Writing Summit Showcases Prominent Scholars

On September 25, 2012 by Grad Forum

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted historian David McCullough is one of several scholars who will lecture at Dartmouth October 2 and 3 as part of “Writing Summit 2012: The Power of Writing in the Contemporary World.”

This year’s summit will revisit the themes of the groundbreaking “Dartmouth Seminar” which took place in 1966. In the one known photograph of the 1966 seminar, scholars converse in Sanborn Library. (photo by David Pierce Studio, from the Rauner Special Collections Library)

“Writing effects change and transforms knowledge,” says Christiane Donahue, director of the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric (IWR). “The speakers and respondents will offer key insights into how deep knowledge from scholarly work can be—must be—made available in broad contexts.”

The summit commemorates the 45th anniversary of a landmark writing conference, which became widely known as the “Dartmouth Seminar.” For four weeks in the late summer and early fall of 1966, 47 scholars produced groundbreaking research at the Dartmouth Seminar, discussing writing and composition and the best methods for teaching the subjects. This year’s summit will build on the discussions from over four decades ago. According to the IWR, the goal of the summit is to facilitate discussion about writing’s power and importance in the world today.

Article by Keith Chapman, see in full at the Dartmouth Now

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