UW Friday Harbor Labs Tide Bite #96

Posted August 7, 2021 at 7:46 am by

Kairos & the Ghost of FHL: Writing in the Moment, by Holly Shelton

Dr. Hol­ly Shel­ton holds a PhD from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton in lan­guage and rhetoric along with MA degrees in Applied Lin­guis­tics and Teach­ing Eng­lish to Speak­ers of Oth­er Lan­guages. She has taught in Chile, Turkey, Cana­da, Kaza­khstan, and the US; received sev­er­al awards for teach­ing over her career; and most recent­ly been award­ed a pub­li­ca­tion prize for her book chap­ter “Fram­ing Cri­sis in Seat­tle Dur­ing COVID-19 and BLM: Faith in Gen­er­a­tive Dia­logue,” which she wrote while sta­tioned at FHL.

Dr. Holly Shelton

In Spring 2020, I was debat­ing the wis­dom of return­ing to UW Fri­day Har­bor Labs to teach the Sci­ence Writ­ing class. It was ear­ly in the pan­dem­ic, my in-per­son class­es at the Seat­tle cam­pus had all been shift­ed online the last week of Win­ter quar­ter, and the CDC had iden­ti­fied my par­ents as part of a vul­ner­a­ble cat­e­go­ry. I dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion with Megan Dethi­er, and she described the Labs as a ghost town. After some soul search­ing I let her know I’d decid­ed to help haunt the place after all, as orig­i­nal­ly planned.

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