Expos 40 Spring 2019



First---download and read the syllabus from any of our Canvas sites. This will tell you much of what you need to know. If the current syllabus isn’t posted yet, read a prior one – it should give you an excellent idea.

This class is a practicum. We spend about 80% of our time on the mechanics of preparing for and delivering presentations. There is also a “reflecticum” aspect: we spend about 20% of our time on readings, theory and thinking critically about speaking and about who we want to be as speakers. We practice different delivery styles – impromptu speaking, speaking from notes/outlines, delivering a manuscript. We employ some theater techniques and improvisation to build self-confidence, creativity in expression, and vocal and physical awareness.

We aim to create a supportive (not competitive) learning environment where people can take risks and be a bit vulnerable. The way to succeed in this class is to pay attention to deadlines, absorb and practice with the feedback you are given, make your best effort in every assignment and devote yourself to giving outstanding feedback to your peers. You won’t lose points on a speech if you put in great effort and then get nervous in front of the class and things don’t go as planned. can tell who is just “winging it” and who has really done the work.

At its heart, Expos 40 is about you discovering and honing your “voice” as a speaker.



The following application details are for Spring 2019 only. Fall 2019 course information will be updated here in August.

We are doing something new this year! If you want to apply for any of the 7 sections of Expos 40 taught by Margie Zohn, David Carter, Kate Clarke, James Montaño and Zach Stuart, please fill out our online application (see link below).

Instructors will be present at their first section during shopping week to answer any questions about the class. You DO NOT need to attend one of these classes to be considered for a spot in the course – the shopping week class is optional. Once people have been notified of their acceptance, the first actual Expos 40 classes will take place starting the week of Monday, February 4.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5pm on Wednesday January 30, 2019.
No applications will be accepted after this. 

Some important notes:

  • Please be accurate about how many times you have applied before (if any). We check our records and if you aren’t accurate, your application may be discarded.
  • Acceptance will be via email (you will find more info about that after you fill out the application)
  • With our apologies, we won’t be sending out rejection emails – you will only hear from us if you are accepted



  1. Applications are completed online (see link below).  Deadline for applying is Wednesday, January 30 by 5pm. No applications will be accepted after this.  105 spots are available: 60 for M/W (four sections), 45 for Tu/Th (three sections).







Tu/Th 12-2 pm

Margie Zohn

Please see course listings for all locations


M/W 3-5 pm

David Carter



Tu/Th 3-5 pm

David Carter



M/W 12-2 pm

Kate Clarke



Tu/Th 12-2 pm

Kate Clarke



M/W 9-11 am

James Montano



Tu/Th 9-11 am

Zachary Stuart




  1. First round of spots offered (by email) by 6pm Thursday Jan 31.


  1. Those offered spots MUST ACCEPT OR DECLINE (by replying to email) BY 12pm Friday Feb 1. If we do not hear from you, we will offer your spot to someone else.  Also, those accepting spots will receive a reply from us to confirm that we received your acceptance.


  1. If needed, a second round of spots (from waitlist) will be offered by Friday Feb 1 at 5pm.


  1. Those offered spots in 2nd round will have until Saturday Feb 2 by 12pm to accept or decline.


  1. Class for the M/W sections starts on Monday, Feb 4. Class for the T/Th sections starts on Tuesday, Feb 5.  Location confirmation will be emailed to those accepted. 


Note:  If you are offered a spot, the deadline by which to respond will be contained in the email offering you the spot. Please do not email to ask where you are on the list.  Finally, with our apologies, we cannot send out rejection emails, so if you do not hear from us please assume that we cannot offer you a spot at this time.  Also, please note that this class does not fulfill your expository writing requirement.

Also, please utilize Harvard’s Peer Speaking Tutors as a coaching resource. Google “Peer Speaking Tutors Harvard” and you will find links to their info and sign-up tool.

Thank you for your patience with this process.   If you are not accepted, and you are able to apply again for another semester, please do! 




To find out about speaking resources available to undergraduates, click here.