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A look ahead at upcoming semesters for your planning purposes

Summer 2021 

Interpreting the Past: Historicizing the Personal: Storytelling and Local/Familial Histories

Instructor: Bernard McKenna

Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.

The course focuses on primary-source resources to "tell stories" about people, places, or businesses.  For instance, a student could choose to research an individual, a family, a home, a neighborhood, or even a photograph. 

Fall 2021

Dates TBD

The Arts in Context: Identity, Literature and Society (MALS617-010)

  • Instructor: Santhi Leon
  • Baylor Women's Correctional Institution

This INSIDE/OUT class focuses on deep reading of several form of literature. The class investigates the role of identity in literature vis-a-vis authorship, readership and central characters, and uses literature as a window into social views of identity. Assigned material explores the particular themes of voice, agency, cultural difference and social structure.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (Inside-Out) is an international educational program based in Philadelphia at Temple University. The program provides individuals on both sides of the prison walls the unique opportunity to engage in a collaborative, dialogic examination of issues of social significance. The class will be held at Baylor Women's Correctional Institution with MALS students (and perhaps a few undergrads) from UD and women who are incarcerated at Baylor.

Registration requires permission of instructor:

Writing in Liberal Studies: Memory Speaks--The Craft of Contemporary Memoir (MALS624)

To document, explore, commemorate, and ultimately to understand the relationship of ones' life to history is no easy undertaking, but this is the task of the memoirist.  From the initial recollection of events to the quest to bestow upon these events inward and outward meaning, memoir is a public genre, and it requires the imagination of the storyteller, the knowledge of the historian, and the discipline of the editor:  a delicate interplay of skill and talent that, with practice, yields memorable literature.  Creative, contemplative, and critical, Memory Speaks is a disciplined exploration of the theory and practice of written recollection, grounded in reading and discussion of influential memoirists' work as well as workshop discussion of participant work.

Black in America: African American Writers 

We will explore works by African American writers through fiction, non-fiction, film, drama, poetry, and song. Experience the works of Alice Dunbar Nelson*, James Weldon Johnson, Toni Morrison, Nafissa Thompson-Spires; Share in the creations of Lorraine Hansberry, Ava Duvernary, Misha Green, and Bryan Stevenson*; Connect with the artistry of Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Finney, Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills*, and Jericho Brown  as they all depict lived experiences and interpret social, political, and cultural realities.  Students will complete a written midterm and develop a final project that will help advance their writing goals. 


Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (MALS601-010)

A gateway experience for incoming MALS students. Students learn the conventions and expectations of graduate-level reading, writing, research, and critical analysis and explore the concept of interdisciplinarity. Topics include documentation of sources, formulation and development of independent research projects, research methods, use of online databases. The content will be interdisciplinary and/or intercultural, and the course methodology will include lecture, discussion, independent research, and varied forms of academic writing.

Click here for a sample syllabus: MALS601 Syllabus Fall 2020.pdf

Winter 2022

Dates TBD

Science and Society: Contemplation and Technological Change (MALS619-010)

How do innovations change the nature of humanity and life on earth?  How can individuals prepare themselves ethically to confront technological issues as diverse as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, solar energy, carbon sequestration, clean water, and nuclear terror?  How can contemplative practices lead to better technological policy decisions?  “Contemplation and Technological Change” will integrate mindfulness, psychology, behavioral science, philosophy, and engineering to empower students to solve grand challenges for innovation and society.  The course is co-taught by three faculty from three Colleges, bringing expertise in engineering, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness.  The intensive five-week format will foster an interdisciplinary learning community.

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