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Community Outreach

The Department of English is committed to teaching and serving our Memphis and Mid-South communities. Please contact us at 901.678.2651 if you would like to discuss ways we can work together.

Current Outreach Programs

Compose Yourself 2.0: Digital Literacy Workshop Series 2024

This 8-week workshop series - made possible by Memphis Public Libraries and the Memphis Library Foundation - invites the Memphis community to learn from English and Communications graduate students on topics and skills necessary to navigate today's technological world. Below you will find a list of current series topics and registration information; at the conclusion of each session the presentation slide deck will be made available. 

  • Introduction to digital literacy, overview of commonly-used online tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Gmail. 
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    • Introduction to tracking methods and how to protect yourself online, common scam tactics and how to avoid them.
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    • Online communication etiquette, ethics, and taking care of your mental health. 

    • Understanding Artificial Intelligence, the importance of fact-checking online information, and overview of OpenAI's ChatGPT 3.5.

    • Methods for spotting and avoiding the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news with an emphasis on algorithms and social media. 
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    • Navigating online job postings and LinkedIn as a social media site and networking community. 
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    • Preparing for modern interviews, the virtual interview, remote work, and an overview of Zoom. 
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WordSmith Writing Olympics - February 25, 2024

Middle and high schools are invited to submit teams of student writers to compete in a fun series of writing challenges. Contact Ms. Cathy Dice at cdice@memphis.edu or visit the WordSmith Writing Olympics webpage for more information.

English as a Second Language Classes

Take classes in English or advertise your programs for non-native English speakers. Contact Dr. Rebecca Adams a radams4@memphis.edu or visit our ESL Classes webpage for more information.