Summer in the City

Four full weeks filled with academic discoveries, making new friends, and exploring New York City.

Sunday, June 24 - Friday, July 20, 2018

Students in the Summer in the City Program get the full college experience. By taking college-level courses, you're challenged to think and perform like an undergraduate student. Classes are enhanced by the backdrop of New York City. Here at Barnard, the city serves as an extended classroom, where learning and fun abound. Outside of the classroom, students partake in various excursions and activities.

Program Features...

  • Morning and Afternoon courses
  • Seminar and Lecture Style Courses
  • Beyond the Gates Career and College Prep Series
  • Evening and Weekend Excursions
  • Residential or Commuter Options

Course Offerings 

Choose an area of interest: 

Acting
Architecture
Art History
Astronomy
Environmental Science
Filmmaking
History
Journalism
Literature
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
 
STEM
Studio Art
Theatre
Writing
 

 

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Acting:

ACTING: PROCESS AND PERFORMANCE 

Ari Kreith

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

New York's vibrant theatre scene is in our classroom! Students will hone their acting technique while deepening their understanding of the process of developing plays. We will rehearse and perform monologues and scenes and have the option to write short plays and/or perform songs. These hands-on opportunities will alternate with trips to the theatre, a Broadway backstage tour, and visits from guest artists including actors, directors, and playwrights. Students may also perform monologues for their peers at the end of the summer at the PCP Festival of the Arts.

 

Architecture:

ARCHITECTURAL CULTURE AND NYC DESIGN STUDIO 

Marcelo Lopez-Dinardi

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

Architecture is a key component of our built environment in many ways -- we live and work in buildingsArchitecture is the design that surrounds us, but is also in the relations between our hand-size design objects and our city-wide aspirations. This course will take the form of an architectural studio and seminar, with the fascinating city of New York as its context. We will have our own studio space at Barnard and will visit the city to confirm and test our in-house speculations. NYC will provide the background to develop a small project similar to those in an architectural studio course, and it will also be the place where we develop our sketchbooks, explore architecture with photography, and discuss our readings about architecture. No particular skills or previous knowledge is required to dive into the architectural culture and work within a studio environment.

 

Art History:

MASTERPIECES OF ART IN NEW YORK CITY 

Kent Minturn

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

This course will introduce students to some of the major works of Western Art currently located in New York. We will begin with the Greek period and conclude with the contemporary art scene in Chelsea. Slide lectures, class discussions, and readings will be supplemented with visits to New York City's world-renowned museums.

 

Astronomy:

THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

Frederic Stark

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

For millennia, humans gazed in wonder at the stars.  Every culture developed its own mythology and stories to make sense of the pictures and patterns in the night sky.  Then, in the last century, something amazing happened.  Our technology caught up to our wonder, and we learned, in the words of John Magee, how to “slip the surly bonds of Earth.”  For the past six decades, some of our most cleverly designed machines and intrepid explorers have helped us dip our toes into the vast cosmic ocean that surrounds our little blue marble of a home.  In this course, we will study the people, science, and technology that have brought humanity some of its most captivating and unifying moments; from Isaac Newton to Neil Armstrong, from Sputnik to New Horizons.  At the same time, we will examine the social and political reasons why nations devote talent and resources to sending machines and people into space in the first place.  We will also examine the human and technological causes of noted tragedies, such as Apollo 1 and the Challenger disaster.  Finally, we will consider whether humanity will ever evolve into what SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopefully calls a "multiplanetary species."

 

Environmental Science:

BSI: NEW YORK

Joe Liddicoat

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

BSI: New York (Brownfield Site Investigation: New York) is a course in environmental discovery that combines scientific knowledge, constructionist education philosophy, and multimedia to explore a fictitious brownfield.  A brownfield is property that had prior industrial use which resulted in pollution of the property and surrounding region.  Central to the course is an innovative web-based simulation called Brownfield Action that was developed at Barnard and Columbia University and has a 10-year history of use by Barnard students and other students around the country.  Like real-world environmental consultants, you will develop and apply expertise from a wide range of fields, including environmental science, engineering, journalism, medicine, public health, law, civics, economics, organic and nuclear chemistry, and business management.  A directed reading of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action is the text for the course. 

