ESP Biography



SARAH WHARTON, ESP Teacher




Major: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Past Classes

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Film Theory! in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
Who reads books anymore, now that there's Netflix? (Just kidding! Please read books; they're great.) Compared to books, films are a brand-new type of media, and there's so much to explore when analyzing them! We'll watch Buster Keaton's hilarious 1924 comedy "Sherlock Jr" and learn film analysis techniques.


Film Theory 101 in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Just like we analyze books we read, we can look at films with a critical eye. We'll be watching the delightful 45-minute silent film Sherlock Jr. (1924) and discussing it afterward. Come learn about the history of film and analysis techniques of this awesome visual art form!


Poetry! in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
In this course, we'll analyze a handful of poems. We'll discuss the philosophical, rhetorical, and literary implications of the various poems. Feel free to bring poems that you would like the class to have a look at.


Intro to Film Analysis in Spark 2016 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2016)
Just like we analyze books we read, we can look at films with a critical eye. We'll be watching the delightful 45-minute silent film Sherlock Jr. (1924) and discussing it afterward. Movie snacks will be provided!


Much Ado About Shakespeare in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Come read through Shakespeare's master comedy, Much Ado About Nothing! We'll read through the play, taking breaks to switch parts and eat snacks.


English Theatre! in HSSP Spring 2015 (Feb. 21, 2015)
Get ready to act! We will be exploring the works of some of England's finest playwrights: Marlowe, Wilde, and Stoppard. Each class, we'll spend time reading aloud the plays, then we'll discuss themes and motifs, talk about the life of the author, and discover the ways in which the plays were performed in their days. You don't need to have any acting experience whatsoever to participate! The plays we'll be discussing are: Marlowe's "The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus," Wilde's "An Ideal Husband," and Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."


Dramatic Reading: The Importance of Being Earnest in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
"I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone." Join us for a seriously whimsical reading of Oscar Wilde's classic play. We will take turns portraying different characters, with occasional intervals for tea and muffins. We'll probably be finished after two and a half hours.


Food Science! in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Ever wondered why cooking just... works? Come to the tastiest chemistry class ever! We'll discuss the history and science behind the food you eat!


Bracelet Making for Beginners in HSSP Spring 2014 (Mar. 01, 2014)
Ever wondered how to make cool friendship bracelets? We'll go over the basic knots and patterns, and turn you into a pro in no time!


Truffles! in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
Mmm... chocolate. You know you want to learn how to make velvety-smooth chocolate truffles. You'll also learn about the history of chocolate, crystal formation in candies, and other random facts about one of the best foods ever to have existed.