Columbia University defines Narrative Medicine as follows: "The care of the sick unfolds in stories. The effective practice of healthcare requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence is a model for humane and effective medical practice." This FIQWS course for students in the Sophie Davis Medical School is broken up into two equal parts: a topic seminar, and a writing seminar. While the topic seminar will concentrate on developing analytic skills and conveying critical responses to texts in weekly discussions, the writing seminar will introduce and hone skills that increase and ease the production of strong analytic writing in conversation with those texts.

Writing for the Social Sciences
The City College of New York

Course description excerpt: People sure are interesting, aren’t they? During this course, we’ll explore and examine human culture through research and observation, confronting the challenges of writing about culture with ethics, integrity and academic skill. Through solitary, whole-class and small group exercises, we will create a community of critical thinkers, researchers, writers and editors, deepening our work as both individuals and a collective. You will learn to conduct research, interview, document and to write in the social sciences by engaging an extended fieldwork project. 

English Composition
The City College of New York

Course description excerpt: What is a rhetorical situation? Why is it important to understand rhetorical situations? 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.