Small discussion session with Dr. Walvoord during the fourth Biennial Critical Thinking and Writing Conference at Quinnipiac University in 2012.

Biennial Conference

Biennial Critical Thinking and Writing Conference
Thinking and Writing Beyond Two Cultures: STEM, WAC/WID and the Changing Academy

The Fifth Biennial International Conference was held at Quinnipiac University on Nov. 21–22, 2014
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Conference Overview

In 2008, The Times Literary Supplement included the publication of C. P. Snow's 1959 Rede Lecture, "The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution," on its list of the 100 books that have most influenced Western public discourse since the Second World War. Although Snow's lecture prompted a dustup between scientists and literary elites over who could lay claim to the superior form of knowledge, over time the sides and tenor of the "Two Cultures Debate" have changed. As the debate has expanded throughout the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences to include various disciplinary groups and the beliefs, attitudes, and perspectives with which they are bound together as "cultures," it has evolved into a conversation about how knowledge is recognized, valued and taught across the cultures of the university.

The 2014 biennial conference aimed to advance this conversation through presentations that attend to the unfolding legacy of the "Two Cultures Debate" as well as those that revisit and challenge Snow's original formulation.

Keynote Speakers

Vaughan Turekian

Vaughan Turekian, chief international officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and director of AAAS's Center for Science Diplomacy

"Science Diplomacy: Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Academy and the World"

Kathleen Blake Yancey

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University

"Concepts and Practices in Flux: Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplinary Cultures of the Academy"

The conference was organized into three categories, each focusing on a different dimension of the debate:

  • Philosophy and politics
  • Pedagogies, programs and curricula
  • Critical thinking and writing

Schedule of Presentations
Saturday, Nov. 22

10:30 a.m. - Noon, Concurrent Session 1
1A 1B 1C 1D 1E
"Micro-Interdisciplinarity: Students and Educators as Disciplinary Hubs"
Tracy Hallstead (Quinnipiac University)
"Linking the Disciplines in STEM Writing Instruction"
Leslie Ann Roldan, Jane Kokernak, Jessie Stickgold-Sarah (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 
"A Is for Analysis: Engaging Critical Thinking in Science Through the Textual Practices of the Humanities"
Judith Swan, Khristina Gonzalez (Princeton University)
Priscilla Fonseca (Quinnipiac University)
"What About High School? Critical Applications of Transfer Theory in First Year Writing"
Chris Edwards (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
"Critical Thinking from Classroom to Clinic: Integrating Peer Response Workshops in Communications Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology"
Laura B. Willis, Embry Burrus, James Truman (Auburn University)
"Generative Error and the Grammar of Disciplinarity"
Adam Katz (Quinnipiac University)
"First Year Writing Course as a Cultural Bridge for Faculty"
Wendy Menefee-Libey (Harvey Mudd College)
"Measuring and Diagnosing the Rules of the Discipline: Student Readings of Eula Biss' 'Pain Scale'"
Melissa Kaplan (Quinnipiac University)
"Shrinking C.P. Snow's Great Divide: Dynamic Teaching Partnerships at the University of Hartford"
Pat Morelli (University of Hartford)

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Concurrent Session 2
2A 2B 2C 2D
"Critical Thinking and Writing in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: How the Roots of the Liberal Arts Reframe the 'Two Cultures Debate'"
Anne. M. Dropick (Quinnipiac University)
"STEM Students and the Role of Meaningful Writing"
Ellen Geller (St. John's University), Neal Lerner (Northeastern University), Michele Eodice (University of Oklahoma)
"Writing Integration in a Health Science Program"
Marcia D. Nichols (University of Minnesota, Rochester)
"Teaching Rhetoric in Engineering Writing Through Applying Workplace Scenarios"
Mary Caulfield (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Mark Hoffman (Quinnipiac University)
"Applying Goodman's Concepts of Multiple Worlds, Categories and Symbol Systems to the Interdisciplinary Challenges of Writing Across the Curriculum"
Jennifer Mundale (University of Central Florida)
"Writing and Critical Thinking Across Two Cultures in a Health Sciences University: Notes on Curriculum Redesign to Strengthen Disciplinary Writing in Senior Biology Seminars"
Wendy K. Roberts, Michael J. Cripps (University of New England)
"Bridging the Sciences and Humanities in Nursing Education"
Jeanne LeVasseur (Quinnipiac University), Kimberly Petrovic (Southern Connecticut State University)
"Surveillance Culture and Academic Community: First Amendment Strategies in the Age of Warrant Canaries"
Casey J. Rudkin (Western Connecticut State Univ.)
"Curriculum to Cultivate Medical Students' Self-Awareness, Perspective-Taking, and Self Care"
Anna-leila Williams (Quinnipiac University)

2:45 - 4:15 p.m., Concurrent Session 3
3A 3B 3C 3D
"Critical Thinking, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology"
Irene Clark (University of California, Northridge)
"Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum: Case Study of a Composition-II Research Project"
Anish Dave (Georgia Southwestern State University)
"The Value of Sociology for the Millenial Workforce: A Case Study of a Capstone Internship Course"
Stacy Missari, Lauren M. Sardi (Quinnipiac University)
"Turning Resistance into Receptiveness: Reflections from a Course for Faculty on Critical Thinking Pedagogy"
Steven J. Pearlman, David Carillo (University of Saint Joseph)
"Using Critical Thinking in Neuroscience to Teach How To Improve Thinking in Nanoscience and Philosophy"
Don Jones (University of Central Florida)
"Horizontal Knowledge Production: Collaborative Research in an Undergraduate Writing Class"
Deborah Breen, Thomas Casserly (Boston University)
"The Humanities & the Social Sciences Meet the Sciences: Dr. Watson & the Birth of Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes & the Birth of Forensic Science"
Karen Veselits (Quinnipiac University)
"Writing and Institutional Excellence Initiatives: 'Autonomy with Accountability?'"
Suzanne Hudd (Quinnipiac University)
"Techniques for Capturing Critical Thinking in the Construction and Communication of Advanced Mathematical Knowledge"
Peter Samuels (University of Birmingham, UK)
"Study of Students' Perceptions of Critical Thinking and Writing in Academia and Beyond: The Results and Further Discussion"
Tara Friedman, Patricia Dyer (Widener University)
"Plato's Wiki: The Possibility of Digital Dialectic"
Mark Noe (University of Texas, Pan American)

For more information, please contact:
Paul Pasquaretta
Quinnipiac University Research and Writing Institute coordinator
203-582-8509

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