 

Filmmaking:

SCREENWRITING: THE SHORT FILM 

Helen Kaplan

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

From film festivals to cell phones, short films are everywhere. This workshop will demystify the art of screenwriting and give you the tools you need to write a great short script. You will learn how to grab viewers by their collective shirt collar and more importantly, hold their attention until the final credits roll. Emphasis will be placed on visual storytelling, the classic three-act structure, plot, character development, conflict, and dialogue. Through writing exercises, script analyses, and film screenings, students will learn the craft of screenwriting. By the end of the course, each student will have written two short screenplays as well as revised one of these scripts.

FILMMAKING: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN 

Helen Kaplan

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

In this immersive filmmaking course, you will develop your visual storytelling skills by using only imagery and sound (and no dialogue) to create a short film. You will dream up screen stories and get your ideas down on the page during pre-production. You will shoot and direct your cast, bringing your words and images to life during production. And finally, you will edit your footage into an original short film during post-production. Since film is a collaborative medium, students will crew, act, produce, and shoot each other’s projects in order to experience all aspects of filmmaking. Using New York as both a set and a source of inspiration, students will also attend film screenings and visit organizations that promote and produce cinema. 
 
 

History:

THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

Frederic Stark

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

For millennia, humans gazed in wonder at the stars.  Every culture developed its own mythology and stories to make sense of the pictures and patterns in the night sky.  Then, in the last century, something amazing happened.  Our technology caught up to our wonder, and we learned, in the words of John Magee, how to “slip the surly bonds of Earth.”  For the past six decades, some of our most cleverly designed machines and intrepid explorers have helped us dip our toes into the vast cosmic ocean that surrounds our little blue marble of a home.  In this course, we will study the people, science, and technology that have brought humanity some of its most captivating and unifying moments; from Isaac Newton to Neil Armstrong, from Sputnik to New Horizons.  At the same time, we will examine the social and political reasons why nations devote talent and resources to sending machines and people into space in the first place.  We will also examine the human and technological causes of noted tragedies, such as Apollo 1 and the Challenger disaster.  Finally, we will consider whether humanity will ever evolve into what SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopefully calls a "multiplanetary species."

DONALD TRUMP, POPULISM, AND THE RETURN OF RIGHT WING NATIONALISM 

Oliver Murphey

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

The election of Donald Trump was a shock to many observers in the United States and around the world. Yet this event was by no means unforeseeable: it represented the culmination of decades of conservative populist mobilization in the United States on economic policy, globalization and its accompanying economic changes, immigration, the role of mass media and the politics of information and expertise, as well as longstanding issues of race, class, and gender, and the role of the United States in the wider world. Trump's ascension to the presidency also coincided with significant victories for right-wing nationalist movements across the globe: from the pro-Brexit movement in Britain and growing evidence of anti-immigrant and anti-E.U. sentiment across Europe, to the election of Hindu nationalists in India. Right-wing nationalist populism promises to have a profound impact on our world. An examination of the history that has contributed to the success and failure of such movements will be crucial for those seeking to understand, shape, engage with and contest these powerful political currents. This course will examine the evolution of conservative politics and right-wing nationalism in the United States and across the globe, in an effort to understand how Trump was able to mobilize a winning political coalition. Using international comparison and analysis of similar twentieth century movements, particularly in Britain and Germany, the course will ask students to consider to what extent are these movements comparable and part of similar trends within liberal democracies? Will support for Trump and his brand of politics last and reshape the U.S. political landscape, and what does this mean for the United States and the wider world?

