PWR's Blog Posts

Student Spotlight: December 2016

This month we're spotlighting our two Spring 2016 winners of the PWR Boothe Prize for Excellence in First Year Writing: Julia Sakowitz (winner) and Alex Maben (honorable mention).  Julia and Alex will be honored at a ceremony in May 2017 along with the winners of the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 Boothe Prizes.

Breanne Fahs's "The Weight of Trash: Teaching Sustainability and Ecofeminism by Asking Undergraduates to Carry around their own Garbage"

Fahs’ brief article, included in a special issue “Teaching About Climate Change,” outlines an experiential learning activity focused on climate change, sustainability, and conspicuous consumption. Paired with Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes’ Garbology, Fahs asks her students to collect and carry their own trash for two 48-hour periods. The written component of Fahs’ exercise asks students to reflect on their “excavations,” with fascinating questions detailed herein. This assignment could be integrated into a PWR course (especially PWR2 due to the presentation aspect).

Dr. Becerra Vidergar's "The Closeness of Boxing"

Is boxing just about violence and aggression? Could fighting possibly be a way for us to get closer to each other? That’s the topic of “The Closeness of Boxing,” a recently released episode of The Human Angle podcast, hosted and produced by PWR Lecturer Angela Becerra Vidergar.

Student Spotlight: October 2016

Spotlight: Kaylana Mueller-Hsia

Kaylana Mueller-Hsia, a sophomore at Stanford spent her summer interning for the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). ILRF is a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that advocates for low wage workers’ rights around the world. She culminated her internship with a week-long trip to Montreal where she participated in the World Social Forum with her supervisor.

Writing Scholars at Stanford: the Smitherman/Villanueva Scholarly Writing Retreat

Typically, July on Stanford campus is a relatively quiet month; high school students wander in groups between their Stanford summer classes; grounds and maintenance workers paint, trim, and renovate in preparation for the new academic year; departments and program admin continue the work of lining up the infrastructure for fall quarter; and even more tourists than normal snap photos or stand in lines to buy t-shirts at the bookstore.

Lecturer News: September 2016

In the past few months, many of our lecturers have been busy, working on their scholarship, starting new initiatives, or pursuing other passions.  Here are a few highlights from lecturer news that we've learned of over the past few months.

Teaching Commons Blogposts

PWR instructors have contributed two posts to the ongoing VPTL blog, Teaching Talk, in the past month: