April 20, 2016

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop

April 25, 2016

Feminist Methodologies and the Ethics of Inquiry in Writing Studies Research: An Interactive Workshop with Gesa Kirsch

April 28, 2016

Philip K. Dick in the OC: Virtually Real, Really Virtual

May 4, 2016

Persuasion: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium

May 6, 2016

Kim Stanley Robinson: Writing Science Fiction

May 6, 2016

Crisis of Values

May 9, 2016

23rd Annual Writing Awards 2015-2016

May 13, 2016

Unruly Rhetorics: Conversations about Activism and Pedagogy

May 27, 2016

Pathways to Possible Worlds: Science Fiction & Sustainability

May 2, 2016 – July 22, 2016

Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI

Spring 2016 Events and Workshops

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

This workshop, offered every quarter by the Campus Writing Coordinator, is intended to support instructors across campus by offering tips and guidelines for responding to student writing. Workshop facilitators will present different feedback strategies that (1) maximize opportunities for your students to develop and (2) make the best use of your time and effort as an instructor.

For the spring 2016 workshop, we aim to create a space for instructors to discuss and practice responding to student writing. To that end, we ask all attendees to bring a two-page excerpt of student writing. We encourage you to bring an excerpt that, for one reason or another, proves challenging for you as an instructor looking to provide effective feedback. After a brief presentation regarding best practices, we will break into small groups to work with the excerpts that attendees have brought with them.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 15, 2016.

Feminist Methodologies and the Ethics of Inquiry in Writing Studies Research: An Interactive Workshop with Gesa Kirsch
Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Instructional Building 341)

Thinking about methodology? Contemplating issues of ethics and representation? Mulling over the messiness of research? This workshop considers the landscape of writing studies research through the lens of feminist methodologies. Through shared readings and discussion, attendees will be invited to reflect on ethics, objectivity, and representation as they manifest in scholarship and, more specifically, in their own research projects.

Gesa Kirsch is Professor of English at Bentley University in Waltham, MA and a Visiting Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara. She has explored and written about feminist research methodology, ethics and representation, and archival research processes for some time. Her publications include Feminist Rhetorical Practices (co-authored with Jacqueline Jones Royster), Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process (co-edited with Liz Rohan), Ethical Dilemmas in Feminist Research (single-authored), and Ethics and Representations in Qualitative Studies of Literacy (co-edited with Peter Mortensen).

Suggested readings (but not required):

Visit this page to download the readings.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Philip K. Dick in the OC: Virtually Real, Really Virtual
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1030)

Philip K. Dick spent the last decade of his life from 1972 to 1982 in Orange County, having fled the Bay Area convinced he was the target of various malevolent forces, ranging from governmental agencies to religious groups. In Orange County, PKD experienced the anonymity of everyday life in suburbia. He also experienced a divine vision that, as he explained in later writings, permitted him to glimpse the “trans-temporal constancy” of the universe. During his decade in Orange County, he produced some of his most enduring and enigmatic works, including novels like A Scanner Darkly and VALIS that reflect a pervasive sense of paranoia and also PKD’s attempts to make sense of his life-altering spiritual experience.


Opening Remarks & Welcome – 10:30am

Jonathan Alexander

PKD the Earthshaker – 10:45am-11:15am

Gregg Rickman

Virtual Asia in PKD – 11:15am-11:45am

Lisa Raphals

Lunch Break – 11:45am-1:00pm

Living with Phil – 1:00pm-2:00pm

Tessa Dick, Grania Davis, Gregory Benford (moderator)

Visualizing Phil (in the High Castle and Otherwise) – 2:00pm-3:15pm

Sherryl Vint, Jonathan Alexander, Antoinette LaFarge

PKD and Privacy – 3:15pm-4:30pm

David Brin, Gregory Benford

Closing Reception – 4:30pm

Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance.

Persuasion: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Humanities Instructional Building 135)

The Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator is hosting a symposium on persuasion as a problem and a possibility for multi-disciplinary study. Although saddled with negative (and even oppressive) connotations, persuasion is also suggestive of open-mindedness and tolerance towards different viewpoints and beliefs. To be persuadable is to be gullible and naïve. But, just the same, to be persuadable is to be flexible and impartial. Persuasion operates both internally and externally, and in spaces both private and public. It operates between and among and within people, but also between and among and within species, environments, and things.

While historically the preoccupation of rhetoricians, persuasion is today a concern for researchers in many fields. Gorgias, an ancient Greek sophist, understood persuasion to be a force that, when paired with the spoken word, molds the mind of a listener to the will of a speaker. Contemporary research in neurobiology seemingly confirms this ancient wisdom, finding that the feeling of being persuaded is tied to the stimulation of a specific neural network. Persuasion, then, quite literally, involves the molding of the mind. Taking this as one example, we wonder: What other cross-disciplinary connections can be forged?

We are bringing together scholars from across the UCI campus to share insights about how persuasion operates in different fields of study. What is persuasion? What methods and methodologies can be marshaled to help us understand how persuasion works in our contemporary moment? Looking to the past, what should we know about persuasion and how it worked (or didn’t work) in certain historical circumstances? Looking to the future, what can we speculate about how persuasion might change and evolve?


