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The OpEd Project

The OpEd Project

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On December 16-17, 2014, the Center for the Humanities hosted Teresa Puente and Deborah Siegel, workshop directors for the OpEd Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the range of voices and quality of ideas that circulate in public discourse. Twenty-two UW-Madison faculty members in the humanities and related fields were selected to participate in a two-day workshop devoted to the art and craft of writing powerful, convincing opinion pieces for online, broadcast, and print media.

The Workshop: What You Know and Why it Matters

Workshop topics included: presenting ideas quickly and powerfully under pressure; sourcing and credibility; developing powerful, evidence-based arguments; and strategizing how to contribute to a larger public conversation. OpEd Project mentors worked with participants on drafts, accompanied them in exercises designed to expand how they think about expertise, and helped them translate scholarly research into the lingua franca of public debate. Participants left the workshop with a solid op-ed to will submit for publication.

Successful Op-eds from Participating UW Faculty Members:

Snoop Dogg Feels the Bite of Parsi Legal Culture by Mitra Sharafi
Scroll.in; 7/03/2015

Here's why the UW System Needs Tenure by Caroline Levine
Stevens Point Journal; 6/12/2015

Caroline Levine: Don't Believe the Lies about UW and Tenure by Caroline Levine
The Capital Times; 6/08/2015

Rethinking Why to Prioritize Girls' Education by Kathryn Moeller
Huffington Post's The Blog; 3/08/2015

The Changing Face of the Legal Profession by Mitra Sharafi
Minneapolis Star Tribune; 02/16/2015

Can we Wait 100 More Years to Reach Gender Parity in Congress? by Aili Mari Tripp
Huffington Posts's The Blog; 12/23/2014