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GC Composition & Rhetoric Community (GCCRC)

The Graduate Center Composition and Rhetoric Community (GCCRC), a DSC-chartered organization, is comprised of a diverse group of students and faculty interested in not only what texts say, but how they say it, and how they come to say it – in short, how they are composed. This interdisciplinary group has been of particular interest to those who are teaching while pursuing their degrees because of our commitment to exploring writing-centered pedagogies, offering a support network for new and continuing graduate student instructors and hands-on training sessions for anyone interested. The GCCRC aims to foster discussions of writing studies and composition theory alongside our own local classroom experiences; these important connections between theory and practice regularly develop into extended discussions that group members have presented at national conferences.

Find out more on the Commons wiki, or see what we’ve been reading on Zotero.

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RSVP for Monday, Sept 24th featuring Jason Tougaw!

  • Hi everyone–

    We hope you’ll all be able to join us for the next GCCRC meeting this Monday, September 24th from 6:30 – 8:30. As usual, we will have snacks and refreshments. Please respond to let us know if you’ll be attending so we know how much food to get.

    At this meeting, we will be joined by Professor Jason Tougaw (Queens College) who will be leading us in a discussion on the interplay of conscious and unconscious thought in the writing process. The discussion will ask us to put contemporary writers into dialogue with contemporary brain researchers, using William James’s concept of “the fringe” as a lens. Ultimately, the discussion will point to pedagogical considerations about what kinds of classroom work might make the most of the interplay of what’s conscious and what’s not.

    Professor Tougaw has asked me to circulate two readings in advance of the meeting. First, you’ll find a recent review article by Professor Tougaw titled “Brain Memoirs and the Neuroscience of Self”. Second, you’ll find a chapter from Michael Gazzaniga’s recent book Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain. Of course, time being short, get to as much as you can. Anyone is welcome to join the conversation regardless of level of preparation.

    We hope to see you next week for this exciting discussion.

    Andrew and Amanda

    GCCRC Co-Chairs

    PS: For those of you who can’t make it to the meetings, we are uploading minutes and meeting notes to our commons site. To access these documents, go to and click on Docs. Not only will you be able to upload documents of your own, you’ll also be able to add your comments and edits to the meeting notes already in progress.

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