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Mount Saint Vincent Presents the Writing-to-Learn Spring Colloquium


Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Writing-to-Learn Committee will present its Spring Colloquium, “Literature and Science,” held on Friday, May 22, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Maryvale 101.

The Spring Colloquium includes presentations, workshops, and information sessions by Mount Saint Vincent faculty members. Questions for debate and discussion will cover such topics as, how can thinking about and teaching at the intersections of literature and science enrich Mount students’ understanding and their writing skills? What are the risks and rewards of engaging the intersections of literature and science in College classrooms and in student writing assignments?

A pre-program breakfast will be served from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served after the program from 1 to 2 p.m., both in Maryvale 201.

The colloquium presentations are:

“‘But if this is our opinion, how can you tell us we’re wrong?’: Using Writing to Teach Psychology Students to Think Scientifically”
     Katherine Alexander, Assistant Professor of Psychology

“Urban Narratives: Case Study of NYC Public Parks”
     LinDa Saphan, Assistant Professor of Sociology

“Whispering in the Shadows: Connecting Science and Literature through Writing”
     Cia Kessler, Instructor of English

“Henrietta Lacks/HeLa: Writing with Hybrid Texts and Images”
     Tania Friedel, Assistant Professor of English

“Document-Based Questions (DBQ) and Written Responses in Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST),” a special information session presented by Seonhee Cho, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, and Mary Ellen Sullivan, Chair and Assistant Professor of Teacher Education.

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