April 06, 2009

Case Western Reserve Inaugural Writing Week Commences April 15


Next week the campus community is invited to attend lectures, readings, and other special events celebrating the diverse forms of writing that support and define the work of a major research university such as Case Western Reserve University.

Writing Week, which opens Wednesday, April 15, will be the first of its kind on campus, gathering together students, faculty and alumni to highlight writing accomplishments from the past year.

Among the activities planned are keynote lectures by Professors Gerald Graff (University of Illinois, Chicago), Anne Curzan (University of Michigan), and Susan Wells (Temple University); creative readings and performances, including those by Case Western Reserve faculty members Thrity Umrigar and Mary Grimm, and by Department of English alumni Shelley Costa Bloomfield (GRS '83), Sean Santa (CWR '07), and Gina Ventre (CWR '02); and a welcome reception and awards banquet at 5:45 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in the Wolstein Research Building Atrium.

Go online for a full schedule.

In conjunction with Writing Week, Assistant Professor Kimberly Emmons' SAGES University Seminar (USSY 285P: "Case Writes") surveyed campus community members about their writing practices and attitudes. They found that 59 percent expect writing to be "very important" to their future career or workplace, but that only 17 percent are "very positive" about their current writing for school/work. These and other results will be presented publicly by Emmons' students during the Celebration of Student Writing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 17, in Thwing Center.

Writing Week is sponsored by the English department and by the Center for the Study of Writing, which was established to facilitate research and scholarship on writing in all of its aspects. The Center is structured to serve three distinct but interrelated functions at the university: to support ongoing and new research by resident and visiting students and scholars; to facilitate the development of exciting new courses and curricula; and to provide an array of practical writing and publishing support services to the university and University Circle communities.

The work of the Center has been supported by generous gifts from Marilyn McCulloch (FSM '50), from Edward S. Sadar (ADL '64, MED'68) and Melinda Melton Sadar (FSM '66), and from an anonymous donor.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 6, 2009 02:27 PM | News Topics: Alumnet, Alumni, College of Arts and Sciences, Events, Staff, Students, news

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