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Volume 5, Issue 7 • October 15, 2007

This week

Monday, October 15

4:00 p.m. – LSFY 101 Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts
Founders Basement
meeting for interested Non-English Faculty Members

4:30 p.m. – High School Choral Festival Performance
Wallenberg Hall

Tuesday, October 16

11:30 – 11:50 a.m. – Reflections
Ascension Chapel
"The Gift of Failure" by speaker Nathan Monover, Religion

8:00 p.m. – Student Recital: Peter Eckardt & Ross Jallo, piano
Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, October 17

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Reading Group: Response Groups and Collaborative Writing
Reading/Writing Center

“Collaboration,” Andrea Lundsford observes, is “the latest pedagogical bandwagon,” the word appearing “in every journal, every conference program, on the tip of every scholarly tongue.” In 1973, Peter Elbow popularized the idea of having small groups of students collaborate on and critique each other's writing. According to Elbow, peer-response groups are useful because they help writers see their writing through others' eyes: “To improve your writing,” Elbow suggests, “you don't need advise about what changes to make; you don't need theories of what is good and bad writing. You need movies of people's minds while they read your words.” Kenneth Bruffee offers an alternative rationale for collaborative learning. As Bruffee argues, not only does “collaborative learning provid[e] a social context in which students can experience and practice the kinds of conversation valued by college teachers,” but collaborative learning also models how knowledge is “established and maintained,” “how knowledge is generated, how it changes and grows.”

But while many compositionists extol the benefits of collaborative learning in the writing classroom, others have their reservations. For them, collaborative writing threatens to invite “groupthink,” to reinforce consensus and conformity, and to reproduce and reinforce ideology.

Join us for a discussion of these proposals and concerns as we weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using response groups and collaborative writing in our classes.

Readings (on Moodle under ACTL: Teaching Writing ):
Peter Elbow, “The Teacherless Writing Class” from Writing Without Teachers
Kenneth Bruffee, “Collaborative Learning and the Conversation of Mankind”

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Jeff Abernathy is available for Faculty drop-in
Office of Dean, Founders 116

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. – Convocation: “When Old Science was New Science”
Centennial Hall
Speaker: Dr. David Hill

Dr. Hill will make three main points about ancient science in his presentation.  First, that scholars of the time actually had quite a bit of accurate information about the universe BC.  Second, about basic concepts that made science popular: the concept of order, nature, and of empirical and experimental methods.  Third, some comparisons of ancient and modern science.  Dr. Hill will be assisted by three students from his LOGOS class, Brittany Price, Megan Garvey, and Kristin Klouda, who will give a brief presentation on the topic of dissection and anatomy as it pertains to ancient science.  Dave Hill is a professor in the department of philosophy at Augustana.  He has a strong interest in the history of ideas, especially the great philosophers and natural philosophers. He has published a number of articles and presented papers on various aspects of Galileo's life and work.

3:45p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Year of the Book "Book Studies"
Tredway Library, 2nd floor, south end
Lecture series: Dr. Karin Youngberg

Active from the 1920s through the 1950s, The Bookhouse for Children was founded by Chicago-area author and editor Olive Beaupre Miller and her husband.  Sold door-to-door by an all-female sales force, the books paired texts written or edited by Olive Beaupre Miller with beautiful art and design elements, creating books that exemplified the fine quality and personal handiwork typical of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Please join Dr. Karin Youngberg , Professor of English and Conrad Bergendoff Professor of Humanities, for a visually rich presentation of the history of The Bookhouse for Children, its place in the world of children's publishing, and its enduring legacy. 

Refreshments and conversation will begin at 3:45 . 

This is the first presentation of the year-long "Book Studies" lecture series, part of "From Parchment to Pixels: The Year of the Book."  Watch for other presentations in the library throughout the year! 

Friday, October 19

3:30 p.m. – Conversations on Scholarship (refreshments 3:30, session 4:00)
Treadway Library – South End
"The Book goes Digital: The Good, The Bad, and The Realistic"

In honor of “From Parchment to Pixels: The Year of the Book” and American Archives Month, WSS will feature the topic of Google's massive effort to digitize books in major libraries, and the reasons we sometimes want to preserve the real thing. Discussion will be led by Sarah Horowitz and Jamie Nelson, Special Collections Librarians . ( Reading for discussion is on Moodle under “Library/Week Seven Seminar”) Week Seven Seminar is an informal discussion group by and for faculty, now in its 7th year!

Saturday, October 20

8:00 p.m. – Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
Centennial Hall
Daniel Culver, conductor
Randall Hall, saxophone

Sunday, October 21

Nothing scheduled