Cinthia Gannett, Associate Professor of English, Fairfield University
In this workshop we will brainstorm specific ways of creating curricula, assignments, and pedagogical practices that are both current and yet aligned with the Jesuit educational heritage. One of the distinctive features of the Jesuit educational system has been its immersive multi-year focus on language, literature (which included poetry and history), grammar, and rhetoric through constant active practice. Students worked through complex forms of language study and cross-translation, prepared close readings, wrote regularly, recited, declaimed, debated, engaged in group oral exercises, and demonstrated their “erudition and eloquence” in a variety of public forums, pageants, and performances (including theatre and dance) for the whole school and larger community. As Ignatius wrote, students should learn “con mucho ejercicio.” The cultivation of these broader habits of mind anchored the whole curriculum, in which learning specialized bodies of knowledge was important (erudition), but was seen as serving the larger purposes of a liberal education, which includes both disciplinary and professional development as well as education for citizenship and a full social and moral life. How can we build in the kinds of rich, varied, immersive discursive and experiential pedagogies necessary for serious and sustained development of these complex habits of mind? How do these features align with Ignatian pedagogy and Writing across/within the Disciplines initiatives? How can the FYS and Rhetorical Arts courses at LMU highlight the full range of rhetorical pedagogies so central historically and so vital today to act as genuine springboards for the discursive and intellectual development of students across the new Core and through the major curricula?
Cinthia Gannett is Associate Professor of English and Director of Core Writing at Fairfield University, as well as the Center for Academic Excellence Faculty Consultant on Writing. She has previously directed writing programs, writing centers and Writing across the Curriculum programs at the University of New Hampshire and Loyola University in Maryland. She is the author of Gender and the Journal (1992) and several articles and essays on journal traditions, archival work in composition, and writing centers/writing across the curriculum.
Cinthia has served on the Board of the Rhetoric Society of America and is currently the President of the Jesuit Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. Her current research interests include international writing studies, action research traditions, and the history and current applications of Jesuit rhetorical education. She and John C. Brereton are currently co-editing a collection of essays, Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Rhetorical Studies. (Fordham Press, forthcoming, 2014).
Additional workshop offered by Dr. Cinthia Gannett:
Monday, 11/25, 12pm: Jesuit Rhetorical History: Ministries of the Word and Mastery of the Word
Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or x85866.
This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.
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