Spring 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.

Jessica Enoch Lecture: “Feminist Memory Studies: Rhetorics of Gendered Remembrance”
Monday, April 16, 2018, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

Join the Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Collective (RCGC) for its capstone event for this academic year, a lecture by Jessica Enoch (Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland) on “Feminist Memory Studies: Rhetorics of Gendered Remembrance.”

The event is co-sponsored by Humanities Commons, The Composition Program, the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies.

The George Slusser Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy
Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27, 2018 (Humanities Gateway 1030)

The George Slusser Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy will be held on April 26 and April 27, 2018, at Humanities Gateway 1030, the University of California, Irvine. A number of major critics and science fiction writers will gather to address the conference theme of “Science Fiction: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and honor the legacy of the late George Slusser (1939-2014), an award-winning scholar of science fiction and fantasy. The conference is free, and no pre-registration is required.

The conference’s confirmed guests include science fiction writers Gregory Benford, James P. Blaylock, David Brin, Sheila Finch, Howard V. Hendrix, Larry Niven, Charles Platt, and Tim Powers. Some noted scholars who will be attending are Jonathan Alexander, Stephen W. Potts, Lisa Raphals, Gary Westfahl, and Gary K. Wolfe. The conference’s sixteen paper presentations and three panels will be followed by discussions involving all conference participants.

The conference website, at , is no longer being updated, but it does offer information about parking and nearby hotels and restaurants. For other information, interested individuals may contact one of the conference coordinators, Gary Westfahl, at .

The complete conference schedule is provided below.

Thursday, April 26

8:30 – 9:30 AM                     Registration

9:30 – 10:40 AM                   Session 1 (Coordinator: Jonathan Alexander)

Gary Westfahl, “The Homeostatic Culture Machine Revisited: The Contemporary Wordmills of Science Fiction”

Charles Platt, “You Can’t Get There From Here: Unrealistic Expectations among the Practitioners of Science Fiction”

10:50 AM – 12:00 PM            Session 2 (Coordinator: Gary Westfahl)

Gregory Benford, “Economics Meets Reality: Space and Beyond”

Steven Postrel, Response

12:00 AM – 1:35 PM             Lunch

1:35 – 3:20 PM                     Session 3 (Coordinator: Howard V. Hendrix)

Stephen W. Potts, “Soviet Utopianism and Post-Soviet Dystopias”

George Slusser (read by Gary Westfahl), “The Strugatskys Under Western Eyes: Science Fiction as Cognition”

Lisa Raphals, “The Several Faces of Chinese Science Fiction”

3:30 – 4:40 PM                     Session 4 (Coordinator: Stephen W. Potts)

Joey Eschrich, “Complicating the Frankenstein Barrier: Science Fiction Futures and Social Transformation”

Ari Brin, “‘No Such Thing as Night’: Tracing the Origins of Science Fiction in Early California”

4:50 – 5:40 PM                     First Keynote Speaker (Introduced by Gregory Benford)

Gary K. Wolfe , “From Speculation to Argument to Metaphor: How Science Fiction Tropes become Mainstream Conventions”

Friday, April 27

9:05 – 10:50 AM                   Session 5 (Coordinator: Gregory Benford)

Bradford Lyau, “Robert A. Heinlein Revisited”

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, “The Slusser Test for Generic Identity: Reflections on George Slusser’s ‘Reflections on Style in Science Fiction’”

Julia Ree, “Observations on the Early Life of the Eaton Collection and Dr. George Slusser’s Invaluable Contributions”

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM           First Panel

Theme: Memories of George Slusser and the Eaton Conferences
Moderator: Gary Westfahl
Panelists: Celeste McConnell Barber, Gregory Benford, Sheila Finch, Howard V. Hendrix, Bradford Lyau

12:00 – 1:30 PM                  Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM                    Second Panel

Theme: Back to Jules Verne’s Future: Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction and Twenty-First Century Steampunk
Moderator: Gary K. Wolfe
Panelists: James P. Blaylock, Stephen W. Potts, Tim Powers, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

2:40 – 3:50 PM                   Session 6 (Coordinator: Bradford Lyau)

Jonathan Alexander, “Utopia and Exhaustion”
Howard V. Hendrix, “Millions Seek The Egg: Replicative Technofuturism in Ready Player One and Armada

4:00 – 4:50 PM                   Second Keynote Speaker (Introduced by Howard V. Hendrix)

David Brin, “The Emperor – and Heretic – of Point of View”

5:00 – 6:00 PM                   Third Panel

Theme: Science Fiction Writers and Scholars: Bridging the Gap?
Moderator: Jonathan Alexander
Panelists: David Brin, Gregory Benford, Sheila Finch, Larry Niven

6:30 – 8:30 PM                   Closing Reception (Hosted by Jonathan Alexander and Gregory Benford)

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

This workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, 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.

RSVP at by Monday, April 30, 2018. Lunch will be served.

25th Annual Writing Awards
Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1030)

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, Department of English, Humanities Core, and the Academic English/ESL Program. 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 Writing or Electronic Portfolios.

The WRITE START Workshop: Preparing to Teach a “W” Course
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

This workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, 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.

RSVP at by May 21, 2018. Lunch will be served.

CEWC Spring 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.

Where: The Writing Center, Ayala Science Library 193
When: Select Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Space is limited. RSVP for the workshop below.

April 4 – “The Standoff: How to Navigate Incompatible Premises”
Brad Queen
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April 25 – “I Respectfully Disagree: Staying Friends after the Fact”
Percival Guevarra
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May 16 – “‘Advocacy Update: Writing for Social Media”
Lindsey Allgood
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To see an archive of past events and workshops, click here.