May 16, 2013

New Macaulay Fall Seminars

We are happy to announce two exciting Macaulay Seminars:

"Imagining Gender:  Exploring Narratives of Technology", taught by Professor Lisa Brundage, will apply feminist analyses to the ways that technology affects our lives and the stories we tell about them across multiple categories, including embodiment, theory, work, and creativity. We will spend time defining key concepts and terms so that students with varied levels of exposure to gender studies will be able to actively participate.  This course will be hybrid; the majority of the work will be completed in an online workspace and discussion forum. The class itself will include recorded mini lectures, asynchronous and "hangout" style online discussions, as well as formal assignments. Our work online will be supported by open discussion sessions, guest speaker presentations, and workshop evenings hosted at the Macaulay building.  Those sessions are scheduled for 6:00-7:30 p.m. on seven Thursdays throughout the semester. While attendance at those sessions is strongly encouraged, students can be successful in the course if they are unable to attend all of them. Auditors are also welcome. The course is being offered through Lehman and interested students can register via e-permit. The course code is MHC356.H81W.

This course will be a pilot in FemTechNet's Distributed Online Course Content (DOCC) model. The DOCC is being proposed as an alternative model to the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and will bring together a diverse group of feminist scholars from around the globe to engage in our own learning community as we work with students. Faculty in the learning community will work collaboratively to locate resources, share successes and challenges, and develop best practices for the DOCC model. While students will have the experience of building a small online community and having individual interaction with the instructor, they will also have the opportunity to access a larger community of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in similar courses.

For more information, contact Professor Brundage at

"Literary Journalism and the Violent Worlds of War, Murder, and Sport", taught by Professor Steven Isenberg, will focus on the following texts:

  • George Orwell "Homage to Catalonia"
  • Michael Herr "Dispatches"
  • Mark Bowden "Black Hawk Down"
  • David Finkel "The Good Soldiers"
  • Truman Capote "In Cold Blood"
  • Norman Mailer "Executioner's Song"
  • George Orwell "The Hanging"
  • David Remnick "King of the World"
  • H.G. Bissinger "Friday Night Lights"

The readings are designed to show the importance of an author's perspective, knowledge, presence or absence at the events which are covered, and how sources, techniques and style of reportage and narrative shape each work. Each book has a different claim and dynamic which shed light on how the intense and consequential circumstances of war, murder and sport are reported, evaluated and illuminated, and how the author's role and rendering shapes information and affects the reader's mood and sympathetic understanding, as well as eventual opinion. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War, Vietnam, Somalia and Iraq, from the penitentiaries and court rooms of Kansas and Utah, from the boxing ring to high school football fields, the setting, reporting and gloss on the actions and thinking of the real life characters and the use of techniques seen in works of imagination such as novels and movies, offer an experience in defining and seeking to answer critical questions and issues at the heart of journalism.

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