September 25 – October 1 Weekly Roundup


Watson Volunteer Sign Up 

This Google Doc is a sign-up sheet for all of the tasks discussed at the volunteer meeting:
There are task descriptions on the Google Doc, but Ashanka Kumari ( is happy to clarify further via email if you have any questions. Please sign up to indicate where you would like to volunteer by Friday, September 30.
A few things to note:
  • We especially need people helping with Technology, Storage, and the Pre-Watson Social transportation to and from Bruce’s house/Brown Hotel for Keynote and Featured Speakers.
  • Please DO NOT add additional slots. I have pre-numbered the Google Signup so that it indicates how many people we need for each task.
  • If you signup and volunteer for four or more hours at the Conference, you will receive a Visa gift card as compensation for your efforts.
  • If you would like to access the full conference schedule to see what panels are going on during what sessions, you can do so here:
Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for your willingness to volunteer your time for the conference.

EGO Networking Workshop

In preparation for the Watson Conference, EGO will be holding a networking workshop on Friday, October 7th, a 3 p.m. Meeting spot in Bingham TBA.

Are you comfortable introducing yourself to strangers? Do you know who you’d like to meet and talk to at the Watson Conference? Have you set a reasonable Watson Conference goal for yourself? This workshop will meet in Bingham to briefly talk about the Watson theme, keynotes, and featured speakers. Then we will take our networking show on the road to Strickler Hall, to any available spot in a Bingham classroom, and other sites where Watson will actually happen on October 20-22.

This workshop will be role play and action – not just talk about networking (thought there will be embedded tips on that as we go). If you have not attended the Watson Conference on our campus before, or don’t know much about mobility and our visiting scholars, this workshop is designed especially for you, and is open for all.

If you will be attending please sign up here.

Snacks will be provided at the beginning in Bingham. If you have questions about this workshop, contact Rachel Gramer at


Digital Media Research

Rick Wysocki is the digital media research assistant this year. He will have open hours in the Mac Lab (HUM 204) all semester to help Faculty, Graduate Students, and Students with multimodal and digital projects. His hours are Mondays and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. From Rick: “As mentioned above, I’m happy to help people across the university with their digital/multimodal projects. It is also a good thing for teachers to let their students know about if they need access to a computer or specifically to a Mac.”

Watson Conference

If you haven’t already, register for the Watson Conference today! The conference is free to UofL graduate students.


The GNAS Research Fund application form is available on the GNAS page (or you can access the form directly here). GNAS may award up to $100 to cover costs of research and conference participation. Applications are due by Monday, September 26, at 4 p.m.
The form has more extensive details, including who to contact for more information, but you are always welcome to contact your GNAS reps – Jessica Newman ( and Rick Wysocki ( – with any questions.


Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Columbia University talk on “The Stuff of Theater”

  • Monday, October 10
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium (in the basement of Ekstrom Library)

Discourse and Semiotics Work-in-Progress Workshop: “The Stories We Learn to Tell: New Teachers’ Narratives of Identity”

  • Friday, October 14
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Stephenson Hall 407
  • If you would like to witness and participate in a rhet/comp dissertation chapter in progress, this UofL Discourse and Semiotics Workshop is free, open to the public, and might show you a little bit of what’s behind the dissertation-writing curtain.

“Transforming Teacher Education: Reconfiguring the Academic Work” by Viv Ellis

  • Wednesday, October 19
  • 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Humanities 300
  • This event is devoted to a discussion with Viv of Transforming Teacher Education: Reconfiguring the Academic Work, available for purchase online and from the University of Louisville library as an e-book.This event is sponsored by the University of Louisville College of Education & Human Development’s Language, Literacy, Cultures, and Communities reading group and the Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition.

Thomas R. Watson Conference: Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation

  • Thursday, October 20-Saturday, October 22
  • All day
  • Bingham Humanities Building and Strickler Hall @ UofL

Deirdre Lynch, Harvard University talk on “Poems out of Place and Books Unbound”

  • Friday, November 4
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • HM 205

*Check out the Writing Center events calendar for upcoming writing events.

*Check out the PLAN Workshop series through the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for professional development workshop opportunities.