blog posts 10th Annual Gesa E. Kirsh Graduate Student Symposium Program Apr 16, 2019 1:45 pm103 views The Center for Writing Studies is delighted to announce the program for the 10th Annual Gesa Kirsch Graduate Student Symposium. It will be a great event, and we look forward to seeing you there! 4C 18 CWS Student, Faculty and Alumni Panels Mar 13, 2018 3:00 pm108 views CWS is happy to announce the list of presenters at this year's Conference on College Composition and Communication. Current faculty and students are noted in bold, alumni are underlined. 8th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch and CWS Graduate Student Symposium Program Apr 10, 2017 8:45 am115 views The Graduate Symposium Planning Committee is excited to share the program for this year's Gesa E. Kirsch Symposium. Gesa E. Kirsch will be joining us again this year and Mary. P. Sheridan is our alumni keynote speaker. 9th Annual Gesa E. Kirsh Graduate Student Symposium Program Apr 17, 2018 1:00 pm65 views We are excited about the upcoming 9th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch symposium! Graduate students from English, Education and Communication will be presenting their research on a variety of interesting topics. This year, our keynote speaker is Kevin Roozen, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Florida. Dr. Roozen will also be leading a Research Visioning Workshop as part of this year's symposium. We encourage everyone to attend all or part of the Symposium (including the workshop). This event continues to showcase the awesome work that graduate students are doing and it’s a great way to wrap up the year. Please see the program and keynote flyer for more information. A Few Kirsch Symposium Photos Apr 27, 2016 11:30 am86 views Photos of panels and the keynote speaker, Kim Hensley Owens, from Friday's Symposium. Call For Bloggers: Write for Us! Oct 5, 2016 11:15 am428 views We want YOU to write for the Center for Writing Studies Blog! Build your online scholarly profile, work through ideas, start coversations, share the smart things that happen among CWS faculty and students. CCCC 2016 Audio Roundtable Discussion May 12, 2016 7:00 am95 views CWS graduate students Maria Carvajal, Bruce Kovanen, Evin Groundwater, and Logan Middleton sat down to reflect on their experiences at 4C16. CCCC 2019 - CWS Faculty, Student and Alumni Panels Feb 20, 2019 4:30 pm241 views CWS is delighted to announce the list of presenters for the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Current CWS-affiliated faculty and students are noted in bold, alumni are underlined. If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by the CWS Social to catch up with student, faculty and alumni. CWS Social at 4C's Thursday, March 14th @ 6:30pm Level 7 - Rooftop Hotel Bar 1126 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 Phone: (412) 281-9300 CCCCs 2020 Presenter Guide: CWS Graduate Students, Faculty, and Alums Feb 27, 2020 10:30 am16 views See what CWS'ers are working on / planning to share next month at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2020 in Milwaukee, WI. CFP for the 8th Annual Gesa Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium Feb 28, 2017 3:45 pm22 views Call for Proposals for the 8th Annual Gesa Kirsch Graduate Student Symposium CWS@4C15 Mar 9, 2015 7:45 am55 views The 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication is fast approaching, and we are so proud of the many scholars affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies who will be participating in workshops, roundtables, panels, and poster sessions. For a list of CWS faculty, graduate students, and alumni who will be presenting papers at 4Cs this year, please visit the CWS Blog by clicking on the title above. See you in Tampa! CWS@4C16 Feb 27, 2016 3:15 am118 views The 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication is fast approaching, and we are so proud of the many scholars affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies who will be participating in workshops, roundtables, panels, and poster sessions. This year, the number of CWS faculty, graduate students, and alumni who will be presenting papers at 4Cs is so large that we cannot fit all of them in one blog post. Below is a list of those who will be presenting on Thursday, April 7. For a list of presentations on Friday and Saturday, please see the blog post above. See you in Houston! CWS@4C16 Feb 27, 2016 3:30 am122 views The 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication is fast approaching, and we are so proud of the many scholars affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies who will be participating in workshops, roundtables, panels, and poster sessions. This year, the number of CWS faculty, graduate students, and alumni who will be presenting papers at 4Cs is so large that we cannot fit all of them in one blog post. Below