University Writing Program News and Events


Please join us as we honor Professors Yongsheng Leng, Associate Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in SEAS and Edward Cherian, Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management in GWSB at the upcoming university-wide Faculty Honors celebration and reception on March 31, from 4 – 6 p.m., in the Jack Morton Auditorium in the MPA Building, hosted by Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Lerman.

Prof. Leng is the recipient of the 2014 Writing in the Disciplines Distinguished Teaching Award. His classes in Material Science thoroughly and effectively demonstrate best practices in Writing in the Disciplines pedagogies. In redesigning his class, and initiating a curriculum revision -- from simultaneous lectures and labs to lectures and labs in consecutive semesters – Prof. Leng has deeply enhanced the attention of engineering students to the demonstration and development of subject knowledge in the lab and in their lab reports. Prof. Leng's integration and modeling of technical writing instruction, in his syllabus, assignments, and course materials, make writing expectations explicit and achievable, and is reflected in the quality of writing his students produce.

Professor Edward Cherian is the recipient of the 2014 Writing in the Disciplines Best Assignment Award His assignments for the Management Systems Information Technology course demonstrate the nimble attention of a committed faculty member to a rapidly-changing landscape in both subject content and writing genres for Business students. This is one of a number of Business WIDs that Prof. Cherian has offered, in formats from the traditional brick and mortar class to online platforms. The Award Committee was particularly struck with the manneer in which assignments for the Information Systems WID class built on each other and were in turn integrated with the Writing Handbook for Information Systems Technology courses that Prof. Cherian wrote and updates regularly to reflect changes in content and pedagogy.


Presented by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the University Writing Program

Thursday, March 20 - Love that Dares
Three Workshops on Diversity in Popular Romance 1-7pm
Mount Vernon Campus - Ames B201

Thursday, March 27 - Culinary Justice Class with Chef & Food Scholar Michael W. Twitty
Three one-hour classes: 11:30 & 1:00, Monroe 450; 2:30, MPA 302

Tuesday, April 1 - Re/Composing DC: The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan
Screening of The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan" Documentary & Reception with Conversation
Marvin Center - Betts Theater - 7:00 p.m.

DC in the 80's seemed like a fractured place: racial tensions, sensationalist media, crack and more divided quadrants and neighborhoods. One graffiti tag crossed all boundaries, though, and The Legend of COOL "DISCO" DAN (2012) is a film that documents the vibrant life of "unofficial" Washington, connected by the work of graffiti artist Dan Hogg. By chronicling the elusive tagger's survival through graffiti writing, it also tells a story of other artistic movements against the odds in DC: the emergence of DC's own urban sound, Go-Go; the punk scene; the visual arts that were part of both; and more. Narrated by DC native Henry Rollins, and combining interviews with local and national celebrities and archival footage, this film tells an important version of DC's history, and makes an argument for the arts as tools for survival and expression.

Fortunately, some of the folks who were there are also still here. After the film, please enjoy a reception and informal conversation with a few DC notables about the film, the era, and its legacies. Featured conversants include poet Reuben Jackson, punk artist Cynthia Connolly, rapper Head-Roc, and street artist Asad "Ultra" Walker. And you!

Contact: Randi Kristensen,

Thursday, April 3 - Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me
Graphic Novelist Ellen Forney on Comics, Disability, Diagnosis, & Representation
Marvin Center Amphitheater - 8pm

April 3-4 - Composing Disability: Diagnosis Interrupted
Two Day Conference in the Jack Morton Amphitheater
School of Media and Public Affairs (SPMA)

The George Washington University's Office of Disability Support Services, English Department, and University Writing Program cordially invite you to attend the upcoming conference, Composing Disability: Diagnosis, Interrupted. This conference will take as its focus the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (published May 2013), examining the fraught relationship between the diagnostic work of the medical industry and the embodied lives of disabled people. Featured presenters include Ellen Forney, author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me; Ann Cvetkovich, author of Depression: A Public Feeling; and Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of A Short Guide to Writing about Law.

Composing Disability is scheduled for April 3-4, 2014 and will be held in the Jack Morton Auditorium in GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, located at 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. The event will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 4, will run through Thursday evening, and will continue from 9:30-5:00 on Friday, April 4. The conference will conclude on Friday evening in the Gelman Library, where an intimate group of DC-based poets and performers will read disability-themed poetry.

Registration is free to all attendees, but is required to ensure a proper head count for lunch on Friday afternoon. Registration is available electronically on the Disability Support Services website. Composing Disability will be fully interpreted in ASL.

Free Registration: Facebook: "Composing Disability"

Contact: Joseph Fisher,


George Washington University has been included on US News and World Report's breakout list of schools that are known around the country for particular excellence in Writing in the Disciplines. The list was produced by surveying college and university presidents, chief academic officers, deans of admissions, and deans of students about which institutions they consider to be the very best at supporting student writing across the curriculum.

Congratulations to those who have served or are serving as Directors and Deputy Directors of WID -- Christopher Sten, David McAleavey, Maria Frawley, Rachel Reidner, and Randi Kristensen, program assistant Najiyah Williams, and to all our WID faculty.