PWR's Blog Posts

"Classroom Writing Assessment as an Antiracist Practice: Confronting White Supremacy in the Judgments of Language:" Dr. Asao Inoue Visits PWR

On February 10, 2017 at 3:00 P.M., Dr. Asao B. Inoue will give a talk, "Classroom Writing Assessment as an Antiracist Practice: Confronting White Supremacy in the Judgments of Language."

Connecting Students Between Japan and Stanford: An Interview with John Peterson

PWR Newsletter: We understand that you’re doing work in Japan this year.

John Peterson: Ha! That’s funny. Because I’ve never even been to Japan! I’ve been doing all this work through virtual exchange. But I will go to Japan the second week in February.

PWRN: We’ll get to that in a moment. But tell us about what led up to your plans to travel to Japan.

Student Spotlight: January 2017

As the chair of Harry Elam’s Student Advisory Group, Isabelle Foster, a junior majoring in Public Policy, is no stranger to leadership positions. She collaborates with the Vice Provost and the Associate Vice Provost (Sharon Palmer) to help identify the most pressing topics on campus, organize meetings, and lead discussions on new initiatives, recent campus concerns, and future university projects.

A Hume Holliversary

November, 2001, the Stanford Writing Center opened its doors. Or, door, to be more precise. To a room. Wendy Goldberg’s room in Margaret Jacks Hall. And writing support at Stanford was changed forever.

To celebrate the holidays and its 15th anniversary, last Friday the Hume Center hosted a Holliversary. Tutors and friends of the Center were invited to enjoy baked brie, crab cakes, cucumber water, coffee, and Justine de Silva’s Instagram-worthy melting snow man cookies.

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).