Tomorrow: Attend the Praxis Conference on “Learning through Doing: Crafting Meaning through Making-Oriented Pedagogy

We invite you to attend the third annual Praxis Conference on the UW campus (Haggett Hall) on January 20, 2017 from 9:00-3:00. To register to attend, complete this google form by January 13, 2017: Please be sure to note whether you will be joining us for lunch. There is no cost for registration or for lunch thanks to the Conference host, English Department Writing Programs, and our co-sponsors, College Writing, Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, and Kollar Gift for Literacy.

The Praxis Conference draws on the activist educator Paolo Freire’s conception of praxis as the intersection of theory and practice.Faculty, staff, students, instructors and community partners share insights to enrich both our local/situated and broader understandings of writing, teaching and learning practices, and their personal, academic, and public impacts.

The theme for Praxis 2017 is “Learning through Doing: Crafting Meaning through Making-Oriented Pedagogy” and we will use this lens to focus on uses of language and literacy in practical, inclusive, critical, applied ways. This year’s keynote speaker is Ekin Yasin, a faculty member in the UW Department of Communication. In her talk entitled “Actively Global and Globally Active: The Classroom as a window we open to the world,” she will discuss the central importance of linking active learning, diverse student identities, and global thinking.

Praxis 2017 takes place on inauguration day. Though the planning committee respects a range of political beliefs, we are troubled by the post-election rise in hate speech, hate crimes, harassment of the historically vulnerable, and proposals from the incoming administration that attack basic rights, protections and values. While these threats are not new, they are newly public and explicit.

For those conference participants who are interested, we will make space for the Praxis community to make connections between our shared work and the inauguration through reflection, processing, community building, crafting/creating, goal-setting and reaffirming the path forward based on the values embodied in the work we do. As many of you know from your participation in Praxis 2015 and/or 2016, the Praxis Conference is a lively forum for making and continuing conversations and connections about critical writing pedagogy, and we will continue to provide a safe space to do that once again this year.

For more information about Praxis, our goals, archives from 2015 and 2016, and the program for 2017 visit our website: Feel free  to contact Praxis Conference Chair Jacki Fiscus ( or Co-Chair Holly Shelton ( with any questions.

Become a Storytelling Fellow

Are you a graduate student looking to network across programs? Engaged in academic or professional work that you wish you could communicate to a broader audience? Interested in building your resume while learning how to tell compelling stories about meaningful topics?


If YES: the UW Libraries invites you to apply to join the inaugural cohort of Storytelling Fellows, an innovative, hands-on program designed to highlight the interests and accomplishments of UW graduate students using digital-storytelling skills and technologies.


Storytelling Fellows

A Free Online Skill-Building Program for Graduate Students

Sponsored by the Research Commons & the Libraries Instructional Design Team

2/1/17 – 2/15/17 with two synchronous online sessions on 2/4 and 2/11 (9:30-11:30am)


What is Storytelling Fellows?

It is a totally free two-week online program that will take approximately 10 accepted fellows through the start-to-finish process of envisioning and creating a digital-storytelling video suitable for an online portfolio, professional presentation, or academic project. Fellows will meet for 2 two-hour online Adobe Connect sessions in order to discuss project ideas and gain insight into the art of storytelling, using the cloud-based program WeVideo.


Do I need to have any prior experience?

Nope! No previous experience with digital storytelling or WeVideo is required or needed. An online Canvas-based course will be provided to bring you up to speed on the finer points of digital storytelling.


When does the Fellows program run?

The online Canvas course opens 2/1 and closes 2/15. The mandatory Adobe Connect sessions (online) are on Saturday, 2/4, from 9:30-11:30am and Saturday, 2/1,1 from 9:30-11:30am.


How do I sign up?

Fill out this survey by no later than 1/26. We will cap the workshop at 10 people–and preference will be given to those who can attend two Adobe-Connect meetings–so it’s best to sign up soon.


Questions? Contact Elliot Stevens, Assistant Research Commons Librarian (

What makes Bach sound like Bach? New dataset teaches algorithms classical music

“The composer Johann Sebastian Bach left behind an incomplete fugue upon his death, either as an unfinished work or perhaps as a puzzle for future composers to solve.

A classical music dataset released Wednesday by University of Washington researchers — which enables machine learning algorithms to learn the features of classical music from scratch — raises the likelihood that a computer could expertly finish the job.”

Read more at UW Today.