is a list of those who will be presenting on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. For a list of presentations on Thursday, please see the blog post below. See you in Houston! CWS #4C16 Alumni Happy Hour Apr 13, 2016 12:30 pm76 views Photos from our Happy Hour meetup at Neil's Bahr in Houston, during CCCC 2016. CWSAlumni@4C17 Feb 15, 2017 6:15 pm52 views CCCC 2017 CWS Alumni Sessions CWS Brownbag: "Emerging Trends in Bilingual Education" with Monica Gonzalez Ybarra, Giselle Martinez Negrette, and Idalia Nuñez Mar 4, 2020 1:00 pm8 views Details for our next CWS brownbag event, "Emerging Trends in Bilingual Education." CWS Brownbag: "Women and Dictionary Making: Gender, Genre, and English Language Lexicography" with Lindsay Rose Russell Oct 2, 2019 12:15 pm31 views Here's an abstract and biographical information for Lindsay Rose Russell's forthcoming brownbag "Women and Dictionary Making: Gender, Genre, and English Language Lexicography." CWS Brownbag: "Writing Centers and Online Tutoring" with Carolyn Wisniewski, María Paz Carvajal Regidor, Evin Groundwater, and Allison Kranek Nov 5, 2019 11:45 am2010 views Here's an abstract and biographical information for our forthcoming brownbag "Writing Centers and Online Tutoring." CWS Colloquium Series: Elizabeth Moje May 5, 2016 1:30 pm64 views This visual representation of two talks given by Elizabeth Moje is created by CWS Student Sarah Durst. CWS Events Spring 2017 Jan 30, 2017 2:30 pm73 views A summary of CWS events for this semester. CWS Fall 2016 Brownbag Series: David Cisneros Sep 28, 2016 1:00 pm26 views CWS held our first brownbag of the semester on Tuesday, 20th September, when David Cisneros (Assistant Professor of Communication and Latina/Latino Studies) presented "Coming out of the Shadows: Genre, Affect, Desire." CWS Fall 2020: A Semester Overview Sep 1, 2020 1:30 pm15 views A rundown of what the Center for Writing Studies will be up to (remotely) in Fall 2020. CWS Fall 2020 Welcome Back Event Sep 2, 2020 12:30 pm12 views Information about our first CWS event of Fall 2020, a virtual community event! CWS Graduate Research Forum Talk: Chelsea Catt Nov 5, 2019 11:45 am37 views This post contains an abstract and bio for Chelsea Catt's forthcoming Graduate Research Forum talk. CWS Graduate Student Colloquium: Pamela Saunders and Katherine Flowers Apr 21, 2016 1:15 pm93 views Pamela Saunders and Katherine Flowers presented at this Spring's Graduate Student Colloquium on Thursday, April 14th. CWS Inaugural Symposium Twitter Archive Nov 16, 2016 11:45 am34 views Logan Middleton's archive of Inaugural Symposium Tweets CWS Inaugural Writing Across Media (WAM) Student Work Showcase Feb 14, 2020 3:45 pm6 views Details about our forthcoming, first-ever Writing Across Media (WAM) Student Work Showcase. CWS Meeting: "CWS: The Next 20 Years: Part II" Oct 11, 2019 12:45 pm16 views Details about the forthcoming all-CWS student, all-CWS faculty meeting "CWS: The Next 20 Years: Part II" to be held on October 30, from 11:00-1:00pm in English Building 36. CWS Reading/Working Groups May 19, 2017 4:45 pm150 views Join one of these great groups, or let us help you start a new one! CWS Spring Brownbag Series: Mark Dressman Mar 14, 2016 11:45 am51 views Professor Mark Dressman (Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education) kicked off our Spring Brownbag Series with his talk “Words and Pictures: A Peircean/Saussurean Framework for Multimodal Analysis” on Wednesday March 9th. Read more about his talk here. CWS Spring Brownbag Series: Spencer Schaffner Apr 5, 2016 12:30 pm58 views Spencer Schaffner's Brownbag Talk, "Shame Parades," from Wednesday the 30th of March is reviewed by CWS graduate student Logan Middleton. CWS Students and Factuly @ 4C17 Feb 16, 2017 2:30 pm89 views CWS is happy to announce the list of presenters at this year's Conference on College Composition and Communication. We have a large number of CWS faculty, students, and alumni who are presenting, so this blog post includes current faculty and students. Look for alumni presenters in the blog post below. Dana Ferris on Providing Effective Feedback to Multilingual Writers Apr 6, 2017 3:00 pm309 views María Carvajal reflects on Dana Ferris' visit to campus Deborah Brandt's Visit Postponed Feb 24, 2016 12:00 pm17 views Due to today's storm, Prof. Brandt will not able to travel here in time for her Colloquium Talk tomorrow. We have decided to reschedule her visit. All of the events on her itinerary for tomorrow are cancelled. Thank you again for your support of her visit, and we look forward to hosting her sometime in the future. Dissertation Projects with Katrina Kennett and Jenn Raskauskas Apr 18, 2017 4:15 pm78 views Hannah Harris writes about the work Katrina Kennett and Jenn Raskauskas presented at the Spring 2017 CWS Grad Student Colloquium Fall '19 End-of-Semester Reflection Dec 16, 2019 12:30 pm54 views A rundown of what CWS has been up to this past semester. Fall 2017 Recap Dec 22, 2017 9:00 am106 views María Carvajal and Nki Turnipseed provide an update on changes to the CWS admin team and recap the fall semester. Fall 2019: Welcome Back! Sep 16, 2019 2:15 pm26 views We're excited to announce some of the events that we have planned for this Fall '19 semester. Mark your calendars for these events! Fall Symposium—Race, Translanguaging, and Language Ideologies Across the Lifespan Sep 24, 2019 11:45 am69 views A description of the symposium's methodological workshops, abstracts and bios for the public talks, notes on the post-symposium conversation hour, and accessibility information for the event. From the Director: Welcome and Good News Sep 9, 2014 1:45 pm110 views As we begin the 2014-2015 academic year, we have many exciting announcements to share with the CWS community. First, we have an engaging line up of visiting and residential speakers for our Colloquium and Brown Bag series. In Fall 2014, we look forward to visits by Sandra Jamieson of Drew University, whose visit is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program and who will present at the Colloquium on September 29th. We also look forward to a visit from Christine Tardy of the University of Arizona, who is scheduled to give a talk at the Colloquium on October 23rd. In Spring 2014, our scheduled Colloquium speakers are Scott Wible of the University of Maryland, and Marcelle Haddix of Syracuse University. Brown bag sessions in Fall 2014 will be on teaching in our WAM (Writing Across Media) program (September 17), as well as talks by two new English faculty and Core and Affiliate CWS faculty, respectively: Visiting Assistant Professor John Gallagher (October 1) and Assistant Professor Eric Pritchard (November 12). We round out our semester of brown bag events with a talk by Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing and New Learning Ecologies Anna Smith (October 15). All our brown bags are Wednesdays from 12-1 PM in English Building Room 228; bring your lunch and join us for some great conversations! We also want to celebrate the new faculty positions of three Writing Studies students who completed their PhD work in Spring 2014. These are Sonia Kline (Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Illinois State University), Ligia Mihut (Lecturer at Barry University), and Andrea Olinger (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville). Please join me in congratulating these graduates on their new positions! In other good news, two CWS graduate students were honored in May 2014 at the Rhetoric Society of America annual conference in San Antonio for their scholarly work: Katie Irwin (Gerard A. Hauser Award for “From Mob Violence to Violence against Women: Lynching Appropriation and the Case of PUMA”) and Pamela Saunders (Gerard A. Hauser Award for “Disabling Counterpublics: Examining Competing Discourses of Autism Advocacy in the Public Sphere”). Our new colleague Eric Pritchard was also honored with the first CCCC Lavender Award for LGBT scholarship, based on his “For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn't Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety” which appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Harvard Educational Review. Last but certainly not least, our colleague Catherine Prendergast was honored with a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for her project, Writer, Painter, Banker, Thief: The American Arts Colony in the Public Account. In still more good news, we have four new English department graduate students who have joined our ranks in the CWS program, and our Writing Studies concentration. These are M.A. students Alison Kranek, Maria Carvajal Regidor, and Paul Beilstein, and Ph.D. student Evin Groundwater. We happily welcome these four to our CWS community! Finally, as I assume the position of interim director of CWS for this year, I want to thank outgoing CWS director Paul Prior (who is now on sabbatical—best wishes, Paul!) for his kind support and guidance in helping me make the transition to this position, as well as my other CWS colleagues—particularly staff member Amy Rumsey, who has also provided me with infinitely patient assistance. Leading both CWS and the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program will be a formidable challenge, but one I welcome, as I hope this temporary union will allow us to create an even greater culture of writing at UIUC from the first year through graduate levels. Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium Feb 17, 2014 3:45 pm54 views The Center for Writing Studies conference planning committee invites proposals for the 5th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium, April 25, 2014, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Graduate students from all departments are welcome to present on topics of interest within writing, literacy, discourse, rhetoric, education, and communication. The symposium is a supportive conference where graduate students can present and receive feedback from a small, interested group of peers and faculty.We encourage a range of presentation types, from traditional papers to multimodal, performative, reflective, or experimental projects. Please send a title and short abstract (100-200 words) to Kaia Simon (email@example.com) by April 4, 2014. Specify your preference for either a 10- or 20-minute presentation.Additionally, one session of the Symposium will provide an opportunity for small-group workshops. This workshop session is designed to be a writing group experience for graduate students to get feedback on written work, including seminar papers and/or upcoming conference papers. To participate, contact Kaia Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 4, 2014.Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Good News from CWS Aug 21, 2013 9:08 am214 views It is not always easy to find good news in any medium, but we have a lot to share as the new semester starts. This fall, CWS is looking forward to visits by Mary Juzwik, who will present at the Colloquium on October 24 and the University of Illinois Writing Project Fall Conference on October 26, and Maisha (Fisher) Winn, who will present at the colloquium on December 5. CWS is also co-sponsoring a visit by James Gee, who will talk on new literacies and video games, at the Symposium on Activity-Based Approaches to Communication, October 5. Kaitlin Marks-Dubbs and Ligia Mihut will present their dissertation work at a Graduate Research Forum on October 17. We are looking forward to colloquia by Jordynn Jack and Brian Street in the spring. I am also happy to announce that we have a new Core Faculty member of CWS, Kelly Ritter, Professor of English and incoming Director of First-Year Rhetoric. We want to celebrate as well the new positions of six Writing Studies students, who completed their PhD work in the last year.... Click the title above to read more! IPRH lecture Richard Graff Jan 22, 2013 1:30 pm71 views Richard Graff (Writing Studies, University of Minnesota) “Spaces of Oratorical Performance in Ancient Greece: Reconstruction, Interpretive Visualization, and Assessment” Date: January 30, 2013 Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: 1000 Lincoln Hall This event is free and open to the public. About this event: This talk will present chief findings of a long-term collaborative, interdisciplinary study of the physical settings in which ancient Greeks practiced the art of rhetoric. These include a variety spaces and structures from the late-Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods (ca. 500-100 BCE) utilized throughout the Greek world as venues for the performance of formal oratory-- principally, buildings that housed meetings of city councils (bouleuteria), auditoria utilized for larger citizen assemblies, and various structures fitted for use as law courts. In addition to providing a much-needed synthesis of the archaeological, literary, and historical evidence for these spaces and structures, the study utilizes both traditional and emergent research methods to elucidate the ways in which the physical settings structured communicative (inter)action and group deliberation. 3D digital modeling and other forms of advanced visualization have been utilized to identify salient architectural-spatial and acoustical variables and to assess them in terms of the opportunities and challenges they presented to both speakers and audiences. The talk will summarize the inventory of speaking sites considered in the study and the methods of analysis and interpretation utilized in it. It will then illustrate these methods by considering a few significant but neglected structures, and a single well-known, but enigmatic one -- the meeting place of the Athenian assembly called the Pnyx. IPRH Panel: The Future of Authorship Feb 18, 2013 1:45 pm38 views Panel: The Future of Authorship (Brown Bag Lunch)Date: February 22, 2013Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Location: IPRH, Humanities Lecture HallAbout the event:This panel will examine recently developed forms of scholarly communication, focusing on the ways scholars now create knowledge and communicate their findings to a range of audiences using innovative digital platforms and tools for conducting research, writing, and publishing. The aim of this panel is to explore the intellectual advances afforded by new modes of authorship, peer review, and publishing. Please join us for a panel discussion featuring the following speakers:Nicholas Mirzoeff (Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University);Kevin Hamilton (Associate Professor of Art and Design, and IPRH Coordinator of Digital Scholarly Communication, UIUC);Eduardo Ledesma (Assistant Professor of Spanish, UIUC)Jodee Stanley (Editor, Ninth Letter)Please bring your lunch. Cookies and beverages will be provided. Liv Davila on Data as Text Nov 16, 2017 2:00 pm32 views Bri Lafond shares her thoughts on our November brownbag, "Data as Text" led by Liv Davila. Reflecting on Jeff Rice's "Craft Identities" Feb 5, 2016 1:30 pm58 views Last week, we were pleased to welcome to campus Jeff Rice, Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. Professor Rice’s talk, “Craft Identities,” was part of the 2015-2016 CWS Colloquium Speaker Series. To say that Rice’s talk was about craft beer would be like saying Discipline and Punish is about prisons. It is and it isn’t. Taking craft beer as a kind of carabiner, Rice’s talk weaved through anecdotal repetitions, interruptions, and multiple beginnings, a kind of Burkean perspective by incongruity that demonstrated how identities are crafted across print, digital, and material spaces. In “One Always Fails in Speaking of What One Loves,” Roland Barthes writes “Music constitutes a kind of primal state of pleasure: it produces a pleasure one always tries to recapture but never to explain; hence, it is the site of the pure effect, a central notion of the Stendhalian aesthetic.” If music is the degree zero in Stendahl’s Italian system, beer may be said to be the degree zero of Rice’s craft network, both signifying and producing anecdotes, identities, relationships, events. While there was much to reflect on in this talk (especially as someone who is herself both constructing and constructed by the network of craft beer), I find myself repeatedly returning to the role of the personal in Rice’s work, the way he stitches together pleasure, surprise, and desire with the logics and narrative gestures of both craft beer and social media. He says, “In this sense, I’m also searching for an identity outside of an industry’s identity: mine, and that of experiences that I want to share. I call this identity a “craft identity,” for it is based in the logic of craft beer, consumption shaping a sense of who I am, as well as social media, that RateBeer experience that marks my initiation into shared participation. The basis of a transmedia identity is that various items that shape who I am come from disparate sites and create conflicting, almost mythic meanings.” Through what he elsewhere calls “personal weaving,” Rice not only explained, but performed this craft identity, through interruptions and contagions of grand narratives and by scanning not for the confident ethos of grand narratives, but for “the mystical and mythical nature of craft relationships.” If you'd like to listen to "Craft Identities," a recording is available to stream in the CWS Colloquium Archive. Reflections: 7th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch and Center for Writing Studies Graduate Student Symposium May 4, 2016 9:45 am172 views This blog post was written by CWS Student Katherine Flowers. It was my pleasure to attend the 7th annual Gesa Kirsch Graduate Symposium on April 21, 2016. This year’s symposium continued many of the traditions started in previous iterations, including graduate student panels, faculty panel chairs, an alumni keynote speaker, and a post-symposium happy hour. At the same time, everyone brought their unique perspectives, methods, data, and arguments to their presentations. In this recap blog post, I try to do their work justice. Reflections on the Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium Apr 17, 2019 1:15 pm78 views Maria Carvajal reflects on her experiences at the Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium. Rhetorical Agency in Action: Notes on a Data Session Nov 17, 2016 10:00 am118 views Katherine Flowers shares her notes and thoughts on one of the data sessions that took place during the CWS Inaugural Symposium. Second Language Writing: An Overview of the Development of the Discipline Apr 4, 2013 2:45 pm116 views Tony Silva, Purdue University: "Second Language Writing: An Overview of the Development of the Discipline"Date: Thursday, April 11Time: 4-5 pmPlace: Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building Abstract: In describing the development of second language writing (L2W) studies, I will (1) stipulate a definition of L2W; (2) examine trends in the development of L2W decade by decade from 1950 to the present—by looking at the numbers and areas of focus of the relevant publicly available documents, by mentioning important contributors to the field, and by examining such issues as theory, inquiry paradigms, types of inquiry (empirical and hermeneutic), instructional practices, and the creation of infrastructure; (3) assess the current status of L2W studies around the globe; (4) provide a description of the current status of L2W as an incipient discipline; (5) speculate on the future of L2W studies; and (6) provide a list of resources for further inquiry.