My name is Drew Heverin – an instructor at in the WRD Dept and scholar of the early modern public sphere. Having spent time exploring how Renaissance apprentices of became active citizens in Shakespeare’s London, I now help students develop an effective voice and communicate effectively in the real world. As a writing instructor, I work with novice writers to craft compelling, multimodal arguments for academic, professional, and personal arenas, building strong and well-supported cases to both inform and persuade invested audiences.
At their core, my courses urge students to confront the publics in which they circulate – exploring how their voice (and their texts) contributes to a variety of ongoing conversations. Throughout the course of a semester, I ask students to engage in intriguing debates, acquaint themselves with principle stakeholders, and, eventually, enter the debate by crafting rhetorically aware projects of their own. Whether composing targeted recommendation reports, learning a new language, or writing their first collegiate essay, I encourage students to engage with and join a greater public sphere– to add their voice and effect change in a rhetorical arena of invested auditors. In this way, I hope students leave my class ready to defend their opinions and contribute to a society beyond the confines of a single course.
- Public Sphere Theory
- Early Stuart Literature
- Renaissance Dramas
- Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies
- Rhetoric Society of America,
- Renaissance Society of America
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Shakespeare Association of America