Writing Regardless: Re- imagining and Re-engaging in Academic Prose

Friday, March 29, 2019
HM Tory 14-28

In her talk, Dr. Pesmen will critique default imagery related to writing academic prose and examine tools that can be used not only to generate more compelling work, but to actually help take one's thought processes beyond even important initial observations. She will offer some devices that may help navigate out of a "stuck" or "blocked" condition in both thought and writing.

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Dr. Dale Pesmen is a working artist, writer and educator based in Chicago, IL. She holds MA and PhD degrees in Anthropology as well as a BA Honors degree in Art & Design, all from The University of Chicago. A book based on her ethnographic research in urban Siberia, Russia and Soul: An Exploration, was published by Cornell University Press; she has numerous published articles on anthropology, art, and the imagination as well as translations of fiction and nonfiction. Making art can be a particular kind of thinking and can teach us to think and present our thoughts in richer ways. Using art in this way requires exploring not only smarter but kinder ways of using our own resources as observers, explorers and creators. In this spirit, Dale has run a range of workshops in creative and academic writing, art and arts integration, cultural awareness, and other fields; she also provides accent coaching. She has been the co-director and instructor at the Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility (ANTHR 397/573) in 2016 and 2017.

Sponsored by:
The Department of Anthropology
Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Visiting Speaker Grants