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“From contemplation to social action: Writing as a tool for hopeful living”

Event #1438
“From contemplation to social action: Writing as a tool for hopeful living”

Sunday, May 27, 2018

09:00 - 10:15
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Classroom - CL 130

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At a moment when the field of writing studies is heavily emphasizing issues of how to write – in teaching for transfer, threshold concepts for academic success, and writing about writing, for example – this talk will argue the need for teachers and scholars to make more central the question why we and our students should write. This talk will explore contemplative pedagogy and writing as social action to suggest the many ways that writing can truly serve ourselves and our students as a tool for living more humanely, ethically, and hopefully. While writing is a necessary tool for students’ academic success, as teachers we must remain mindful of how to make the act of writing meaningful to students. For only when students are truly engaged, can they fully develop their potential as writers. By practicing ourselves – and helping our students practice – writing as an essential tool for living in our complex and fractious world, we can make issues of overall wellbeing a goal that is equally valued in writing classes as academic success.

With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences International Keynote Speaker Support Fund.

Speakers: Paula Mathieu, Associate Professor, English, Boston College