Fall 2020 Roundtables
Descriptions of Roundtables are posted on this page as they become available. Faculty and adjunct faculty are also notified by email a few days in advance of each discussion. For the Fall 2020 semester, all CTC roundtables and events will be held online.
Upcoming CTC Roundtables:
Preventing Plagiarism Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday October 27
with Anndrea Mathers, Karla Block, Angela Palumbo, Breton Bienvenue, and Ashley Montgomery
This discussion will focus on why students plagiarize, what we can do to support students, and what resources we have to help prevent and identify plagiarism. Anndrea Mathers will facilitate a conversation with Angela Palumbo (ESL), Ashley Montgomery (writing tutor), Breton Bienvenue (instructional technology), and Karla Block (librarian). We will hear about the different cultural understandings of plagiarism, the kinds of assignments and lessons that help prevent plagiarism, and the tools we have at our disposal, including SafeAssign.
Writing to Learn Workshop
Memory, Inheritance, and the Social Construction of Self: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous & “The Things They Carried"
Friday October 30
Hosted by Jeanne Cameron
**Space is limited. RSVP to Jeanne**
In “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien offers a vision of war constructed around the weight, in pounds and ounces, of the lethal and mundane items carried by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam. In On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong offers a different vision of the same war, constructed around the weight of memory carried by Little Dog’s Vietnamese mother and grandmother. Both texts speak to Vuong’s observation that the past is “…never a fixed and dormant landscape, but one that is re-seen. Whether we want to or not, we are traveling in a spiral, we are creating something new from what is gone.” Among the themes in his epistolary novel is the question of inheritance: What gets carried from one generation to the next? How do the experiences and memories of ancestors and descendants intersect and reshape history in the process? In this workshop, we’ll put these two texts into conversation, using writing-to-read practices and sociological thinking to explore the workings of memory, the re-visioning of the past, and the shaping of identity.
Virtual Exchange Program
Monday November 9
Hosted by Merryn Clay, Karen Miller, and Angela Palumbo
Merryn, Karen, and Angela are working on an exciting new virtual exchange program and will share details about how faculty can be involved. More details to come!