Koch

Recent Presentations by Institute Faculty

The Institute's Mark Koch and Megan McIntyre presented research at meetings of the Conference on College Composition and Communication this year.

Mark Koch presented at the New England CCCC, held at Boston University this past May. His presentation on map-making and multimodal composition stems from his longstanding interest in maps and critical cartography, which often find their way into his Writing 2-3 courses. His paper, "The Cartographic Argument: Writing Maps as a Multimodal Project," presented some of his experiences teaching with maps in his writing courses. Koch states that asking students to critically consider maps as rhetorical constructions helps them develop more sophisticated reading strategies and offers needful practice in "making deliberate choices while constructing meaning." Koch's presentation also emphasized that instructors of writing and their students do not need special training or expensive software to create cartographic multimodal compositions.

Mark Koch Wins Whiting Grant

Mark Koch, Interim Coordinator of Writing 2-3 in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, has been awarded a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to work in London this summer on a project titled "The Rhetoric of Charity: The English Charity Sermon from 1680 to 1750." Koch will explore London libraries to discover more about the charity sermons of late 17th- and early 18th-century England.  His research shows that, while the Protestant Reformation eroded the traditional practice of almsgiving by asserting that divine grace is granted through faith alone and not through almsdeeds, there was nonetheless a need to fund institutions of poor relief and thus to formulate new rationales for charitable giving. The new incentives for charity were presented in numerous sermons beginning around the time of the Restoration. Many of these sermons argued that almsdeeds are accompanied with a sensual pleasure and articulated principles of sympathetic response.

Mark Koch on Maps & Critical Cartography

Mark Koch, Lecturer for the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric, employs a fascinating medium for reading and writing in his Writing 2 classroom: maps. Rooting his approach in the critical cartography that arose in the 1990s among scholars in geography and in the humanities, Koch takes the position that maps are never value-free images. Like all texts—they inscribe power relations. Accordingly, he not only teaches his students to read maps rhetorically, for their encoded messages, he also teaches them to think and to make discoveries by composing their own maps.