VENGEANCE IS HERS: VIOLENT WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE, 1965 - PRESENT

Sophie Abramowitz

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

When we think of violence and gender today, our inclination is to think about battered women, sexual assault, and female victimhood. Our class inverts this paradigm, working to understand the relationship between violence and women in our contemporary moment by looking at powerful women who use it to claim agency. Taking neither the idead of "violence" or "women" as given or constant, in "Vengeance is Hers" we will approach the American cultural history of the vengeful woman from 1965 into the present through a variety of media, reading novels, short stories, poetry, graphic novels; comics; and autobiographical writing; listening to music; and watching films and TV whose central characters are enraged, rampaging women. The ethical imperative of this course is to focus on media representations of vengeful women that offer creative and diverse interpretations of gendered experience. As such, we will focus primarily on narratives written and/or performed by women.

THE WAR ON TERROR

Oliver Murphey

Time: Morning (9:30-12:00pm)

The September 11th attacks that struck at the heart of Manhattan's financial district mark an important watershed in American history. The subsequent announcement of a "War on Terror" has overshadowed U.S. foreign policy and politics in the 21st century, and has now led to the longest war in the country's history. The American invasion of Afghanistan has continued to frustrate and perplex political leadership and successive presidents, whilst the war in Iraq created political and ideological turmoil that helped create ISIL and spread violent Islamism beyond Iraq's borders. The steps taken to promote U.S. citizens' security have led to deeply controversial and polarizing policies surrounding personal liberties and the rule of law for citizens and non-citizens alike.

The War on Terror might seem like a profound departure in U.S. history, but this class will also look at the history of terrorism in the United States which stretches back into the nineteenth century and the dislocations of an industrializing society. The class will also examine the roots of anti-Americanism within the Middle East that are to be found in Washington's geopolitical ambitions during the 20th century. It will explore in detail decisions to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their impact on the United States and the wider world.

RETHINKING THE CONFLICT: RELIGION AND SCIENCE IN AMERICA

Joseph Fisher

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

What is the relationship between science and religion in American culture? Modern thought has long maintained that religion and science are competing systems of knowledge. This course will challenge this understanding through an investigation of influential historical moments and thinkers in the Euro-American context that do not conform to this narrative. In order to understand how science and religion circulate in culture, we will also examine pop culture representations, especially science fiction literature and film, including Herland and Black Mirror. Several questions will guide our investigation: To what extent are the origins of science religious in nature? How have religious characteristics such as faith, salvation, and purpose become associated with the modern ideas of science and scientific progress? Class readings, field trips, new media, and in-depth discussions will introduce students to the histories of science and religion, enable them to question the conflict thesis, and provide them with the tools to think critically about the meaning of science and religion in their own lives.

QUEER STUDIES

Tom March

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

Without understanding the obstacles and discrimination that a group has faced, on cannot fully appreciate that their demand for equal treatment is in fact a struggle for civil rights. Covering queer U.S. History and Culture from the early 20th Century through the present, this course introduces students to how enforcement of and reaction against institutionalized discrimination have shaped the LGBTQ experience in this country. Students will learn not just about events but often-overlooked people who shaped the course of this history - often heroically. Our study of historical sources will be supplemented by visits from influential and dynamic guest speakers in the arts and humanities. Students will have an opportunity to study our guests' work in advance and discuss it with them when they visit. This course is not restricted to students who identify as LGBTQ - this history is important for everyone, so allies are welcome and encouraged!

Journalism:

AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION 

Andi Dixon

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

This course addresses political communication in the American context (focusing on the federal level), and examines the activities and constituencies of key actors, including politicians, institutions, the media and American publics. This course serves as an introduction to and a broad survey of political communication, an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of communication studies, political science, sociology, media studies and journalism. In this class, we will assess political communication as a major sub-field of communication studies, examining key works that address political actors’ use of mediated and fundamentally communicative public practices to bolster narratives, create consensus, and allocate power and resources. Major topics covered will include the following: public sphere and public opinion; propaganda and public relations; presidential rhetoric; electoral politics and campaigning; journalism, the news and public life; research on media and new media effects; mediation of identity politics (age, religion, race, gender and sexual orientation); and political advocacy, civic engagement and social movements.

