English Composition

Even before he became the second President of the United States in 1797, John Adams was a defender of colonial rights and liberties for all. In a 1765 dissertation, he professed that ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind. He entreated the citizens and colleagues alike to embody a spirit of revolution in order to implement the constitution of an intellectual and moral world, a constitution based on truth, liberty, justice, and benevolence. He warned, however, that spirit without knowledge would be little better than a brutal rage and urged, "Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write."

The words of John Adams are just as poignant today as they were when he first spoke them. Ignorance and inconsideration still threaten the ruin of mankind. To implement change, whether on a personal level or within any sense of community, spirit is essential, but knowledge is imperative. And to gain knowledge, one must dare to read, think, speak, and write, all of which are parts of the learning continuum.

The objectives of the Writing Workshop are to facilitate how to read analytically, think critically, speak articulately, and write logically- skills necessary to be a successful student at this university and a conscientious citizen of the world.

Summer instruction in the Writing Workshop will include a series of readings, discussions, and essays designed to develop students' skills in expressing complex ideas, perspectives, and opinions. Specific assignments will address thesis development, outlining, grammar and mechanics, editing and revision. Supplemental tutoring during the academic year will provide additional development of students' writing skills.