History of Opium

Heroin, “Oxy,” fentanyl, carfentanil. These drug names, along with names of pharmaceutical companies set to pay billions in fines and civil liability, punctuate news stories

Moot Court: US Constitution

From the extent of our privacy to the limits on the powers of government to the meaning of equality, the United States Supreme Court is

The Graphic Novel

Sequential art has existed in various forms for just about as long as humans have been writing stories; the Bayeux Tapestry depicts the 1066 Norman

Black Women’s Writing

This course focuses on the ways in which in the past two centuries Black women writers have engaged with the intersection of Blackness and femaleness

Coming of Age Stories

In this course we will study 20th and 21st century stories by several African American writers that center on young black protagonists in search of

Modern Short Stories

In this course we will investigate the making of the modern short story as explored by a variety of multicultural writers of color in their

The Art of Detection

The modern detective story is said to have its beginnings in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841). Poe may have given

Dramatic Fault Lines

Dramatists expose the lies and illusions that can rend the social, familial, or political fabrics individuals often take for granted. Students will explore how those

River & Rock: Reading the Land

In this course, students will participate in outdoor excursions to contemplate their relationship to the natural world. Contemporary environmental writers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer,

Writing on the Edge

For people marginalized from the mainstream American imaginary, movement is deemed unruly, but artists have creatively taken up ways to resist and take flight to

Shakespeare: Wondrous Women

Finding their own powers in the realms ordinarily ruled by men, the women in the comedies, often in different guises, challenge conventions and redefine the

Shakespeare: Forsaken Friends

Even the strongest friendships in Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies grow fragile within the romantic, familial, or political chaos. Without losing sight of those larger