Fall 2018 Events and Workshops

UCI Writing Institute
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

The UCI Writing Institute, sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, invited interested faculty to commit to attending lunches spread out over the winter and spring terms, 2018. These lunches offer faculty from across the campus the opportunity to discuss writing pedagogies in a relaxed but research-informed forum. The CWC prompts discussions with a series of discussion points, and guest presenters offer commentary about their research in writing pedagogy. The goal of these lunches is to foster a better understanding of how students learn to write, as well as how we might better prompt their literacy and communication development.

THE Writing Café  
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Science Library 193
Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the Writing Center, what Writing Center specialists and tutors work on when your students bring in their writing? Come find out in this informal meet-and-greet with Writing Center specialists.

RSVP at by Monday, October 15, 2018. Lunch will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the UCI Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication and the UCI Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator.

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1030

This workshop will offer tips and guidelines for maximizing the impact of your responses to written assignments. Workshop facilitators will present and discuss different strategies for responding to student work that will both (1) get your students’ attention and (2) challenge them to take ownership of their learning and writing.

Please RSVP at by Monday, October 15, 2018. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Access Publishing, Punctum Books
Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1010

Punctum Books and ScholarLed: Open Access Books in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Speakers: Eileen Joy and Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Co-Directors, Punctum Books

(with punctum authors Jonathan Alexander and Irene Tucker and participating author Julia Lupton)

While not all researchers within the UC system are fully aware of recent developments within the landscape of Open Access publishing, major movements are more than already afoot within the UK and Europe, including the recently-announced Plan S, which will require all research supported by European funding bodies to be published in open-access form by 2020. Within the US, the University of California is leading the edge of large-scale transformations in scholarly communications, with mandates around Open Access issued in 2013 and 2015 (by the Academic Senate as well as the Office of the President), and more recently, with the publication of the “Pathways to OA” toolkit (see HERE) as well as the “Choosing Pathways to OA” Working Forum being convened at UC Berkeley this October “to make Open Access a Reality in north America” (see HERE).

As part of the experimentation around Open Access being fostered and encouraged within the UC system at this time, punctum books is entering into a 2-year pilot partnership with UC Santa Barbara Library around open books in the Humanities and Social Sciences and has also joined forces with Open Access presses in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands to form ScholarLed, a new consortium of Open Access book publishers that aims to create an ecosystem for open books in the Humanities and Social Sciences that is not-for-profit, community-driven, and led by academic researchers (as opposed to for-profit, commercial-conglomerate publishers such as SpringerNature, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, and even legacy university presses which, increasingly, focus more on the bottom line than on the needs of researcher communities). In this talk, Eileen and Vincent will share their vision of the future of community-driven, scholar-led Open Access books as well as their experiences working with authors and editors within the UC system and with UCSB Library and ScholarLed.

RSVP at by Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Lunch will be served.

The event is co-sponsored by the UCI Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, UCI Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, and UCI Humanities Commons.

Hear All About It: A Podcasting Symposium
Friday, October 26, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1030

For many in the US, podcasts have become one of the primary ways through which people hear news, experience provocative debate, are introduced to different ways of perceiving the world, and encounter the heady mix of insights and views that animate pluralistic democracy. At the same time, the ability to select which podcasts to queue up can lure listeners into the reductive bubbles of curated media, in which we only hear what we want to hear. What does this emergent technology and form teach us about how sound can constitute varieties of community?

This symposium invites podcasters, scholars of media, cultural critics, and students interested in knowing more about podcasts to consider the platform as a powerful contemporary form of information, dissemination, and cultural production. Our goal is to spark debate about the kinds of public spheres enabled by podcasts, exploring their possibilities and limitations. Part of that exploration involves situating the emergence of podcasts in a larger historical framework of radio and its relationship to news reporting, story-telling, genres of narrative, and social and political activism, as well as forms of digital cultures. And we will also be attentive to complex interweaving of creative, institutional, and infrastructural interests that combine to produce different kinds of podcasts. Finally, in an effort to mix theory and practice, we offer workshops on designing and developing podcasts.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. RSVP is optional at

The event is co-sponsored by the UCI Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, UCI Humanities Commons, UCI Illuminations, Department of English, Department of Film & Media Studies, and Department of Asian American Studies.


THE MICROPHONE PROFESSORS: a live podcast, with Oliver Wang (CSU, Long Beach) and Karen Tongson (USC), moderated by Jim Lee (UCI)

THE SERIAL EFFECT: a talk and discussion with Isaac West (Vanderbilt), responses by Jim Lee and Jonathan alexander (UCI)

GUEST PODCASTERS: “The Trickle Up Effect: How to Succeed in Podcasting While Trying Really Really Hard” with Fran Tirado (co-host of Food 4 Thot), moderated by Jonathan Alexander (UCI)

EXTENDING WORDS’ REACH: “Cultivating and Deepening Audience Engagement on Air” with Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher (LARB), moderated by Jonathan Alexander (UCI)
12:00-1:30, lunch presentation

WHY STUDY PODCASTING?: a discussion with Allison Perlman (UCI), Isaac West (Vanderbilt), Bambi Haggins (UCI), and Sarah Florini (Arizona State University)

THE ART OF CONVERSATION: a workshop with Mike Gravagno (host of Writers’ Block; Co-host of the Super Hero Hour Hour) and Ryan Haley (host of The OC Disorder; Co-host of the Super Hero Hour Hour)

GUEST PODCASTERS: “The Black Guy Who Tips and Comedic Social Discourse” with Rod and Karen Morrow (hosts of The Black Guy Who Tips) and Sara Florini (Arizona State University), moderated by Bambi Haggins (UCI)


Upper-Division Writing Faculty Meeting
Monday, November 5, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1010

Please join us for a meeting of all current instructors teaching upper-division writing.  In this meeting, we will discuss best practices in the teaching of upper-division writing, consider any issues you might be having in the delivery of your courses, and screen feedback about upper-division writing as administered in your schools.


The WRITE START Workshop: Preparing to Teach a “W” Course
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1010

Sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, this workshop is ideal for those PREPARING to teach an upper-division writing course, for those THINKING about teaching an upper-division writing course, and for those considering PROPOSING an upper-division writing course. Topics will include low-stakes writing, writing that best supports your content, peer-review strategies, and writing portfolio design and assessment.

Please RSVP at by Friday, November 9, 2018.

CEWC Fall 2018 Great Debates Workshops

This workshop series provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and ways of thinking about debate, argument, and persuasion in contemporary society. Each expert workshop presenter and facilitator focuses on a particular aspect of debate, from effective listening to considering multiple viewpoints. Join us for an interactive learning experience to help you consider how you might become more persuasive and argue more effectively. The workshops are sponsored by the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion.

When: Select Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Space is limited. RSVP for the workshop below.

November 1, 2018: “Escaping the Echo Chamber: Seeking Out Various Opinions & Playing Devil’s Advocate”
Amber Clontz, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communications
Location: Science Library 193

Register Here

November 15, 2018: “Freedom of Speech and The Role of the University — Conversing Beyond the Partisan Divide in 2018”
Mohammad Rafi, Lecturer in Humanities Core Course
Location: Anteater Learning Pavilion 2200

Register Here

December 6, 2018: “Beyond Pro/Con: Complexity and Nuance in Argument” 
Brendan Park, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication
Location: Science Library 193

Register Here

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