Mary Trachsel: Oakdale Writing Workshop

Mary Trachsel discusses the Writers’ Workshop at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center in Coralville, IA. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.


Mary Trachsel, Department of Rhetoric (University of Iowa)

Mary Trachsel, Department of Rhetoric (University of Iowa)

Associate Professor Mary Trachsel earned her PhD in English with an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. She came to the Iowa Rhetoric Department in 1989.

At Iowa she has led advisory groups in the Rhetoric Department’s Professional Development Program and taught General Education Rhetoric and Interpretation of Literature as well as advanced writing courses and graduate courses in feminist pedagogy, feminist ethics, and the history of literacy.

She teaches animal studies courses as first-year seminars and honors seminars. Her current research interests focus on human-animal relationships and animal communication, with a special interest in the discourse of ape language research. Mary has volunteered at IMCC as part of the Oakdale Writers’ Workshop for the past seven years, and is a member of the Oakdale Community Choir. [More…]

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