The syllabi I design introduce students to important canonical and non-canonical texts, with a focus on how the study of literature and writing can exemplify why self-possession and leadership of oneself is crucial in developing the ability to lead others. In the Women’s Leadership Program we take time to examine different configurations of leadership as they appear in society and culture, thinking about how leadership depends not only on more traditional notions of a single, strong, inspirational figure, but also on a whole set of relationships that encompass creativity, co-operation, and consensus. This is something students learn through the texts that we study in my classes, our class discussions, and the writing students produce throughout the year.
My aim is to make humanities and writing classes immediately relevant.
Every year I try and do something fresh and exciting in my teaching, as well as sticking to reliable materials that consistently enhance student learning.