Upcoming Events

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Space, Design, and Format: Key Principles and Teaching Practices

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 12:30 – 2 pm
Presenter: Josh Compton and Alan Taylor
Location: DCAL, 102 Baker Library

Registration is required for this event.

Whether it's about creating Powerpoints, multimodal composing, analyzing images, or just formatting writing more effectively--we all think about space, design, and visual persuasion. However, legendary scholar of design and visualization, Edward Tufte, argues that many of our attempts to foster learning and transfer information are actually counterproductive. In this interactive session sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, two colleagues who recently attended a Tufte workshop will share some of what they learned about space, design, and visual persuasion. Lunch will be served.

How Students (and Their Professors) Respond to Arguments and Counterarguments in Their Writing and Speaking

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2014
Time: 12:30 – 2 pm
Presenter: Josh Compton
Location: DCAL, 102 Baker Library

Registration is required for this event.

We often ask our students to consider multiple perspectives and argument positions when they write and speak, and we look for how this careful thinking improves their work. But there are other effects of this type of thinking. Many of these effects are quite powerful—and unexpected.

In this interactive session sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Speech Senior Lecturer Josh Compton will share some ways that inoculation theory—a theory of resistance to influence—clarifies how and why students and their professors respond to arguments and counterarguments. We will consider how this common approach to the canon of invention might be changing or reinforcing existing attitudes toward the issues students are writing and speaking about, and we'll uncover some surprising effects on emotions and word-of-mouth communication. Lunch will be served.

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR FACULTY WORKSHOP

Date: Thursday, May 29
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: TBA

Registration is required for this event.

While this small-group workshop will address issues common to all first-year seminar faculty, it will be customized to consider in particular those issues that participants have declared most relevant to their upcoming seminars. Our discussions might therefore include matters like assignment design, diagnosing and responding to student papers, designing research instruction, incorporating peer review into the writing classroom, or any other matter of interest to the participants. Although this workshop is designed for faculty new to the FYS program, experienced faculty are also welcome, in particular faculty offering a new version of a seminar, or coming back after a couple of years not teaching a seminar. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

First-year Seminar Faculty Workshop

Date: Tuesday, September 9
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: TBA

Registration is required for this event.

While this small-group workshop will address issues common to all first-year seminar faculty, it will be customized to consider in particular those issues that participants have declared most relevant to their upcoming seminars. Our discussions might therefore include matters like assignment design, diagnosing and responding to student papers, designing research instruction, incorporating peer review into the writing classroom, or any other matter of interest to the participants. Although this workshop is designed for faculty new to the FYS program, experienced faculty are also welcome, in particular faculty offering a new version of a seminar, or coming back after a couple of years not teaching a seminar. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.

First-year Seminar Faculty Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 20
Time: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: TBA

Registration is required for this event.

While this small-group workshop will address issues common to all first-year seminar faculty, it will be customized to consider in particular those issues that participants have declared most relevant to their upcoming seminars. Our discussions might therefore include matters like assignment design, diagnosing and responding to student papers, designing research instruction, incorporating peer review into the writing classroom, or any other matter of interest to the participants. Although this workshop is designed for faculty new to the FYS program, experienced faculty are also welcome, in particular faculty offering a new version of a seminar, or coming back after a couple of years not teaching a seminar. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.