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Brownbag Series


Faculty and graduate students are invited each academic year to participate in the Research-in-Progress Brownbag series. The series began in 2004 with CWS core faculty invited to discuss their current projects. Over the years it has expanded to include informal presentations by affiliated faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and other faculty members from across campus.

Brownbags run for one hour, including a question and answer session.

For the schedule of brownbag speakers, please see the Center calendar. For the archive of previous brownbag talks, see the past speakers page.

Fall 2019

Brownbags take place from 12-1 in English Building Room 107a.

September 11

Paul Prior - "Concentration in Writing Studies: Informational Session"

Please join us for a meeting with CWS Director Paul Prior to discuss the requirements for the Writing Studies concentration through the Center for Writing Studies, articulation of the concentration with departmental degree programs, and the process and procedures for officially receiving the concentration.

October 9

Lindsay Rose Russell - "Women and Dictionary Making: Gender, Genre, and English Language Lexicography"

In the brownbag, Prof. Russell will discuss her recently published book.

November 6

Carolyn Wisniewski - "Questioning Assumptions about Online Tutoring"

Director of the Writers Workshop Carolyn Wisniewski will discuss current research in the workshop and share experiences writing an article with writers workshop consultants.

December 11

Writing Across Engineering (WAE) Team - "Research-in-progress"

Members of the WAE team in the College of Engineering will share some of their current work and research with brownbag participants.