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About Lisa

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. I teach courses in New Media Studies and Professional Writing.

Recap: International Digital Storytelling Conference

Photo of boy with UMass bear

Selfie with UMass swag from the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, photobombed by brother.

Way, way back in 2006, I presented on my dissertation research at the Inaugural Gathering of Digital Storytellers at MIT. Fast-forward to late September 2015, nearly ten years later, and I found myself at the grown-up version of that early gathering, with many of the same attendees: the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, jointly hosted by Smith College and UMass Amherst.

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Recap: The Conference on Community Writing

Back in the flatlands, with my new Colorado-branded hat.

Back in the flatlands, with my new Colorado-branded hat.

I spent last weekend – October 16th–19th – at the inaugural Conference on Community Writing in Boulder, Colorado, where I saw some excellent talks, climbed a mountain, and ate a lot of bean-and-grain-filled bowls (much harder to find a hot dog or a sausage in Boulder than in Chicago). The conference ran from Thursday – Saturday, and attracted mostly rhet/comp academics interested in community writing, community engagement, engaged research, public rhetoric, community literacy, and service learning, as well as in creating “sustainable infrastructures” for all of these. Continue reading

On Being a Pracademic

This is a presentation made on March 12, 2015, to students in DMA 527: Digital Media Arts Survey, a foundation course for students in DePaul’s MA in Digital Communication and Media Arts, a program that has some similarities to my department’s MA in New Media Studies. In this talk, I’ve been asked to: 1) provide an insider’s view into my work with digital storytelling (careers, professional experiences, insights), and 2) promote classes that students can take, should they want to pursue this line of study further.

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