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IAP 2011 Activities by Sponsor

Writing and Humanistic Studies

Adaptation: Short Story to Movie
Stephen Brophy
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Participants will read a short story ahead of time (posted on Stellar) and will then view a movie adaptation of the story. Discussion will center around the story, the movie, and the adaptation.
Stellar site as noted immediately below.
Web: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/adaptation/
Contact: Nick Altenbernd, 14E-303, x3-7894, altenb@mit.edu

Stephen Brophy
"The Dead" directed by John Huston; story by James Joyce
Thu Jan 13, 07-10:00pm, 2-131

Kazan/ Schulberg
Stephen Brophy
"A Face in the Crowd" directed by Elia Kazan; story by Bud Schulberg
Thu Jan 20, 07-10:00pm, 2-131

Stephen Brophy
"Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa; story by Ryunsoke Akutagawa
Thu Jan 27, 07-10:00pm, 2-131

Technical, Scientific, and Professional Communication
Leslie Perelman
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

All WAC workshops are open to instructors and teaching assistants who work with CI subjects, or who are interested in integrating writing and speaking into their subjects.
Contact: Chelsey Norman, 12-117, x3-0650, chelseyn@mit.edu

Designing Writing Assignments
Dr. Leslie Perelman Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Often poorly-designed writing assignments produce poorly-written, vague, and unfocused papers. Well-designed assignments can help students develop a deeper understanding of the material they’re writing about and how scholars think about that material. This workshop will focus on designing assignments to help students achieve the communicative goals you set while avoiding confusion and temptations to plagiarize.
Mon Jan 24, 10-11:30am, 12-134

Why We Cite: Teaching the Purposes and Practices of Academic Source Use
Dr. Suzanne Lane Associate Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Do your students cite sloppily, quote incorrectly, lack evidence, summarize rather than analyze, or choose sources poorly? This workshop will address the complex issues that arise in teaching students to identify, evaluate, integrate, and document sources professionally.
Tue Jan 25, 10-11:30am, 12-134

Thinking and Talking: Oral Communication in the Classroom
Atissa Banuazizi Lecturer, Writing Across the Curriculum
This workshop will examine the rich variety of forms that oral presentations can take, in order to help instructors reconceptualize the role of speaking in their classes. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of fundamental oral communication concepts, will consider how speaking assignments may be integrated into a class most fruitfully, and will explore how to respond to student presentations.
Wed Jan 26, 10-11:30am, 12-134

Powerful Feedback: Crafting Effective Response to Student Writing
Dr. Neal Lerner Director of Training, Writing Across the Curriculum
What kind of feedback will help students understand how to revise that essay, report, or article, or to write more effectively in their next assignment? This workshop will help faculty, TAs, and instructors learn to articulate their criteria for student writing, and to provide the kinds of comments and strategies that will help students understand how to improve both their essays and their skills as writers.
Thu Jan 27, 10-11:30am, 12-134

Teaching Students to Communicate: Recent Research from MIT - THIS SESSION IS CANCELLED
Leslie Perelman
How is the teaching of communication being shaped by developments in digital media? Do students in new interdisciplinary fields learn to communicate in interdisciplinary ways? What’s new in the teaching of scientific communication? This session will present recent developments in the field of writing and communication by researchers in Writing Across the Curriculum at MIT.
Thu Jan 27, 02-04:00pm, 12-134

Why MIT Students Should Go to Law School
Rosalind Williams, Professor, Science, Technology, & Society, Ed Barrett, Sr Lecturer, Writing and Humanistic Studies
Fri Jan 28, 01-03:00pm, E51-095

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 40 participants.
Single session event

MIT is renowned for its education in science and engineering—but this does not mean you should limit your life plans to a becoming a scientist or engineer. Some of the most intellectually challenging and socially significant dimensions of science and engineering are encountered in legal careers. This session is designed to introduce MIT undergraduates to three lawyers whose practices involve different aspects of science and engineering, ranging from broadband policy to patent law to research university issues. The three lawyer-guests will describe their practices in order to give an overview of the various possibilities for legal careers that MIT students should consider. They will also respond to questions from the floor in an open discussion. Students will discover how to apply their MIT skills to a career choice they may not have been considering.

Advance sign-up to contact below is requested, but not required.

Stuart Brotman
Katherine Franco
Mike Jung
Contact: Alex Aho, (617) 253-4085, aaho@MIT.EDU
Cosponsor: Science, Technology, and Society

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Last update: 7 Sept. 2011