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The Weekly Writer
Things to Do
OWL News: Updated for APA 7
The Purdue OWL is proud to announce that its APA 7 resources are now live! Want to see what's changed in the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual? Check out our 7th edition changes page, which lists the most important updates for students and educators, https://bit.ly/2UuOe4A
Feb 19 - Workshop: Writing in "Plain Style"
Preparing documentation—reports, processes & procedures, instructions, etc.? Join us at this workshop to learn techniques to help you stylize your writing so that non-academic audiences will understand what you mean the first time they read or hear it.

All workshops are held in HEAV 220, 1:30-2:30 PM.

Registration is required. Please choose the workshop you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.
Register Here
See All Workshops Here
Weekdays - Conversation Groups
Visit our daily conversation groups to enhance your English language skills weekdays between Jan 27 - May 1.  All conversation groups are held in HEAV 220
  • Mondays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 
  • Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 
  • Thursdays (Snack Chat) | 1:30 - 2:30 PM
  • Fridays | 11:30 - 12:30 PM
Registration is required.  Please choose the conversation group you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.

Snacks will be provided on Thursdays.
Conversation Groups
Register Here
See All Conversation Groups Here
Feb 24 - Writers' Room
Writers' Room Writers' Rooms are dedicated times and places for writers of all stripes to work on their academic writing projects (e.g. class assignments, scholarly articles, dissertations, etc.). Writers should plan to spend most of the two-hour block in independent writing; however, Writing Lab tutors will be available for very brief, limited consultations if concerns arise during the writing time.

Join us on Feb 10 & 24, Mar 9 & 23, Apr 13 & 27.  All Writers' Rooms are 3:30pm - 5:30pm and located in WTHR 420 .

Registration is required. Please choose the Writers' Room you want under the "Group Programs" schedule.

Earn a special prize when you attend at least 5 this Spring!

Register Here
See All Writers' Rooms Here
In the Spotlight
Speeches:  Beyond Writing a Script
By Amy L., Tutor

When you come in with a speech assignment, we can help you make the transition from written to oral communication. Whatever the topic is, we will help you develop a coherent, cohesive, and interesting presentation.

First, we can help you become more aware of the audience that you are presenting to. We'll talk about how to align your message to what they already know or believe before you can successfully inform or influence them.

In a persuasive speech, the next step is being clear on your stance in the situation. Once you have your ideas and stance solidified, we help you organize them into a clear, concise, and understandable format that the audience will relate to.

Then you would be adding your own personality. In a speech, you can enhance the audience's understanding through your gestures, pauses, and cues. We can go through a few run-throughs and give you feedback on how you can work on your eye contact, inflection, speed, and other aspects of the presentation.

We can also help with the visual aid, if you have one. Does it supplement your speech or will it distract? We can talk about any text you'll display, but we can also help with the visual design and layout as well.

Altogether, we can help you create a well-rounded presentation that will wow your audience.
Other Things to Do
From Our Campus Partners
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Peer Support Group
Today, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
SCHL 230        

Our Peer Support Groups will begin on January 22nd and run weekly (with the exception of 2/26) from 4:30pm-6:00pm at the LGBTQ Center (dinner will be provided).

The topics for the support group include: Stress, Mental Health, Relationships, and Substance Use and will be facilitated by a trained therapist from CAPS. The purpose of the support group is to provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ students on campus to discuss issues that are relative to their well-being (particularly mental well-being) and to create social support systems that facilitate positive outcomes.

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Different Lenses: Telling Your Cultural Story
Today, 12:00pm - 1:30pm        
AAARCC at 915 6th St      

A student workshop series for a more effective culture-crossing student experience.
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Lunch and Learn: Dr. Fenggang Yang, Sociology Dept
February 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm        
AAARCC at 915 6th St       

The lunch and learn series is every Thursday during the semester 12pm - 1pm at the AAARCC.  Lunch will be provided.
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2020 Books & Coffee
February 13, 4:00pm     
STEW 302/306         

Week 2 with Professor Don Platt speaking on Ross Gay's The Book of Delights.  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.
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Dance Workshop:  Performance and Stories for Social Change
February 18, 6:00pm - 7:30pm     
Black Cultural Center Zamora Studio
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How to be an Unhidden Figure in Science
February 18, 7:00pm  
STEW 278

Dr. Talitha Washington is a program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University.  She was featured by NSF as a Woman History Maker and is the recipient of the STEM Innovator Award and ASI Fellow. 

As a black woman in science, Dr. Washington aims to improve ethnic minority access to STEM subjects in the USA.  She is a renowned motivational speaker who shares her passion for applied mathematics and STEM diversity.  On February 18, Dr. Washington will be addressing Purdue students and discussing How to be an Unhidden Figure in Science, a reference to the movie Hidden Figures.
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Big 10 Emerging Scholar in English Lecture
February 19

10:00am - 11:30am, HEAV 320
A discussion of scholar Tejumola Olaniyan's research on "African Literature in the Post-Global Age:  Provocations on Field Commonsense"  followed by pizza for lunch.

2:00pm - 3:00pm, GRIS 102
A discussion of Homegoing.

4:30pm - 5:30pm, STEW 313
Lecture featuring Dipo Oyeleye speaking on "Postcolonial Futures: Rethinking Afropolitanism as a Theory of Reading Global Africa" followed by wine and cheese reception
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Wellness Wednesdays:  Power Based Violence 101
Feb 19, 10:00am
SCHL 230        

We will be having more Educational Seminars offered once a month at 10am at the LGBTQ Center (breakfast will be included). Please see the flyer above for the topics of each seminar. At each seminar, one lucky participant receives a free yoga set (yoga mat, mat carrier, blocks, and resistance band included)!

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Different Lenses: Civility & Emotional Resilience in Polarized Times
February 19, 12:00pm - 1:30pm        
WALC 3087  

A student workshop series for a more effective culture-crossing student experience.
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Lunch and Learn: CARE
February 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm        
PMU Anniversary Drawing Room         

The lunch and learn series is every Thursday during the semester 12pm - 1pm at the AAARCC.  Lunch will be provided.
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2020 Books & Coffee
February 13, 4:00pm     
STEW 302/306         

Week 3 with Professor Marlo David speaking on Toni Morrison's Sula.  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.
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Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location with our online scheduler.

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Phone: 765-494-3723

Virtual Hours (Summer 2020)

Only virtual appointments are available at this time.

Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM