Theme: Writ Large: The Place of Writing in University Learning

The Lightning Talks speaker event is a reflection and learning forum where Boston University faculty and invited guests identify areas of challenge and opportunity and share strategies for engaging educational experiences in the in-person environment. The speaker series, co-hosted by Digital Learning & Innovation and The Center for Teaching & Learning, is open to BU faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.

Spring 2023: The central place of writing in university learning and intellectual life is not disputed. But our definition of what constitutes writing continues to evolve, along with our teaching approaches and tools. In a world of multiple Englishes, new writing technologies like ChatGPT, and expectations in the workplace of collaborative writing, what should we as educators know about the place of writing in the university and beyond?

In this Lightning Talks event, faculty presenters will deliver informative presentations and spirited conversation with colleagues on the evolving place of writing in higher education.

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About the Moderator: David Shawn, Master Lecturer in the CAS Writing Program and Associate Director for Writing in the Disciplines

David Shawn works with BU faculty and students across all disciplines to support and foster diverse experiences of undergraduate student writing. He directs the Tutoring Writing in the Disciplines program and has helped inaugurate Writing Plans in CAS academic units. He is a member of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum and a former Board member of the International Writing Center. David has a PhD in American Studies from Boston University and teaches writing courses on rhetoric, oratory, the American presidency, politics, and the tutoring of discipline-specific writing.