June Training Workshop

In this three-day  workshop, Writing Seminar faculty work with an experienced writing instructor (see below) affiliated with the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking (upon which Principia's Pre-Fall Writing Seminar is modeled) to practice the type of generative strategies used in the Writing Seminar and learn how to develop their own writing exercises.


Dates:  June 6, 7, & 8  2011

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Robert D. Whittemore, Western Connecticut State University

Robert D. Whittemore, professor of anthropology at Western Connecticut State University, has been a faculty associate of IWT since 1987 and, since 1989, director of the Fir Acres Workshop in Writing and Thinking at Lewis & Clark College, a summer residency for young writers. His research interests focus on children as cultural brokers and on peer-to-peer socialization. He has done fieldwork in urban Los Angeles with the developmentally disabled; in urban Portland, Oregon, on crack abuse; with contrasting pedagogies among teachers in a rural Oregon school; and with Mandinka sibling caregivers in Senegal, West Africa. His publications include “Fieldnotes: On Developing an Ethnographic Habit of Mind” in Field Notes 1 no. 1 (2005); and (with Elizabeth Beverly) “Mandinka Mothers and Nurslings: Power and Reproduction” in Medical Anthropology Quarterly 10 no. 1 (1996), “Mandinka Children and the Geography of Well-Being” in Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 21 no. 3 (1993), and “Trust in the Mandinka Way: The Cultural Context of Sibling Care” in Sibling Interactions Across Cultures (1988); and “Theodore V. Barrett: An Account of Adaptive Competence” in Culture and Retardation (1985). He holds a B.A. from Harvard University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. (source: http://www.bard.edu/iwt/faculty/#A_content2)