Course Listings | Summer 2014

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» Undergraduate Journalism

Report NY (Session 2)

Tue/Wed/Thurs, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Judith Schoolman

Report NY (Session 2)

Instructor:
Judith Schoolman

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Judith Schoolman has been teaching "Basic Reporting" at NYU since Fall 2003, after more than 20 years as a daily newspaper and wire service journalist.

Schoolman started her news career at Fairchild Publication's now defunct Daily News Record trade publication and soon moved to Reuters, where she started as a financial news reporter. During more than 15 years at the international wire service, Schoolman was a general news reporter, business reporter and editor, and a business columnist, writing about consumer issues. She moved to the Daily News as the deputy business editor and also covered in-depth and breaking news business stories, including the global financial effects of September 11. She remains active in the New York news community as a return columnist for the Daily News, specializing in personal finance issues.

Schoolman received a BA in English from Binghamton University (formerly SUNY at Binghamton) and an MA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the winner of a Front Page award from the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Course ID: JOUR-UA-302.003 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tue/Wed/Thurs, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Square

For the next six weeks, we’ll be running a newsroom in which you will learn, practice and master the basics of reporting, news writing and multi-media techniques.

You will also function as reporters and photographers covering Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick in North Brooklyn and Manhattan neighborhoods of the East Village and Lower East Side and beyond. The goal is getting your work published in the New York Magazine – NYU Journalism news and information site, Bedford + Bowery.   

By the time we are finished, you will be proficient in writing basic news stories and features, conducting interviews, shooting news and feature photos and video for the Web.

This class will be fun, but it will also be intense. I have high expectations for all of you. Classwork will consist of style and news quizzes, timed in-class writing assignments, lectures, discussions and workshops. Homework assignments will consist of daily news readings, readings of classic works of journalism and journalism texts as well a variety of reporting assignments. Like journalism itself, this class will be fun, but it will also be intense. With multimedia support.

 

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Style NY (Session 2)

Tue/Wed/Thurs, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

William Van Meter

Style NY (Session 2)

Instructor:
William Van Meter

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William Van Meter, a regular contributor to the New York Times Style section who has also written for New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, WSJ., Details, Interview, T, and Fantastic Man. He's been a features editor at Out, an editor at V Man and, earlier in his career, a senior contributing writer at Spin. His true crime book, Bluegrass, was published in 2009.

Course ID: JOUR-UA-204.004 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tue/Wed/Thurs, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Sq.

» Syllabus (PDF)

When writing about Marie Antoinette’s clothes, one isn’t just remarking on a surface facet. Her regalia was representative of the disconnect with the masses. Her final statement was switching from her patchwork black prison garb to a white dress to wear to the guillotine. 

Fashion journalism can mean a lot more; in this case, a political cri de coeur. Fashion and style are integral to the magazine industry. This isn’t just the case for periodicals such as Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. Newspapers such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal have their own style magazines, and the New York Post has a fashion broadsheet. There are annual fashion issues for New York, Vanity Fair, New Yorker – not to mention the blogs. 

Fashion isn’t just an art form (and one that is gaining acceptance), but is interwoven into everyone’s day-to-day life. Fashion is a window into culture. It is a barometer of the changing social mores. It can be a signifier of liberation such as “burn the bra” or the miniskirt. Or it can illustrate oppression, such as the constriction of a bustle and the shame of bearing one’s ankles. And high heels still fund a legion of podiatrists. Good fashion writing explores not only the broad connections to other realms, but also the depth and art of its creators. 

This class will look at reviewing fashion shows, trend pieces, long-form features, and profiles. It will also delve into the fast-turnaround world of blogs and the Internet age that has changed fashion. 

It will also deal with creating pitches and other real world concerns, such as interview techniques and navigating the pitfalls of having to deal with PRs. There will be guest speakers from different facets of the fashion industry, and a field trip to Fashion Week to review a show. With multimedia support. 



