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Mar 16, 2022
Scroll down to learn more about our new colleagues, Kahdeidra Martin, Olesya Shayduk-Immerman, Bob Bathrick, and Efrain Brito, who started teaching with us in Winter quarter.
Dec 6, 2021
If you’re lucky enough to talk pedagogy with Phyllis Kayten, the longtime pillar of Green Library who currently serves as Outreach and Instruction Librarian, expect to hear the word “embedded” a lot.
Sep 3, 2021
Next week marks the kick-off of PWR September Sessions 2021, with meetings from 9AM-11:30AM and 1:00PM-3:30PM on Thursday, September 9, Friday, September 10, and Monday, September 13.
Jun 6, 2021
By Donna Hunter and Sangeeta Mediratta
Mar 19, 2021
PWR is a community of teachers that takes ongoing professional development seriously. As part of our ongoing learning, we read great scholarship and essays from varied disciplinary perspectives.
Mar 19, 2021
"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." – Oliver Wendell Holmes "It takes two flints to make a fire." – Louisa May Alcott
Mar 18, 2021
At the end of Fall Quarter 2020, PWR colleagues were invited to participate in a book exchange to celebrate the end of a very challenging year.
Mar 18, 2021
"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means” said Joan Didion, during a 1976 lecture.
Mar 18, 2021
Across our different backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches to teaching in PWR, one thing that holds us all together is our commitment to thinking about the power of communication—what stories we tell and how.
Mar 17, 2021
In Beverly Moss’s book A Community Text Arises: A Literate Text and a Literacy Tradition in African Ameri
Mar 17, 2021
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down (virtually, of course) with Dr.
Dec 7, 2020
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Dec 7, 2020
Doesn’t it seem as if March 6, 2020 was millennium ago? Even Earth seems to be spinning faster than it used to. What began as perhaps a quarter’s worth of Zoom teaching and learning has stretched itself out across this whole year.
Dec 3, 2020
By Sarah Pittock & Harriett Jernigan
Dec 2, 2020
If someone asked me about the best thing I did over summer vacation, my first answer would be the toadlet migration I witnessed du
Dec 2, 2020
[Pictured above: A pre-Pandemic gathering of ITALIC students and faculty, including former PWR Faculty Director, Nick Jenkins, top left)
Dec 2, 2020
Let’s be real. Caregiving has never been easy, and caregiving while teaching PWR even less so. But taking care of loved ones full time while teaching PWR during a global pandemic amid sociopolitical unrest?
Nov 24, 2020
“This is my dream job,” says Mya Vinnett, Oral Communications Tutor (OCT) with Stanford’s Oral Comm Program. Mya has been an OCT since fall 2019.
Sep 4, 2020
It's a big Christine head! Yes ... but it's also your September Sessions preview, COVID-style.  Done in one take (you can tell), but it's that kind of year.
Aug 30, 2020
Pictured above: Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis (left) visiting with Kevin Moore (top), Mutallip Anwar (not pictured) and students from two spring PWR 1 classes
Jun 15, 2020
[Pictured above: what office hours sometimes look like in the PWR Zoomiverse]
Jun 15, 2020
[above: Zoom image holder by Kathleen Tarr, layered on a CC0 background from Pixabay]
Mar 29, 2020
[Picture above: Participants in a March 19 PWR Zoom Conversation on Converting your Favorite Activity, left to right, top to bottom: Harriett Jernigan, Christine Alfano, Ruth Starkman, Shannon Hervey, Sarah Pittock, Arturo Heredia, Lisa Swan,
From left, Fíera!, DJ Lynnée Denise, and Fela Kutchii at The Word’s launch event. Photo by Tessa Brown.
Mar 2, 2020
Image Caption: From left, Fíera!, DJ Lynnée Denise, and Fela Kutchii at The Word’s launch event. Photo by Tessa Brown.
ESF class photo in front of Memorial Church
Dec 11, 2019
[Pictured above: Christine Alfano (far left) and several of her ESF students in their weekly post-Seminar photo in front of MemChu, titled by student "ESF 7A 4ever"]
Dec 9, 2019
[Pictured above: Students in the fall English Honors seminar]
Dec 9, 2019
[Picture above: Dr. Yanshuo Zhang (center) and students from her PWR class]
Dec 9, 2019
By Tessa Brown & Kevin Moore
Sep 8, 2019
This year's September Sessions will be held Thursday, September 12, Friday, September 13, Monday, September 16, and Tuesday, September 17. Wondering what's in store? Read on ...
