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January 2018

MIT Writers’ Group

Monday, January 8 - Monday, January 29
MIT Building E17, Room 136, 40 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

Want to write something creative but need some motivation or support or some thoughtful readers? Join other MIT writers to get advice about your own writing.

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Individual Consultations at the Writing and Communication Center

Monday, January 8 - Tuesday, January 30
Writing and Communication Center (MIT Building E18, Room 233), 50 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

Go to https://mit.mywconline.com to register and to schedule appointments. Open to MIT undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, spouses and partners, visiting scientists and scholars.

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India and Indianisms: Documentary Master Classes

Tuesday, January 9 - Tuesday, January 23
Open area opposite E15-320, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Come attend screenings of documentary films followed by discussions on a few things that define India today – love, innovation and spies.

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Presenting with Skill and Confidence

Wednesday, January 17 - Thursday, January 18
Multiple Locations
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This workshop will address not only the tasks of crafting a talk and designing the slides, but also how to become confident and comfortable as a speaker.

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Communicating Science to the Public

Thursday, January 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MIT Building E17, Room 136, 40 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

Vivid lessons and hands-on practice in communicating scientific research to a general audience.

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Digital Rhetoric and Mobile Learning

Monday, January 22 - Wednesday, January 24
MIT Building 8, Room 205, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge,
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Independent Activities Period

If you have ever wondered how to effectively teach and learn with smartphones and tablets, this may be the program for you.

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Introduction to 3D Scanning

Monday, January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 142, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
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An introductory workshop about 3d scan technology that costs little to no money.

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Stories of Our Lives: Autobiographical Writing for Everyone

Monday, January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MIT Building E17, Room 136, 40 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

This two hour workshop is a bite-sized sample of one of our most popular introductory writing classes, Reading and Writing Autobiography.

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SO BAD IT’S GOOD: An Introduction to Media Analysis Through Watching Bad Media

Tuesday, January 23 - Thursday, January 25
MIT Building 5, Room 217, 55 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
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What is it that makes watching so-called “trashy TV” so fun? What does it mean for a film to be “so bad it’s good?”

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Reasoning and Argumentation

Tuesday, January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
MIT Building E17, Room 136, 40 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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This workshop will teach participants central concepts of rhetoric and argumentation that can aid in generating useful debate that fosters open dialogue towards understanding and problem solving.

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Unleashing Alternative Futures: Constructing New Worlds through Imagination, Narrative, and Radical Hope

Wednesday, January 24 - Wednesday, January 31
MIT Building 9, Room 217, 105 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

Learn from the rich ancestry of speculative fiction, exercise collaborative ideation and world-building, and create stories and art that may unleash new futures to topple the hegemonic order.

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The Matter of Facts

Wednesday, January 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
MIT Building 1, Room 242, 33 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

How do we, as instructors value facts? How do we, or might we, make this valuing explicit in our teaching?

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Ed Tech Mini Design Studio

Thursday, January 25 - Thursday, February 1
MIT Building 2, Room 143, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

If you have an ed tech project you are working on and would like to get feedback or take it to the next level, this mini design studio is for you!

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding How to Reason with Sources

Thursday, January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MIT Building E17, Room 136, 40 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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This workshop will help you learn how to write with sources—published, online, or live—in ways that will help both you and your readers understand how your ideas build on, and move beyond, those of your sources.

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Writing Your Dissertation? Writing Your Proposal? Planning Ahead?

Thursday, January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
MIT Building E17, Room 136, 40 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Get resources, strategies, and tips to streamline your writing process.

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