 

Literature:

RACE, GENDER, AND SCIENCE FICTION

Alyssa Collins

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

Looking around, science fiction seems to be everywhere. Stories and films about boys and men travelling across the galaxy and fighting aliens are practically unavoidable. These stories permeate much of our American consciousness, but it is often painfully easy to point out who is generally missing: women. While great strides in representation have been made in recent years, it is important to look back to the women and, more paricularly, women of color who have fought and written to help us get to the stories we have today. This  course will explore the ways in which female authors use the genre of science fiction and fantasy.  It will ask the following questions: a)What is the genre of science fiction and what are its conventions? b) What topics and themes seem to be popular with these authors? What do aliens, robot and cyborg bodies, and space exploration have to do with us?  c) Most importantly, how are women using science fiction and fantasy conventions to imagine the future and critique the present? Additionally, how might the writing of new speculative “futures” address current conversations of race and gender? And how might we consider the political use of this oft-dismissed popular genre? Potential texts covered will include writers like Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin,  and Nnedi Okorafor, in addition to graphic narratives by Marjorie Liu and G. Willow Wilson, and music by artists like Janelle Monae and Solange Knowles.

SHAKESPEARE'S SHE-ROES

Emma de Beus

Time: Morning (9:30-12:00pm)

The women in Shakespeare's plays are often disregarded or overlooked in favor of their often more loquacious male counterparts. This course will examine a few of Shakespeare's greatest female characters and use them as a way of locating female potency and agency within his plays. We will track their language as a way of reading character, genre, theme, relationships, and action. In this course, four plays will be read in full - a tragedy, a comedy, a history, and a romance - and excerpts from others will be used as points of comparison. The plays will be chosen based on what students have not already encountered, but possibilites include: Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and Measure for Measure.

EXPECTATION DEFYING WOMEN: SEEING MUSICAL THEATER AS LITERATURE

Emma de Beus

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

This course will explore the relationship between the world of musical theater and literature. Many musicals are based off of books, plays, or other literary sources of inspiration and often these original forms are still the bedrock of the musical adaptation, making the productions far more than just lights, sounds, and greasepaint. Our way into this juncture of literature and musical theater will be the extraordinary and inspiring women who star in these stories. The musical included in the course will be Matilda, Waitress, My Fair Lady, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, West Side Story, and Wicked. This selection represents a wide variety of genres. In addition to attending performances, we will watch recordings of productions, examine excerpts of source material, listen to songs (focusing on the connections between the music and the lyrics), and evaluate images of both costumes and sets.

Political Science:

IS FASHION FRIVOLOUS? EXPLORING GENDER, CULTURE, AND POLITICS THROUGH CLOTHING

Jill Di Donato

Time: Morning (9:30-12:00pm)

From the Sans-Culottes to Pantsuit Nation, fashion has moved from being an expression of class status to a declaration of self. Fashion has also been weaponized and used as a call-to-arms for political, social, gender, and economic reform. This course examines the role of fashion (Victorian to Modern) as a barometer of cultural consciousness, especially in times of oppression and social unrest. Students will create mood boards and learn how fashion designers use them, analyze descriptions of fashion in literature, and read about the evolution of fashion from seminal critics including Roland Barthes, Margaret Atwood, and Valerie Steele. We will visit museum exhibitions devoted to fashion, create a framework to analyze the role of fahsion in modern life, examine fashion magazines, blogs, and Instagram posts through a critical lense, and visit design studios of New York fashion designers. Fashion has been dismissed as frivolous by critics, however women including Virginia Woolf and Anna Wintour have refuted that statement. By the end of the course, students will come to their own conclusions, exploring the reasons people might dismiss the role of fashion in culture.

AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION 

Andi Dixon

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

This course addresses political communication in the American context (focusing on the federal level), and examines the activities and constituencies of key actors, including politicians, institutions, the media and American publics. This course serves as an introduction to and a broad survey of political communication, an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of communication studies, political science, sociology, media studies and journalism. In this class, we will assess political communication as a major sub-field of communication studies, examining key works that address political actors’ use of mediated and fundamentally communicative public practices to bolster narratives, create consensus, and allocate power and resources. Major topics covered will include the following: public sphere and public opinion; propaganda and public relations; presidential rhetoric; electoral politics and campaigning; journalism, the news and public life; research on media and new media effects; mediation of identity politics (age, religion, race, gender and sexual orientation); and, political advocacy, civic engagement and social movements.

DONALD TRUMP, POPULISM, AND THE RETURN OF RIGHT WING NATIONALISM

Oliver Murphey

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

The election of Donald Trump was a shock to many observers in the United States and around the world. Yet this event was by no means unforeseeable: it represented the culmination of decades of conservative populist mobilization in the United States on economic policy, globalization and its accompanying economic changes, immigration, the role of mass media and the politics of information and expertise, as well as longstanding issues of race, class, and gender, and the role of the United States in the wider world. Trump's ascension to the presidency also coincided with significant victories for right-wing nationalist movements across the globe: from the pro-Brexit movement in Britain and growing evidence of anti-immigrant and anti-E.U. sentiment across Europe, to the election of Hindu nationalists in India. Right-wing nationalist populism promises to have a profound impact on our world. An examination of the history that has contributed to the success and failure of such movements will be crucial for those seeking to understand, shape, engage with and contest these powerful political currents. This course will examine the evolution of conservative politics and right-wing nationalism in the United States and across the globe, in an effort to understand how Trump was able to mobilize a winning political coalition. Using international comparison and analysis of similar twentieth century movements, particularly in Britain and Germany, the course will ask students to consider to what extent are these movements comparable and part of similar trends within liberal democracies? Will support for Trump and his brand of politics last and reshape the U.S. political landscape, and what does this mean for the United States and the wider world?

 

Psychology:

PSYCH 101 

Jamie Krenn

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. While psychology is most often associated with clinical issues (i.e. abnormal, personality), this makes up only a small portion of the field. This is a broad survey course covering topics such as physiological, social, organizational, and developmental psychology. The course will develop one’s understanding of seeing psychology as a science of human thought and behavior. Topics covered will be a helpful tool for most university introductory psychology courses.

PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDIA 

Jamie Krenn

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

Explore the psychology behind media and how it affects you, your peers and the public at large.  If this sounds right up your vlog — our course will examine the internet, mobile media, video games and how learning and media go hand in hand to facilitate understanding and decision-making.  With a focus on children's media issues, you will be introduced to psychological theories and research, and the cognitive processes of media development. Guest speakers will include a casting professional from Sesame Street, a mobile app research scientist, a children's television curriculum consultant, an advertising executive and others.

 

Religion:

RELIGIONS OF NEW YORK CITY

Liz Dolfi & Andrew Jungclaus

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

Religion is and has been central to the diverse historical and social worlds of New York City. This course will use the City as its textbook in exploring the negotiations between historical traditions and contemporary practice. We will make twice-weekly visits to “religious” field sites both expected and surprising. We will visit historic worship spaces, the Guggenheim Museum, a local yoga studio, the American Museum of Natural History, traditional ritual sites, and religious street festivals. Major themes in this course will include religion’s role in American history, lived religion, popular religious practice, and the politics of representing and displaying the sacred. Students will gain facility with religious concepts from a variety of traditions, such as Islam, Judaism, mainline Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Native American traditions, and contemporary spiritualities. Class readings, documentaries, lectures, and in-depth discussions will give students context for their experiences and introduce them to the ways in which religion haunts the landscape and history of New York City.
 

