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Scholars look at story-telling, science and scholarship at UI Jan.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Storytelling's emerging power to shed light on academic
disciplines as diverse as music, medicine, education, environmentalism,
humanities, social science and science education will be the focus of an
interdisciplinary conference at the University of Iowa Friday, Jan. 30
and Saturday, Jan. 31.
The conference, "Story-Telling in Science and Scholarship,"
is sponsored by the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI). The gathering
will feature nearly 30 scholars from more than 20 different academic fields
discussing the ways narrative techniques are used to investigate and explain
social, cultural, artistic and scientific phenomena.
"Narrative as an explanatory device has really come into prominence
in a variety of disciplines in the past several decades," says David
J. Depew, professor of communications studies and a co-organizer of the
conference. "This conference is an opportunity to examine that trend
and to showcase the work that scholars at the University are doing with
The conference, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 30 at 107 Brewery Square, 123 N. Linn St., with introductory
remarks by Depew. The program concludes at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31
with remarks by Deirdre McCloskey, professor of economics and history and
a co-organizer of the conference.
The program includes seven, hour-long panel discussions, each featuring
three short presentations by scholars from the UI and other universities
in the United States.
"The format gives many people across a wide range of disciplines
the opportunity to converse with each other," Depew says.
POROI tradition is to ask that participants prepare for the conference
by reading the submitted papers before attending individual sessions. For
more information, visit POROI's website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~poroi/
Papers are also available by calling POROI at (319) 335-2753.
Here is the schedule for the conference, "Story-Telling in Science
and Scholarship," sponsored by the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry
(POROI), at the University of Iowa Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31:
FRIDAY, JAN 31:
3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Introduction: "The Narrative Turn"
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. "Narrative and Self-Knowledge." Chair,
Kathleen M. Farrell, associate education, Jewish studies program, Michigan
State University, "Narrative, Psychology, and Vocation: Jerome Bruner
as Autobiographer"; Leslie H. Margolin, associate professor of counseling,
rehabilitation, and student development, and POROI, "Telling Incest
Stories"; Thomas Z. Pozen, graduate student in French and Italian
at the UI, "Narrative, Knowledge, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. "Attributing Motives: Narrative and Our
Knowledge of Others." Chair, Frederick Antczak, professor of rhetoric
at the UI; Ralph E. Cintron, associate professor of rhetoric at the UI,
"Story-Telling and Ethnography"; Eugene Garver, of the philosophy
department at Saint Johns University, "Narrative, Rhetorical Argument,
and Ethical Authority"; Robert P. Newman, adjunct professor of communication
studies at the UI, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Goldhagen: A
Narrative of Guilt and Redemption."
5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Discussion and Reception.
SATURDAY, JAN. 31
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. "Story-Telling and Social Negotiation."
Chair: Robert Sessions, of the philosophy department at Kirkwood Community
College; James A. Throgmorton, associate professor of urban and regional
planning at the UI, "Telling Persuasive Stories of City Transformation";
Elisabeth Hamin, of the community and regional planning department of Iowa
State University, and Mark Hamin, of the history and sociology of science
department at the University of Pennsylvania, "From Interested Controversions
to Interpreted Conversations: Two Case-Stories of How Participant Communities
Enact Disputes Between Traditional and Innovative Uses."
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. "Story-Telling on the Boundary between Nature
and Culture." Chair, Barbara Biesecker, associate professor of rhetoric
at the UI; Paul R. Greenough, professor of history at the UI, "Hunter's
Drowned Land: An Environmental Fantasy of the Victorian Sunderbans";
Alison Werner, graduate student in law at the UI, "Paleoanthropological
Narratives: Bones of Contention"; Richard P. Horwitz, professor of
American Studies at the UI, "Some Swine Disease Science."
11:30 Lunch (not provided)
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. "Narrative and Natural Science." Chair,
Jon Ringen, professor of literature, science, and the arts at the UI; Jo
Anne Ollerenshaw Lewis, graduate student in science education at the UI,
and Steven R. Yussen, dean of the UI College of Education, "Stories
as a Vehicle for Elementary School Children to Think About and Learn Science";
Margaret B. Miller-Vaughan, of the St. Ambrose University MBA Program,
"Mr. Tansug"; David Stern, associate professor of philosophy
at the UI, "Rhetoric, Narrative and Argument in the Work of Bruno
Latour" David E. Klemm, professor of religion at the UI, and William
H. Klink, professor of physics and astronomy at the UI, "The Role
of Models in Science and Theology."
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. "Narrative and The Work of Art: Performing
Stories in Various Media." Chair, Stephen C. Foster, professor of
art and art history at the UI; Thomas Christensen, associate professor
of music, "Telling Stories With (and About) Music"; Garrett Stewart,
professor of English at the UI, "Ontogeny, Phylogeny, and the Cinematic
Masterplot"; Marlena Corcoran of the UI Honors Program, "Understanding
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. "Narrative and the Life-Cycle: Stories about
Being Sick and Dying." Chair, Bruce E. Gronbeck, professor of communications
studies at the UI; Dieter Boxmann, graduate student in rhetorical studies
at the UI, "From Principles to Process: How Story-Telling Challenges
Medical Accountability for Death"; Patricia Kelley, professor of social
work at the UI, "The Use of Narrative in Social Work Treatment and
Research"; Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, professor of surgery at the UI,
"Training the Fallible Hero: Narrative and Myth in Surgical Education."
4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Summary and Final Discussion.