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Exploring their Own Words: Bing Honors College 2017

What do artificial retinas, the artistic construction of Latinidad, and the ethics of meat consumption have in common? These diverse topics are currently being researched by Stanford seniors in conversation with other researchers and writers from across the disciplines, thanks to a program now in its 24th year. Bing Honors College (BHC) gives seniors pursuing honors work a head start on the academic year in an atmosphere of shared intellectual purpose.

Spotlight on Project WRITE

Project WRITE brings high school students to the Hume Center from East Palo Alto Academy, Eastside College Preparatory School, and East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy for writing workshops during winter quarter.  Graduate student coordinator Elena Dancu and three undergraduate student leaders—Beatrice Garrard, Cristina Herrera, and Shannon Daniels--led this year’s Project, under the direction of Hume Center Associate Director Sarah Pittock.  Committed to educational equity, the team worked to make Stanford’s experts and resources accessible to passionate young writers.

Introduce Yourself

Overview: This icebreaker activity can be used either in PWR 1 or PWR 2 to help students get to know their classmates and also start to understand how shifting audiences influence communication.

Author: Sarah Pittock (adapted from an exercise by former PWR instructor Helle Rytkonen)

Activity name: Introduce Yourself

Degrees of Quotation

Overview:  In this activity derived from Joseph Bizup's, students review a handout about the different rhetorical impacts of quoting and paraphrasing strategies, and then apply them to their own writing.

Author: Sarah Pittock

Activity name: Degrees of Quotation

Class: PWR 1/PWR 2

Schedule: Anytime during the quarter when students are working on quoting from sources - works well during the TiC