Welcome (10:30am-10:40am)

Jonathan Alexander

Opening Talk (10:40am-11:10am)

Stergios Skaperdas, “Persuasion as an Instrument of Power”

Panel – Designing/Reading/Performing Persuasion (11:15am-12:00pm)

Daniel M. Gross, “Jane Austen and the Sciences of Persuasion”

Jeanne Scheper, “Queer Persuasions”

Josh Tanenbaum, “Design Fiction as Persuasion: Positioning Rhetorics of Possible Futures in Movies, Books, and Games”

Lunch (12:00pm-12:30pm)

Panel – At the Limits of Persuasion (12:30pm-01:15pm)

Keith M. Murphy, “Ambient Persuasions”

Antoinette LaFarge, “Unpersuaded: An Aesthetics for Participatory Media”

Carol Burke

Panel – Persuasion and Politics (01:15pm-02:00pm)

Amy Wilentz, “Persuasion and Belief: Getting to the Other Side”

Jeff Wasserstrom, “Pervasive Images and Persuasive Images”

Keith Topper

Keynote (02:05pm-3:00pm)

Susan Jarratt, “‘Brilliant Radiation’: Persuasion at the Source”

Reception (03:00pm-4:00pm)

Please RSVP to by April 28, 2016.

Kim Stanley Robinson: Writing Science Fiction
Friday, May 6, 2016, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 pm (Student Center, Doheney Beach B)

Now that the world has become a big collaborative science fiction novel, has writing it become easier or harder? Join us for an event featuring acclaimed science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. Author of the Mars Trilogy, a series chronicling human efforts to colonize the Red Planet, and the Three Californias Trilogy, three novels each containing a distinct vision of Orange County’s future, Robinson often uses science fiction to consider alternative ecological and economic models, speculating about how human civilization might be otherwise organized whether on Earth, on Mars, or, as in his most recent novel, Aurora, in the far reaches of outer space.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, Culture/Law/Capital, UCHRI, and the Department of English.

Crisis of Values
Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:00am (Student Center, Doheney Beach B and Humanities Gateway 3341)

The period from the late 60s to the present is stretched between two global economic downturns with no real recovery, a Long Crisis after the postwar Long Boom. The ascent of finance capital and immaterial labor has invited dramatic reconsiderations of value itself wherein culture, as supposed motor and paradigm of the new economy, became a site of political-economic theorization. We ask how different value crises find expression in revolutionary struggles; in revised ideas of race, language, and desire; and in literary and popular arts. How do value and culture make use of each other when cast adrift in the volatilities of crisis?

Click here for a full schedule.

Co-sponsored by UCHRI, Humanities Commons, the Culture | Law | Captial Center, English Department, History Department, and the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication.

23rd Annual Writing Awards
Monday, May 9, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 pm (University Club, Library Room)

The lower-division and upper-division writing awards are an annual event co-sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, Office of English Composition, and Department of English. The Upper-Division Writing Awards are recognition to students and their instructors for Excellence in Upper-Division Writing in Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology, as well as awards to students in Best Multimedia Text and Writing or Electronic Portfolios.

Unruly Rhetorics: Conversations about Activism and Pedagogy
Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1030)

In the midst of complex conversations in our country and around the world about race, gender, immigration, policing, violence, civic participation, and more, what are the implications for the teaching of rhetoric and writing in our contemporary moment? What possibilities exist for pedagogues interested in enacting social change? How can we respond locally (in our classrooms, on our campuses, in our neighborhoods, etc.) to timely and enduring issues that are also resonating nationally and internationally? How can rhetorical interventions in history guide our pedagogical actions in the present?

We invite you to join us for an all-day event featuring lectures by Nancy Welch (University of Vermont) and Paula Mathieu (Boston College), two scholars well versed in addressing the parallel demands of activism and pedagogy. Visit this page for more information.

Presented by the UCI Rhetoric/Composition Graduate Collective. Sponsored by the Composition Program, the Campus Writing Coordinator, Humanities Commons, the Department of English, the Department of Classics, and the Rhetoric Society of America.

Pathways to Possible Worlds: Science Fiction & Sustainability
Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Calit2 Auditorium)

This day-long event explores the interplay between science fiction and sustainability in policy, public opinion, popular culture and practice. Science fiction has always proven a fertile meeting ground for the natural and social sciences and the humanities, and issues of sustainability and the future demand broad-reaching, cross-disciplinary thinking. In this workshop, science fiction authors join in conversation with students and faculty to reflect on the logic of sustainability within the realm of science fiction. What kind of choices lead to one kind of world or the other, and what effects do the depiction of these choices have on actions in the present? Can science fiction and its critical methodologies allow a greater immersion into science fictionality as a conceptual mode for reflecting on the future? What pathways to possible worlds do we see stretching before us, and how might we influence where they lead?

Click here for more information about the event and for details about the “Possible Worlds” writing competition.

Sponsored by the Evoke Lab, Calit2, the Newkirk Center for Science & Society, the Norwegian Research Council, UCI Illuminations, and the UCI Campus Writing Coordinator.

Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI
Monday, May 2, 2016 through Friday, July 22nd, 2016, (Special Collections & Archives, 5th Floor of Langson Library)

Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI showcases a variety of student-generated writing from throughout the history of the campus. Bringing together periodicals, newsletters, literary magazines, and other materials from University Archives in Special Collections & Archives, this exhibit examines how students and student organizations make their voices heard within the UCI community and beyond. The publications reflect engagement with many pressing issues, from political debates about war and peace to efforts to promote equality and diversity in the curriculum, on the campus, and in society more broadly.

The exhibit is a joint effort of UCI Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator.

Curated by Steve MacLeod, Public Services Librarian, and Laura Uglean Jackson, Assistant University Archivist. Assisted by Jens Lloyd, Campus Writing Fellow. Additional assistance from Allison Dziuba, Maureen Fitzsimmons, Lance Langdon, and Jasmine Lee.

In conjunction with this exhibit, the CWC is holding its first-ever video challenge for UCI students. Click here for more info.

To see an archive of past events and workshops, click here.