This week we had 3 very special guests visit our class: Shana Passonno, Alysia Birkholz, and Beth Jakob! Shana and Alysia head up the Office of Professional Development, which is a fantastic resource if you haven't already been exposed to it, and have been critical in helping me find (and afford) guest speakers for this course. Beth is the Associate Dean of the grad school. We split into groups, each with a guest who was intended to be a specific kind of audience: a non-science faculty member you meet at the Blue Wall one day, a science journalist you want to pitch a story to, and a new friend who is asking more about what you do. The goal was to give them your elevator pitch and spark a longer conversation with them. Each person had about 2 minutes for pitch + conversation, and then the guest and the rest of the group gave that person feedback on how it went. It sounded to me (the time keeper) like people were having very involved conversations, which was great! At the very end of class (we were running out of time, so each student only gave two pitches rather than three), we came back to the bigger group and had a little discussion about the challenges of the exercise as well as other comments about it.
Next week, we will begin talking about narrative structure. Read over this article which introduces one type of narrative structure. It's ok if you've read it before - please give it a second look before class! Additionally, please find a short, primary lit research article (read: it needs to present original data) to class. You can bring it electronically or in print, it makes no nevermind to me.
And as always, don't hesistate to discuss or pose questions about last week's class, next week's class, or the assigned homework by commenting on this post!