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Serious Summer Fun

20 Jul

Had enough sun, sand, and surf? Love art and language? Whiling away the summer in Rhode Island or Brooklyn? Here are two events you won’t want to miss:

WORD: Text in Contemporary Art
Jamestown Art Center (up through August 13; curator’s tour on July 25)


BOMB Small Press Flea
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch (July 29, 10-4)

Writes of Passage

1 Jun

Yesterday we stopped by the Fleet Library to witness one of our favorite annual rituals—the submission of graduate students’ written theses to the Library’s permanent collection. The moment felt especially festive as library staff (including Marc Calhoun and Ariel Bordeaux, pictured below) greeted students with chocolate fortune cookies and hearty congratulations.

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We can’t wait for this new set of thesis books to reach the shelves—lots of summer reading ahead! In the meantime, one book caught our eye, so recently compiled that the ink hadn’t yet dried …

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H101 Formal Analysis Workshop

20 Sep

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H101 Formal Analysis: Overview and Q+A
with Jen Liese, Writing Center director
College Building 240

Th 9/22, 4-5
Mon 9/26, 12-1
Wed 9/28, 12-1
(Choose one.)

Your first H101 paper assignment—the formal analysis—is probably entirely new to you. Your H101 professor will guide you through its conventions, but you may want to learn more. In this workshop, we’ll review the essentials and the finer points of this cornerstone of art history writing and share approaches to seeing, describing, and analyzing works of art and design. Feel free to bring assignment sheets, drafts, and specific questions, or just come and listen in. (No formal wear required!)

 

Welcome all and all welcome Jim Zvi!

6 Sep

We are thrilled to introduce Jim Zvi, RISD’s Assistant Director of English Language Learning (ELL). Jim will work in this new position as an educator and advocate for RISD’s ELL students.

Jim comes to us with fifteen years of international English teaching experience, most recently at Hong Kong Polytech, where he’s worked with Design, Architecture, and Engineering majors.

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Here last week for International Student Orientation, Jim shared resources, advice, and some very funny jokes, putting into action one of his own research topics: “Humor, Controversy, and Avant-garde Delivery: An Approach to Teaching as a Performance.”

Jim will start full time on November 1. Until then, please contact Writing Center director Jen Liese with any language-related questions at jliese@risd.edu.

 

We Want Your Text-Based Art and Design!

25 Apr

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Have you seen our postcards in your mailbox and around campus? They all feature student art and design that incorporates various forms of text. These images represent the variety of literacies we support—written, visual, and spoken—and highlight the rich connections between written and visual work.

This is your chance to share your text-based work while helping to spread the word about the Writing Center.

To be considered for next year’s postcard series, submit images to writing@risd.edu by June 1, 2016.

Please include the following:

  • your name, department, and year of (expected) graduation
  • images of your work in a high-quality jpeg, 300 dpi or higher
    @ 6 x 4 in. (multiple submissions welcome)
  • a caption and brief description of each image
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Poetry Workshop—Join Us

13 Apr

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Tutors Wanted!

24 Mar

Do you love writing? Do you love thinking collaboratively? Then you might really love working at the RISD Writing Center. We have several openings for the 2016–17 academic year, and both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Our tutors are a community of engaged, generous, collaborative thinkers who love working with fellow students from across the college. We look for strong writers, readers, and listeners with experience working in various genres. No prior tutoring experience is required.

Interested? Check out our page on becoming a tutor for more information and details on applying.
Call, write, or stop by with any further questions.