Sep 8, 2019
This summer, John Peterson and Erik Ellis worked as a team to teach two sections of PWR 1A, “Introduction to Writing at Stanford,” which is geared toward incoming freshmen athletes.
Sep 2, 2019
[pictured above: top left to right: Maxe Crandall, Jakeya Caruthers, Briam Kim, Lauren Oakes, Angi Kortenhoven; bottom left to right: Mary Stroud, Susan Schuyler, Carolyn Ross, Julia Bleakney, Alyssa O'Brien]
Sep 2, 2019
[Pictured above: model Dexter Mayfield on the runway]
Sep 2, 2019
In Spring 2019, Sarah Pittock taught PWR 91SP: "Doctors' Stories: Communica
Three individuals sit in front of a microphone, smiling at the camera.
May 30, 2019
Photo by Christine Alfano of Cassie Wright, Jenae Cohn, and Jake Warga getting ready to record an interview for Episode 1.
May 29, 2019
Jenne Stonaker’s popular advanced elective PWR course, PWR 91JS “
May 29, 2019
Pictured above: Vince Pane (Stanford graduate student in Chemistry and sculptor) and Emile DeWeaver (writer, co-founder of the Prison Renaissance Project, and co-director of the Prison Renaissance Project @ Stanford) speaking about their colla
Mar 7, 2019
Many of you know Dr. Doree Allen as the founding Director of Stanford’s Oral Communication Program.
A student paints a page of a child's picture book on nutrition; she paints a bowl of fruit.
Feb 27, 2019
Who doesn't love a good picture book? We say goodnight to the cow jumping over the moon in the great green room. We hop off a shelf and join a small teddy bear in green overalls (with a missing button) in search of a home and a friend.
Nov 19, 2018
Sep 7, 2018
The mornings are getting a bit cooler, the evenings seem a bit shorter, and small clusters of rising sophomores participating in Sophomore College can be found around Coupa and Meyer Green … that means that it’s that time of year again: time for P
A group of students lean over a railing, waving at the camera.
Sep 4, 2018
While most PWR instructors spend their summers away from campus, several stayed put to teach condensed versions of PWR courses to pre-freshman students through two programs: the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) and the Horizons scholars program withi
Aug 30, 2018
The PWR Newsletter team had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kim Savelson about her new PWR 91 course, "Storytelling and Science," which she taught in spring quarter 2018.
May 14, 2018
Last year, PWR awarded six research grants to support the scholarly work and intellectual projects of its instructors.  Here's an update on what the grant recipients have been working on this year.
May 14, 2018
“If we look closely and engage in rhetorical listening, we can find precarious spaces located in the everyday,” Dr. Cristina Ramírez of University of Arizona suggested during her talk at a PWR program meeting on Friday, April 20th.
May 13, 2018
On April 25, aka Denim Day, PWR Lecturers Ashley Newby and Kathleen Tarr joined me in hosting digital activist and strategist April Reign for an afternoon of talks with students and community members.
May 13, 2018
Photo caption: Tessa in the Mission district. Photo by Alexis Collatos.
Mar 5, 2018
Photo caption: Dr. Kevin Browne (center) with Linguistics professor Dr.
Mar 5, 2018
I sat down with Dr. Zandra L. Jordan, the new Director of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, to get to know her better and her priorities for Hume.
Mar 5, 2018
A deep sense of compassion, boundless intellectual curiosity, and an unflinching willingness to explore some of the graver sides of humanity have defined Clara Lewis’s career and perhaps most especially her current research.
Jan 12, 2018
In writing classes, we often encourage students to collaborate with their peers on developing research ideas, refining their prose, and clarifying their arguments.
SefPWR lecturers at the Tufte talk
Jan 10, 2018
Header image: Tufte Workshop Selfie! (From L to R) Jennifer Johnson, Jenae Cohn, Cassie Wright, Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, and Jenne Stonaker
Jan 10, 2018
I’ve mentioned the Ethics of the Fathers a couple of times during September Sessions when describing a rhetorical tradition that my father, born in 1914 and raised in Poland between the two world wars, brought with him to the United State
Close up of Procession II
Nov 21, 2017
The third floor of Sweet Hall looks very different than it did a year ago. With inviting blue couches and collaborative working areas, PWR has worked hard to create a welcoming and friendly space for our community.
The Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin, Photo by Peter Merts).
