ENG 119 Writing Roundtable: Poverty

Julio Alves, MW 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

Students hone their writing skills (defined broadly to include critical thinking, research and documentation, argument development, and mastery of written English) as they enhance their understanding of an issue of current import and consequence.  They read and write in a variety of genres (ranging from experience narratives to academic essays) and supplement their required reading with excursions to scholarly and cultural venues at Smith.

Topic for Spring 2013:  Poverty

What defines poverty in the U.S. and abroad?  Who defines it?  How de we best improve the lives of the poor?  What's the relationship between poverty and gender?  Which antipoverty programs work and which don't?  These are a few of the questions students write about in this course as they hone their writing skills.  The readings include academic essays, organizational documents, newspaper articles, narrative journalism and personal  experience narratives.  The course makes use of resources in the Smith libraries, the Sophia Smith Collection and the Smith College Museum of Art.