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April 19, 2007

Greg Schneider wins Council of Graduate Students' Leadership Award

Congratulations to Greg Schneider who recently was named as the winner of the Council of Graduate Students' (GOGS') Leadership Award. Greg was nominated by the members of the Get Stuff Done writing group that Greg organized in 2004. The group meets regularly and its efforts have improved the quality of many Masters papers, dissertations, and conference papers produced by RSTC students. See the attached nomination letter, largely the work of Salma Monani, a grateful member of GSD.

Greg has talked about devoting part of his award money to improving the quality of the libations at GSD. Sometimes good deeds such as Greg's but also Salma's are rewarded.

Arthur Walzer

Download nomination letter [pdf].

April 13, 2007

U receives grant for writing program

Read the Minnesota Daily feature on the nearly $1 million grant the University received from the Bush Foundation. The grant will fund a Writing Enriched Curriculum program to ensure all students have writing-enriched courses at the University.


U's writing revamped

The MN Daily recently featured a story on the Department of Writing Studies, Center for Writing, and the University's new first year writing curriculum.


Peers, Pirates, & Persuasion

John Logie, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing Studies, has recently published his book, Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates. peerspiratespersuasion.jpg

"Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates investigates the role of rhetoric in shaping public perceptions about a novel technology: peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. While broadband Internet services now allow speedy transfers of complex media files, Americans face real uncertainty about whether peer-to-peer file sharing is or should be legal. John Logie analyzes the public arguments growing out of more than five years of debate sparked by the advent of Napster, the first widely adopted peer-to-peer technology. The debate continues with the second wave of peer-to-peer file transfer utilities like Limewire, KaZaA, and BitTorrent. With Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion, Logie joins the likes of Lawrence Lessig, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Jessica Litman, and James Boyle in the ongoing effort to challenge and change current copyright law so that it fulfills its purpose of fostering creativity and innovation while protecting the rights of artists in an attention economy.

"Logie examines metaphoric frames—warfare, theft, piracy, sharing, and hacking, for example—that dominate the peer-to-peer debates and demonstrably shape public policy on the use and exchange of digital media. Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion identifies the Napster case as a failed opportunity for a productive national discussion on intellectual property rights and responsibilities in digital environments. Logie closes by examining the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Grokster? case, in which leading peer-to-peer companies were found to be actively inducing copyright infringement. The Grokster case, Logie contends, has already produced the chilling effects that will stifle the innovative spirit at the heart of the Internet and networked communities."

--from Parlor Press

John Logie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing Studies.

Dr. Logie's book is for sale on Amazon.com and from other book retailers.

Good Question: Can We Trust What Wikipedia Says?

Laura Gurak, Chair of the Department of Writing Studies, was interviewed yesterday for a WCCO "Good Question" piece on the reliability of W ikipedia. The story can be viewed online at wcco.com.

April 3, 2007

Bernadette Longo receives President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award

Bernadette Longo has been chosen to receive a President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award to encourage and support research on issues related to people of color, particularly in a North American context. Her project, Nation Building as a Metaphor for Community Development in North Minneapolis, is based on her ongoing community-based research on food security, health disparities, and communication in North Minneapolis neighborhoods.