All sessions will be held in the Community Room, Central Library.
“Teaching. Writing. Learning.” is a series of monthly lunchtime conversations for anyone who teaches writing at Vanderbilt to gather and discuss specific issues, hear an invited colleague briefly introduce a relevant best practice, hear a bit about other research-based practices, share one’s own best strategies, and ask questions of all present.
These interactive, informal conversations will offer a venue for discussion, learning new approaches, and solving problems. The “Teaching. Writing. Learning.” series is sponsored by the Center for Teaching, the English Language Center, the Writing Studio, and the Jean & Alexander Heard Library.
"Leo Tolstoy famously observed that “happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Tolstoy, happily for all of us, was not a teaching political scientist. Had he been, he might have observed that undergraduate political science papers are subject to a different logic. Really good papers are unique – each has its own particular thesis, style of argumentation, body of empirical evidence and set of conclusions. Really bad papers, in contrast, tend toward a dismal uniformity. They draw on the same evidence (garbled versions of what the professor has presented in class), are organized according to similar principles of incoherence, and all wend their eventual ways towards banal conclusions that strenuously avoid making any claims or positive arguments whatsoever."
Henry Farrell. "Good Writing in Political Science: An Undergraduate Student's Short Illustrate Primer." Source: http://crookedtimber.org/2010/02/17/good-writing-in-political-science/#acknowledgments