Credit: John Tiedemann

The 28 professors of the University of Denver Writing Program are delighted to host a two-day CCCC Regional Conference, “Research(ing) Writing Cultures: Classroom, Program, Profession, Public.

Registration, including breaks and lunches, will be free.

The conference will be held on the beautiful, green 125-acre University of Denver campus, an inviting space in a thriving city, with the Rockies as backdrop. The campus is technology rich with wireless for guests and ubiquitous projection. An on-campus housing option in nice residence halls will make the experience cheap and convenient to travelers, although we’ll also identify a hotel option.

There are 25+ two- and four-year colleges (and hundreds of writing professors) within a 90-minute drive of campus, and many more within a half-day drive from Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, and New Mexico. Denver’s airport has hundreds of direct flights each day from across the nation. A light rail system serves the Denver metropolitan area, including to and from the airport, so travel within Denver is cheap, safe, and easy—including to the University of Denver campus, which has its own light rail stop.

Denver has a diverse population, endless attractions from brewpubs to baseball, music to museums to mountains; along with Seattle, Portland, and Austin, it’s one of the nation’s fastest growing areas. We’ll update our existing local guide to celebrate every aspect of Denver for visitors. Denver is a fine place in the summer, with warm, humidity-free days and cool nights. Distant visitors might easily extend their time to make a vacation.

The University of Denver Writing Program invites CCCC members to engage both longtime and emerging questions about the research and writing cultures we shape and sustain in our classrooms, profession, and communities. We plan two days of programing, including hands-on workshops that we will organize and concurrent panels and roundtables that address how our work shapes and is shaped by various writing and research cultures. All interested registrants will be on the program through research and teaching networking forums that we will organize. The conference will address questions like the following (simply examples):

● How can we support student-researchers and teacher-scholars in a range of contexts?

● What can we learn through researching with interdisciplinary colleagues and community partners?

● How can/should we apply our research expertise to current institutional, cultural, and political problems? How do we respond to research and expertise being so devalued outside our field?

● How we can make our research more accessible and meaningful for diverse students, other writing teachers, colleagues and decision makers across campus, and various publics?

● How do we facilitate different types of primary research for/by undergraduate and graduate students?

● How can we best promote reasoned, research-supported arguments in a ‘post-truth’ society?

Credit: John Tiedemann

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