Fall 2013 CBL Courses

Professor Elizabeth Capdvielle's WR 13200-01; MWF 2:00-2:50
"Community Writing & Rhetoric: The Farm in the Community" is an opportunity to get out into the community--and an opportunity to get outside! As a student in this course, you will engage in service that promotes local agriculture and food aid, working to bring health to our community’s residents, our land, and our economy. You'll spend your 15 hours of community service at rural farms, urban gardens, and an urban cooperative market, helping to provide fresh, nutritious food to people in all social and economic positions. Alongside your classmates and our community partners, you may find yourself gardening, feeding animals, loading hay, cooking, repairing fences, teaching kids, painting signs, or staffing the cashier’s desk at the co-op market. You'll see the seasons change in the countryside, and you'll learn to use the bus system to get downtown. Meanwhile, over the course of the semester you will read and view media focused on food security, food culture, agro-ecology, and nutrition, to develop an understanding of the rhetoric in our culture that shapes our healthy and unhealthy decisions about food. Working on real-world creative rhetoric assignments, you can help our community partner organizations—local farms, urban gardens, and a cooperative market—to advertise their services, sell their products, secure government grant money, or educate consumers, volunteer workers, and farm interns about the business of providing local food. Class discussions, writing workshop sessions, and personal writing assignments will invite you to reflect on your study and experiences with your fellow volunteers in the class. With my guidance, you will also complete a traditional university library research project, developing and pursuing a course-related research question that suits your own strengths and interests. Your project will culminate in a formal university-level research paper and a research presentation.

Professor Ed Kelly's WR 13200-02; TR 11:00-12:15
In "Bridging the Gap: Community, Social Justice, and Service" I ask students to build community both within and without the classroom, that is, to be responsible for one another and for the community members whom they serve. In addition to reading about, writing about, and discussing social justice issues, particularly those related to juvenile/criminal justice, students will team with other students from Holy Cross College to serve youth at the South Bend Juvenile Justice Center. Typically, students will meet one night a week at Holy Cross  College (across the road from ND), plan a virtue-related lesson for the youths, then travel downtown to the Center to present it. Generally, that represents a 2 1/2 hour time commitment (5:15-7:45) every Tuesday night for 10-12 weeks. In addition to argumentative essays, I require students to write two critical reflections through which they process their learning experiences at the JJC. I have four goals for the course: 1) to improve student ability to write rhetorically strong arguments; 2) to develop student ability to write critical reflections; 3) to promote critical thinking about issues related to social justice, particularly criminal justice; and 4) to foster a spirit of genuine community in the classroom.