Through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Faculty Humanities Seminars, the IWT directed two seminars—in 2000-2002 and 2003-2005 on “Human Rights: Idea, History, Case Study,” and on “Reading Narratives in Four Religious Traditions” for teachers in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Bard faculty from the departments of history, political studies, literature, and religion were presenters and IWT Faculty associates led discussion sessions using IWT writing practices. At the conclusion of each seminar, a special session addressed classroom application of the texts and the writing practices. Lessons developed in these seminars became the basis for several current IWT workshops, including Human Rights: A Writing to Learn Workshop, and Reading Narratives in Four Religious Traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).
Workshops for doctoral candidates, University College Dublin
In January 2008 and 2009 IWT led two-day workshops in Thinking Historically through Writing: Writing and Research for 20 first-year graduate history students at University College Dublin. Focusing on writing practices to support research and to advance progress on writing the dissertation, doctoral students in history used IWT writing practices to more clearly define their research questions, examine documents, and investigate secondary texts. The workshop also created a forum in which students could exchange ideas and engage one another's research topics, becoming for that moment the model of a scholarly community.