Listening Up / Saying Back: The Secret Life of Research

ENGL 102 Monday and Tuesday: July 29 and 30

As researchers, we’re more than just words on a page. The articles we find through our research are more than just words on a page. We’re humans responding to the thoughts, beliefs, and interpretations of other humans. One of the greatest skills we can learn when we’re “writing in the middle” is listening. When we learn to listen closely to each other, whether the “other” is human or text, we are not only being fair and respectful, but we’re also setting ourselves up for ultimate engagement: we hear clearly and we respond with our own ideas. This is infinitely more powerful than dumping some random data into a paper where we think we already know the answers. Instead, we bring something unique to the table. And sometimes, as we’ll see with Brenee Brown, that something is more moving and more human than we ever imagined.

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