The Center for Writing Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Please see the profile pages for faculty, students, and staff for more information on Center members' scholarly interests and activities.

The Center sponsors three special forums for scholarly inquiry and discussion: the colloquium series, the research-in-progress brownbag series, and the Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium. Later in the fall 2016, we're hosting the Center's Inaugural Symposium, which will bring scholars together and will replace the colloquium series. Look for more info coming soon.

Each academic year the Center invites several well-known scholars to campus to speak as part of the colloquium series. The colloquia run for one and one half hours, with a forty-five minute talk followed by a question and answer session. Typically, invited faculty also have lunch on Thursday with graduate students and/or faculty, a dinner with faculty members on Thursday night, and a breakfast with graduate students on Friday morning.

The research-in-progress brownbag series features presentations by Center core or affiliated faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and other faculty members from across campus. These informal talks are held for one hour and offer opportunities for discussion among faculty and graduate students.

The Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium, which began in 2010, offers a chance for graduate students from across campus to gather and receive feedback on their work-in-progress. A CWS alum gives a keynote presentation, and the day ends with an evening activity.

Please see the Center calendar for upcoming event dates and times.