Fall 2019

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WRPG 101-01 U.S. Culture and Academic Writing for International Students
Instructor: John Katunich
Course Description:
This course introduces international students to important U.S. cultural conversations while also explaining the forms, conventions, and expectations of U.S. academic writing. Students will read texts from various disciplines, such as sociology, history, and literature, which provide different perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and gender. Through class discussion and writing assignments, students will examine some of the diverse identities within the U.S. and will develop a critical understanding of the issues of power and privilege that shape the interaction between dominant and subordinated groups. Also, students will learn about U.S. academic discourse by practicing the research and writing processes and analyzing the choices U.S. writers make in organization and argument. As a result, the course will help international students make the transition to U.S. culture and academic life at Dickinson College.Full credit. Offered every year.
1330:MR   BOSLER 307
WRPG 211-01 The Politics of Literacy
Instructor: Claire Seiler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 221-01. In his autobiographical Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845), Frederick Douglass describes learning to read as the pathway from slavery to freedom. In her memoir of Japanese internment during World War II (2007), Toyo Suyemoto describes running a library and teaching English as efforts of civic education and acts of resistance. In her recent book look (2016), poet Solmaz Sharif protests the war on terror in part by rewriting the United States Department of Defenses Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. Drawing on these and other works across genres, disciplines, and media, this writing-intensive seminar explores how literacy has historically enabled and delimited political agency in the United States. We will study and write about literacy in relation to struggles for human and civil rights, debates about public education, and the emergence of new communications technologies, among other contexts.This reading seminar examines the development of consumerism and nationalism in Europe and America beginning in the late 18th century and continuing on into the post-WWII era - from American Revolutionary boycotts to French fast food establishments. We will look for overlaps or polarities between the movements and the way gender interacted with both of them. Students may be surprised at the gendered aspects of both movements. We will consider, for example, the historical development of the image of women loving to shop, and we will study propaganda from the two world wars with men in uniform and women on the "home front." Our readings will include both promoters and critics of each movement.
0900:TR   EASTC 303