 

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Eat NY (Session 2)

Tue/Wed/Thurs, 12:00PM-2:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Elizabeth Jensen

Eat NY (Session 2)

Instructor:
Elizabeth Jensen

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Elizabeth Jensen is a New York City-based freelance journalist, whose work appears in newspapers, magazines, online and on air. She previously covered the business of food and alcohol for the Wall Street Journal, writing front-page articles on the battle of the high-end steakhouse chains and industry efforts to get consumers to drink more wine. A longtime reporter on the media, she has chronicled the ups and downs of the Food Network for the Journal and the Los Angeles Times, where she was on staff, and The New York Times, where she has been a regular contributor since 2005. Jensen is the recipient of a 2005 Kiplinger Fellowship in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University, where she researched the politicization of public and commercial broadcasting, research that ended up published in The New York Times and Columbia Journalism Review. Her favorite piece of her career remains A Puff Piece, her CNBC newsmagazine investigation into the shady world of vegetarian marshmallow fraud.

Course ID: JOUR-UA-204.003 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tue/Wed/Thurs, 12:00PM-2:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Sq.

» Syllabus (PDF)

Who among us doesn’t love to eat? And plenty of us are passionate about cooking. This course will explore how to turn those interests into more than a clever Yelp review, cast a critical eye on the business of food without taking the fun out it, and navigate the competitive world of food journalism. We will learn approaches to writing restaurant reviews; interviewing and profiling chefs, farmers and restaurant owners; tracking the trends on menus and grocery shelves and at the Greenmarket; and probing the complex issues of where we get our food and the economics of running a restaurant. We’ll have guest speakers and take a couple field trips to explore some of New York City’s tantalizing food offerings. Expect to develop, pitch, research, report and write and rewrite a half-dozen stories of varying length from 200 to 800 words. Most of the assignments will be due Tuesday and workshopped in class, with rewrites due at the end of each week.

 

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Pop NY (Session 2)

Wed/Thurs, 6:00PM-9:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Rob Brunner

Pop NY (Session 2)

Instructor:
Rob Brunner

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Rob Brunner was an editor and writer at Entertainment Weekly and EW.com for 16 years, most recently as Editor-at-Large. He has served as EW’s music editor, lead book critic and TV- and movie-review-section editor, and he was the launch editor of EW.com’s Music Mix blog. He has also written for New YorkSpinThe AwlMen’s Journal and The Village Voice, among other publications. Brunner has a BA from Bard College and an MA in journalism from NYU, where he was a member of the first-ever Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduating class. You can see some of his work at http://clippings.me/robbrunner.

Course ID: JOUR-UA-302.004 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Wed/Thurs, 6:00PM-9:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Sq.

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course explores the fast-changing world of pop-music journalism. We will explore approaches to writing concert and album reviews, interviewing artists, covering music news for the web (especially on Twitter and Facebook, as well as blogs) and tracking trends. 

There will be guest speakers and workshops, along with weekly writing assignments (including a longer final project). For students with and without prior journalism studies or experience. Designed for students with and without prior journalism studies or experience and a great opportunity to hear some music in the downtown and North Brooklyn neighborhoods served by our NYMag.com news and information site, Bedford + Bowery. With multimedia support.

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Writing the Body (Session 2)

Tue/Wed/Thurs, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Carol Sternhell

Writing the Body (Session 2)

Instructor:
Carol Sternhell

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Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

Course ID: JOUR-UA-505.001 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tue/Wed/Thurs, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Sq.

» Syllabus (PDF)

To what extent are we our bodies? Do we inhabit them, flee them, celebrate them, transcend them? How do others “read” our bodies? Are we accepted by our culture … admired … despised? Writing the Body is a course for everyone with a body – a male body, a female body, a body of uncertain gender.

We will read a wide variety of individual body-centered accounts (What is it like to be a quadriplegic and only be able to move your mouth? What is it like to be very fat?) and cultural analyses (If egg and sperm both move to meet in the Fallopian tube, who decided to call the sperm active and the egg passive? Is plastic surgery barbaric or empowering?) Topics discussed will include – but not be limited to – beauty, weight, sex, rape, menstruation, abortion, penis size, transgender identity, body modification (tattoos, piercing and beyond), disability, and race. In addition to extensive reading and discussion, students will write several versions of their own stories of embodiment. 


