Fifth biennial writing conference to be held Nov. 21-22

Participants of a group discussion during the 2012 Fourth International Writing and Critical Thinking Conference.
Participants of a group discussion during the Fourth International Writing and Critical Thinking Conference, "New Vistas: WAC/WID Intersections in the 21st Century," held Nov. 16 and 17, 2012 on the Mount Carmel Campus at Quinnipiac University.

March 28, 2014 - Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, will deliver the Saturday morning keynote address during the fifth Biennial Critical Thinking and Writing Conference Nov. 21-22, 2014 at Quinnipiac. Vaughan Turekian, chief international officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and director of AAAS's Center for Science Diplomacy, will lead a conversation on science diplomacy on Friday night.

This year's conference, "Thinking and Writing Beyond Two Cultures: STEM, WAC/WID, and the Changing Academy," will be hosted by the Quinnipiac University Writing Across the Curriculum and the Research and Writing Institute. The conference on critical thinking and writing will promote dialogue on how knowledge is recognized, valued, and taught across the cultures of the University.

Yancey will deliver her talk, "Concepts and Practices in Flux: Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplinary Cultures of the Academy." She has focused much of her research on writing across the curriculum and writing assessment, especially portfolios. She is an elected leader of many scholarly organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. In addition, she has authored and co-authored more than 70 articles and book chapters and authored, edited or co-edited eleven scholarly books.

Turekian will lead the discussion, "Science Diplomacy: Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Academy and the World." The Center for Science Diplomacy addresses problems in foreign policy in places where diplomats do not or cannot normally go, such as Cuba, North Korea, Burma, and Syria, by engaging partners in a process to develop a shared understanding of science issues and the language that defines them. Building upon this concept of science diplomacy, the conversation will explore how academics from across the disciplines and with widely divergent views understand "science," as well as other common terms and practices, such as "research," "diplomacy" and "critical thinking."

Learn more about the biennial conference or contact Paul Pasquaretta, the Research and Writing Institute coordinator, paul.pasquaretta@quinnipiac.edu.