Poetry across the Curriculum

New Methods of Writing Intensive Pedagogy for U.S. Community College and Undergraduate Education

The present volume is the result of a pilot study and a workshop at Queensborough Community College that tried to integrate and discussed poetry as a new method of writing intensive pedagogy across the curriculum. Educators from several different disciplines – Art and Design, Biology, English, History, Philosophy, and Sociology – describe such methods and their teaching experiences in the classroom and highlight, how poetry has been and could be used for fruitful teaching and learning across the curriculum. The interdisciplinary pilot study and the discussions at the workshop, which are represented by the chapters in the present volume consequently emphasize the possibilities for the use of poetry at Community Colleges and U.S. undergraduate education in general.

Contributors are: Kathleen Alves, Alison Cimino, Urszula Golebiewska, Joshua M. Hall, Angela Hooks, Frank Jacob, Shannon Kincaid, Susan Lago, Alice Rosenblitt-Lacey, Ravid Rovner, and Amy Traver.
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Biographical Note

Frank Jacob, Ph.D. (2012), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, is Assistant Professor of History at Queensborough Community College. He has published more than 40 books and numerous articles, including The Russo-Japanese War and Its Shaping of the 20th Century (Routledge, 2018).
Shannon Kincaid, Ph.D. (1999), SUNY Buffalo, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Queensborough Community College. His areas of specialization include Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and American Pragmatism.
Amy E. Traver, Ph.D. (2008), SUNY Stony Brook, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Queensborough Community College. She has published numerous works on Community College education, including Service Learning at the American Community College (Palgrave, 2014, co-edited with Zivah Perel Katz).

Table of contents

Introduction: Pedagogy and Poetry across the Disciplines
Frank Jacob and Shannon Kincaid

Part 1: Arts

1 “Object Poetry” as a Source of Inspiration for Design Studies
Ravid Rovner
2 Arts Integrated Learning through Poetry: Implementing Awareness, Metaphor, and Play across Curriculums
Alison Cimino

Part 2: Biology

3 Poetry in a Biology Classroom
Urszula Golebiewska

Part 3: English

4 An Initiation into Academic Discourse with Poetry
Susan Lago
5 Poetry and Student Learning
Angela Hooks
6 “Thirsty Women and Fuckboys”: Teaching Shakespeare with Memes
Kathleen Alves
7 In Deference to Dreams Deferred: Langston Hughes’ Poem, “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” and Its Application across the Curriculum
Alice Rosenblitt-Lacey

Part 4: History

8 Expressive Content Writing: The Inclusion of Poetry in Undergraduate History Courses
Frank Jacob

Part 5: Philosophy

9 Pedagogy in Verse: A Philosophical Approach to Poetry across the Curriculum
Shannon Kincaid
10 Empowering Poetic Defiance: Baudelaire, Kant and Poetic Agency in the Classroom
Joshua M. Hall

Part 6: Sociology

11 Contextualizing Math and Poetry in Community College Courses: Impacts and Implications in Introduction to Sociology
Amy E. Traver



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