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Spring 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium
The George Washington University

MODERATOR GUIDELINES

orientation | logistics | presentation formats | audience

If you have agreed to moderate a session at the Spring 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium at The George Washington University, the University Writing Program would like to thank you for your willingness to take on this important work at a busy time of the semester. An academic conference like the Symposium is meant not simply as a chance for first-year writing students to present finished work, but more importantly as an opportunity for scholars to share work in progress with other scholars and with an engaged audience. Your role in moderating these sessions is crucial to helping students become scholars. Moderators bring a perspective from beyond the presenters' classrooms, and in encouraging lively discussion they enhance the sense of writing as a social act that can engage, create, and shape public discourse.

Moderators at this year's symposium will include George Washington University faculty, librarians, and graduate students, as well as other local scholars, writers, and activists.


ORIENTATION

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The Symposium will take place Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28 (see program) at locations on both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses (see maps and directions). An information table will be set up on Mount Vernon in the entrance-area lobby to Post Hall in the Academic Building (large brick building with white columns on the quad). On Foggy Bottom, an information table will be set up in the 7th floor lobby of 1957 E (building housing the Elliott School just south of Thurston Hall).

In addition, we hope to have a moderator's "green room" available on each campus: check the information table for details.

[This information still under construction] On Wednesday, April 26, the first session on each campus (9:35 on Foggy Bottom, 10:00 on Mount Vernon) will be devoted to an orientation / meet-and-greet session a good chance to arrange a meeting with your session presenters ahead of time. You are cordially invited, but not obligated, to attend either of these sessions.


MODERATING LOGISTICS

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Pre-Event

Student proposals for the Spring 2006 University Writing and Research Symposium are due April 10. The rest of that week, a UW faculty panel will make selections from these submissions, and the program will be finalized and announced the week of April 17, including the scheduling of moderators. This leaves a very short turn-around, and if you have volunteered to moderate, we apologize for that. That same week, an email will be sent out informing session presenters and moderators of one another's existence and giving further logistical details and suggestions for moderating. Presenters have been asked to circulate near-final drafts of their work among one another and their session moderator in the week before the event.

Day-of the Event

For general orientation information, see above

Plan to arrive at the room for your session at least 20 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, and you can check in at the green room if you arrive earlier.


PRESENTATION FORMATS

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Students will be presenting in any number of formats at the Symposium, but the three most common will be panels, roundtables, and poster sessions. For each of these, the students are unlikely to know one another's work: their presentations have been scheduled and matched by a review panel made up of University Writing Program faculty. For a glimpse at what you're likely to see from each of these formats, you can look at the presentation styles information that presenters have been given.


SYMPOSIUM AUDIENCE

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The audience may comprise University Writing and other GW faculty, community members, and friends and family of the presenters, but the bulk of the audience will be made up of other UW20 students (the course from which these presentations emerged). Some are required by their UW20 instructors to attend Symposium sessions (though rarely is a particular session specified), and most have been encouraged to actively participate in the discussion (see "The Art of Asking Questions"). A good number of students in the audience will themselves be presenters at other sessions in the Symposium.