Spring and Summer 2014 CCE Course Offerings
The Center for Continuing Education at Sarah Lawrence College offers several academic credit courses throughout the year designed specifically for adult learners. These courses are taught by outstanding Sarah Lawrence faculty members, and members of the community can take them for credit or audit them.
Spring 2014 Courses
To enroll in any of these seminars, please contact email@example.com or call 914-395-2205. Enrollment is limited and available on a space-available basis.
The Short Story
Instructor: Carolyn Ferrell
Thursdays, 1:00- 3:00
January 30- May 15, 2014
What makes a story successful? When does a story make you want to keep reading—beyond its end? What are the tools of fiction writers? And how can we, using these tools, begin to put our own stories on the page? In this five credit class we will explore these questions as we read and write our own fiction. The class will be run as a workshop, with weekly writing exercises as well as reading assignments in which we’ll explore various forms of the short story, including the “short short,” micro fiction, the frame story, the epistolary story, and others. With an eye toward craft, we will read authors such as Edward P. Jones, Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, Junot Diaz and Danielle Evans, always considering point of view, character development, setting and plot. We will also work on developing our constructive criticism, which (when developed over time and in a supportive atmosphere) should help us better understand the workings of our own creative writing.
Religion and Modern Society: Beyond Secularism and Fundamentalism in a Newly Re-enchanted World
Instructor: David Peritz
Wednesdays, 12:00- 2:00
January 29- May 14, 2014
For the last three hundred years many of the world’s most enlightened thinkers have predicted the beginning of humanity’s first ‘disenchanted’ epoch in which God and organized religion withdraw from the world, leaving us alone to understand nature scientifically and to create morality and meaning for ourselves. At the dawn of the 21st century we witness a rather different reality, a major religious resurgence in societies throughout the world. Internationally, religion has replaced ideology as the most important axis of conflict. At home controversies between religion and science roil our politics. Meanwhile, fundamentalism—forms of faith that deny that sacred texts are always subject to human interpretation—is proving among the most popular and dynamic sources of religious faith. This course tackles issues emerging in the new, multi-disciplinary field of post-secular studies, which starts by acknowledging that traditional forms of religiosity often play an important role in modern societies. The course will focus on Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and modern and contemporary issues, especially (1) the persistence of religion as a main source of practical belief (especially in ‘secular’ societies), (2) religion’s reemergence as a major axis of international and cross-cultural conflict (specifically the clash between Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths), and (3) ‘secularism and its discontents’ within modern, Western liberal societies.
Instructor: Pat Dunn
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10, every other week
January 30- May 15, 2014
This course will focus on the revision process from first draft to dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s. As the cliché says, All Writing is Rewriting… but how to get there? What does it actually mean to revise a piece, or really, to ‘re vision’ it? In this course we will work on strategies to foster enough of an objective view of our writing for us to expand and/or cut our first drafts in order to make better second drafts and even better third drafts.
Patricia Dunn earned her MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College where she has taught in the Writing Institute for the past ten years. She also serves as the Director of Graduate Support Services and a Don in CCE. She is the author of the novel Rebels By Accident, Sourcebooks, 2014. Her writing has appeared in Global City Review, Salon.com, Women’s eNews, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, The Nation, and L.A. Weekly, the Portland Review of Books, among others.. Her work has been anthologized in Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies; Progressive Muslim Identities: Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada; and, most recently, in the bestselling anthology, Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.
Carolyn Ferrell earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA from City College of New York. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence since 1996. She is the author of the short story collection Don’t Erase Me. She was awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the John C. Zachiris Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction. Her stories are anthologized in The Best American Short Stories of the Century; Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers; The Blue Light Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love; and Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Association, the German Academic Exchange (D.A.A.D.), the City University of New York MAGNET Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts (Literature fellow for 2004).
David Peritz earned his B.A. from Occidental College and his PhD from Oxford University. A professor at Sarah Lawrence College since 2000, he is a recipient of a Marshal Scholarship and has taught at Harvard, Deep Springs, Cornell, and Dartmouth. He is also the visiting scholar at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the London School of Economics, and regular visiting faculty member at Dartmouth. His special interests include democracy in conditions of cultural diversity, social complexity and political dispersal, critical social theory, social contract theory, the ethics of identity, and radical democratic thought.
Summer 2014 Courses
To enroll in any of these summer seminars, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-395-2205. Enrollment is limited and available on a space-available basis.
How to Read (and Write about) Poems
Instructor: Neil Arditi
Monday and Wednesday, 10-12:40
June 2-July 16, 2014
Poetry is the art of compression and, word for word, poems demand more of their readers than any other literary art form. The art of reading (and writing about) poetry is, therefore, literary interpretation at its most quintessential and preeminent. It requires, at once, the closest attention to textual detail, and the greatest imaginative scope. By working our way through some of the most original poems written in English over the last two centuries, we will practice together the art of reading, discussing, and writing about, poetry. Our primary text will be Harold Bloom’s anthology, The Best Poems of the English Language, but we will also make use of selections of contemporary work, to round out our sense of the possibilities of lyric art, both past and present.
Watercolor: Capturing Color and Light
Instructor: John O’Connor
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-5:00
June 3- July 17, 2014
Watercolor is an exciting, versatile medium that embraces the light and color of our visual world. This course is an introduction to watercolor painting and is suitable for all levels of experience. We will focus on the basic tools and techniques of watercolor painting, in addition to other water-based mediums, including ink and gouache. Over the course of the summer, students will learn how to paint myriad subjects, including landscape, portraiture, still life, and abstraction. We will also learn about the history of watercolor and ink painting, through slide lectures and presentations, from its origins in Eastern art, through its newfound exploration in Western contemporary art. Ultimately, watercolor painting encourages creative, personal exploration. This course will allow students to express themselves in color and light.
Neil Arditi (BA, Yale University, PhD from the University of Virginia) holds the Esther Raushenbush Chair in the Humanities, and is a member of the Literature Faculty Group at Sarah Lawrence College, where he has taught since 2001. His courses focus on the history of poetry written in English from the Romantic period to the present, with a particular interest in the art of reading and the genesis of modernism. His essays on Romantic and modern poetry have appeared in a variety of publications, including Raritan, Parnassus, Keats-Shelley Journal, Philosophy and Literature, and Jewish-American Dramatists and Poets.
John J. O'Connor (MFA, MS, Pratt Institute) attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in painting and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He teaches drawing and painting at Sarah Lawrence College and Princeton University. In 2011, he had a solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, and has also had solo exhibitions at Martin Asbaek Projects, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Fleisher Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Weatherspoon Museum, Southern Methodist University, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. He currently has a studio at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.
If you are interested in enrolling for summer, please contact CCE at email@example.com or 914-395-2205.