Welcome to WRIT Large
WRIT Large is an annual journal of undergraduate research and writing at DU. Begun in the winter of 2012, WRIT Large serves as a resource and teaching tool for our faculty, as well as a source of inspiration for students. Each year, DU students produce an exemplary array of academic writing across disciplines, and WRIT Large gives some of them an audience beyond their instructors and classmates. We are consistently impressed by the variety we see in student writing at DU: variety in the methods they employ, the theories that ground and prompt their thinking, the creativity they display in finding new ways to write about familiar and not-so-familiar topics.
"Writing About Education" (Volume 8.2)
Introduction to Volume 8 (Issue 2)
Education either functions as an instrument which is used to...bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.
–Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968
Nearly one hundred years ago exactly, in the early months of 1919, University of Denver faculty members received curious envelopes in their campus letterboxes. A local church group was demanding to know who among them believed in or taught the theory of evolution, defying notions that the Bible was both “divinely inspired and unerringly accurate.” Campus response was swift. Professors wrote forceful replies, championing their rights and the rights of students to challenge existing ideas and explore controversial theories, like Darwinism. DU Chancellor Henry Buchtel echoed these sentiments in an open letter, insisting on broad academic freedom at the University. In response, the church group labeled both DU and the Iliff School of Theology “hotbeds of infidelity.”
Freedom to think, freedom to learn, freedom to explore new ideas: all are hallmarks of a DU education, and a right of students and faculty alike. It makes sense, then, that DU students would turn their critical gaze to the practice of education itself—both its failures in stunning global disparities and a widening domestic achievement gap; and its possibilities, through new and enlightening instructional models. This issue of WRIT Large Retrospective celebrates three students as they interrogate and advance important ideas about education in an effort to transform their world.
"Writing the Self" (Volume 8.1)
Introduction to Volume 8
When a group of DU Writing Program faculty conceived of publishing WRIT Large in the fall of 2011, we envisioned a space to celebrate undergraduate writing and research, both from our own WRIT classes and in the writing students engage in across campus and beyond. Over the last 7 years and 7 volumes of WRIT Large, the faculty editors have worked with 63 student authors and 19 student editors in our efforts to make student writing more visible on the DU campus. In the process, we have collectively created a robust archive of outstanding student work, mostly in the form of a print journal.
This year, we want to reflect back and call attention to some of our favorite writing from the volumes we’ve published so far. In the coming months, we will showcase a trio of essays focusing on a theme we saw emerging from our pages.
April Chapman-Ludwig, Teaching Assistant Professor
David J. Daniels, Teaching Associate Professor
Megan J. Kelly, Teaching Associate Professor
Heather N. Martin, Teaching Associate Professor
Juli Parrish, Teaching Associate Professor
LP Picard, Teaching Associate Professor
From the University Writing Program