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critical reading and writing skills as we try to formulate our own responses to these
important questions. (Writing Requirement) FREEMAN

ENG 273-7. Topic: Introduction to the Digital Humanities
With new technologies, and with big data sets, the kinds of questions that we can explore
in the Humanities have expanded. New media also allows us to share results in new
ways. The Digital Humanities is an emerging, interdisciplinary field, creatively
combining knowledge and skills from humanities disciplines with information and
computer sciences in the spirit of inquiry. Students in this course will be introduced to
debates surrounding this new area of study, and will design and implement intro-level
Digital Humanities projects of their own. Recommended for computer science and

humanities students, but all majors are welcome. (Humanities) MOUTON

ENG 374-7. Advanced Topic: Medical Fictions: Patient-Doctor Dynamics in
Fiction and Film
Writers and filmmakers--even cartoonists--bring their art and insight to the medical
moment, illuminating doctor/patient connections and misconnections, writing about
empathy and abandonment, highly-charged moments of illness, dying, childbirth, shell-
shock, and other health experiences. Engaging with these powerful and moving texts
invites students to examine and deepen their concepts of the relationships between
health providers and others. The course will include a field trip to the University of Iowa
hospital to witness Project Art and visits from speakers, as well as a service project.
Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

HANKINS

ENG 382-3. Advanced Topic: Distinguished Visiting Screenwriter: Creating
Characters
Great films rely on great characters. In this screenwriting workshop, students will study
and explore techniques for creating their own dynamic, character-driven films with
special attention on using the tools of visual storytelling to create cinematic shorts with
memorable characters. Using a series of writing exercises as well as in-class readings
with actors, students will create and shape their characters from the ground up and then
place them into narratives that help define and, most importantly, reveal who their
characters are. Genre will be a secondary consideration as character takes center stage to
create compelling scripts that are honest, emotional, and even personal. Students will
not only write their own screenplays but they also will be expected provide thoughtful
and constructive feedback on all other students’ work throughout the development
process of the workshop’s scripts. Class participation, creative collaboration, and critical
thinking about other students’ work is essential to success in this workshop. Students
will create a 12-15 page screenplay that displays strong character development, with

additional focus on act/scene structure and visual storytelling film language. (Fine Arts)

ENG 383-6. Advanced Topic: Distinguished Visiting Writer in Live
Literature: The Personal is Political.
Sharing personal stories is a vital part of creating social change, but for creative writers,
trying to send a message or teach a lesson can drain a story of its value as art and/or
entertainment. The emerging nonfiction genre of “live lit”—short memoirs written for
performance—is an excellent medium for exploring the personal and the political in
creative work. How can we broach political subjects without coming across as excessively

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