This ENG1101 course introduces concepts of critical writing and thinking along with skills integral to constructing and documenting a college-level essay. As a First Year Learning Community, we will pair with Psychology 1101 to explore the emotional impact of the first year college transition and consider ways to identify and deal with new stressors.

Author: Jennifer Sears (Page 1 of 7)

Course Resource 32: Ta-Nehisi Coates Interviewed on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

This interview with Terry Gross on her NPR show Fresh Air was recorded in July 2015, right after the book Between the World and Me was published. In this discussion, Coates discusses many topics discussed in the book and the excerpt we are reading, “Letter to My Son”: his close friend Prince who was killed by the police, the complicated politics and risks of walking down the street as a kid in Baltimore, and an incident in which he was arrested for threatening a teacher while in high school and why he did it.

We won’t have time to listen to the full interview in class (though I hope to get at least to 20 min.!)  but you can listen to the whole length on your own:

OER 31: “Letter to My Son” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This essay, which appeared in The Atlantic in July 2015, is an excerpt from Coates’ book Between the World and Me, which went on to win many well deserved awards for the quality of its writing and the necessity of its subject. In our class, we will read this closely over two class sessions, and consider it in context of events that have happened since its writing and in context with other interviews and topices we have considered..

Resource 27: “Growing Up in Baltimore”-Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Big Think

In “Growing Up in Baltimore,”, published before “Letter to My Son,” Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the environment that shaped his early years. This includes the effects of the optimism created by the Civil Rights Movement, the fear created by crack epidemic, and his romantic memories of the music, sports and comic book heroes of the 80s. The video ends with a tribute to his later home, New York City.

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