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Jerusha Achterberg, Laura Adams, Justine De Young, Sam
Goldman, Jonah Johnson, Courtney Lamberth, Matt Levay,
Ariane Liazos, Michele Martinez, Donna Mumme, Sri Mukherjee,
Tess O’Toole, Emily Shelton, Lindsay Silver Cohen, Rebecca
Summerhays, Michelle Syba, Jane Unrue, Andrea Volpe, Steven
Wandler, William Weitzel.
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For more than 20 years, Exposé has annually showcased outstanding essays written by students in Harvard’s first-year course in the Harvard College Writing Program. All students are required to take “Expos,” a tradition since 1872. Expos asks students to work intensively with their teachers on the skill of writing thoughtful arguments that respond to challenging ideas, complex debates, and puzzling social phenomena.
The work is not easy. Over the course of a semester, students must tackle three essay assignments on topics likely unfamiliar to them. For each assignment, students must negotiate difficult texts and concepts, and draft and revise their essays as deadlines
in multiple courses loom. But as the essays in this issue attest, students in Expos answer the challenge with impressive grace and powers of reflection.
Tith year’s issue continues an innovation we began last year: the magazine aims to feature excellent writing not only by freshmen but also by other writers in our Harvard community—upperclassmen, Harvard professors in various fields, and alumni. We now offer interviews with our faculty writers discussing their work, their composing and revising process, their approach to crafting argument, and their conception of audience. By including a broader range of writing along with our authors’ commentaries, we hope to show freshmen in Expos the characteristics and practices of good writing beyond their Expos classes.
Our thanks go to Gordon Gray, whose generosity allows us to publish Exposé. We are grateful as well to the Writing Program faculty who helped select the work for this issue: Jerusha Achterberg, Laura Adams, Justine De Young, Sam Goldman, Jonah Johnson, Courtney Lamberth, Matt Levay, Ariane Liazos, Michele Martinez, Donna Mumme, Sri Mukherjee, Tess O’Toole, Emily Shelton, Lindsay Silver Cohen, Rebecca Summerhays, Michelle Syba, Jane Unrue, Andrea Volpe, Steven Wandler and William Weitzel. We also thank Karen Heath and Jane Rosenzweig, who selected the
winning entry for this year’s Ecker Short Story Prizes. Special thanks to Doug Woodhouse, our executive editor.
We reserve our greatest thanks for our authors whose work appears in this issue. For our student authors, we thank them for the great care they have shown with their arguments and with the process of revision as their essays continued to evolve. We also thank the teachers who guided our student authors along the way. For our faculty and alumni authors, we are grateful for their keen interest in becoming involved in an innovative project that supports the mission of teaching undergraduates the craft of writing. With each of their pieces of writing, all of our contributors have given our readers—whether in Expos classes this year or for the years to come, whether here at Harvard or beyond—an invitation to join a memorable intellectual conversation.
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