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Jumpstart Your Summer Writing

May 4, 2022 | 6:00 pm7:30 pm EDT

In this action-oriented zoom session we discuss how to kick-off your writing project! From setting attainable plans to approaching editors, panelists will provide practical tips and advice on achieving your summer writing goals.


Pamela Newkirk (Professor of Journalism) Pamela Newkirk, PhD, is a journalist, professor, author and multi-disciplinary scholar whose work examines contemporary and historical depictions of African Americans in popular culture. Her latest book Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, exposes the decades-old practices and attitudes that have made diversity a lucrative business while they fail to realize diversity. The book was included on TIME magazine’s “Must-Read” books of 2019 and featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education and TIME. Her previous book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, was awarded the 2016 NAACP Image Award and was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR, The Boston Globe, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Susan Ferber (Executive Editor at Oxford University Press) Susan Ferber is an executive editor for American and world history at Oxford University Press in New York. Her list ranges from ancient history to contemporary history and includes both academic and trade titles by first-time authors and senior scholars. Books she has edited have won numerous prizes, including many society awards, the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prizes, Bancroft Prizes, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She enjoys working with scholars, helping them to attain tenure and to make their ideas accessible to wider audiences. In addition to speaking regularly about practical issues of publishing at universities and scholarly conferences, she wrote a chapter on editing scholarly work in What Editors Do and has been on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course for over fifteen years.

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