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  • Paradis, James (2009-12)
    In the Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin gave us a model for understanding how natural objects and systems can evidence design without positing a designer: how purpose and mechanism can exist without intelligent ...
  • Cuthbert, Michael Scott (2007-06)
    This class covers the history of Western music from antiquity until approximately 1680, about 2000 years worth of music. Rather than cover each topic at the same level of depth, we will focus on four topics in particular ...
  • Brody, Alan (2007-06)
    This course provides continued work in the development of play scripts for the theater. Writers work on sustained pieces in weekly workshop meetings, individual consultation with the instructor, and in collaboration with ...
  • Faery, Rebecca Blevins (2004-06)
    Turn-of-the-century eras have historically been times when people are more than usually inclined to scrutinize the present and speculate about the future. Now, the turn not just of a century but of a millennium having ...
  • Boiko, Karen (2005-12)
    "Civilization is mostly the story of how seeds, meats, and ways to cook them travel from place to place." - Adam Gopnik, "What's Cooking" "A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one's accurate consciousness of ...
  • Taft, Cynthia B. (2002-12)
    Environmentalists have traditionally relied upon the power of their prose to transform the thoughts and behavior of their contemporaries. John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, evoked the wonders of California's Hetch ...
  • Faery, Rebecca Blevins (2005-12)
    This course is an introduction to writing prose for a public audience—specifically, prose grounded in, though not confined to, personal narrative and perspective. The focus of our reading and your writing will be American ...
  • Faery, Rebecca Blevins (2002-12)
    This course is an introduction to writing prose for a public audience--specifically, prose grounded in, but not confined to, personal narrative.That is, you will write essays that engage elements and aspects of contemporary ...
  • Faery, Rebecca Blevins (2003-06)
    The issue of race and racial identity have preoccupied many writers throughout the history of the U.S. In this subject, students read Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Louise Erdrich, William Faulkner, Maxine Hong Kingston, ...
  • Faery, Rebecca Blevins (2005-06)
    For students with experience in writing nonfictional prose. Advanced study of rhetorical strategies and techniques of prose style. Considerable writing and revision required. In addition to analyzing the work of class ...
  • Perelman, Leslie (2006-06)
    This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice, and implications of rhetoric, the art and craft of persuasion. The course is designed to let you practice your own rhetorical prowess. This combination of ...
  • Strang, Steven M. (2002-12)
    For students with a special interest in learning how to make forceful arguments in written form. Studies the forms and structures of argumentation, including organization of ideas, awareness of audience, methods of persuasion, ...
  • Lewitt, Shariann (2006-12)
    This class will focus on the craft of the short story, which we will explore through reading great short stories, writers speaking about writing, writing exercises and conducting workshops on original stories.
  • Lioi, Anthony (2006-06)
    This course focuses on traditional nature writing and the environmentalist essay. Students will keep a web log as a journal. Writings are drawn from the tradition of nature writing and from contemporary forms of the ...
  • Boiko, Karen (2004-06)
    Drawing in part from their own interests and ideas, students write about science within a broad cultural context. Students employ a broad repertoire of literary tools, such as narrative, scene-setting, and attention to ...
  • Barrett, Edward C.; Bentley, Frank (2006-06)
    This class offers students an opportunity to experiment with various forms and practices of cellphone communication and, most importantly, to propose and develop a semester-long project using advanced A780 cellphones donated ...
  • Evens, Aden (2005-12)
    The computer and related technologies have invaded our daily lives, have changed the way we communicate, do business, gather information, entertain ourselves. Even technology once considered distinctly "modern" - photography, ...
  • Byrne, Alex (2007-06)
    This course is an introduction to many of the central issues in a branch of philosophy called philosophy of mind. Some of the questions we will discuss include the following. Can computers think? Is the mind an immaterial ...
  • Tabacco, Sarah (2004)
    This course is an intensive introduction to the techniques of experimental chemistry and gives first year students an opportunity to learn and master the basic chemistry lab techniques for carrying out experiments. Students ...
  • Miller, Robert (2004-12)
    6.831 introduces the principles of user interface development, focusing on three key areas: Design: How to design good user interfaces, starting with human capabilities (including the human information processor model, ...
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