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THE STORY OF A LIFETIME:  EXPLORING DOCUMENTARY LIFE-WRITING

Professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse

TIME AND DATE TO BE DECIDED

This version of FYS uses the concept of true-life narratives—our own and those of others—as the basis and inspiration for the reading, writing, and research you will do this term.  We will proceed from the belief that all people are interesting if you ask the right questions.  And that life “documentary” (which simply means a factual record or report of someone’s life) can be as interesting in approach and form as our imagination allows.  In essence, we will produce a series of life stories  which might employ or combine writing, illustration, audio, or photography.  We will start with our own histories and those of others in class.  From there, we will move outward to family members, members of the campus community, and members of a cultural group or community of interest to us.  The goal is to produce interesting, cohesive and factual narratives that allow us to engage in some of the practices of academic inquiry.   We will do so in a supportive, interactive classroom setting in which your work and ideas are critiqued.  Expect frequent reading, discussion, writing, and revision.

University News
September 19, 2014
Thomas R. Rosburg, professor of biology at Drake University, will deliver the 30th Annual Luther W. Stalnaker Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium.
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