DIT College of Sciences and Health PhD Students. Workshop Title: Writing with Sources
Workshop Title: Writing with Sources
Making a scholarly contribution to a field invariably involves interacting with sources, both in terms of understanding what other scholars have done with their sources and what you yourself will do with yours. Doing this effectively, however, requires careful training and thought. This hands-on workshop will revolve around a rhetorical framework introduced by Joseph Bizup called BEAM (Background, Exhibit, Argument, and Method) which is useful for organizing your thoughts when reading, as well as writing, scholarly works. Participants will be guided in applying this framework while analyzing an article and while reflecting on how they use sources in their own research.
The workshop is lead by Dr. Rachel Riedner, Associate Professor of Writing and of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Dr. Lowell Abrams, Associate Professor of Mathematics. Drs. Riedner and Abrams teach with the Writing Program at the George Washington University, Washington, DC where they are leaders in writing curriculum and graduate advising.
Dr. Rachel Riedner is Associate Professor of Writing and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, DC where she serves as Executive Director of the University Writing Program. Her scholarship combines an interest in writing and rhetoric with a feminist analysis of contemporary globalization. She is the author of two books as well as multiple essays and book chapters. Dr. Riedner is a nationally and internationally known curricular leader who has led workshops at six Irish higher education institutions as well as universities in South Africa and the US. She was recently granted a Fulbright Specialist Grant to work with faculty and graduate students on writing curriculum in Norway.
Dr. Lowell Abrams earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1997 from The Johns Hopkins University. After spending three years in a visiting position at Rutgers University, he joined the faculty of the George Washington University (GWU), where he currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. Aside from his mathematics research, which deals with symmetries of graph embeddings and combinatorics of recursively generated arrays, Dr. Abrams has a strong interest in mathematical writing and pedagogy. In 2005 and 2006 he taught three separate cohorts of in-service middle-school teachers a semester course which conceptualized elementary mathematics in a manner inspired by modern algebra. In 2011 he won the GWU Writing-In-the-Disciplines-Program Distinguished Teaching Award for his courses "Mathematics as a Language" and "Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning. In the last few years Dr. Abrams has enjoyed multiple opportunities to lead workshop sessions and participate on panels dealing with issues of "writing in the discipline," and in Fall 2018 his title will change to Associate Professor of Writing and of Mathematics.
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