Thursday, November 3, 2011

The FYW Professional Development Series Proudly Presents

Dr. Dànielle Nicole DeVoss

Friday November 11, 2011 in Brown 1002

Dr. DeVoss is a professor of Professional Writing in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her numerous publications include a National Writing Project book, Because Digital Writing Matters (in collaboration with Elyse Eidman-Aadahl and Troy Hicks) and the 2007 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award winning title, Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues (with Heidi McKee). Her work has also appeared in publications such as Computers and Composition; Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; The Journal of Popular Culture; among others. See for a full bio.

WORKSHOP (10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.)
"Text and Typography"

This hands-on workshop will provide some scaffolding discussion of the importance of text as a design element and documents as designed objects. Participants will look at some theory and scholarship about text—from rhetoric and writing studies and from graphic design. Participants will then explore different typefaces and the ways they can express meaning, and do some downloading, playing, and creating of different designed texts. All participants will leave with a jump drive of teaching materials and readings.

SEMINAR (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
"Digital-Visual Rhetorics: Themes, Issues, and Questions"

This presentation will introduce seven dominant themes, issues, and questions related to issues of digital-visual rhetorics. For each of the themes, Dr. DeVoss will share contemporary, situating theory and scholarship, and also contemporary, circulating examples. After the initial discussion of the seven themes, attendees will discuss the implications of these themes in our teaching and scholarship, and work to identify other emergent themes.

If you would like to attend either the workshop or seminar (or both), please RSVP to Jessica Neuenschwander,, by Friday Nov. 4, 2011.

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