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Workshops help faculty craft a public voice

A series of programs to help Emory faculty members translate their research to a broader audience is being offered by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in February and March.

In collaboration with the Center for Women and Emory media relations experts, CFDE will have two workshops as follow-up to one offered before the semester began. 

Almost two dozen women scholars from across the University took part in this pre-semester workshop facilitated by the Op-Ed Project. This national organization aims to increase the volume of women's voices in the public sphere by providing training in placing editorials in major media outlets.

The two follow-up sessions and another spring workshop on preparing book proposals for literary agents are open to all faculty members.

This spring's focus on public scholarship culminates in early April with a visit to campus by Jill Kneerim and David Patterson, two prominent literary agents with a track record of promoting books by major public intellectuals.

For more information about the four events listed below, including locations and how to register for each one, visit the CFDE website. All workshops begin at noon.

"Writing Book Proposals and Queries for Trade Presses and Agents" is facilitated by Elizabeth Gallu, associate director of the CFDE's Author Development Program on Thursday, Feb. 9 in the Math & Science Center Lounge 200.

"Pitching and Placing your Op-Ed" is facilitated by Emory media relations experts, Nancy Seideman and Elaine Justice from the Office of Communications and Marketing, on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in Room 162, Center for Ethics. 

"Stories from the Op-Ed Front Lines" is a panel discussion and workshop featuring Drew Westen, professor of psychology; Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies; and Hank Klibanoff, James M. Cox, Jr., Professor of Journalism on Monday, March 26 in Room 162, Center for Ethics. 

"Meet the Agents: Trends in Publishing and the Value of Public Scholarship" is a public talk by Jill Kneerim, co-founder of Kneerim and Williams; and David Patterson of Foundry Literary and Media on Tuesday, April 3.  Both agents will be available for brief individual meetings with Emory authors on April 3 and 4.  The talk and meetings will be in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library and the Emory Conference Center. Slots for meetings are limited, and interested faculty should visit the CFDE website for information about how to schedule and prepare for individual meetings.

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