Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Readings

Reading List

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. The Thing Around Your Neck. Anchor Books, 2009.
Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do. Abrams Books, 2017.
Jingfang, Hao. "Folding Beijing," Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation. Tr. and Ed. by Ken Liu.
Owen, David. “The Psychology of Space: Can a Norwegian Firm Solve the Problems of Times Square?” The New Yorker, January 13, 2013.
Paletta, Anthony. “Snøhetta Makes the Daily Lunch Break the Central Focus of Its Workplace.” Metropolis Magazine, November 10, 2015.

Writing Handbook
Bullock, Richard H., et. al. The Little Seagull Handbook. 3rd ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

Fall 2020 Syllabus

Enduring Question: What connects and divides us?

Friday, October 2

  • Reader (Introduction to the Unit)
  • Review Thi Bui Opening Convocation and Question and Answer Session
  • The Best We Could Do, Chapters 1-3

Monday, October 5

  • Reader (“Start Here” and “Paideia Basics”)
  • The Best We Could Do, Chapters 4-7

Wednesday, October 7

  • Writing Center Handout (“Integrating Source Material into Paragraphs”)
  • Writing Workshop: Integrating Source Material
  • The Best We Could Do, Chapters 8-10

Friday, October 9

  • Reader (“Writing in Paideia: Getting Started”)
  • Video presentations: “Reading 'Folding Beijing:' perspectives from the Paideia Faculty”
  • Short Essay Due

Monday, October 12

  • Reader (Introduction to the Text, Study Questions for “Folding Beijing”)
  • Hao Jinfeng, “Folding Beijing” (All)

Wednesday, October 14

  • Little Seagull Handbook, “Writing processes” (9-16)
  • “Folding Beijing” (Reread all)

Friday, October 16

  • Little Seagull Handbook, “Arguments” (43-48)
  • Writing Workshop on Paper 1: Thesis and Evidence
  • Draft of Paper 1 Due

Monday, October 19

  • Open Unit

Wednesday, October 21

  • Open Unit
  • Paper 1 Due


Friday, October 23

  • Open Unit

Monday, October 26

  • Open Unit

Wednesday, October 28

  • Writing Center Handouts (“Introduction and Conclusion Paragraphs,” “Developing Body Paragraphs,” and “Topic Sentences”)
  • Writing Workshop on Paper 2: Development
  • Draft of Paper 2 Due

Friday, October 30

  • Writing Conferences

Monday, November 2

  • Reader (Introduction to the Text, and Study Questions for The Thing Around Your Neck
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (“Cell One”)
  • Video Presentations: “Making Sense of Crossing Cultural Boundaries in Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck"
  • Video: “Africa: Not a Single Story”
  • Paper 2 Due

Wednesday, November 4

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (“Imitation” and “A Private Experience”)

Friday, November 6

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (“The Thing Around Your Neck” and one additional story)

Monday, November 9

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (Two additional stories)

Wednesday, November 11

  • Little Seagull Handbook, “Making Paragraphs Flow” (17-29)
  • Writing Center handout ("Transition sentences and devices")
  • Writing Workshop on Paper 3: Transitions and connections
  • Draft of Paper 3 Due

Friday, November 13

  • Introduction to Snøhetta Unit, Study Questions for Snøhetta
  • Video Presentation: “Space Inhabiting People”

Monday, November 16

  • David Owen, “The Psychology of Space: Can a Norwegian Firm Solve the Problems of Times Square?”
  • Anthony Paletta, “Snøhetta Makes the Daily Lunch Break the Central Focus of Its Workplace.”
  • Paper 3 Due

Wednesday, November 18

  • Video: Design Indaba.“Learn to Approach Design with Empathy, says Co-founder of Snøhetta.” Presentation by Craig Dykers. March, 2017.
  • Course Evaluations
  • Review for Final Exam

Friday, November 20

  • Final Exam



Quarter 2

Monday, November 30

  • Reader (Introduction to the Unit)
  • Review Thi Bui Opening Convocation and Question and Answer Session 
  • The Best We Could Do, Chapters 1-3

Wednesday, December 2

  • Reader (“Start Here” and “Paideia Basics”)
  • The Best We Could Do, Chapters 4-7

Friday, December 4

  • Writing Center Handout (“Integrating Source Material into Paragraphs”)
  • Writing Workshop: Integrating Source Material
  • The Best We Could Do, Chapters 8-10

Monday, December 7

  • Reader (“Writing in Paideia: Getting Started”)
  • Video presentations: “Reading 'Folding Beijing': perspectives from the Paideia Faculty”
  • Short Essay Due

Wednesday, December 9

  • Reader (Introduction to the Text, Study Questions for “Folding Beijing”)
  • Hao Jinfeng, “Folding Beijing” (All)

Friday, December 11

  • Little Seagull Handbook, “Writing processes” (9-16)
  • “Folding Beijing” (Reread all)

Monday, December 14

  • Little Seagull Handbook, “Arguments” (43-48)
  • Writing Workshop on Paper 1: Thesis and Evidence
  • Draft of Paper 1 Due

Wednesday, December 16

  • Open Unit

Friday, December 18

  • Open Unit
  • Paper 1 Due

Monday, December 21

  • Open Unit

Monday, January 4

  • Open Unit

Wednesday, January 6

  • Writing Center Handouts (“Introduction and Conclusion Paragraphs,” “Developing Body Paragraphs,” and “Topic Sentences”)
  • Writing Workshop on Paper 2: Development
  • Draft of Paper 2 Due

Friday, January 8

  • Writing Conferences

Monday, January 11

  • Reader (Introduction to the Text and Study Questions for The Thing Around Your Neck
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (“Cell One”)
  • Video Presentations: “Making Sense of Crossing Cultural Boundaries in Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck” 
  • Video: “Africa: Not a Single Story”

Tuesday, January 12

  • Paper 2 Due

Wednesday, January 13

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (“Imitation” and “A Private Experience”)

Friday, January 15

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (“The Thing Around Your Neck” and two additional stories)

Monday, January 18

  • Little Seagull Handbook, “Making Paragraphs Flow” (17-29)
  • Writing Center handout ("Transition sentences and devices")
  • Writing Workshop on Paper 3: Transitions and connections
  • Draft of Paper 3 Due

Wednesday, January 20

  • Introduction to Snøhetta Unit, Study Questions for Snøhetta
  • Video Presentation: “Space Inhabiting People”

Friday, January 22

  • David Owen, “The Psychology of Space: Can a Norwegian Firm Solve the Problems of Times Square?”
  • Anthony Paletta, “Snøhetta Makes the Daily Lunch Break the Central Focus of Its Workplace.”
  • Paper 3 Due

Monday, January 25

  • Video: Design Indaba.“Learn to Approach Design with Empathy, says Co-founder of Snøhetta.” Presentation by Craig Dykers. March, 2017.
  • Course Evaluations
  • Review for Final Exam

Wednesday, January 27

  • Final Exam