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Arielle Bernstein Sr Professorial Lecturer Literature

M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University

B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature from Brandeis University

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Arielle Bernstein is co-director of the M.A. in Literature, Culture, and Technology. She teaches classes in Writing Studies, Complex Problems, and Creative Writing. She is a writer and cultural critic who focuses on film, TV, art, culture, and how social media and digital communications shape human expression, interaction, intimacy, and empathy. Her writing also explores the impact of artificial intelligence on our emotional lives and how our relationship to physical objects is changing in an increasingly digitized world. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Week, Salon, AV Club, and many other publications. She is at work on three book projects: a work of creative nonfiction, a novel, and a co-edited anthology on the female hero in the 21st century.
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Spring 2020

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Empathy in a Digital Age

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Empathy in a Digital Age

  • WRTG-106 College Writing, Intensive

Fall 2020

  • LIT-682 Emotions, Texts, and Subtexts

  • WRT-106 College Writing, Intensive

  • WRT-106 College Writing, Intensive