Spread the WoRD 2015



Hosted by the Department of WRD and WRD’s MA programs in New Media Studies and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, Spread the WoRD is a one-day student conference, which brings together students and faculty to share and discuss student work.

This year’s conference will be on Saturday, May 16, 2015  from 9:30am – 3:00pm in 406 Levan Center, with presentations beginning at 9:45. The schedule of presentations is described below.

The conference will also feature a lunch-hour panel discussion with three alumni of our MA programs: Nicole Anderson, Liz Lane, and Adrienne Vitt. The panel members will answer questions from audience members about their post-MA professional work.

We encourage all program students and faculty to join us for all or part of the day. So that we may make an accurate lunch order, please send us a quick RSVP using our RSVP form.

Don’t hesitate to contact wrd_studentconference@depaul.edu with any questions you may have!

2014-2015 Spread the WoRD Schedule

9:30 – Registration, Welcome, & Breakfast

9:45 – Molly Rentscher, “Promoting Linguistic Diversity in Writing Centers:  Risks, Challenges, and Rewards”

10:00 – Mitchell Goins, “Reading and Writing Teacher Comments:  An Activity Network Analysis”

10:15 -10:45 – Panel: Text Encoding in the Humanities

  • Ekram Othman, “Space Shuttle Challenger Digital Edition”
  • Dilane Mitchell, “Digital Humanities and Mapping Fictional Worlds”

10:45 – Break

11:00 – Emily Power, “Je Suis La”

11:15 – Panel: Serial Podcast

  • Meaghan Young-Stephens, “Podcast as Remix:  Intertextuality in Serial”
  • Amber Slater, “Serial as an Actor-Network”
  • Meaghan Zang, “One Story Told Piece by Piece:  The Serial Podcast and Constructed Dialogue”

11:55 – Lunch

12:15 – Moderated Discussion with Alumni Speakers

1:15 – Panel: Gender, Identity, Literacy, and Language

  • Natalie Garcia, “Linguistics of Oppression”
  • Ted Daisher, “The Role of Literacy in Sexual and Gender Identity Formation”

1:45 – Molly Koeneman, “Digital First:  The Future of Publishing and Content”

2:00 – Break

2:15 – Kate O’Brien,  “English:  A Tool of Revolution?”

2:30 – Panel: Discourse Analysis

  • Maggie Collins, “Like for Discourse Analysis or Comment for Turn-Taking”
  • Michelle Flory, “The Discourse of Pet People:  Intonation Variation Across Gender”

3:00 – Conference Conclusion