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Write Fiction, Poetry, Travel Writing, or Your Memoirs this Summer!

Take a writing course at Brandeis in Summer 2013

Write Fiction, Poetry, Travel Writing, or Your Memoirs this Summer!

Take ENG 129a Writing Workshop in Summer Session II: July 8 to August 9, 2013

The class meets T, W, Th 11:00 AM – 01:30 PM, and is a 4-credit hour course fulfilling the Brandeis Graduation Requirements of Writing Intensive (wi) and Humanities (hum),

In this course, this writers’ circle will explore various approaches to writing in the genre of your choice: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

As models for writing, we will choose from such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried), Tobias Wolff, Sherman Alexie, Pico Iyer, and, among other poets, Billy Collins.  However, the focus of this workshop will be on your original work, including options in literary journalism, travel writing, and memoir.

Your final projects will be considered for publication in FUSION: A Global Forum of Words, Music, and Art:

This course is available for Undergraduate Credit only in Summer 2013. You can view a syllabus for this class here.  This class is a graded course but Brandeis students may use up one of their Pass/Fail options for this course.


If you have questions about the course, please contact the Instructor, Professor Joseph Coroniti, at:

Five Ways To Save This Summer

College students - save this summer

As we are now in Late Registration for Session 1 & Extended Session Summer School classes (sign up now if you are still planning to join us this summer!), we thought it would be a great time for a fun summer post. Enjoy!

5 Ways to Save Energy this Summer

The warmer months mean a lot of added (sometimes hidden) expenses. It’s nice out, so we’ve all got excuses to be out of the house and not looking at our energy consumption and spending! That’s why we compiled this quick list of five tips for saving during this summer season:


1. Cook Your Meals Outdoors.

Ovens and dishwashers create unwanted heat in the house, so break out the grill and do more outdoor cooking while it’s nice out or make cold dishes. Not only do you give your wallet a break you get to sneak in some of the late day sunshine while it lasts with friends. If you have to cook indoors a quick tip is to wait until later on in the day or at night to run your oven or dishwasher. Check out some excellent recipes here.

2. Turn Off That AC.

Cooling the house when no one’s around can be a huge waste, so take the time to shut off the air conditioning when it’s not needed. Go a step further and program your air to turn on when you wake up and off when it starts to get cool at night. Even using a ceiling or portable fan instead of A/C can save you big time during the hotter season.

3. Power Down Your Equipment.

By controlling your entertainment equipment to power down when not in use you actively control when you’re spending on electricity. Most people don’t think about turning off their cable box or DVR at night, but you’ll find that it’s one of the biggest energy hogs in your home! Turning office equipment such as desktops, monitors and printers to ‘sleep mode’ when not in use can help cut energy costs by more than 50%.

4. Improve Your Gas Mileage

By obeying the speed limit and avoiding hard brakes you can stretch your gas tank in small ways. Another  tip to help get more from the pump is to reduce car weight by removing items in the trunk or by removing exterior roof racks or bike carriers when not in use. Taking public transportation when available, especially in a city like Boston, can save you when it comes time to fill up that gas-guzzler.

5. Learn New Skills 

This tip is more about economizing your time, which can often be your greatest personal energy crisis. By registering for summer courses you can expand your horizons and earn college credits this summer. Whether you’re looking for core credits towards your undergraduate degree or are fulfilling and elective course, you’ll find that Brandeis has the curriculum you’re looking for. With a wide variety courses offered, featuring smaller class sizes and a locally accessible campus, Brandeis University is a smart choice when it comes to getting a lot more for your dollar this season.


We’d love to hear your tips: how do you plan on saving this summer? Let us know in the comments below!


THA 71a Playwriting 2013

THA 71a Playwriting

Dreams of being an acclaimed Playwright?

Have a story that you’ve been yearning to tell?

This summer students will have the opportunity to write a One-Act Play with our Online THA 71a Playwriting class.  By way of webcams, students from across the U.S. (or just across Waltham!) will have the chance to collaborate on short dramas in an scriptwriting workshop.

Twice a week, students and instructor will sit around a virtual “writers’ table” and create three-dimensional characters in conflict, engaging dialogue, and stories that grab the audience’s attention.  Many creative opportunities: drama; comedy; one-man/woman shows; film and cable adaptations of plays; performance art; and the option to create multimedia work employing other arts forms, e.g., music, video, or photography.  Other topics: role-playing and improvisation, creating upbeat action, tension and conflict, and “the power of myth.”

As models for writing, students will consider a small number of plays and films by great dramatists, e.g., Peter Shaffer (Amadeus), Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, and David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross).  However, the focus of this workshop will be on students’ original scripts.  By the end of the course, participants will write one ten-minute play and one one-act play.

Student scripts will be considered for publication in FUSION: A Global Forum of Words, Music, and Art:

THA 71a: Playwriting
June 3-August 9, 2013
Online Class Meetings: Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00-7:30 pm EST
Theater Arts Department, Brandeis University

Click here more information about the course and a link to the course syllabus.

Your instructor will be Joseph A. Coroniti, PhD, Professor, Drama & Film, email:



Course Spotlight: PHIL 21a Environmental Ethics

Are you still looking for a summer course? Consider a course that concerns all life on the planet!

PHIL 21a: Environmental Ethics with Prof. Ben Sherman

Clearly, it would be wrong and foolish for us to destroy the natural resources we can’t live without, or to pollute for no good reason.  In this PHIL 21a Environmental Ethics we will examine more interesting questions, like…

  • Do animals have rights we should be protecting?  What about plants?  Or ecosystems?
  • If technology can make the environment more healthy or sustainable, does it matter whether the environment is left in its natural state?
  • Should there be laws against having large families, to prevent overpopulation?
  • What if the best way to fight poverty is to stop fighting global warming?


Find out what philosophical reflection and competing ethical theories can tell us about current ecological concerns, Mon, Wed, Thur from 1:30pm-3:50pm in Summer Session I.  PHIL 21a satisfies the Brandeis Humanities Graduation Requirement. You can view a full syllabus for this class here.
Sage class number: 2106
Course Tuition: $2,320 plus a nonrefundable once per summer $50 registration fee


The Secret To Getting A Leg Up On This Fall Semester

Brandeis Summer Courses University College 2013

As our senior friends prepare for Commencement 2013 it’s important to look back and take stock of what they’ve been able accomplish here at the university. Whether you’ve got friends who are plotting their course in the real world this summer or moving on to tackle their graduate degrees, an important lesson we can all take stock in this spring is to never underestimate the power of planning.

Just four years ago many students found themselves on the Brandeis campus for the very first time, looking forward to the long road of classes, term papers, group projects and eventually graduation. Regardless of your road to an undergraduate degree, most students will tell you that it takes an immense amount of self-motivation, focus, preparation and time management. Especially in the summer!

So how’d they do it? Well, many of the graduating seniors this year planned ahead by completing their entire core course load in the fall semester!

By taking advantage of Brandeis’ summer school programs many students have found themselves in the position to explore new opportunities outside the classroom for their last spring semester of college. Whether it’s an internship with a local Massachusetts company, an experimental course outside their core curriculum, or taking time to focus on personal development, many students will agree that some small adjustments to their summer schedule has paid off in the long term.

It’s easy get a step ahead of your credits for both fall and spring semesters with some smart planning during the summertime.

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