2019 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Jay Bolter

Jay Davd Bolter is the Wesley Chair of New Media and co-Director of the Augmented Environments Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of Remediation (1999), with Richard Grusin; and Windows and Mirrors (2003), with Diane Gromala. Bolter now works closely with colleagues Blair MacIntyre and Maria Engberg on the use of augmented reality to create new media experiences for cultural heritage and entertainment. His latest book, The Digital Plenitude, will be published in the spring of 2019.

Title: “Reading and Writing in the Digital Plenitude”

How have practices of reading and writing changed since the advent of social media and ebooks? Reports of the death of the printed book have proven to be greatly exaggerated. What characterizes literacy today is an ongoing conversation between traditional and new technologies and between older and newer forms of reading and writing.

Keynote Presenter: Isabelle Thompson

Isabelle Thompson is emerita professor of Technical and Professional Communication and former director of the English Center at Auburn University. She has published articles about technical communication and, more recently with Jo Mackiewicz, articles and a book (Talk about Writing) researching writing center tutoring.

Presentation Title: “Ongoing Conversations in Writing Center Research”

More than 35 years later, Stephen North’s famous admonition to focus our tutoring on students writers’ learning processes rather than their final products remains our mantra in writing center practice but is largely unexplored in our research. This presentation will suggest some ways of examining student writers’ learning and cognitive development.

Plenary Presenter: Jo Mackiewicz

Jo Mackiewicz is a professor of Rhetoric and Professional Communication at Iowa State University. In 2017, she published The Aboutness of Writing Center Talk: A Corpus-Driven and Discourse Analysis. In 2018, she published Writing Center Talk over Time: A Mixed-Method Study. With Isabelle Thompson, she has published a number of articles about writing center discourse, as well as the book Talk about Writing: The Tutoring Strategies of Experienced Writing Center Tutors.

Presentation Title: “Producing Better Writing”

In recent research, I have analyzed the aboutness of writing center talk—the lexical choices and sequences of words that tutors and student writers use as they work together in one-to-one conversations. It’s also important, I think, to consider the aboutness of the conversations that go on in writing center research—what we talk about and what we don’t talk about very much. In this plenary session, I discuss a topic I think receives little attention in writing center conversations: our role in helping student writers to improve their writing. I argue that improving writing is a worthwhile and measurable endeavor and that doing so offers opportunities for meaningful and valued assessment.

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