GENEVA, N.Y.-Approximately 20 authors from colleges and other organizations nationwide came together on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus last weekend, November 3 and 4, for a writer's workshop titled “Writers for the 21st Century.” Each author will be a contributor to a book on innovative theories of writing instruction, to be edited by Cheryl Forbes, associate professor of rhetoric at Hobart and William Smith, this summer.
The event was organized by Forbes, Eva Bach, writing colleagues coordinator, Mary Salibrici, assistant professor of rhetoric, Richard Salter, assistant professor of religious studies, and William Smith seniors Colleen Allen, Mary Cinadr, and Meghan Zarnetske. The conference's keynote speaker, Stephen Jay Gould, spoke on “The Relationship Between Art and Science” on Saturday, November 3, to a standing room only crowd in Albright Auditorium. Gould is known for his interpretations of science and its complex social consequences.
The conference was the capstone of a three-year grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), awarded to the Writing Colleagues program at the Colleges. Writing Colleagues are undergraduate students who are trained in the disciplines of teaching, reading, and writing, and work with faculty to help other student writers draft, rethink, and revise their work. FIPSE works to improve postsecondary educational opportunities across a broad range of concerns. Although a small program, FIPSE has established a record of promoting meaningful and lasting solutions to various, often newly emerging, problems and of promoting the highest quality education for all learners. Through its primary vehicle, the Comprehensive Program grant competition, FIPSE seeks to support the implementation of innovative educational reform ideas, to evaluate how well they work, and to share the lessons learned with the larger education community.