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Culture Vulture (Session 2)

Tue/Wed/Thurs, 10:00am-12:00pm, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Carol Sternhell

Culture Vulture (Session 2)

Instructor:
Carol Sternhell

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Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

Course ID: JOUR-UA-503.001 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tue/Wed/Thurs, 10:00am-12:00pm, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Square

» Syllabus (PDF)

Have you ever gone to a four-star/two-thumbs up film and fallen asleep? Were you shocked when Once won the Tony for Best Musical? Do you secretly think that Breaking Bad is a lot more poignant than Hamlet? Culture Vulture is a course in reading, writing and thinking about the art of criticism.

Do you wonder why novels about love and family by men are Great Novels and novels about  love and family by women are chick lit? Could your grandma paint some of that stuff in the Museum of Modern Art?  

Students will be introduced to some of the best and most important cultural critics and to some of the key critical debates of the last decades. What makes something “high” or “low” culture? Is “taste” just a matter of opinion? How much does the race of an author matter? Why can we scream at a concert but talk in whispers at a museum? Now that the Internet has made everyone a critic, do the “official” critics matter? We’ll take advantage of our location in New York city and inhale culture -- art, film, theater, books, TV -- and then learn to write about it, both as arts reporters and as cultural critics. 


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The Personal Essay (Session 2)

Tues/Wed/Thurs, 2:00PM-4:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/17)

Carol Sternhell

The Personal Essay (Session 2)

Instructor:
Carol Sternhell

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Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202.001 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tues/Wed/Thurs, 2:00PM-4:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/17)

Room: 20 Cooper Square

» Syllabus (PDF)

Do you have something to say? A story to tell? An application essay to write? An original voice? This course will nurture that voice, help shape the stories, sharpen your skills.

The personal essay is a popular form of nonfiction writing, cherished by both writers and readers, but crafting a successful essay is a difficult skill. How can we be self-revealing without being self-indulgent? How can we make our own experiences powerful for others? In this course, students will read some of the best essays around, from Langston Hughes and Joan Didion to Oliver Sacks to Marjorie Williams and other writers and write their own, taking each one through several drafts. The heart of the course will be close reading and editing of student work. For students with and without prior journalism studies or experience. 


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» Pre-college

THE PERSONAL ESSAY

Tue/Wed/Thurs, 2:00PM-4:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Carol Sternhell

THE PERSONAL ESSAY

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

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Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202.060 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tue/Wed/Thurs, 2:00PM-4:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Square

» Syllabus (PDF)

Do you have something to say? A story to tell? An application essay to write? An original voice? This course will nurture that voice, help shape the stories, sharpen your skills. The personal essay is a popular form of nonfiction writing, cherished by both writers and readers, but crafting a successful essay is a difficult skill. 

How can we be self-revealing without being self-indulgent? How can we make our own experiences powerful for others? In this course, students will read some of the best essays around, from Langston Hughes and Joan Didion to Oliver Sacks to Marjorie Williams and other writers and write their own, taking each one through several drafts. The heart of the course will be close reading and editing of student work. For students with and without prior journalism studies or experience.

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Report NY

Tues/Wed/Thurs, 12:00PM-2:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Judith Schoolman Carol Sternhell

Report NY

Instructor: Judith Schoolman

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Judith Schoolman has been teaching "Basic Reporting" at NYU since Fall 2003, after more than 20 years as a daily newspaper and wire service journalist.

Schoolman started her news career at Fairchild Publication's now defunct Daily News Record trade publication and soon moved to Reuters, where she started as a financial news reporter. During more than 15 years at the international wire service, Schoolman was a general news reporter, business reporter and editor, and a business columnist, writing about consumer issues. She moved to the Daily News as the deputy business editor and also covered in-depth and breaking news business stories, including the global financial effects of September 11. She remains active in the New York news community as a return columnist for the Daily News, specializing in personal finance issues.

