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Extending the CCC Conversation

Reaching Publics and Informing Policies through the Research Center

How can rhetoric and writing educators inform policies and practices related to the public interest? This web seminar examines the research center as one answer to this question. Research centers are associative enterprises that attempt to solve scholarly and societal problems that cannot be adequately addressed by individuals. These centers often function as change agents by emphasizing collaboration and conducting research focused on publics. During this web seminar, participants will:

  • Investigate different research center models.
  • Share best practices for research center projects.
  • Develop a language for describing research methods and projects that invites, and benefits from, cross-disciplinary connections.
  • Generate strategies for reaching publics and informing policies.

These four objectives will be introduced through a brief statement by web seminar facilitators Brian Gogan, Megan O’Neill, Kelly Belanger, and Ashley Patriarca, respectively. Discussion will follow the introductions.

Brian Gogan, Megan O’Neill, Kelly Belanger, and Ashley Patriarca are authors of “Research Centers as Change Agents: Reshaping Work in Rhetoric and Writing,” published in the December 2010 issue of CCC as well as a supplemental Directory of Rhetoric and Writing Research Centers.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the free CCCC virtual event on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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