Professor Joseph Harris from the University of Delaware will be visiting the English Department as part of the Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics Speaker Series for 2013-14. On Thursday, 8/15, at 1:00pm, in HSS 123, he will deliver a formal lecture, “Connecting Reading & Argument: Helping Students Join Academic Conversations,” which will offer writing teachers a set of strategies for helping students make stronger use of the texts they read in the arguments they write. He will define four key moves writers use—coming to terms, forwarding, countering, and taking an approach—and will demonstrates how scholars, critics, and undergraduates from various disciplines use these moves in their writing.
In addition to his keynote lecture, Professor Harris will be leading teaching workshops for first-year composition instructors, including “Making Writing the Center of Your Course: A Course Design Workshop,” and “Bringing Student Texts to the Table: A Teaching Workshop. ”
From 1999-2009, Harris was the founding director of the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University—an independent, multidisciplinary program noted for its approach to teaching writing as a form of critical inquiry. Harris is the author of A Teaching Subject: Composition Since 1966 (2012) and Rewriting: How to Do Things with Texts (2006) and co-editor of Teaching with Student Texts (2011) and Media Journal (1998). He served as editor of College Composition and Communication from 1994-99 and of the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric book series from 2007-12. He is currently at work on a book on how the teaching of writing has been depicted in film and fiction.
His visit is made possible by the Hodges Better English Fund in the Department of English.