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January 28, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Humanities Center is proud to present as part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Adrienne Jankens, English, Assistant Professor,



Students in my F19 ENG 1020 class, “Rhetoric and Responsibility,” explored working definitions of “rhetorical responsibility” as applicable to their academic research and writing. We drew on the definition of “responsibility” in The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing, “the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for one’s self and others,” and worked to understand learning and writing as a shared process (CWPA 2010). Because the health and success of our rhetorical relationships impacts our health and success in school, the workplace, our social organizations, and our intimate lives, learning to write with these relationships in mind seems an essential focus of the writing classroom. Composition scholars like Patrick Sullivan (2015) and Shari Stenberg (2014) have emphasized responsibility, listening, empathy, and related concepts in the writing classroom, showcasing their own classrooms as evidence of pedagogical possibilities. How to study this pedagogy beyond the context of one classroom, however, remains a puzzle. I describe my explicit attention to responsibility in first-year writing, review pilot study results from F19, describe curricular revisions for W20, and raise questions about the scalability of such a study, and the feasibility of scaling pedagogical studies at large.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at 313-577-5471 or