Fall 2016

INT 185 CT
Community Matters
Instructor: Rick Benjamin
W 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
6056 HSSB
2 credits
Community Matters mixes civic reflection and action through engagement with IV Elementary School. Students can expect to be involved with a diverse range of activities at the school, such as one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, supporting class-room learning as well as both developing and implementing curriculum. Our time each week at UCSB (Wednesday mornings) will be devoted to discussing short weekly readings in community engagement and to ongoing conversations about our partnership at IV Elementary. Please contact instructor Rick Benjamin with any questions: rbenjamin@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Poetry & Community Practice
Instructor: Rick Benjamin, IHC Associate Director for Community Engagement
TTh 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
HSSB 6056
4 units
Poetry & Community Practice honors a connection between poetry and citizenship, assuming that poetry is a wisdom medium toward more enlightened thinking and public practice.  Poetry is an ideal vehicle for extending our study and practice beyond UCSB, and students will be conducting workshops in schools, community centers, and assisted living facilities as part of their work for the course, extending their own learning through teaching while also being of benefit elsewhere.  The class emphasizes community building: in the course at UCSB, in teaching pairs, in classes and workshops with partnering sites, Poetry is the connective tissue; building relationships is at the heart of the practice.
The course is a hybrid, mixing aspects of a traditional poetry workshop with community engagement that is essential to individual creative progress in any artistic medium.  This idea runs counter to assumptions of insularity and certain convictions about individualism.  Poetry will be the erosive, corrosive device toward a more humanities-based approach to creative & community practice.  To enroll, please email Rick Benjamin: rbenjamin@ihc.ucsb.edu.

Writing Workshop for Student Veterans
Instructor: Susan Derwin
Monday 5:00-7:00 PM, 6056 HSSB
This creative writing workshop is for veterans who wish to write about their military experiences. Participants will share and discuss their work with each other in an informal setting. For more information, contact Susan Derwin: derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu.

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