Author: Elizabeth Lenaghan

Elizabeth Lenaghan is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Cook Family Writing Program and the Assistant Director of the Writing Place at Northwestern University.

“I have to question the validity of everything now,” read a student’s comment in the course evaluations for my recently concluded first-year writing seminar. Though the comment may have been offered as a complaint, the fact that it was provided in response to the questions “Did the course help you learn? Why or why not?” suggests a more positive valance. And as far as reported learning outcomes go, it’s one for which many professors would strive. Indeed, Trump’s win and the barrage of “fake news” and “alternative facts” that surround it have resulted in numerous calls for increased instruction of…

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