Seminar Descriptions (Fall 2015)

Information about credit to the major is included when available; in other cases, consult the department. This site contains information received by August 4, 2015. Instructors reserve the right to alter the information provided. Course meeting times and locations are listed on the Yale Online Course Information (OCI) system.


CSBK 330, The Screenwriter’s Craft. Camille Thomasson, screenwriter. Lecturer in Yale College.

Screenwriting workshop focusing on study of screenplays, viewing of movie clips, and parsing of films. Development of original characters and scenarios. Students create story outlines and begin writing original screenplays. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSBR 330, HU, Heroes and Villains in Film and Literature. Eddy Friedfeld, attorney, consultant, and entertainment journalist and historian. Lecturer in Yale College.

American archetypes of heroes and villains explored through the genesis and evolution of the detective, gangster, and spy genres in film and novels. Ways in which great directors, actors, and writers influenced these archetypes and were influenced by them.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSCC 330, SO, Aesthetics and Cognitive Science. William Seeley, Professor of Philosophy at Bates College and sculptor. Lecturer in Yale College.

Introduction to the field of cognitive science, focusing on current theories of perception and their role in philosophical aesthetics. Philosophical issues surrounding attempts to explain art and aesthetic experience by integrating research in aesthetics and cognitive science.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSDC 330, SO, Business and Sustainability. Cary Krosinsky, Executive Director, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, adjunct instructor, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Lecturer in Yale College.

Trends in environmental, social, and corporate-governance factors that affect the potential success of global business and investing. The history and ongoing evolution of socially responsible investing, including divestment movements and positive investment options; contemporary positive methodologies such as impact investing. Developing corporate solutions to increasing challenges; building investment scenarios.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).

Timothy Dwight

CSTD 330, HU, Classical Storytelling and Modern Screenwriting. Brian Price, screenwriter, adjunct professor, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Lecturer in Yale College.

Fundamentals of screenwriting and the current dominant mode of the craft. Theories of story, structure, and character, including Aristotle’s analysis of classical drama; screenwriting as both a craft and an art; film’s role in the history of storytelling. Students develop an original story idea and write the first act of a feature-length screenplay. Writing sample required. Enrollment limited to 15.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI)

Jonathan Edwards

CSJE 330, HU, Memoir and the War on Terror. Adrian Bonenberger, M.F.A. candidate at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. Lecturer in Yale College.

The war memoir explored through American voices from the global war on terror, with a focus on perspectives that have not traditionally enjoyed mainstream attention—female, minority, and non-hetero-normative. What those voices returning from combat have to say, as well as those voices from the home front.

Attention to the social and literary significance of individual memoirs and of the genre as a whole.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSMC 330, SO, The Press, Business, and the Economy. Thomas Herman, journalist and teacher. Lecturer in Yale College.

A study of the ways that journalists define and shape economic news. Discussion of the pressures that business journalists face and the process of press coverage for business, economics, financial markets, and personal finance.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSPC 330, Radio Journalism. Chris Arnold, Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Lecturer in Yale College.

Study of radio journalism, including hands-on experience reporting and producing actual radio/audio stories. Fundamentals of radio reporting and writing; journalism techniques, practices, and ethics; the use of digital recording equipment and audio- editing software. Enrollment limited to 15.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSSY 330, HU, Reading and Writing the Unreal. Courtney Sender, Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. Lecturer in Yale College.

Invocations of fairy tales, biblical and historical mythologies, and magical realism in modern and contemporary literature. Focus on short fiction, with some attention to poetry, novels, and plays. Students write and workshop their own short pieces in response to class discussion.

Recommended preparation: ENGL 120 or equivalent.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSSM 330, WR, Journalistic Writing Workshop. Patricia Leigh Brown, Contributing Writer for The New York Times and for the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch site. Lecturer in Yale College.

A workshop in journalistic writing, with emphasis on listening and interviewing skills. Topics include narrative structure, voice, style, developing an eye for ideas, the art of the interview, and ethical questions. Students develop a journalistic voice and learn how to write lively, clear prose.

All interested students are invited to attend the first class.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


Ezra Stiles

CSES 330, SO, Hip Hop Music and Culture. Nicholas Conway, adjunct professor, DJ, and private tutor. Lecturer in Yale College.

The evolution of hip hop music and culture from the 1970s through the 1990s, including graffiti art, b-boying (break dancing), DJ-ing, and MC-ing. Examination of the historical and political contexts in which hip hop culture has taken shape. Attention to questions of race, gender, authenticity, consumption, commodification, globalization, and old-fashioned “funkiness.” Includes three evening screenings.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).


CSTC 330, Innovation and Leadership in America. Sherman Baldwin, Managing Director of Communications, Media and Technology, Accenture LLP. Lecturer in Yale College.

Great American innovators who have driven change in industry, the military, and society. Conceptual frameworks from innovation and leadership theory; relations between innovation and leadership in the context of disruption and change. Case studies include Benjamin Franklin, John D. Rockefeller, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Steve Jobs.

For course time and location, see Online Course Information (OCI).