Join us at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 6 in Miller 105 for a panel discussion on the values and disciplinary norms that structure academic writing.
Academic writing in most disciplines has changed drastically over the last century. Some changes may be for the better, others for the worse, but either way, these changes restructure our thinking, our writing, and our teaching. Why have thesis statements and “road maps” become a standard expectation in so many fields? Why do we emphasize clarity and efficiency more than beauty or profundity? Have we become more comprehensible to non-experts or less so? How did the scholarly essay turn into the research article, and at what price? When future ages look back on our work, what will they say?
To help answer these and related questions, the panelists have been asked to compare academic writing in their fields with that of earlier generations and explore the hidden cultural factors — social, political, and economic — that have influenced the way we work and teach.
- Lyell Asher, English Department, Lewis & Clark
- Jan Mieszkowski, German Department, Reed
- Liz Safran, Geological Science Department and Environmental Studies Program, Lewis & Clark
- Peter Steinberger, Political Science Department and former Dean of the College, Reed
- John Holzwarth, Director, Writing Center, Lewis & Clark
Co-sponsored by the Writing Center and the Office of the Dean of the College.