What is academic writing? Good question. What is it good for? And what are its strengths and weaknesses?The Writing Program at University of Chicago has a run at the general topic by offering a spoofy academic sentence generator, which will create jargon-laden monsters at the click of a button. Any thoughts about good academic writing, by the way? Leave a comment here?
Monthly Archives: October 2009
The USC MLS program knows how to get the word out about an upcoming course, in 21st century ways. A Twitter announcement links to a Facebook entry which includes a blurb and leads to a fuller events calendar entry that also offers a link to the faculty member’s bio page, and some of those include a dramatic night-sky image of a great city (which relates to the course theme). Questions about the course? Students can use the live email link on the bio page for that.
Mastering Peter Bregman’s three steps for good listening might strengthen the work we do in our graduate seminars, since he clearly shows the difference between trying to win arguments and trying to understand something. Check out his brief, lively blog posting and come back here to share your view. Do our programs teach effective listening? Should they?
At the business meeting in Orlando Michele Niese Mrak of Southern Methodist University announced that her program will sponsor the October 2010 annual AGLSP conference in Dallas. More news, travel information, registration, calls for papers, clues about the keynote speakers, etc., to follow.
And the theme:
The Transformation of the City through the Arts and Technology
It’s the second year for the AGLSP’s new writing contest, and we’re continuing the award for critical essays and adding a new award for creative writing, both of which include a $500 prize and publication in Confluence.
Interested in seeing graduate students from your program submit work? The contest rules and information about formats and the January deadline are all available in pdf format. Program faculty and directors can consult the rules for guidance in screening submissions from each campus. Graduate students might want to ask their program faculty how to participate.
One cautionary note: the contest is open to the AGLSP’s full member programs. If your program is still an associate member, the AGLSP board would be pleased to speak with you about taking the next step. Something to consider…
The Graduate Liberal Studies Program of the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites you to submit proposals for the 2010 North Carolina Graduate Liberal Studies Conference to be held on the weekend of April 9 – 10, 2010, the same weekend as Wilmington’s annual Azalea Festival! The event will take place on the beautiful campus of UNCW and will serve as an excellent opportunity for many of you to present a sample of your academic work to an audience of your colleagues as well as members of the community at large. Currents of Thought: The North Carolina Liberal Studies Conference is open to solid proposals from faculty, students and alumni in any area of liberal studies and the humanities, including but not limited to any relevant cultural, historical, or contemporary issues. Creative presentations such as short fiction or poetry readings will also be considered, and in such cases, a sample of your written work should be submitted along with your proposal. We will be considering proposals from MALS/GLS programs and other graduate programs in liberal arts, so submit yours today!
Please email a 250 – 300 word proposal along with a list of any multi-media equipment you may require for your presentation to the conference coordinator, Amanda Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2010. However, we will begin the reviewing process immediately as they arrive. All proposals should include full name, title of presentation, phone number, email and mailing address. If your proposal is accepted, your conference fee of $50 must be submitted and the proposal will be posted on our website so that those who plan to attend the conference may read it. Conference fee includes Saturday night’s closing dinner.
Please submit by February 1, 2010 to: Amanda Johnson, GLS Conference Coordinator at email@example.com
Thank you for your enthusiasm and participation in the 2010 North Carolina Graduate Liberal Studies Conference. As with our past conferences, we expect this to be an exceptional event and a great opportunity for all who participate. Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary study and this year’s conference will seek to reflect the broad scope of studies that contribute to the graduate liberal studies.
If you have any questions regarding the conference, do not hesitate to contact Amanda Johnson at the email address above.
Herbert Berg, Ph.D., Director
Graduate Liberal Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5673