Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2022

FSEM 170   The Experiment of Writing
RestrictionsNo 2025 2024 2023
DistributionHuman Thought and Expression
Core AreaNone

Faculty Profile for Professor LeMesurier

What is "good writing"? Who gets to define what it is? Are you born with writing skills, or can you acquire them later? Students in this class explore all of these questions in relation to personal, public, and academic writing. Students explore different methods for reading and composing texts in a variety of "rhetorical situations." Weekly reading and writing assignments build on one another, culminating in a final research-driven project and presentation. Students gain flexible skills for reading, thinking, and discussing complex ideas with different audiences. Students who successfully complete this seminar will earn credit for WRIT 103 and satisfy one half of the human thought and expression areas of inquiry requirement.

Dr. LeMesurier is a rhetorical scholar who specializes in contemporary rhetorics of race, embodiment, and food. Students in her classes engage with multimodal and digital texts as creators and consumers in order to develop their writing voice and strategies.