November 2016 Workshops

/November 2016 Workshops

“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist”: Animal Farm and the Art of Persuasion

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist”: Animal Farm and the Art of Persuasion First published in 1945, George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a novella that has certainly stood the test of time—remaining one of Time magazine’s “100 Best English-language Novels” and [...]

Strange Art, Uncivil Inheritance: Reading Beyoncé and Butler Where “We” Are

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop Strange Art, Uncivil Inheritance: Reading Beyoncé and Butler Where “We” Are In a definitive moment in Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehesi Coates teaches his son not to hope. Of the fight against racism, he writes: “Perhaps struggle is all we have . . [...]

Animals in Translation: Consciousness, Autism, and Theory of Mind

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop Animals in Translation: Consciousness, Autism, and Theory of Mind How can we understand animal behavior when we struggle to explain human behavior? What can humans learn from animals? Why should humans try to learn from animals? In Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of [...]

Jessica Hagedorn, Rudyard Kipling, and Approaches to Reading History

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop Jessica Hagedorn, Rudyard Kipling, and Approaches to Reading History Jessica Hagedorn satirizes the great battle between Ferdinand Marcos and Benigno Aquino in Dogeaters, the sprawling, satirical, polyvocal novel she once called a “love letter to Manila.” Dogeaters also tells its story through a diverse [...]

The Great War: A Workshop with Visual Storytelling

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop The Great War: A Workshop with Visual Storytelling 2014 marked the centennial of World War One, the war that marked the beginning of modern warfare. Joe Sacco, cartoonist and award-winning graphic journalist, looks at the war through the lens of his detailed drawings in [...]

Language as a Form of Life: Writing to Read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop Language as a Form of Life: Writing to Read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad’s 1902 novella Heart of Darkness has been read variously as critique of colonialism and brutality, an enactment of racism, and an exploration of generalized human depravity, among other things. [...]

After Baldwin, “Now What?” Revisiting “Stranger in the Village”

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop After Baldwin, “Now What?” Revisiting “Stranger in the Village” In his 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village,” James Baldwin, writing in a Europe that he feels can hardly recognize him, reminds us, “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, [...]

Writing Sin: The Scarlet Letter and Jane the Virgin

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop Writing Sin: The Scarlet Letter and Jane the Virgin The narrator of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter introduces his story as a rose one has no choice but to pick. He writes, “Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is [...]

The Other Side of a Mirror: Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop The Other Side of a Mirror: Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea purports to retell Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre from the perspective of the “madwoman in the attic.” Brontë’s Bertha becomes Rhys’s Antoinette, a white Creole who struggles against [...]

And Then the Singing: Teaching Writing, Training a Goshawk

See List of Workshops Offered Register for a Workshop And Then the Singing: Teaching Writing, Training a Goshawk Helen Macdonald’s memoir begins with a recounting of her father’s death and how her obsessive focus on training a goshawk helped her grieve. Brilliantly structured, her story twists and turns from death to life, from [...]