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Geoffrey Sirc to Speak at 2015 FYWP Winter Colloquium

Dr. Geoffrey Sirc will deliver the plenary presentation at the 2015 First-year Writing Program Winter Colloquium, Geoffrey Sirc
Friday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m. in Pray-Harrold 219. Sirc's presentation, "Poetic Inevitability," will question whether first-year composition needs to be bound by its modest goals. 

Poetic Inevitability
The teaching of college composition in the late 20th Century became a project in criticism. This has implications -- one of which is an almost complete neglect for the literariness of college composition, its poetics; another being the resultant content of the writing produced in such a project. I find the neglect of the literary, the poetic, in the teaching of writing to be mystifying, hallucinogenic. If, for example, as Yves Bonnefoy puts it, what poetry does is "to found a gnosis of passion," its duty being to give "a meaning to existence and to all that exists," then obviating such a duty tragically limits the practical ambit of writing instruction. Does college composition need to be bound by its modest goals?

The presentation is part of the Winter Colloquium program, which will begin with coffee at 9 a.m. and will include the announcement of this year's teaching portfolio award recipients.Poetic Inevitability

For more information about the event, contact Derek Mueller, Director of the First-year Writing Program, at derek.mueller@emich.edu.

2015 FYWP Winter Colloquium Schedule (Pray-Harrold 219)
Friday, April 10, 2015
9 Coffee/ Welcome
9:30 Program Announcements and Teaching Porfolio Awards - Mueller and Pantelides
10:30 Geoffrey Sirc, "Poetic Inevitability"
12 Lunch and conversation
1 Teaching workshop
   Work-in-progress activities and assignments