Interested in taking this class?

Thanks for looking into this class. It’s going to be a great one, I think. This is a wholly new class, and a very unique one. Most of the upper-level XCOR classes (3010s & 3020s) are cross-listed with one or more discipline-specific classes. While that’s not a bad thing, this class has been designed to be free of any specific disciplinary connection. This isn’t a class about dystopian literature (although we will be reading some dystopian novels), nor is it a class about dystopian cinema (although we will be watching some dystopian movies). Instead, this is a class about the very idea of dystopias. It’s my hope that this class will be transdisciplinary, in that everyone in the class will bring their unique experiences and learning to present a diversity of opinions to help us understand dystopias in a wholly new way.

If you want some more information about the class, please take a look at the Information page, where you can see the syllabus (although remember it’s still just a draft). You might also want to take a look at the Room 101 Radio page, which discusses the major assignment for the class, which will be a collaborative podcast. You can also get some more ideas by looking through the Libraries section and the Resources section.

If you have other questions, please email me at Or post a comment below.

About Jason S. Todd

Jason S. Todd studied writing with Frederick and Steven Barthelme and Mary Robison at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. His fiction has appeared in journals such as Southern California Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Fiction Weekly, and 971 Magazine. Since 2007, he has been a member of Department of English at Xavier, where he teaches American Literature, Freshman Composition, Modern English Grammars, and The Graphic Novel and Social Justice. In 2015, he became the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development's first Associate Director for Programming, as which he assists in providing high-quality, relevant, evidence-based programming in support of CAT+FD's mission to serve faculty across all career stages and areas of professional responsibility.
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