RETHINKING THE CONFLICT: RELIGION AND SCIENCE IN AMERICA

Joseph Fisher

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

What is the relationship between science and religion in American culture? Modern thought has long maintained that religion and science are competing systems of knowledge. This course will challenge this understanding through an investigation of influential historical moments and thinkers in the Euro-American context that do not conform to this narrative. In order to understand how science and religion circulate in culture, we will also examine pop culture representations, especially science fiction literature and film, including Herland and Black Mirror. Several questions will guide our investigation: To what extent are the origins of science religious in nature? How have religious characteristics such as faith, salvation, and purpose become associated with the modern ideas of science and scientific progress? Class readings, field trips, new media, and in-depth discussions will introduce students to the histories of science and religion, enable them to question the conflict thesis, and provide them with the tools to think critically about the meaning of science and religion in their own lives.

STEM:

BSI: NEW YORK

Joe Liddicoat

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

BSI: New York (Brownfield Site Investigation: New York) is a course in environmental discovery that combines scientific knowledge, constructionist education philosophy, and multimedia to explore a fictitious brownfield.  A brownfield is property that had prior industrial use which resulted in pollution of the property and surrounding region.  Central to the course is an innovative web-based simulation called Brownfield Action that was developed at Barnard and Columbia University and has a 10-year history of use by Barnard students and other students around the country.  Like real-world environmental consultants, you will develop and apply expertise from a wide range of fields, including environmental science, engineering, journalism, medicine, public health, law, civics, economics, organic and nuclear chemistry, and business management.  A directed reading of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action is the text for the course. 

THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE

Frederic Stark

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

For millennia, humans gazed in wonder at the stars.  Every culture developed its own mythology and stories to make sense of the pictures and patterns in the night sky.  Then, in the last century, something amazing happened.  Our technology caught up to our wonder, and we learned, in the words of John Magee, how to “slip the surly bonds of Earth.”  For the past six decades, some of our most cleverly designed machines and intrepid explorers have helped us dip our toes into the vast cosmic ocean that surrounds our little blue marble of a home.  In this course, we will study the people, science, and technology that have brought humanity some of its most captivating and unifying moments; from Isaac Newton to Neil Armstrong, from Sputnik to New Horizons.  At the same time, we will examine the social and political reasons why nations devote talent and resources to sending machines and people into space in the first place.  We will also examine the human and technological causes of noted tragedies, such as Apollo 1 and the Challenger disaster.  Finally, we will consider whether humanity will ever evolve into what SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopefully calls a "multiplanetary species."

Studio Art:

CONTEMPORARY ART STUDIO 

Lara Saget

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

New York City has one of the largest and most influential art communities in the world, which is why it can be such an inspiring and productive place for a young artist. Through trips to contemporary art galleries and museums, visits with practicing artists, creative workshops, readings and in-depth discussions, students will gain an understanding of the art world and what it is like to make work within this diverse and creative community. Students will execute creative assignments based on ideas that we have discussed and experienced during the course. An emphasis will be placed on experimental art projects (including collage, mixed-media and installation art).  Our focus will be contemporary art in the City today and how it relates to historic art movements of the 20th century, among them Surrealism, Appropriation Art, and Pop Art. The course will culminate in an exhibition of student work at the McCagg Gallery on Barnard campus.

 

Theatre:

SHAKESPEARE'S SHE-ROES

Emma de Beus

Time: Morning (9:30-12:00pm)

The women in Shakespeare's plays are often disregarded or overlooked in favor of their often more loquacious male counterparts. This course will examine a few of Shakespeare's greatest female characters and use them as a way of locating female potency and agency within his plays. We will track their language as a way of reading character, genre, theme, relationships, and action. In this course, four plays will be read in full - a tragedy, a comedy, a history, and a romance - and excerpts from others will be used as points of comparison. The plays will be chosen based on what students have not already encountered, but possibilites include: Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and Measure for Measure.

