On June 23, Daniel Weinstein (English Department) gave a workshop presentation, titled “2 Ways In: Slower, Deeper Reading through the (Playful) Stylistic and Logical Analysis of Texts,” at the 2016 Conference of the NCTE Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL). The presentation showcased a “deep reading” technique derived from a sentence combining activity originally intended to help student writers develop written fluency.
The theme of of the conference, “deep reading: reinventing identity through imagination,” refers to the kind of thoughtful and reflective reading that fully engages readers' intellects and imaginations with the hope of inviting responsive reflection and self-discovery.
To encourage such reading, Weinstein lead participants through a process of textual fragmentation and contemplation which highlighted the method's value as a practice of deliberately slow reading.
The presentation reflects Weinstein's ongoing research into connections between contemplative pedagogy for writing and computer assisted creativity. Through his research and teaching, Weinstein, a codirector of IUP's Center for Digital Humanities and Culture (DHC), looks for new ways in which the use of computers can help people put more into, and get more out of, reading and writing.