Around the world, COVID-19 has fundamentally reshaped the way that people connect with one another. Inspired by the 2020 Berkeley Summer Reading List, the theme for this year's course is connections. Our class will examine this theme in different contemporary texts, taking a global approach to the question of what it means to have a connection with a person or a group, the things that hold us together, and the things that keep us apart. The greater purpose of this class is to introduce practical methods for reading “texts” (print, visual, auditory, social, etc.) and writing to engage with the dynamic issues they raise. Working in and with a variety of genres, modes, and styles, students will be asked to read and think deeply and carefully, and to practice both formal and informal writing through sustained engagement with the revision process.