Welcome one and all to the fall 2015 semester. The new academic year brings two fresh faces to Florida International University’s Writing in History Program. Speaking for myself, Dr. Ferdinando, and my colleague Dr. Weimer, we both want to thank Drs. Snyder and Zumaglini for their efforts during the program’s inaugural year. We aim to continue their work and further develop the many possibilities imaginable within the remit of Writing in History. As the program enters its second year, it offerings include tutoring, workshops, roundtables, and online resources that all aim to improve and enhance the writing and research skills of FIU’s diverse student body. From helping a freshman to structure their first college paper for a required history credit, to assisting history juniors and seniors as they refine their writing and research skills, the Writing in History program offers support and encourage.
One of the key successes of Writing in History is our tutoring for lower and upper division students in history classes. Our skilled tutors, Amanda, Elysee, and Enzu, are essential to the program. Tutors are available Monday through Friday, usually from 9am to 5pm. Whether a student is just starting a paper and needs help outlining and developing their thesis, or if a student already has a substantial draft, they are welcome to make an appointment to meet with a tutor. In fact, students can make follow-up appointments as they craft their paper, hence one of our motto’s “Early and Often.” To learn more and set an appointment, please visit our website.
One of the new developments for Writing in History in the 2015-2016 academic year is Journal Club. This combined discussion and workshop event addresses undergraduate student writing and research. Each month, we will circulate a journal article that serves as a springboard for larger discussions, including primary and secondary sources, the research and revision process, and transcription and translation. Our first Journal Club meeting will focus on finding and evaluating primary sources, and will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 2pm in DM370. More information and a link to the selected article featuring tales of possible cannibalism during the Starving Time at Jamestown will be available soon.
Another new development is this blog, so watch this space for updates on Journal Club, tutoring, and other events and information about the Writing in History program.
Best, Dr. Ferdinando