Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Institute for Writing and Thinking

Founded in 1982, the Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) has been guiding teachers in developing and refining writing practices for more than 30 years. Through intellectually stimulating and practical workshops, conferences, and on-site consulting, IWT brings secondary and college teachers together and supports their efforts to make writing a central classroom practice.

The philosophy and practice of IWT are one: writing is both a record of completed thought and an exploratory process that supports teaching and deepens learning across disciplines. To this end, IWT’s core workshops include “Writing to Learn,” “Teaching the Academic Paper,” “Thinking Historically through Writing,” “Creative Nonfiction: Telling the Truth,” “Writing to Read Scientific Texts,” and “Poetry in Today’s Classroom.” IWT also offers an annual March Curriculum Conversation—a series of workshops intended to foster innovative approaches to teaching canonical texts through diverse writing and thinking practices. These workshops foster innovative approaches to teaching texts that help students understand their enduring relevance. Homer’s Odyssey, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are among the texts that have been addressed. The Institute’s annual April conference focuses on a pedagogical practice or genre, such as “Re-envisioning the Academic Paper,” “New Kinds of Attention: Teaching Writing in a Digital Age,” and “Serious Play: Teaching through Poetry.” 

IWT workshops demonstrate how teachers can lead their students to discover and make meaning, engage in productive dialogue, and learn the critical thinking skills that support academic writing and foster the capacity for lifelong learning. With workshops at Bard, on-site across the United States, and at partner institutions in Kyrgyzstan, Russia, the West Bank, and Germany, and through a variety of summer programs for high school and college students, IWT supports educators, students, and writers worldwide.