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An innovative hub
for multimodal composition
and practice of writing craft

The Writing Institute works to help scaffold writing skills across the curriculum, and offers printed resources and workshops that support writing projects common to the Antioch experience, including the Life Aims Paper, the self-design major Statement of Inquiry, Senior theses, and the Senior Reflection Paper—as well as technical writing support for the co-op resume, cover letter, and digital portfolio. Writing mentorship includes faculty consultations, peer tutoring, the Alumni Writers Program, student-led writing groups, and faculty-led writeins. The Writing Institute and program at Antioch College also fosters opportunities in multimodal composition and the Digital Liberal Arts, creative nonfiction, reportage, literary journalism, writing immersions, public readings, Writers-in-Residence, and community outreach.

Robin Littell

Assistant Professor of Writing and Composition

Robin Littell

Robin Littell has been teaching English composition courses for over ten years to a diverse
body of traditional and non-traditional students at varying levels of skill and confidence in their
writing. She builds course content in ways that make the writing process meaningful and
engaging, leading students to develop a “tool kit” that is transferable from class to class and
beyond. Through careful attention to student needs, Robin creates a learning environment that
is supportive yet challenges students to do their best work.

Robin also teaches and writes short fiction and has numerous publications and
acknowledgments for her work. Her focus is currently flash fiction, a literary genre with a vibrant
history in which attention to the narrative arc, language, and image is vital because of the limited
space of the form. Her protagonists are women who often break convention and challenge
contemporary societal expectations, along with those whose stories illuminate the difficult and
tenuous nature of romantic and familial relationships. Robin has been the writer in residence at
the Dickinson House and Spark Box Studio in Olsene, Belgium and Ontario, Canada,
respectively. She is the winner of the 2018 Vella Chapbook contest, which resulted in the
publication of her chapbook Flight.

Selected Courses

ENG 101 Plus (Formerly ENG 090 College Writing Skills)
ENG 105 English Composition (Formerly Global Seminar in Writing)
ENG 251 Expository Writing: Writing for the Arts
ENG 251 Expository Writing: Nature Writing
ENG 350 Advanced Creative Writing: Flash Fiction
GS 140 Global Seminar: Water
LIT 243 Intro to Cinema

Education

M.F.A., Creative Writing (Fiction), Miami University
M.A., English, National University
Thesis - Dividing the Mind: Connections to the Uncanny in The Yellow Wallpaper and
Reading Lolita In Tehran
B.A., Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Ohio State University

Publications

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Brooke Bryan at her desk adjacent to the Writing Institute at Antioch College

Brooke Blackmon Bryan

Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Literacy, Dean for Innovation & the Applied Liberal Arts

Brooke Bryan at her desk adjacent to the Writing Institute at Antioch College
Brooke Blackmon Bryan

Brooke Blackmon Bryan is an aesthetic philosopher and oral historian who composes work in narrative, media and textiles. A practitioner of critical and digital pedagogies, she serves as Associate Professor of Writing & Digital Literacy and Dean for Innovation and the Applied Liberal Arts at Antioch College. Brooke convenes the creativity and story area of practice, teaches a variety of nonfiction writing courses, and supports students in self-design majors that engage contemporary continental philosophy, media, oral history, critical community studies, and contemporary art practice. 

Brooke's current research focuses broadly on process and activist philosophy and takes two main tracks. The first is an object-focused exploration of impermanence and the incorporeal and critique of new materialisms that locates the American quilt within a feminist Deleuzian aesthetic, exploring its praxis and conservation through virtuality, multiplicity, and event. This work is guided by a curiosity of what we think it means "to save" something, particularly art objects. Her second line of research engages radical pedagogies at the intersection of Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy and community-based research models in an attempt to rethink and reconfigure practices in higher education today. This work generates primary sources through interview, specifically engaging questions of collaborative and co-constructed knowledge production, how we might explode the canon of western theorists in our research and curricula, and how institutions of higher education must scaffold epistemological access with a focus on vigor, not rigor.  

Brooke often refers to herself as a radical phenomenologist with an audio recorder. She can often be found in the Writing Institute building digital interview exhibits and working with students on their writing craft, in the midst of an interview with a person who is working in the trenches with these connected questions, or in her studio stitching and mending.

She helps to curate public-facing student and faculty work and pedagogical resources for the Great Lakes Colleges Association and Global Liberal Arts Alliance here: ohla.info

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (ABD 2020)
  • M.A., Humanities— Oral History Methodology & Sound Studies, Antioch University, 2013
  • B.A., Humanities— World Classics, Antioch University, 2009

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

PEDAGOGICAL PUBLICATIONS

Bryan, Brooke. “Oral History in the Liberal Arts: A community-based teaching & learning program using tools for digital scholarship & storytelling.” Consortium for Teaching and Learning, Great Lakes Colleges Association, 2018. Retrieved from http://glcateachlearn.org/oral-history-in-the-liberal-arts-a-community-based-teaching-learning-program-using-tools-for-digital-scholarship-storytelling/.

