Writing Seminars: Acting Globally

Instruction in writing well-reasoned analyses and academic arguments, with emphasis on the importance of reading, research, and revision. Using examples of nonfiction prose from a variety of academic disciplines, individual sections focus on topics such as vision, globalization, generosity, experts and expertise, the good life, and dissent in American culture.

What does it mean to be a “citizen of the world”?  This writing seminar explores the ethics of acting globally: of intervening in the economic, political, social and/or cultural lives of those who live far away. In an era of global media where images of poverty and war, threats of global health and climate change crises, and stories of international human rights violations and corruption are constantly present, what are the ethical demands placed on those who witness these events from afar? How do we gain knowledge when other stories—of the long histories of political struggle, creative innovation, and the everyday work of local citizens—tend to be underreported in the international media that reaches the U.S.? What are the ethics of intervening in communities where international actors may have relatively little knowledge of local languages, customs, or histories? What political, economic, and cultural ideologies shape current cross-border interactions and alliances? Are there viable alternatives?

Students who wish to enroll in a section of this seminar should participate in online preregistration, which opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 and closes promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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TTh 9:00am-10:15am