Can a foreign correspondent see another country clearly? This course will examine the challenges that journalists and writers face when covering a country that is not their own--specifically how one's identity and unconscious biases and prejudices can distort their perceptions of a culture that is foreign to them. Students will study texts concerning national identity, American exceptionalism, and media bias, as well as long-form works of foreign reportage and non-fiction, with a focus on the Middle East and the Islamic world. They will learn how to produce reported pieces, critical essays, and first-person writing.
If the course fills, you may email Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waitlist. Please include a paragraph explaining your interest in the course.