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  • Stephen Katz Lecture October 22nd

    Please join us on October 22nd from 11:30 to 1pm in Nolte 125 for a special guest lecture by Professor Steve Katz of Clemson University, co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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    September 24th, 2014
  • The importance of teaching communication skills to scientists

    Alan Alda addresses the importance of teaching communication skills to scientists as he accepts his Honorary Fellow award from STC.

    September 24th, 2014
  • ´┐╝Issues in the Analysis of Text, Talk and Other Verbal Data: A Conversation with Cheryl Geisler

    Writing Studies welcomes Cheryl Geisler to the department for a talk and lunch, September 2nd from noon - 1pm in Nolte 235.

    Scholars in rhetoric and writing seeking to analyze texts, talk, or other verbal data find a number of approaches described in the literature -- rhetorical analysis, content analysis, qualitative analysis --but little guidance on the differences between them. In this talk, Geisler will provide an comparison of the various approaches to analyzing verbal data, focusing on the issues and choices researchers make in deciding what approach to take.

    Cheryl Geisler is Professor of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University where she served as the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. She has written extensively on the nature of texts, especially those mediated by new technologies. A recognized expert on verbal data coding, she is the author of Analyzing Steams of Language (2004) and conducts an annual international workshop on verbal data analysis at Dartmouth College. She has received awards for her work from Computers and Composition, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the National Communication Association.

    We are now accepting RSVPs for the Cheryl Geisler talk on September 2nd.

    August 29th, 2014
  • 2014 Coakley Ames & Mikelonis Award Recipients

    On behalf of the Undergraduate Committee in the Department of Writing Studies, I am pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 undergraduate awards.

    * Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award ($1000): Mary C. Stokes and Alexa Keenan
    * Victoria Mikelonis Memorial Award in S&TC ($200): Matewos Gebrehiwet

    More information about these awards can be found on the Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships web page.

    Congratulations to Mary, Alexa and Matewos!

    June 17th, 2014

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