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Hale, Draxler part of 'Writing in Space' event

Barry McNamara
The public is invited to join faculty, students and staff from Vanderbilt University, the University of Iowa and Monmouth College for a discussion about collaborative writing online.

Titled “Writing in Space,” the event will be held on Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom, which is on the lower level of Monmouth College’s Hewes Library.

“This event will help answer the question, ‘How do networked technologies open new, collaborative possibilities for the way we write?’” explained assistant professor Bridget Draxler, who is director of MC’s Communication Across the Curriculum program. “Each campus will showcase a project that facilitates community-based writing. Twitter, clickers and dynamic websites are among the tools that will be featured.”

Panelists and audience members from each institution will participate via Skype. Using the hashtag #uivumc, all participants are encouraged to tweet from their laptops and smartphones to provide an additional, active commentary on the proceedings.

MC English professor Rob Hale, who recently directed a summer research project on helping students write effective essays about literature, will be one of the panelists. Under Hale’s guidance, seniors Mary Grzenia of Lake in the Hills and Leanna Waldron of Fairbury and freshmen Cassie Burton of Taylorville and Carli Alvarado of Chicago designed a web resource on literary analysis, which can be found at

Other panelists will be Jon Winet, director of the University of Iowa Digital Studio for the Public Humanities, and Derek Bruff, acting director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching. Draxler and John Morrell, a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at Vanderbilt, will serve as the moderators.