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Collaborative invention: working with research topics

Overview:  This collaborative activity invites students to help their classmates to narrow and focus their research topics by taking turns contributing to a shared worksheet that asks them to engage with the topic in different ways.  

Activity title: Research Topics: Invention through Collaboration

Author: Christine Alfano

Cultural Rhetorics in Theory & Practice - Readings for September Sessions 2017

This year's September Sessions theme, "Cultural Rhetorics," will open up questions from rhetoric in the field that our program will likely interrogate all year long. For this issue of "Rhetoric in the Field," we'll share the core readings from September Sessions that will frame our program's understanding of what cultural rhetoric is and how it impacts our classroom practice. 

Readings for the 2016 PWR September Sessions

This issue's Rhetoric of the Field is devoted to the different readings that our Septembrist Committee has chosen to inform our work together during our professional development meetings in the week of September 12th.  From issues of transfer, to multimodality, space and pedagogy, and empathy, this selection of texts touch on many of the issues and questions of importance to writing and rhetoric studies today.

Lecturer News: Comings and Goings

As the new academic year approaches, it's time to reflect on who's coming, who's going, and who's taking on new roles and responsibilites at Stanford.

Who's coming: Instructors

We're please to welcome a cohort of 10 new fellows and 3 new lecturers to PWR, all of whom spent August in Pedagogy sessions. 

New fellows (all recent PhDs from Stanford)

Activity Showcase: Face Your Fears - And Your Audience

An ideal class activity for Week 1 of the quarter, this lesson plan from the TeachingPWR archive provides students with the opportunity to put their knowledge of rhetoric into practice through two short 1-minute presentations designed to introduce themselves to the class -- and to re-introduce them to the concept of audience and rhetorical situation.

Activity name: Face Your Fears -- And Your Audience