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Rutgers scholar talks about teaching new media writing Thursday, Feb. 26, at NWC

Posted February 17, 2009

POWELL, Wyo. - Richard Miller of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, will talk about "New Media Composition for the Masses" at Northwest College from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Room 70 of the Fagerberg Building.

In his talk Miller, addresses the challenge of creative communication in what he calls a "2.0 world." Miller maintains that "Composing with new media is not analogous to writing; collaborating with new media is not analogous to co-editing; the creation of the internet is not analogous to the invention of the printing press. Our 2.0 World is not an upgrade of what came before. The paradigm for human communication has shifted." With this as a context, he asks the question, "Is there a place for the teaching of writing in the 21st century?"

Miller encourages those who plan to attend to first watch a short video. The two-part You Tube video was taken from Miller's presentation to the Modern Language Association in December 2008. Trace his ongoing deliberations on the role of the humanities in the 21st century can be traced at his "Worlds End, Worlds Begin" blog.

The author of "As if Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education" and "Writing at the End of the World," Miller's articles have appeared in numerous journals and collections. He is also the co-editor, with Kurt Spellmeyer, of "The New Humanities Reader" and co-author of the Web site.

Miller encourages participation in small group discussions immediately after his presentation. His appearance at NWC is sponsored through a partnership with the University of Wyoming. Admission is free.