EXPECTATION DEFYING WOMEN: SEEING MUSICAL THEATER AS LITERATURE

Emma de Beus

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

This course will explore the relationship between the world of musical theater and literature. Many musicals are based off of books, plays, or other literary sources of inspiration and often these original forms are still the bedrock of the musical adaptation, making the productions far more than just lights, sounds, and greasepaint. Our way into this juncture of literature and musical theater will be the extraordinary and inspiring women who star in these stories. The musical included in the course will be Matilda, Waitress, My Fair Lady, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, West Side Story, and Wicked. This selection represents a wide variety of genres. In addition to attending performances, we will watch recordings of productions, examine excerpts of source material, listen to songs (focusing on the connections between the music and the lyrics), and evaluate images of both costumes and sets.

 

Writing:

WRITING THE SELF

Erica Cardwell

Time: Afternoon (2:00-4:30pm)

Imagine: "The Essay" is a large body of water - far-flung and teeming into the distance. And you, the writer, is alone and must decide how you will enter this water. Will you enter? And if so, how will you swim? Or will you stand on shore as the water splashes against your ankles?

This writing workshop will introduce students to the differing forms and narrative complexity of The Essay. The goal of this class is to expand a traditional understanding of The Essay, to empower each students to recognize her writer's voice. We will read personal and critical essays by female and non-binary essayists such as: Audre Lorde, Jamaica Kincaid, Janet Malcolm, Zore Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Virginia Woolf, Zadie Smith, Nancy Mairs, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Joan Didion, and many others. Some of our writing sessions will be conducted in parks and galleries throughout the city. Throughout the four weeks, students will keep a daily journal and generate material for two final essays.

LIVING THE STORIED LITERATURE OF NEW YORK

Rachel Aydt

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

This course aims to teach young writers and readers using New York City as a backdrop for creative practice and inspiration. As a hybrid exploration/creation lab, we will conduct a 3-part engagement with different New York-based authors to soak in their habitat. Part 1: Partake in short communal readings of texts. Part 2: Visit a storied literary site. Part 3: Craft individual and group exercises based upon the text and excursion, to leave with a portfolio of work.

We will explore and learn from imitation, focusing on E.B. White, Ric Burns, Walt Whitman, Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsburg, Patti Smith, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Andy Warhol, James Baldwin, Edith Wharton, Joseph Mitchell, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Additionally, we will visit the NYC waterfront at Battery Park with a trip to Poet’s House and a Frank O’Hara read-a-thon; Washington Square Park (Edith Wharton); Caffe Reggio (Louisa May Alcott’s place is across the street); Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; NYPL’s Rose Reading Room; the New School University.

WRITING PLACE: COMPOSING PROFILES OF NEW YORKERS

Mary Roma

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

Broadway show superfans, buskers, comedy improvisers, Greenwich Village chess aficionados, NBC pages, sneakerheads, handball players—these are just a few of the unique subcultures and micro communities that bring vibrancy and culture to New York City.  Why and in what way is New York able to breed and feed them? What is complex, intriguing and surprising about these New Yorkers, especially in their connections to each other and this city?  By borrowing techniques of characterization and storytelling from fiction and learning some interviewing and research skills from journalism, students in this creative non-fiction writing class will craft portraits of these subjects without exploiting or romanticizing them.  Students will write one profile, and build on that into a longer draft of a paper, which will be expanded on in revisions and workshopped in the class with feedback from the instructor and other students.  We will read examples of literary journalism from Susan Orlean, Jeff Chang and others, and view some classic New York documentaries. There will be field trips, including excursions to Chelsea, home of Upright Citizen’s Brigade Improv Theater, and to Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Brooklyn.

SCREENWRITING: THE SHORT FILM

Helen Kaplan

Time: Morning (9:30-12pm)

From film festivals to cell phones, short films are everywhere. This workshop will demystify the art of screenwriting and give you the tools you need to write a great short script. You will learn how to grab viewers by their collective shirt collar and more importantly, hold their attention until the final credits roll. Emphasis will be placed on visual storytelling, the classic three-­act structure, plot, character development, conflict, and dialogue. Through writing exercises, script analyses, and film screenings, students will learn the craft of screenwriting. By the end of the course, each student will have written two short screenplays as well as revised one of these scripts.

 

 

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