WRITING 101: Writing at Duke: 1924-2024

Fall 2024

Instructor: Rhiannon Scharnhorst

"In Their Own Words: Writing at Duke 1924-2024" immerses students in the world of archival research, tracing the evolution of written communication at Duke University. This course focuses on two central questions: How has writing changed at Duke over the past century, and what can these changes reveal about disciplinary knowledge, education and language? 

Students will gain hands-on experience in archival research methodologies, while exploring documents through the interdisciplinary lens of writing studies. By critically analyzing primary source materials, students will uncover patterns, shifts and historical contexts that have shaped Duke's writing history. Students will engage in the process of historical interpretation, contribute to ongoing narratives and choose from collaborative project-based assignments such as curating an online exhibition or producing a collaborative research paper.