PhD+ Writing Op-Eds 1: An Overview of Public Writing, the Dos and Don’ts

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This series, Writing Op-Eds: Translating Your Research to a Broad Audience, will help PhD students in arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) convert their academic writing and research to make it more accessible for broad audiences. In this first session, Dr. Brian Rosenwald, a UVA PhD alum, public commentator, and Senior Editor at Made by History, a Washington Post history section, will dig into the nuts and bolts of public scholarship and cover why and how to write for the public: everything from why to write for the public to how to write various types of op-eds, to how to pitch editors and how to publicize your work both within and outside of the academy. This session will address the differences stylistically between academic and public writing and how to adapt to the new form. It will also include a discussion of diversity in the world of public intellectuals/commentary, when to pass an opportunity on to a colleague, and how to take advantage of the current media climate. Finally, it will cover the world of social media.   INSTRUCTOR Brian Rosenwald, Ph.D. - Dr. Rosenwald is a scholar in residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, an instructor at Penn, and author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. He serves as a senior editor of Made By History, a Washington Post history section, and as a political analyst for NBC10 Philadelphia. He also makes regular appearance on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, the Michael Smerconish Show, NBCLX, and the Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano. Dr. Rosenwald received a PhD and a MA in history from the University of Virginia and a BA in political science (with honors) and history from the University of Pennsylvania. More broadly, Dr. Rosenwald is a frequent commentator on radio, television and in print. He has authored pieces for The Atlantic, The Washington Post,, Politico, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Daily Beast and Time Magazine's history blog, and contributed insight to pieces for media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Dr. Rosenwald’s work intersects four disciplines— history, political science, media studies, and communications. His scholarly interests include Congress, the media, public policy, and the Supreme Court. He also has significant interests in the substance of public policy and in helping scholars to reach a wider audience with their work. Read more here. Registration Form  
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