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The Power of Language

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This is a transcript of the 2011 Undergraduate Convocation ceremony speech given by Shanti Bruce, recipient of the 2011 Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Full-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, to welcome students and introduce the college theme.

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Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of writing program at the college, serves as chair of the college’s M.A. in Writing program. She received her Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She published ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors (Heinemann, 2004 and 2009) and Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work (Hampton Press, 2008). Both books won the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Scholarship Award for Best Book. In 2012, Bruce published What Every Multilingual Student Should Know about Writing for College (Pearson). She was a keynote speaker for the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference, featured speaker for the European Writing Centers Association Conference, and plenary speaker for the Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference. Bruce also serves on the executive board of the Southeastern Writing Centers Association and the steering committee of the National Council on Peer Tutoring in Writing.