During Welcome Week, each LAS100 section is invited to a SHU faculty, staff, or community member's house for dinner. Because of COVID-19, alterations to this tradition may be made. We are considering the option of an online discussion or an event that allows for social distancing. After dinner, all students will participate in a guided discussion of our common read essay/video: "Claiming and Education" by Adrienne Rich and "How we can face the future without fear, together" by Rabbi Lord Jonathon Sacks
This is a formal assignment for your LAS 100 class; points will be awarded by your instructor. The due date is still being determined, but it's best to have the material read/watched by the week prior to the semester start date.
"Rich’s poetry has maintained its overtly political, feminist edge throughout the decades since the Vietnam War and the social activism of the 1960s and 70s. In collections like Your Native Land, Your Life (1986), Time’s Power: Poems, 1985-1988 (1988), and An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems, 1988-1991 (1991), Rich begins to address the Jewish heritage that she was forced to hide during her early life. Throughout all three books, Rich uses personal experience, first-person narratives, and rich and varied language. Rich’s later poetry engages the personal and political in ambitious ways."
You are to read/watch the assigned essay and video. The links to the pdf for the essay and the TedTalk are both found on the FYE homepage. You are then expected to write a paper or create a piece of artwork based on one of the themes (from either the essay or the video--or both!). There are questions on the FYE homepage that can help you if you need a prompt. With your LAS100 class, you will discuss your paper or artwork.