2013 Conference Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration Opens with Continental Breakfast
Swan Hall Atrium, food in Hoffman Room

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Addresses Doody Auditorium, Swan Hall
Dr. Alycia Mosely Austin, Director, Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, Graduate School
Introduction by Kara Watts, PhD Candidate (English)

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Panel Session I Swan Hall, 2nd floor classrooms

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break—Hoffmann Room

11:00–12:15p.m. Panel Session II Swan Hall, 2nd floor classrooms

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own—Emporium & URI vendors

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Panel Session III Swan Hall, 2nd floor classrooms

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. Plenary Address & Faculty Panel Doody Auditorium, Swan Hall

“Watershed-Based Conservation: A Case Study in Transdisciplinarity” by Professor Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, University of Rhode Island (Writing and Rhetoric)

Introduction by Jason Peters, PhD Candidate (Writing and Rhetoric)

Professor Caroline Gottschalk DruschkeCaroline Gottschalk Druschke is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island. She received her Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she spent two years as a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow in the Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes program. Professor Druschke’s work fuses rhetorical theory with conservation practice, centering on issues of water quality. She has collaborated on a number of multidisciplinary research projects with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, The Urban Wildlife Institute at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and, most recently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Atlantic Ecology Division.

Professor Druschke’s most recent publication, “Watershed as Common-Place: Communicating for Conservation at the Watershed Scale,” appeared in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture (2013). Her plenary address, “Watershed-Based Conservation: A Case Study in Transdisciplinarity,” features her cross-disciplinary research into agricultural conservation: both its implications for theory and practice and what it reveals about the process of transdisciplinary collaboration.

— Brief coffee break —

“Professional Opportunities, Challenges, and Transformations Implicated in Interdisciplinary Work Today” Faculty Panel

5:00-6:30 p.m. Keynote Address Doody Auditorium, Swan Hall
“On the Beach” by Professor Sidney I. Dobrin, University of Florida

Introduction by Wendy Grosskopf, PhD Candidate (Writing & Rhetoric)

Sidney DobrinSid Dobrin is University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in the Department of English, where he served as writing program director for ten years and now serves as graduate coordinator. His research is grounded in writing studies, and brings together inquires regarding technology, media, visual rhetoric, and ecology. He has written and edited more than sixteen books about these subjects. A self-proclaimed blue water bum, Dobrin is deeply invested in all things saltwater.

6:30-8:00 p.m. Closing Reception Alumni Center Lounge

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