Communication Workshops

To promote and enhance interdisciplinary dialogue between its researchers, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study organizes a series of communications skill-building workshops each year for its Faculty and Graduate Fellows. During the 2020-2021 academic year, these workshops will include:

Kevin Friesen

Public Presentation Workshop

August 17-19, 2020

This 3-day retreat, led by Kevin Friesen of the Duarte Group, focuses on developing high-level skills for oral communication with non-specialist audiences and understanding the types of engagement that encourage accessible and open dialogue.

Participants will develop valuable presentation skills, such as how to incorporate story-telling into academic communications and how to visualize research presentations like a graphic designer.

The workshop will conclude with a group project and presentation that utilizes the information and tips shared during the retreat.

James Ryerson

Public Writing Workshop

January 11-12, 2021

This 2-day workshop, led by James Ryerson from The New York Times, focuses on writing book excerpts and research-based op-eds for prestigious news outlets.

Ryerson will lead a discussion on a range of public-writing topics, such as how to craft effective public-engagement pieces, how to get a piece of public writing published, and how to navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with public engagement.

Participants will also receive extensive feedback, both from Ryerson and their peers, on a piece of public writing of their own.