Established in the 1980s, the Aetna Chair of Writing draws from the Aetna Life and Casualty Foundation’s Aetna Endowment to initiate, enhance, and otherwise further University of Connecticut writing programs. Aetna funds support many initiatives, including:
- The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW)
- The Aetna Writing Prizes
- The Writing Center
- The Connecticut Writing Project
- First-Year Writing’s Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing
- Long River Review, the university’s literary journal
- Poetic Journeys, an on-campus literary poster project
- Aetna writers-in-residence, who give readings and work with students in one-on-one tutorials
- Avery Point writing retreats
- Graduate research and travel grants
- A host of visiting authors, speakers, and teachers
Current and Past Aetna Chairs
The current Aetna Chair of Writing is Brenda Jo Brueggemann. See below for her recent publications and presentations.
Previously, Lynn Z. Bloom, Professor Emeritus, served as the Aetna Chair of Writing.
Selected Recent Publications and Presentation Materials
- Brenda Brueggemann, CV.
- Captioning, Rhetorically (Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2017)
- Composing Sound: A Workshop on Critical and Creative Captioning
- No Day at the Beach: Women “Making It” in Academia (CCSU, October 19, 2017)
- Co-authored with Rachel Gramer: “Review Essay: No Day at the Beach: Women ‘Making It’ in Academia.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 79, no. 3, 2017, pp. 297–316.
- The Aesthetics, Rhetorics, and Bioethics of Disability in the Museum
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