Teaching Thursday Trifecta

Cross-posted to Teaching Thursday

The next few weeks are pretty exciting ones here at the University of North Dakota.  This spring we have a tremendous trifecta of teaching related activities on campus.

First, Geoffrey Rockwell will be on UND’s campus from March 1-3 for the North Dakota EPSCOR Cyberinfrastructure Conference.  Rockwell is a leader in Digital Humanities from the University of Alberta, and is best known for his work with TAPoR (Text Analysis Portal for Research), which is a leading cloud-based text analysis portal for scholars in the humanities. The most exciting news is that Rockwell will also speak at a OID Box Lunch Seminar on March 1 12:30-1:30 on the topic “Incorporating the Digital into your Humanities Class”.  His visit is supported by an excellent group of bedfellows: UND EPSCOR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), the Office of Instructional Development, and small army of departments and programs (English, History, Communications), and the Working Group in Digital and New Media.

Next, the UND Graduate School is putting on its annual Scholarly Forum at the Memorial Union on March 8-9.  The Scholarly Forum shows off the best in home grown research from faculty and graduate students. It always includes several panels on teaching related matters, and, perhaps more importantly, shows off how closely related the activities of teaching, learning, and research are in the modern academy.  No matter how hard people try to set teaching and research opposite of each other (e.g. consider the recent arguments reiterated in R. Arum and J. Roska’s Academically Adrift (Chicago 2011)), a visit to the Scholarly Forum to see student and faculty research projects reminds us that good research is good teaching.

Finally, the 42nd annual UND Writers Conference convenes March 29-April 2.  Why am I telling you this now?  Well, it’s because their legendary Writers Conference 101 program has begun this past week.  Here’s a link to the Writers Conference page and here’s the schedule with the Writers Conference 101 Program.

All Writers Conference 101 Sessions will be held at the UND Bookstore – Cafe on Sundays from 2:00-3:30.

  • Feb. 6th – Discussion on the work of Carl Phillips with Heidi Czerwiec, Associate Professor of English/Co-Director UND Writers Conference.
  • Feb. 13th – Discussion on the work of Maxine Hong Kingston with Colleen Berry, Assistant Professor of Chinese.
  • Feb. 20th – Discussion on the work of Loida Maritza Pérez with Kathleen Coudle-King, Senior Lecturer of English, and Lorenzo Serna.
  • Feb. 27th – Discussion on the works of Jamaica Kincaid with Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Associate Professor of English.
  • Mar. 6th – Discussion of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace with Sheryl O’Donnell, Professor of English, and Hugh Grindberg.
  • Mar. 20th – Discussion on the works of Susan Deer Cloud with Sheryl O’Donnell, Professor of English.


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