Finding Common Ground. Creative Writing Book Review (Book Review Sample)
For this discussion activity, you will read three different types of written arguments--an article, blog entry, and opinion piece (see the links below)--that concern what many have dubbed “ The Crisis in the Humanities.”
"Budget cuts at SUNY Albany to hit academic programs"
Stanley Fish, “The Crisis of the Humanities Officially Arrives http://opinionator(dot)blogs(dot)nytimes(dot)com/2010/10/11/the-crisis-of-the-humanities-officially-arrives/
Gregory A Petsko, “A Faustian Bargain” http://genomebiology(dot)com/2010/11/10/138
For this discussion activity, address the following:
Briefly describe the rhetorical situation and the central problem addressed in these texts.
For each text, a) identify the argument, b) list any fallacies present (provide examples from the text), and c) state how the author establishes common ground.
Explain how establishing common ground in one of the texts is an effective rhetorical tool or particularly persuasive.
Finally, remember that in order to be eligible to receive full credit for this discussion post, you must complete the discussion prompt and support your claims with evidence from the readings above. In addition to your original posting to the discussion prompt, you must also respond to at least two peers postings. Please consult the discussion rubric (located in the syllabus) for grading criteria.
Finding Common Ground
In these selected articles, it is abundantly clear that the core theme is the onslaught against humanities and arts departments in modern universities, and in particular at SUNY Albany. In all these texts, it is clear that SUNY Albany is currently struggling to meet its financial obligations to every department of the university due to the reduction in the funds it is allocated from government. Because of this, the President of SUNY Albany, George Philip, posits that the only way to ensure the university remains financially sound is to cut off departments and programs that cannot source funding on their own and only maintain those that contribute financially by attracting grants and research contracts and funding.
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