Nov 17, 2017
By Tinuola Dada (Class of 2019) & Catherine Xie (Class of 2019)
Nov 13, 2017
As part of an OpenXChange grant funded by VPFDD for faculty development, Professor Matsuda, a distinguished scholar in the field of Second Language Wri
Nov 9, 2017
What do artificial retinas, the artistic construction of Latinidad, and the ethics of meat consumption have in common?
Sep 11, 2017
You might look at the picture above and think, What's Tom doing? What's with the elephant? You'll just have to come to September Sessions to find out!
students sitting inside the west entrance of Green library
Sep 11, 2017
Each summer, some PWR instructors spend the first 8-10 weeks from June to mid-August teaching during Summer Session.
Sep 9, 2017
A recent PWR elective course helped students see the incredible impact that writing can have on community-based causes.
Sep 1, 2017
Three years ago, we welcomed our first cohort of PWR fellows into the program. Since that time, almost all of them have moved on to other positions beyond Stanford.
Aug 23, 2017
With the start of the new academic year, we're happy to welcome new colleagues to our community and wish others farewell as they embark on new adventures.
picture of flowers and invite
May 31, 2017
Thursday, May 11 marked a very special day for the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: the celebration of its 15th anniversary.
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May 30, 2017
  The Program in Writing and Rhetoric is fortunate to have two exceptional gender scholars who are both artists and activists. 
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Mar 11, 2017
It’s no surprise that a lot of PWR students write for The Stanford Daily.
Mar 9, 2017
At “Getting Played,” the Third Annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards, PWR lecturer Kathleen Tarr organized a variety of thinkers from Hollywood to academia to come together to interrogate the ways in which insiders an
Mar 9, 2017
When Meg Formato’s PWR students logged onto Wikipedia during class time, the room fell completely silent.
Jan 31, 2017
On February 10, 2017 at 3:00 P.M., Dr. Asao B. Inoue will give a talk, "Classroom Writing Assessment as an Antiracist Practice: Confronting White Supremacy in the Judgments of Language."
ESF students in class
Jan 30, 2017
All of us know what makes the fall such an intense and exciting quarter: the annual arrival of hundreds of first-year students to campus.
John Peterson
Jan 24, 2017
PWR Newsletter: We understand that you’re doing work in Japan this year.
melted snowmen cookies
Dec 16, 2016
November, 2001, the Stanford Writing Center opened its doors. Or, door, to be more precise. To a room. Wendy Goldberg’s room in Margaret Jacks Hall. And writing support at Stanford was changed forever.
teacher and students in a classroom
Dec 15, 2016
Piloted in the fall and taught this quarter by PWR lecturer Norah Fahim, the PWR 1 Studio for Multilingual Learners, is a 1-unit course that supports the written and oral
Dec 8, 2016
Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, PWR lecturers Emily Polk and Donna Hunter have been organizing a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) around empathy communication and engaging the lived experiences of Stanford students.
boxers
Oct 30, 2016
Is boxing just about violence and aggression? Could fighting possibly be a way for us to get closer to each other?
Oct 27, 2016
My course begins today with the sound of Run, Run, Mourner Run by Sweet Honey In The Rock, one of a series of songs about five minutes long that daily not only welcomes students into the space but also co
Picture of scholars from the writing retreat
Sep 8, 2016
Typically, July on Stanford campus is a relatively quiet month; high school students wander in groups between their Stanford summer classes; grounds and maintenance workers paint, trim, and renovate in preparation for the new academic year; depart
Dr. Russ Carpenter leading a workshop for the Leland Scholars
Sep 7, 2016
(By Justine Desilva and Christine Alfano)
Montage of cut and paste images, featuring a pair of eyes
May 1, 2016
For the second quarter in a row, students from one section my PWR 2 "A Rebel With A Cause: The Rhetoric of Giving A Damn" organized to keep meeting after the end of the term in order to continue discussions. This Winter 2016, students additionally sought to publish their RBAs in one volume with cover art created during a class activity. In my foreword to the volume (below), I reflect on how lucky I am to have worked with rock star rebels, wishing other instructors similar good fortune.
A group of ProjectWRITE students standing in front of the classroom
Apr 28, 2016
Project WRITE brings high school students to the Hume Center from East Palo Alto Academy, Eastside College Preparatory School, and East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy for writing workshops during winter quarter.  Graduate student coordinator Elena Danc
People around a conference table
Mar 3, 2016
As a new PWR hire, I approached this year’s September Sessions with equal parts enthusiasm and apprehension. I was excited to meet my new colleagues, to learn more about the university and this program’s approach to writing pedagogy.
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