Schoolman received a BA in English from Binghamton University (formerly SUNY at Binghamton) and an MA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the winner of a Front Page award from the Newswomen's Club of New York.

Carol Sternhell

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Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

Course ID: JOUR-UA 21.060, .061

Days: Tues/Wed/Thurs, 12:00PM-2:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Square

This course is for pre-college students who want exposure to the craft at a beginner's level. It's a class in gathering and writing the news, including news evaluation, reporting and writing techniques, and specialized beats, with New York City, especially Downtown New York and its nearby Brooklyn neighbors, as the lab.

It's designed to provide extensive practice. It covers how reporters are assigned stories, how stories are planned and written, and journalism ethics and responsibilities. Students report and write stories under newsroom conditions. For students with and without prior journalism studies or experience. With multimedia support.

Instructors: Judith Schoolman or Carol Sternhell

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Culture Vulture

Tues/Weds/Thurs, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Carol Sternhell

Culture Vulture

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

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Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503.060 (4 credits, no pre-requisites)

Days: Tues/Weds/Thurs, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Square

» Syllabus (PDF)

Have you ever gone to a four-star/two-thumbs up film and fallen asleep? Were you shocked when “Once” won the Tony for Best Musical? Do you secretly think that “Breaking Bad” is a lot more poignant than Hamlet?

Do you wonder why novels about love and family by men are Great Novels and novels about love and family by women are chick lit? Could your grandma paint some of that stuff in the Museum of Modern Art? Culture Vulture is a course in reading, writing and thinking about the art of criticism. Students will be introduced to some of the best and most important cultural critics and to some of the key critical debates of the last decades. What makes something “high” or “low” culture? Is “taste” just a matter of opinion? How much does the race of an author matter? Why can we scream at a concert but talk in whispers at a museum? Now that the Internet has made everyone a critic, do the “official” critics matter? We’ll take advantage of our location in New York city and inhale culture -- art, film, theater, books, TV -- and then learn to write about it, both as arts reporters and as cultural critics.

This is a new course taught by Carol Sternhell, revered NYU Journalism professor whose expertise is feminism and literature and whose editorial experience stretches back to her days as an editor of the Harvard Crimson and the awarding of her Ph.D. from Stanford. 

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Writing the Body

Tues/Wed/Thurs, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Carol Sternhell

Writing the Body

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

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Carol Sternhell writes about feminism, literature, and motherhood. Her literary criticism and essays on feminist scholarship have appeared in The Village Voice, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and The Women's Review of Books. She was the founding director of NYU's undergraduate women's studies program and served for years as associate editor of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Before coming to NYU, she worked as an editor at Newsday, a general assignment reporter for the New York Post, and a freelance magazine writer. She began her journalistic career as an editor of The Harvard Crimson during the days of anti-Vietnam War protest, and served as faculty advisor to NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News, during our most recent war. She has recently stepped down as president of the FAS Women's Faculty Caucus.

Professor Sternhell created the department's study-abroad programs in London, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; and Accra, Ghana.

Course ID: JOUR-UA 505.060 (4 credits, no prerequisites)

Days: Tues/Wed/Thurs, 4:00PM-6:00PM, Summer Session 2 (7/8-8/16)

Room: 20 Cooper Square

» Syllabus (PDF)

To what extent are we our bodies? Do we inhabit them, flee them, celebrate them, transcend them? How do others “read” our bodies? Are we accepted by our culture … admired … despised? Writing the Body is a course for everyone with a body – a male body, a female body, a body of uncertain gender. 

We will read a wide variety of individual body-centered accounts (What is it like to be a quadriplegic and only be able to move your mouth? What is it like to be very fat?) and cultural analyses (If egg and sperm both move to meet in the Fallopian tube, who decided to call the sperm active and the egg passive? Is plastic surgery barbaric or empowering?) Topics discussed will include – but not be limited to – beauty, weight, sex, rape, menstruation, abortion, penis size, transgender identity, body modification (tattoos, piercing and beyond), disability, and race. In addition to extensive reading and discussion, students will write several versions of their own stories of embodiment.

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