The Shared Text Project/Communities in Conversation:
The Writing Program’s Shared Text Project is partnering with the First-Year Experience office in their programming surrounding the First-Year Text, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder. (http://www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience/first_year_text.shtml)
As an evolution of The Shared Text Project, initiated over 17 years ago by Dr. Sharon Walsh, a valued and inspirational writing instructor who served at Loyola for over 20 years, a main goal of the project is to bring incoming students into the academic community by providing various opportunities for students to meet outside class to discuss material read in common and to participate in and write about the various activities. An equally important goal is to encourage innovation and collaboration among writing faculty, and provide new instructors opportunities to meet and work with other writing faculty, helping to create an intellectually engaged community at Loyola.
In collaboration with the FYE Communities in Conversation programming (http://www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience/lecture-series/index.shtml) the following documents and links provide additional resource materials on this year’s First-Year Text, Mountains Beyond Mountains, such as historical, political, and economic background informational documents on Haiti since the earthquake, and low and high stakes writing assignments to be used by UCWR 110 instructors as they incorporate the text into their writing courses this year.
During the Spring semester 2014, the Shared Text/Communities in Conversation project through the Writing Program will also sponsor an evening symposium/panel discussion of University faculty and Chicago community members to address the idea of the importance of critical thinking and writing beyond the university. This event will be a panel of professionals from varied fields and careers from Loyola and the Chicago community to speak to what they see as the value of being an effective critical thinker and writer in an ever-changing world of fast-paced information and communication. Look for more information later in Fall semester 2013!