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Muses, TV Shows, Libraries, and/or Brilliance

A dialogue at the Eastern Communication Association, in Philadelphia PA on April 24, 2015. 

This panel discussion offers on the real story behind how scholars go from no ideas to strong scholarly plans.  

  • Conference Chair: Lewis Freeman, Fordham University
  • Benjamin R. Bates, Ohio University
  • Juliet Dee, University of Delaware
  • Thom Gencarelli, Manhattan College
  • Renee Hobbs, University of Rhode Island 

What inspires academic research? How do professors, top scholars, or even students take interesting ideas and create strong research? These scholars answer those questions from their unique, personal perspectives as well as: • How do you set up the "architecture" of your academic "files?" • How do you structure your research? • How do you go about the process of writing? Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about all parts of the scholarly process. We encourage our entire membership – with special attention to graduate and undergraduate students and graduate program directors – to attend this Spotlight Session.