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

Biennial Conference

"Beyond Two Cultures" conferences draws diverse presenters and visitors

Vaughan Turekian, American Association for the Advancement of Science, leads the Friday night conversation.

More than 90 academic professionals from 15 U.S. states and two foreign countries attended "Critical Thinking and Writing Beyond Two Cultures: STEM, WAC/WID, and the Changing Academy," November 21 and 22, Carl Hanson Student Center, Mount Carmel campus. The 5th biennial conference on critical thinking and writing was hosted by QUWAC and the College of Arts and Sciences. The event featured  a remarkable diversity of  disciplinary perspectives, including biology, engineering, English, geography, health sciences, humanities, library science, mathematics, medicine, neuropsychology, nursing, sociology, social work, speech pathology, and writing.  Thirty panel presentations were delivered by 48 faculty professionals.

The conference opened on Friday afternoon with the publication of Volume 2 of "Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing," which features work on critical thinking and writing in the STEM disciplines. To read the volume, visit the journal website.

On Friday afternoon, QUWAC hosted a meeting of NEWACC (Northeast Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium). On Friday evening, Vaughan Turekian, Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Director of AAAS's Center for Science Diplomacy, and Editor-in-Chief of Science Diplomacy, led an interactive conversation: "Science Diplomacy: Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Academy and the World." The dynamic speaker and interesting topic contributed to an energizing opening discussion.

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Florida State University, delivers the keynote address.

Saturday morning began with a keynote address from Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University: "Concepts and Practices in Flux: Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplinary Cultures of the Academy." Focusing on issues of transfer-the application of  learning and problem-solving from one context and subject matter to another-she introduced practical strategies for helping students identify and make distinctions among disciplinary genres and ways of thinking, and thus facilitate their ability to think and write within and across disciplinary boundaries. Throughout the day, Yancey consulted with faculty from a variety of institutions. The day concluded with a reception and roundtable discussion. 

View a photo gallery from the conference
View the conference program


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

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