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Leadership and the Liberal Arts: The Weissman Center for Leadership

Speaking Up for Speaking, Arguing, and Writing

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"Greening" Mount Holyoke's Curriculum

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Hannah Kolak '03: Her Worlds Collided

Getting Concrete about Environmental Stewardship

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Plan goals: Institute a program in speaking, arguing, and writing • Explore new curricular programs

  Heidi Winterburn '03 has served as Associate Professor of Philsophy Sam Mitchell's Speaking, Arguing, and Writing mentor for two semesters. Interested in the philosophy of aesthetics, she wrote a thesis examining the work of the performance artist Marina Abramovic in light of the aesthetic theories of Aristotole, Nietzsche, and Artaud. Also shown here is Mitchell's dog, Cheney, who attends many philosophy department functions.
For Heidi Winterburn '03, preparing students for in-class debates with subjects such as "Are you freer than your car?"; providing feedback to a faculty member about how students feel about his course and serving as a conduit for their concerns; and helping students overcome feelings of intimidation about public speaking are all in a day's work--work as a Speaking, Arguing, and Writing mentor.

Winterburn is one of sixty students who provide assistance to their peers and Mount Holyoke's faculty through the innovative program that is known on campus as SAW. In the process, the philosophy major and politics minor has learned that she enjoys "interacting with students and watching that transformative moment when they understand a concept." And after working closely with Associate Professor of Philosophy Sam Mitchell as a mentor for two of his classes, she is now considering a career in teaching philosophy herself. For his part, Mitchell finds having a SAW mentor "very, very helpful" and feels that the program has "altered the way we teach at Mount Holyoke. Faculty now have a greater focus on in-class debate and argument, and this is done in a consistent way across the disciplines. Writing has become more focused and not just the purview of the English department. Writing in philosophy is technical, more like biology and computer science, and the process is different. Students are now learning this approach."

Part of the Weissman Center for Leadership, SAW has worked with faculty to add to and strengthen writing and speaking elements in courses. It was one of the first programs in the country to combine writing and speaking components for the integrated development of both skills and has become a model for other colleges and universities.

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