HC444H/421H - Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Translating Environmental Justice

Professor: Catalina de Onís

4.00 credits

CRN 35750: Fridays, 9:00am-11:50am @ CHA 102

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill an Arts and Letters Colloquium and the HC 444H: US: Difference, Inequality, and Agency (US) cultural literacy requirement.  If a student already has completed an Arts and Letters Colloquium, this course will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and the US: Difference, Inequality, and Agency (US) cultural literacy requirement.

Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing are advanced-level, writing-intensive courses that engage students in a review of areas of special interest. These seminars emphasize public writing—the ability to translate complex arguments and professional jargon to a broad audience— which is a central feature of a liberal arts education. These seminars will have a collaborative format, with students writing frequently and rewriting their work in response to comments by their professors and input from classmates. You have learned how to write for college, now learn how to write for life.

The Translating Environmental Justice seminar centers this social movement and the discourses and stories that shape this crucial struggle for more livable, just relationships on our shared planet. Drawing on their interests in relation to this topic, class members will work individually and collaboratively as translators to make their arguments, reflections, and stories accessible for audiences beyond the university. To do so, students will create five projects: a blog post summarizing an academic article, a film review, an Op-Ed (opinion editorial), a podcast recording, and written text for a children’s book. During finals week, class members will compile these creations into a portfolio and will be encouraged to share their writings and recordings with public audiences. This course is structured much like a newsroom, requiring quick turnaround times for revisions and firm due dates to facilitate workshopping and peer reviewing. In addition to improving each student’s writing abilities, this course will help to prepare class members for communicating environmental justice and other interrelated topics in public spaces. 

This course fulfills a Writing Elective requirement for the Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning minor. Contact WSCR director Emily Simnitt (esimnitt@uoregon.edu) if you plan to use this class towards the WSCR minor. Visit wscr.uoregon.edu for more information.