Note: This calendar is subject to revision to take into account the progress of our class.


Week 1: Introduction to the Course and Its Topics

Tuesday, January 23

No Class

Thursday, January 25:  Welcome to English 201! What are public problems and what is the role of rhetoric in constituting them?

Intro to Course, Policies, and Rhetoric
Understanding Public Problems with Rhetorical Analysis

Sign Up for Discussion Days

Week 2: How Do Images Make Arguments and What Stories Do They Tell?

Tuesday, January 30: Seeing Various Perspectives 

Introduce Visual Rhetoric
“Need Help ASAP” 

Reading Due: “Harvey in Pictures,” “On the Road in Texas,” and “FEMA: Texas Recovery”

Thursday, February 1: Mapping Problems

Discuss genre theory
“The Lives of those Lost in Las Vegas” 
Introduce Genre Comparison Paper

Reading Due: “How the Las Vegas shooting unfolded,” editorial cartoons, and 2018 Grammy tribute
Discussion Leaders: Ellie

Week 3: Arguing with Narrative

Tuesday, February 6: Remembering and Retelling Violent Histories

Discuss Narrative Argument
Introduce Writing Project 1
View “The Dangers of a Single Story”

Reading Due: Excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (in Canvas)
Writing Due: “Genre Comparison”
Discussion Leaders: Maggie and Abigail

Thursday, February 8: Memoir and Writing the Body

Discuss affect, memoir, and testimony
Brainstorming Exercise

Reading Due: Excerpts from Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (in Canvas)
Discussion Leaders: Maddison and Jared

Week 4: Workshop Week

Tuesday, February 13: Introduction to Peer Review Workshops

Model Peer Review
Directed Writing Exercise: Reverse Perspectives

Reading Due: Peter Elbow selections on peer review
Writing Due: Draft 1 of Writing Project 1 for Peer Exchange (Bring 3 Paper Copies and submit to Canvas)

Thursday, February 15: Peer Review

Go Over Author’s Note

Reading Due: Read Peers’ Drafts Twice—First to Comprehend, Second to Respond


Week 5: Research and Tracing the Network

Tuesday, February 20: Writing to Inform

Introduce Writing Project 2

Reading Due:  “What I Found at Standing Rock,” and “Why Facebook Users are ‘checking in’ at Standing Rock” 
Writing Due: Writing Project 1
Discussion Leaders: Sergey and Sam

Thursday, February 22: Aggregating Voices 

Discuss Literary Reportage
Introduce Research Networks Assignment
Research Exercise

Reading Due: “The Silence Breakers” (in Canvas)
Discussion Leaders: Demko and Lexi

Week 6: Expert Testimonies

Tuesday, February 27: Researching Problems

Library Day: Memorial Library, Room 126

Thursday, March 1:Tracing the Roots of Popular Science and Outlining Your Network

Discuss the Longform Journalism Genre
Drafting Exercise

Reading Due: “The Kids Are Not Alright” (in Canvas) and “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds”
Writing Due: Research Networks Assignment
Discussion Leaders: Shauna and Tucker

Week 7: Presenting Issues Publicly

Tuesday, March 6: Talking about Controversial Topics

Introduce Letter of Application Assignment
Review Questions/Concerns about Unit Project: Writing Project 2 Workshop Time

Reading Due: “The Addicts Next Door” (In Canvas)

Thursday, March 8: Presenting the Self Professionally 

Letters of Application Workshop

Writing Due: Draft 1 of Writing Project 2 for Peer Exchange (Bring 3 Paper or Digital Copies and submit to Canvas)

Week 8: Workshop Week

Tuesday, March 13: Peer Review

Peer Review

Reading Due: Read Peers’ Drafts Twice—First to Comprehend, Second to Respond
Writing Due: Letter of Application Assignment due to Canvas

Thursday, March 15: Workshop Day/Peer Review

Peer Review Cover Letter Writing Drafts (through Canvas)


Week 9: Deliberating in Publics

Tuesday, March 20: Writing (in the) Publics

Introduce Writing Project 3
Small Group Work

Reading Due: 2016 “Die-In” Protests (with photos!) and Mattress Performance by Emma Sulkowicz
Writing Due: Writing Project 2
Discussion Leaders: Jason and Jonathan


Thursday, March 22: Public Intellectuals

Introduce “Proposal”
Design Lab Presentation
Brainstorm Solutions

Reading Due: Nicholas Behm et al., “The Case for Academics as Public Intellectuals”  
Discussion Leaders: 

(SPRING BREAK: March 24-April 1)

Week 10: Setting Up a Research Plan

Tuesday, April 3: Research Plan and Interview Prep

Infographic Exercise
Mapping Out the Stages of Research and Synthesis
Introduce Evicted
Writing Due: “Proposal” for PEER REVIEW

Thursday, April 5: The Role of Failure in Writing 

Reading Due: Excerpts from Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, including his “Prologue” and “About the Project” and skim website
Writing Due: Proposal
Discussion Leaders: Zach and Daniel

Week 11: Glitching and Remixing 

Tuesday, April 10: Writing and Stealing

Introduce SOGC and the Role of Glitching in Writing
Activity: Listen to Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Advice on Writing”

Reading Due: Listen to “If you don’t have anything nice to say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS”
Discussion Leaders: Deron and Alan

Thursday, April 12: Remixing, Intellectual Property, and the Question of Plagiarism

In class debate: Does the law prohibit creativity or protect artists?
View Kirby Ferguson’s TED Talk “Everything is a Remix”
Reading Due: “Squelching Creativity: What the ‘Blurred Lines’ Team Copied is either Not Original or Not Relevant” (Please consider watching both music videos linked in article. Warning: explicit material, including nudity)
Discussion Leaders: Carly and Abby

Week 12: Purposeful Civic Engagement

Tuesday, April 17: Workshop Day

In Class Mini Conferences
In Class Work Day Bring all materials to class!

Thursday, April 19: Academic Institutions as Problem and Solution 

View Ivory Tower

Week 13: Workshop Week

Tuesday, April 24: Communicating with Purpose

Finish Viewing Ivory Tower
Discuss Liberal Education Goals
Reading Due: Bill Cronon’s “Only Connect…”

Thursday, April 26: Peer Review 

Review Presentation Guidelines
Presentation Sign-Up
Reading Due: Chris Anderson’s “How to Give a Killer Presentations”


Week 14: Wrapping Up/Presentations

Tuesday, May 1: Presentations (In no particular order)

Thursday, May 3: Presentations (In no particular order)


See course assignments.