EH Course Descriptions ETerm 2014 - page 4

Sports Journalism
Jeremy Burgess
Sports journalist are more than just sports fans with smart phones and word processors; they’re
responsible for enhancing the spectator experience through in-depth coverage of any and every
sporting event. This course will teach students a basic approach to the world of sports
journalism through the instruction and practice of four styles of writing: field coverage,
interviews, features, and opinion pieces. The class will be enhanced by a host of engaging
outside readings from popular sports writers, a number of guest lecturers (in particular, seasoned
sports journalists and anchors in the Birmingham area), and interactive homework assignments
(such as covering Birmingham-Southern sporting events and experiencing a simulated press
conference). The goal of this course is to help students improve their writing and reporting skills
in order to accomplish the main goal of any respectable sports journalist: providing insight that
cannot be gleaned simply by watching a sporting event.
Classical and Renaissance Italy: The Major Cities and the Places Between
Michael McInturff (English), Amy Cottrill (Religion)
The participants in this three week travel-study program will visit major cultural and historical
sites in Italy to explore the interplay of culture and history there. We will explore the
foundations of modern Europe in medieval and Renaissance Italy, focusing particularly on the
intellectual and artistic products of urban and courtly culture. We will read key works and visit
museums, churches, public places, and historical sites. We will be guided in part by the works of
writers and artists and thinkers who have studied the ancient and more recent past of Italy. We
will encounter a wide range of responses to places, works of art, and other monuments. The
Romantics saw a different Rome from that seen in the work of modernist visitors. Thus we will
learn to see those celebrated, and obscure, works from many perspectives. Much of our time will
be spent in practical daily activities: exploring side streets and byways, climbing over and into
ruins, and even taking a cooking class in Orvieto. There will be time for students to explore their
own agenda and topics. We will be based in Rome, Ovieto, Florence, and Venice. We will visit
Pompeii, Pienza, Padua, and Pisa—and some cities that begin with a different letter.
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