Spring and Summer 2014 Adult Continuing Education Courses
The Center for Continuing Education at Sarah Lawrence College offers several academic credit courses throughout the year designed specifically for adult learners. These courses are taught by outstanding Sarah Lawrence faculty members, and members of the community can take them for credit or audit them.
Fall 2014 Courses
To enroll in any of these summer seminars, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-395-2205. Enrollment is limited and available on a space-available basis.
Instructor: Carol Zoref
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
September 10 – December 17, 2014
This writing workshop originates from the belief that every writer is first and always a reader. Class discussions will focus on close readings of 19th, 20th and 21st century stories, novels, and essays examined through the lens of narrative design. Dovetailing with this endeavor will be conference work dedicated to student writing. The initial emphasis will be on analytical writing, through which students will explore the intimate relationships between the reader, the writer, and the text that persuade us to brave the powerful, disquieting and illuminating terrain of the cathartic experience. Opportunities for creative work will be introduced as students achieve fluency in the elements of narrative craft.
Tools for understanding will be close and careful readings of the texts, highly participatory class discussions, weekly study groups with other students, and regularly scheduled writing assignments. Readings will be chosen from among such authors as James Baldwin, Charles Dickens, Edward P. Jones, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Flannery O'Connor, Cynthia Ozick, Susan Sontag, Mark Twain, Eudora Welty and Virginia Woolf. A very intensive writing course.
Beyond the Matrix of Race: Psychologies of Race and Ethnicity
Instructor: Linwood Lewis
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
September 8 – December 15, 2014
What is race? What does it mean for race to be socially constructed? How have racial matters been studied in psychology? In this class, we will explore the (American) experience of race from an interdisciplinary perspective. We will explore the historical construction of race, how children develop a concept of race/ethnicity, the development of racial and ethnic identity and how prejudice and stigma are created and affect health and well-being. We will also examine how gender, socioeconomic status and sexualities interact and intersect within individuals.
Writing and Research from Thought Piece to Conference Paper
Instructor: Pat Dunn
Wednesdays, 5:00 -6:00 PM
September 10 – December 17, 2014
Together we will practice the fundamentals of writing here at Sarah Lawrence College. We will write and revise (emphasis on revise) the work we are producing for our other classes: the thought pieces, essays, and conference papers.
We will learn how to identify a workable thesis statement and how to find and incorporate the data to develop an argument that will support this statement. We will work on structure and smooth transitions. We will work on strong beginnings and earned conclusions.
This course is for the student who is transitioning back to the writing life and for those who feel they could use more writing practice.
Patricia Dunn earned her MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College where she has taught in the Writing Institute for the past ten years. She also serves as the Director of Graduate Support Services and a Don in CCE. She is the author of Rebels by Accident (Sourcebooks Fire, October 2014). Her writing has appeared in Global City Review, Salon.com, Women’s eNews, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, The Nation, and L.A. Weekly, the Portland Review of Books, among others. Her work has been anthologized in Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies; Progressive Muslim Identities: Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada; and, most recently, in the bestselling anthology, Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.
Linwood J. Lewis received his BA from Manhattanville College, his MA and PhD from City University of New York, and his MS from Columbia University. His special interests include the effects of culture and social context on conceptualization of health and illness, multicultural aspects of genetic counseling, the negotiation of HIV within families, and the development of sexuality in ethnic minority adolescents and adults. Recipient of a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellowship and an NIH-NRSA Research Fellowship, he has taught at Sarah Lawrence College since 1997.
Carol Zoref earned her B.A., M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a fiction writer and essayist; recipient of fellowships and grants from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hall Farm Center for Arts, and In Our Own Write; winner of I.O.W.W. Emerging Artist Award; and finalist for the Henfield and American Fiction Awards and Pushcart Prize.
If you are interested in enrolling for the fall, please contact CCE at email@example.com or 914-395-2205.