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How do today's students find information and conduct research for coursework and use in their everyday lives? Discover what we have learned at Project Information Literacy (PIL), an ongoing research study that has surveyed and interviewed more than 13,000 college students at over 50 US colleges and universities since 2008. Our findings indicate a large majority of students still attend college to learn, but many are lost in a thicket of information overload. Nearly all students intentionally use a small compass for navigating the ever-widening and complex information landscape they inhabit. They struggle with managing the IT devices that permeate their lives and endlessly distract them. Most students turn to professors, friends, family members - or no one at all - for help with research, rather than asking librarians. What’s a librarian to do? Key takeaways are presented from the PIL studies, including a discussion of their implications for teaching, learning, work, and librarianship in the 21st century. A reception will follow the lecture. For further information, please visit the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture page.
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
In Fall 2010, just as it was announced that a museum would open to celebrate the life and work of famed civil rights movement photographer, Ernest C. Withers, revelations surfaced that Withers had worked from at least 1968 to 1970 as a paid FBI informant. The debates that ensued among civil rights activists, historians, journalists, photography buffs, pundits, bloggers and everyday folk about Withers’ guilt or innocence revealed continuing anxieties about black heritage, the legacies and memory of the civil rights movement, and the darker side of a movement we have enfolded into our popular culture as the apex of America’s efforts to better itself. It also brought to the surface concerns about artistic intent and aesthetic value. This talk explores what role photography–as document, as art, and as surveillance–played in the modern civil rights movement and how the medium continues to shape our memories of the “Second Reconstruction.”
Dr. Leigh Raiford is Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. She also serves as affiliate faculty in American Studies, and Gender & Women’s Studies. Dr. Leigh Raiford received her BA from Wesleyan University, her PhD from Yale University, and was the Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies.
During the week of February 4, the William Stafford Archives will be hosting Jesse Nathan, whose poems have been published in jubilat, the Nation, the American Poetry Review, Gigantic, and many other magazines. He is the author of a chapbook of poems, Dinner (Milk Machine, 2009). Nathan’s essays and journalism have appeared in Adbusters, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Poetry International, McSweeney’s, the Believer, and elsewhere. Nathan is an editor at McSweeney’s, and for several years was managing editor of the Best American Nonrequired Reading. A founding editor of the McSweeney’s Poetry Series, he is working on a PhD in English Literature at Stanford. He lives south of San Francisco.
For more information about Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, Monica Miller, check out her professional bio.