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First-Year Writing Seminar: The Faith Between Us

Semester and Year FA 2010
Course Number FIRST-UG353
Section 001
Instructor Scott Korb
Days Tue,Thu
Time 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


Look at the headlines, flip through a magazine, or click the link to your favorite blog, and increasingly you’ll find that whether faith comes between us, separating one believer from another, or lives between us, forming the glue that holds communities together, is a question we all must face. Through a consideration of a variety of contemporary religion writing—mostly from newspapers, popular magazines, journals, and Web sites—this course will ask students to take their own excursions into faith and faithlessness, and through a process of writing, workshopping, and the all-important rewriting, create the stories that, in Joan Didion’s words, “we tell ourselves in order to live.” Readings will include pairings of essays by writers including Reza Aslan and Karen Armstrong, Paul Elie and Marilynne Robinson, Peter Manseau and Darcey Steinke, Christopher Hitchens and Chris Hedges, Sam Harris, and Irshad Manji.

Course Type

First-Year Program: Writing Seminars (FIRST-UG)

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