Conference Information

FWI Fall Conference

Saint Augustine’s University - Freshman Writing Initiative Fall Conference

TITLE: Relevance, Rigor, and Rhetoric: The Keys to Cultural Relativism and Writing Cultivation
DATE: Friday, October 25-Saturday, October 26, 2013
TIME: 10/25 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 10/26 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Martin Luther King Student Union and Seby Jones Auditorium
Saint Augustine’s University campus


Dr. James Peterson - Critically acclaimed writer, lecturer, and speaker. Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. Founder of Hip Hop Scholars, LLC.


9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit) - Grammy award-winning music producer, record executive, DJ, and lecturer. Harvard University Fellow in the Hip Hop Archive. Adjunct Professor at Duke University.


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Relevance, Rigor, and Rhetoric: The Keys to Cultural Relativism and Writing Cultivation provides faculty a forum to discuss methods for fostering and improving student engagement and production in the classroom. There four key focuses for the conference are as follows.

  • Integrating popular culture into curriculum as a way to engage student writing.
  • Reaching today’s student.
  • Improving writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Understanding how culture affects student identity, expression, competency, and learning.

This two day conference will consist of workshops, a keynote, special presentations, and a panel discussion. The emphasis is decidedly practical. Each workshop showcases a group of invited and resident facilitators whose presentations will provide its participants with knowledge and strategies that may be implemented with their students. The keynote and special presentations will be given by gifted orators and scholars who are leaders in their field. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for scholarly exchange on popular culture and its place in the classroom. This conference is aligned with the goals and objectives of the Freshman Writing Initiative.

The Freshman Writing Initiative (FWI) aims to improve the writing proficiency and communication of first year students and to train faculty in innovative writing and learning activities. In addition, FWI aims to enhance student learning through fostering an appreciation for the non-cognitive factors that contribute to student challenge and success, in an effort to develop the “whole student.”

This program is presented by Freshman Success Initiatives and The Freshman Writing Initiative.

For more information:
Erica Russell, executive director of Freshman Success Initiatives, 919-516-4623919-516-4623 or

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