Writing Fellows Courses

One of many student-driven organizations at Brown, Writing Fellows work in a spirit of collegiality, helping to extend intellectual discourse beyond the classroom. Mutually engaged, Fellows and Fellowees ultimately do more than focus on writing; they shape their own and each other’s education, and in so doing they help to keep vibrant what is most unique and valuable about Brown. As peers, Fellows serve as sympathetic readers, providing informed, constructive criticism directed toward the argumentation, analysis, organization, clarity and style of papers. After drafts of papers are returned, Writing Fellows meet with each of their Fellowees in conference. These conferences provide a chance to discuss revision strategies and work through additional concerns.



    LANG 0710 : Protest and Dissidence in Iran
    Professor Michelle Quay
    Course Description: The anti-authoritarian Woman, Life, Freedom movement arose as a reaction to protests, incarceration and death in Iran in the fall of 2022. In this first-year seminar, you will learn about Iran, a country of 87 million people bordered by Iraq and Afghanistan. We will discuss historical events such as the 1979 Iranian Revolution and how they still affect Iran’s relationship to the West. Through a broad selection of texts, film and art, we will explore topics that include corruption, authoritarianism, multiculturalism, race, social class, religion and gender relations in today’s Iranian culture and society. In English.

    PHP 0060: Complexities and Challenges of Global Health
    Professor Nisha Trivedi
    Course Description: Global health refers to the health and wellbeing of all of the world’s populations, regardless of geography, country, or citizenship. Many of today’s most pressing issues, from climate change to political conflict and population displacement, have profound implications for health. This course will introduce students to fundamental topics in global health, and it will encourage them to approach global health issues through a lens of equity and responsibility toward people and populations beyond United States’ borders. Students will develop a framework for understanding contemporary health challenges and learn how responses to these complex problems require collaboration across health and non-health sectors of society. This course will challenge students’ assumptions about world health while strengthening their skills in data literacy and critical analysis.

    EDUC1900: Senior Seminar
    Professor Diane Silva Pimentel
    Course Description: Required of and reserved for seniors of the Education Studies Concentration as a culminating experience of your Concentration. Our foundational and methodological courses introduced you to the basic themes and research in the field, and upper-level courses typically focused on particular topics in greater depth. Your decision to be an Education Studies concentrator was likely related to one or more of the central themes of the field of education (e.g., human development, education policy and history, culture, race/ethnicity, gender, social justice, etc.). We hope to build on these learning experiences, broadening and deepening your learning across different areas of education.

    ENVS/ EEPS 1615 Making Connections: The Environmental Policy Process 
    Professor Amanda Lynch
    Course Description: The diminishing quality of Earth’s systems and resources carries profound implications for the fulfillment of human rights and aspirations. But even as Western knowledge systems understand better the intrinsic interdependencies between humans and the non-human, policy gridlock persists. Indeed, scientific findings are regularly contested on political grounds. The purpose of this course is to learn how to apply diverse knowledges from Indigenous to Modern to map the relevant policy in problems at the intersection of human rights and environmental integrity, and to develop approaches to address them in ways that are creative, effective, responsible and just.

    POBS 0810: Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities
    Professor Patricia Sobal
    Course Description: Focuses on the representation of immigrants, migrants and other "border crossers" in contemporary literature from Brazil and other countries. How do people respond to the loss of home and the shift to a new culture? Is "going home" possible? How do individuals deal with their dual or triple identities? Piñon, Lispector, Scliar, Rushdie, Salih, Cristina Garcia, V. S. Naipaul and others. Conducted in English.


    Past Writing Fellows Course Descriptions