Precollege Crash Courses
Precollege Crash Courses are one or two-day weekend intensive courses that will take you on a deep-dive into academic content. Choose from science, creative writing and women’s studies. You will get a virtual precollege experience with one of our summer faculty members. These short online courses are not to be missed! Financial aid is available.
Movement as Medicine
Saturday, February 26 & Sunday, February 27, 2022 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m. EST (on both days)
Instructor: Anna Baeth
In this two-day crash course, Movement as Medicine, we will explore the ways exercise, sport and physical activity are influential to our physical and mental wellness. This course uses exercise science, sport psychology, sociology and students’ own experiences to better understand how different forms of movement show up (or might show up) in our lives. Students will learn about how the body responds to exercise, motivation, and how we can better learn from what our bodies tell us through movement. This course is experiential and will require students to participate in light physical activity. It will be of particular interest to students who wish to explore careers in medicine, physical therapy, coaching and mental health.
Supplies Needed: Students will need loose/relaxed clothing and a towel or blanket for yoga, as well as sneakers or athletic shoes for light activity and walking. Preferably, students will also have a tennis ball or small sports ball on hand (but not necessary).
Embracing the Strange: Writing Reality-Bending Fiction
Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 1–5 p.m.EST
Instructor: Joy Baglio
Do you write (or aspire to write) fiction unencumbered by what’s “realistic”? Are you inspired by fairytales, mythology, fantasy, science fiction, ghost stories or dreams? Do your characters sometimes have magical abilities? This four-hour workshop is for writers interested in exploring modes of storytelling other than realism while simultaneously learning how to strengthen all of the traditional elements of fiction. Whether you are an experienced writer or just beginning, you’ll leave with new work as well as tools and techniques that will help you continue to write and explore reality-bending stories on your own.
They Don’t Know Who We Be—Writing Poetry
Sunday, March 20, 2022 | 1–5 p.m. EST
Instructor: Claudia Wilson
How does the self or selves appear in poems? What keeps the self visible and how does self-revelation serve our own poem making? Conversely, what does withholding the self do? While the speaker and the self are not always the same, there are times when this relationship is confusing, unique and complex. How is art (the poem) a space for these relationships: complex selves, different selves, hybrid selves, imagined selves or no selves? How can we care for these selves in our work? In this four-hour workshop, we will consider art broadly, we see many selves in the art of Beyonce/Sasha Fierce/Mrs. Carter, Kendrick Lamar/Kung-Fu Kenny, or Meg Thee Stallion/Tina Snow/Suga. While we won’t solely explore these artists, we will use them as conversation starters (entry points) and then pivot to other artists, namely poets. We’ll consider poems by Gayl Jones, Tim Seibles, Ariana Brown and Cameron Awkward Rich for our study. Then we’ll reflect and write into these questions using what we have read as guideposts. By the end, we will build a working approach to these provocative questions. Whether you are an experienced writer or just beginning, this workshop will give you the necessary tools and inspiration for the next step in your writing journey.
Reproductive Rights, Justice, and Women’s Archives at Smith College
Saturday, March 19, 2022 | 1–5 p.m. EST
Instructor: Amy Howe
In recent years, U.S. state legislatures are working to restrict and protect reproductive health in efforts to gear up for a potential Supreme Court debate about Roe v. Wade. How do we understand the histories of these reproductive and sexual health debates today? How are they located within larger historical conversations about gender, race, equity and community belonging? In this course, we will look at selections from contemporary debates alongside a few key artifacts about reproductive health and justice archival material collected and accessible through the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History at Smith College, which is a rich archival repository including material such as the Activist Life Oral History Project, the Black Women’s Health Imperative Records, the National Latina Health Organization Records and a number of personal archives of well-known feminist thinkers and activists. Students will leave this course with curiosity about how historical conditions, social movement materials and critically-informed questions shape contemporary possibilities and projects for our gendered and gender-nonconforming bodies and experiences.