Jenae Cohn

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Exploring and Narrowing Research Topics with Yewno

Overview: When students pick a research topic for the first time, they may not know where to begin in their research process. This activity invites students to pick a key term or phrase from their research and use a software application available through Stanford Libraries, Yewno, to explore associated keywords or ideas with a central research topic. Students will finish the activity with a new list of keywords, key people, or key places to investigate as they delve further into their research.

Exquisite Corpse Topic Narrowing Activity

Overview: Writers often get stuck in a certain way of thinking about their research projects, which may make it challenging for them to make revisions or to understand the next directions for their projects. In this activity, students engage in an "exquisite corpse"-style activity, where they will get to pass around their research topic idea and see how other students in the room understand, interpret, illustrate, and expand upon it.

Dr. Cristina Ramírez On Barrio Rhetorics of Belonging

“If we look closely and engage in rhetorical listening, we can find precarious spaces located in the everyday,” Dr. Cristina Ramírez of University of Arizona suggested during her talk at a PWR program meeting on Friday, April 20th. Indeed, Ramírez’s talk, “Barrio Rhetorics of Belonging: Recovering and Historicizing Hidden Rhetorics from Precarious Spaces,” takes on a project that involves not only listening, but also transcribing and translating from the archives of Mexican women writing in precarious times.

Two Heads Are Better Than One: Collaborations in PWR

In writing classes, we often encourage students to collaborate with their peers on developing research ideas, refining their prose, and clarifying their arguments. As instructors, we benefit from collaborating with our peers too, and in PWR, several instructors have developed fruitful collaborations both within and outside of the program to help improve their students’ learning experiences.

The Rhetoric of Data Visualization: Attending an Edward Tufte Workshop

Header image: Tufte Workshop Selfie! (From L to R) Jennifer Johnson, Jenae Cohn, Cassie Wright, Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, and Jenne Stonaker

It is impossible to live in Silicon Valley and not see the hype over “big data.” The concept of “big data” may be an amalgamation of all kinds of things - ranging from quantitative data collections to qualitative archives of texts - but one thing is clear about “big data:” visualizations are essential to understanding and interpreting it.

ATS Annex: Negotiating Concerns with Student Data Privacy in the New Academic Year

I’ve been glued to Twitter this summer. Perhaps you have too. You see, it’s been my space to process the seemingly interminable churn of heartbreaking 2017 news. In some ways, a space like Twitter with its stream of wisecracking punditry might make current events feel even worse than they really are. But for me, it has provided a refreshing community of worrywarts (like me) to sound off with the ultimate antidote to atrocity: humor.

The Devil’s in the Details: Giving Feedback on Issues of Grammar and Correctness

In this “I Wish I Knew” digest, PWR instructors tackle how to give feedback to students struggling with sentence-level errors. Giving written feedback is a challenging exercise in and of itself, but one PWR instructor wants to know more about how to make in-line comments about sentence-level feedback less overwhelming:

From the Margins to the Center: Students Edit Wikipedia to Tell Stories of Women in Science

When Meg Formato’s PWR students logged onto Wikipedia during class time, the room fell completely silent. Scrolling through pages of articles on women engineers, women mathematicians, and the STEM pipeline, Meg’s students were not just conducting research; rather, they were changing the ways that research gets told by editing Wikipedia for themselves.

"Getting Played:" Kathleen Tarr's Third Annual Symposium on Equity in Entertainment

At “Getting Played,” the Third Annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards, PWR lecturer Kathleen Tarr organized a variety of thinkers from Hollywood to academia to come together to interrogate the ways in which insiders and viewers alike can fight for equal opportunity behind and in front of the camera in entertainment media.

"Writing in an Age of Surveillance, Privacy, and Net Neutrality:" Beck et. al in Kairos 20.2

Kairos, a multimodal and open-source journal that features articles about the intersections between rhetoric and technology, recently published its 20th anniversary edition with several collaborations between major scholars in rhetoric and composition.