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November 23, 2009

Professor Christina Haas to Join the Faculty

We are very pleased to announce that Chris Haas will join the Writing Studies department in fall, 2010. Her articles have appeared in the prominent journals in composition and writing studies--Journal of Business and Technical Communication, College Composition and Communication, Research in the Teaching of English, and Written Communication. Her work also includes studies of writing in the workplace and classroom. One focus of Professor Haas's research has been, to cite the title of her book, Writing Technology: Studies in the Materiality of Literacy. She has charted the path of digital technologies from word processing, digital writing, hypertext, web environments, new media language, and most recently to instant messaging.

She has also been the editor of the internationally recognized journal, Written Communication, since 2004. That journal will be re-located to the University of Minnesota next year.

In spring semester, 2011, Professor Haas will teach a graduate seminar on Literacy: Theory, History, Practice.

We welcome her to the University of Minnesota!

November 22, 2009

Merry Rendahl published in M/MLA

Ph.D. candidate, Merry Rendahl, recently published an article, "It's Not The Matrix: Thinking about Online Writing Instruction," in M/MLA, the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association. Merry has taught writing in online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats. Her dissertation on online writing courses for first-year students will be completed in the 2009- I0 academic year.

The article resulted from her 2008 conference presentation, "Connecting Teachers and Students in Digital Writing Classrooms," which was part of the Digital Humanities special panel. Kathleen Diffley, Executive Director and Editor, invited her to submit my paper.

Rendahl, Merry A. "It's Not the Matrix: Thinking about Online Writing Instruction." M/MLA 42.1 (2009): 133-150. Print.

Traditional classrooms, and the simultaneous gathering of teacher and students therein, function as a ''transparent technology" of education, an assumed, unquestionable practice, one to which online learning is often juxtaposed. Yet the current configuration of "the classroom" is not inevitable; it carries within it many cultural values and warrants critical examination.

November 18, 2009

Kim Thomas-Pollei to Serve on RSA Board

Ph.D. candidate Kim Thomas-Pollei was elected to serve on the RSA board. Congratulations Kim!

Prof. Richard Graff to Present at CNES Colloquium

'Vocal Stylings: The Orator's Voice in Classical Typologies of Prose Style'
presented by Professor Richard Graff
Department of Writing Studies

***Friday, November 20th, 3:30pm***
110 Nicholson Hall

Abstract: In this presentation, Professor Graff will discuss the close linkage between (verbal) style and voice in Greek and Roman treatises on rhetoric and literary criticism. This linkage takes two main forms. First, several authors (e.g., Aristotle, "Demetrius", Dionysius of Halicarnassus) remark on how certain stylistic features of the written oratorical text compel an animated (or monotonous) vocal presentation in reading or recitation; here, the text's style controls its manner of vocal delivery (speaking rate, intonation, etc.). Second, the style of individual orators was regularly characterized in terms of its fullness or weakness of "voice". Although this is a metaphorical use of the term, often such characterizations appear to project known (or presumed) qualities of a given speaker's actual, physical voice back onto the style of his texts. This latter procedure, though suspect on several levels, contributed both to the hardening of a traditional evaluation of the styles of Isocrates, Demosthenes, and other Attic orators, and to the evolution of the theory of style-types (kharakteres lexe├┤s, genera dicendi).

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by:

Classical and Near Eastern Studies
University of Minnesota
245 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5353
F: 612-624-4894


November 17, 2009

Writing Studies Parlor: November 23rd

Speaking Across the Disciplines:
What Speech Pedagogy Can Teach Us About Writing

Presented by Timothy Oleksiak

A Department of Writing Studies Parlor Event
Monday, November 23, 2009
12.30 Nicholson Hall 345

Please join us for discussion and refreshments

November 11, 2009

Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) Research Colloquium

The Center for Writing presents its second annual Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) Research Colloquium this Friday, November 13. Three recent ISW grant recipients from across the disciplines will present the findings of their original research, and a lively discussion will follow. The colloquium will be held from 12:00-2:00 in 135 Nicholson Hall. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 people to register at http://writing.umn.edu/twwi.

The three presentations are based on the following grants:

Bridge Students Talk Back: Analyzing the Writing Component of the Summer Bridge Program
Thomas Reynolds and Pat Bruch, Writing Studies

Digital writing in a doctoral level pharmacotherapy course for physical therapy students
Amy Pittenger, Pharmacy, Office of CyberLearning and Outreach

Teaching discipline-specific writing to horticulture students using an online module
Eric Watkins, Horticultural Science

November 6, 2009

Congratulations Linda!

Congratulations to Linda Clemens (seen here with MWCA President Deaver Traywick) who received a Midwest Writing Centers Association student travel award!

Jessica Orton and Renata Solum from the Center for Writing also won the award.


World Usability Day - November 12

WORLD USABILITY DAY will feature speakers on usability topics, a participatory recycling activity, and an open house at the Usability Services Laboratory. Sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the Digital Technology Center. Nov. 12. For more information, see usability day.

November 5, 2009

Daniel Philippon: Our Neck of the Woods

Meet Daniel Philippon, local author and U of M professor, on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Philippon, local author and University of Minnesota associate professor, will discuss his book, Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places, on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.

About the book: Learn about Minnesota's best-loved places including the North Shore, Lake Bemidji, the western prairies and grasslands, the Boundary Waters, and the Mesabi Iron Range, from notable writers and conservationists. Drawn from pages of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, these observations and spirited tales beckon Minnesotans to work, play, and explore in the natural places close to their homes and hearts. Our Neck of the Woods explores themes such as embracing winter, making camp, and finding wildness even amid development as the authors tell of hunting, fishing, birding, canoeing, and other great outdoor activities that help define what it means to be Minnesotan.

Philippon will sign copies of his book following the discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html.

Class blog featured as part of NCTE National Day on Writing

A class blog from WRIT 3001: Introduction to Scientific and Technical Communication was featured in the Write@U Gallery for the NCTE National Day on Writing (October 20, 2009). The blog can be seen at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lkbreuch/writ3001. Students are writing about readings and guest speakers, and they are sharing their reflections about technical communication.

Guest speakers include:

October 14: Alecia Ramsay, IBM
October 21: Guy Petrie, Medtronic
October 28: John Neenan, US Bank
November 4: Lee Thomas, Yamamoto Moss
November 11: Janel Anderson, Thomson-Reuters

Congratulations to students in WRIT 3001!

November 4, 2009

Internship Opportunities

Check the following resources for internship opportunities:

Walk-In Hours with United Way: Internships for CLA Students
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
135 Johnston Hall
Stop by between 11 and 2 to learn about internships available to CLA sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Walk-In Hours with AmeriCorps: Jobs for CLA Students
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
135 Johnston Hall
Stop by between 1 and 3 to learn about jobs available to all CLA students and to recent graduates.

Internship Advice and a Pizza Slice
Thursday, November 12, 2009
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Coffman Union, President's Room (3rd floor)
Learn why internships matter, how to find one, and how to get a lot out of it.