Bryan, Brooke. “Interviewing 101: A few resources for teaching undergrads how to interview for Public-facing Digital Projects. Within One Term.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts, Great Lakes Colleges Association, 2016. Retrieved from http://ohla.info/interviewing-101-a-few-resources-for-teaching-undergrads-how-to-interview-for-public-facing-digital-projects-within-one-term/.

Bryan, Brooke. “After the Interview: On Workflow & Choosing a Digital Tool to Visualize, Organize, and Publish Interview Collections.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts, Great Lakes Colleges Association, 2016. Retrieved from http://ohla.info/visualizing-organizing-publishing-interview-collections/.

Bryan, Brooke. “A Liberal Sort of Learning: Phenomenological Oral History and the Empirical Humanities.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts, Great Lakes Colleges Association, 2016. Retrieved from http://ohla.info/a-liberal-sort-of-learning-phenomenological-oral-history-and-the-empirical-humanities/.

Bryan, Brooke. “On capturing the full scope of an evanescent vapor. With an audio recorder.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts, Great Lakes Colleges Association, 2015. Retrieved from: http://ohla.info/on-capturing-the-full-scope-of-an-evanescent-vapor-with-an-audio-recorder/.

Bryan, Brooke. ‘High Stakes’ Experiential Learning on Co-op: Four Antioch College Students Show Digital Projects at Oral History Association ’15. Oral History in the Liberal Arts, Great Lakes Colleges Association, 2016. Retrieved from http://ohla.info/high-impact-oral-history-antioch/.

COURSES TAUGHT @ ANTIOCH COLLEGE

PHIL 299 Independent Study: DELEUZE, A THOUSAND PLATEAUS

EXPR 251: Antioch Community Action

EXPR 251: Antioch Community Research

GS 210: Global Seminar on Water and GS 210: Global Seminar Continuing Studies: Borderlands

ENG 251: Expository Writing: Personal Scholarly Narrative and ENG 351: Advanced Expository Writing: Long-form Creative Nonfiction

CLCN 145: Community Reporting 

ARTS 395: Visual and Critical Studies Seminar and ARTS 494: Senior Seminar: Studio Practice & Critique

LIT 299: Professional & Technical Writing and ENG 101/105 English Composition: Content and Form

WORK 150: Work Portfolio I— On Working 

WORK 331: Sound, Sight, Sentiment: Phenomenologies of Place

WORK 425: Humanities Fieldwork: Oral History & Digital Scholarship

WORK 475: Extended Field Experience

RECENT SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Panelist/Workshop Lead. History Design Lab Institute. January 6-7, 2020, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Invited.

Panelist. “From Historical Inquiry to Happenings of Being: Oral History as Phenomenological Praxis & Pedagogy” in Positionality, Perspective, and Praxis: Reflections and New Directions in Interviewing” panel. Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, October 16-20, 2019.

Guest Lecturer. “Tactical Outreach and Interview Strategies for Community Fieldwork” in Diversity in the Heartland, Professor Ric Sheffield. Kenyon College, October 1, 2019. Invited.

Guest Lecturer. “Informed Consent and Oral History Fieldwork in Documentary Studies” in Cross Cultural Encounters in Cinema course, Professor Catalina Jordan Alvarez. Antioch College, September 19, 2019. Invited.

Workshop lead: “Into to Digital Tools: StoryMaps with Brooke Bryan.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Institute, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, July 11, 2019.

Presenter. “After the Interview— Workflows for Data Management & Indexing for Scholarly Access.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Institute, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, July 11, 2019.

Presenter, “The Art of the Interview: A Tactical Approach to an Abbreviated Life Story Methodology.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Institute, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH, July 10, 2019.

Presenter. “Project Planning: Developing Project Statements, Consent Forms, Public-facing Project Pages & Outreach Plans” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Institute. Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH. July 10, 2019.

Presenter. “Digital Oral History as Community-Based Learning— Innovations, Complications, Art” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Institute. Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH. July 9, 2019.

Presenter. “Pedagogical Frameworks for High Impact Community-Based Learning.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop, Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 28, 2019. Invited.

Presenter. “Place-Based Multimedia Projects with StoryMaps & Storymaps JS.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop, Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 28, 2019. Invited.

Presenter. “Advancing your Scholarly Agenda with the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS).” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop, Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 28, 2019. Invited.

Presenter. “After the Interview— Workflows for Data Management & a Flash Intro to

Digital Tools for the OHLA Method.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop. Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 28, 2019. Invited.

Presenter. “Field Recording Basics for Interviewers: Getting Good Sound.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop, Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 27, 2019. Invited.

