Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing
By Wellesley College students
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Wellesley College launched a suite of writing-intensive seminars in September 2013 through the generosity of the Calderwood Charitable Foundation. The seminars, taught across numerous disciplines, provide seniors and juniors the chance for “one final lap around the major” before they graduate, fine-tuning their writing skills and preparing them for careers in their field. The seminars will rotate through departments and programs each semester, with class size remaining small. These advanced-level courses will challenge students to integrate what they have learned in other courses and to communicate this knowledge to a broad audience. This “real-world” writing can be a departure from the academic styles students have adopted in writing during their college careers, but will help empower a student’s “voice” in her major field of study. Developing the ability to translate complex arguments and professional jargon to a broad audience is a central feature of a liberal arts education.
||Shrimp Farming's Effects||Helena McMonagle '16 describes how some methods of shrimp farming in the US and abroad can be extremely harmful to the environment due to pollution and loss of valuable habitat.||12/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Saving Leatherback Sea Turtles||Synthia Hernandez '15 argues that without leatherbacks, our fishing industry and oceans will pay a steep price.||12/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||23andMe - Predicting Your Genes||Sapna Jain '14 questions whether rapid genetic testing companies give consumers useful and accurate information.||1/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Affordable Care Act - Ineffecient and Harmful||Alice Sun '15 contends that the ACA has good intentions-- lowering unsustainable health care costs-- but is doing so in an inefficient and harmful way.||1/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Forget PETA - Go to the Zoo||Victoria Hills '14 argues that zoos are not only accessible and affordable, but they also contribute substantially to the protection of animals in the wild.||1/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Reproductive Restraint||Andrea Bae '14 examines the link between population growth and environmental decline. She questions the cost of transforming our environment to sustain more people.||12/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Uniquely Human?||Zoe Moyer '15 reviews The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by primatologist Frans de Waal. She examines his contention that moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but rather is a product of evolution.||12/19/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Wombs for Rent in India||Mai Yer Xiong '14 probes the transnational surrogacy industry and the exploitation of Indian women who become gestational surrogate mothers.||12/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bacteria - Better at Communication than Congress?||Dania Wright '14 explores quorum sensing, a method of bacterial communication, and its potential uses in healthcare. She focuses on research which might offer a treatment for cholera.||12/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||No Brave New World, Baby||Kalina Yingnan Deng '14 discusses the flaws in bioethicist Julian Savlescu's principle of Procreative Beneficence. She shows how it is not supported by philosophical theories of well-being and disregards principles of individual rights.||12/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|