April 08, 2015

Writing Center conference set for Friday

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – An expert on the relationships between writing, language background, culture and pedagogy is the keynote speaker for “Facing the Future: A Writing Center Conference,” at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Friday, April 10, in Morris Library. 

Carol Severino, professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Iowa, delivers the keynote address, “Brainstorming a 21st Century Writing Center Survival Guide” at 1 p.m. in room 752/754 in Morris Library. 

The full-day conference features six sessions of panels, workshops and roundtable discussions on topics including “Creating a Culture of Writing,” “Academic Writing for Non-Native Writers of English,” and “Library and Writing Center Collaboration,” as well as on technology, writing pedagogy, outcomes assessment, combatting stereotypes, collaboration with other campus units, high school writing centers and more. 

James S. Allen, associate provost for academic programs, and Jane N. Cogie, director of SIU’s Writing Center, present the welcome address. Speakers and workshop leaders include faculty and staff from more than 10 academic and student service units on campus, as well as members of other campuses, including the University of Missouri-St. Louis, McKendree University and Georgia Regents University. Overall, the conference includes representatives from 20 colleges and universities in three countries. 

The Graduate Professional Student Council, Association of English Graduate Instructors and Students, The Writing Center, the Department of English and Morris Library sponsor this event. For a complete program, go to siuwritingconference.wordpress.com/schedule/.