Presenter. “The Art of the Interview: A Tactical Approach to an Abbreviated Life Story

Methodology.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop, Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 27, 2019. Invited.

Presenter. “Digital Oral History as Community-Based Learning.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop. Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 26, 2019. Invited.

Panelist. “An Introduction to Doing Oral History in the Liberal Arts.” Oral History in the Liberal Arts Workshop, Global Liberal Arts Alliance International Oral History Institute. American University of Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 26, 2019. Invited.

Panelist. “Community Engaged Learning and the Future of Higher Education: Rust-Belt Responses” with chair Steven S. Volk. American Association of Colleges and Universities annual meeting, Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education. January 25, 2019.

Presenter, “Digital Tools for Content Management & Computation.” Deree College- the American College of Greece. Athens, Greece, June 21, 2018. Invited.

Presenter, “Digital Oral History in Higher Education: Innovations & Complications.” Deree College- the American College of Greece. Athens, Greece, June 21, 2018. Invited.

Presenter, “Oral History in the Liberal Arts as a Framework for Digital Liberal Arts Collaboration.” Engaging Liberal Learning Through Global Partnerships, Global Liberal Arts Alliance Annual Meeting. Ifrane, Morocco, March 2018. Invited.

Chair, “Countering Official Narratives: Oral History and Social Justice” with Dr. Noriko Sugimori, Kalamazoo College and Dr. Ernest Cole, Hope College. Oral History and Student Engagement with Displaced Communities, Global Liberal Arts Alliance Oral History Workshop with Oberlin College & American University of Nigeria. Oberlin College, OH, October 2017. Invited.

Presenter, “Informed Consent as a Guiding Logic of Oral History Research and the Ethical Challenges of Digital Archives.” Oral History and Student Engagement with Displaced Communities, Global Liberal Arts Alliance Oral History Workshop with Oberlin College & American University of Nigeria. Oberlin College, OH, October 2017. Invited.

Chair, “Student-Engaged Oral History Research Under the Guidance of GLCA Faculty and Staff.” Oral History and Student Engagement with Displaced Communities, Global Liberal Arts Alliance Oral History Workshop with Oberlin College & American University of Nigeria. Oberlin College, OH, October 2017. Invited.

Panelist, “GLCA Research and Pedagogical Models: Oral History in the Liberal Arts” with Dr. Adrian Bautista, Meghan Mitchell, Dr, Ian McMillen, Dr. Ken Grossi, and Dr. Tania Boster. Oral History and Student Engagement with Displaced Communities, Global Liberal Arts Alliance Oral History Workshop with Oberlin College & American University of Nigeria. Oberlin College, OH, October 2017. Invited.

 

CONFERENCES ORGANIZED

[COORGANIZING SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19]: International Orality & Oral History Institute. Global Liberal Arts Alliance. Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Quito, Ecuador, June 2020.

Conference Co-Organizer, with Dr. Simon Gray of Great Lakes Colleges Association. Global Liberal Arts Alliance Oral History Workshop. American University of Bulgaria, June 25-July 2, 2019.

Conference Organizer. Oral History in the Liberal Arts Summer Institute: A workshop supporting community-based learning with oral history & digital storytelling. Antioch College, July 9-13 2019.

Conference co-Organizer, with Prof. Ric Sheffield of Kenyon College. Oral History in the Liberal Arts Summer Institute: A workshop supporting community-based learning with oral history & digital storytelling. Kenyon College, July 2018.

Conference co-organizer, Oral History in the Liberal Arts Faculty Development Intensive. With Tania Boster (Oberlin) and Chryssa Zachou (Head of the Department of Sociology, Deree College-the American College of Greece). June 21, 2018.

Conference co-organizer, with Professor Dierdre Johnston. “Oral History in the Liberal Arts Introductory Regional Workshop: Community-based Learning through Interview Fieldwork and Digital Scholarship” Hope College, Holland, MI. May 2018.

Conference Co-Organizer, with Professor Ric Sheffield of Kenyon College. Oral History in the Liberal Arts Summer Institute: A workshop supporting community-based learning with oral history & digital storytelling. Kenyon College, July 2017.

NEWS & FEATURES

The Writing Program

Minimum Requirement

Prior to graduation, students are expected to master written communication ability that demonstrates development and effective expression of ideas and arguments in writing. This involves learning how to work in a variety of genres and styles. Written communication skills and abilities are developed through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

As part of the general education curriculum, students must complete two courses in composition: 

  • ENG 101 or ENG 105 English Composition 
  • and ENG 251 Expository Writing

Beyond General Education

In addition to satisfying general education requirements, students may also incorporate both creative and analytical writing into the design of their major. Faculty regularly teach the following: 

  • Advanced Expository Writing  
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Lyric Essay
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Translation
  • Community Reporting Practicum