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How I Write: Duke Faculty Write Program

Laurie Patton and Jennifer Ahern-Dodson
May 1st, 2015
1:00 PM


On Friday, May 1, Jennifer Ahern-Dodson interviewed Laurie Patton, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University.

This event was part of the How I Write Series, in which Ahern-Dodson talked with working writers across disciplines about their writing lives. What does it look like when they sit down to write?  What sustains them in large projects?  How do they overcome writing obstacles? When do they find the most joy in their work?  Invited guests discussed a range of writing topics, including organizing and managing projects, generating ideas, cultivating creativity, balancing writing research/teaching/mentoring/administrative commitments, the role of peer review and community support for their work.

For more information about the series and complete list of events, visit:

Sponsored by LAMP@TWP: Language, Arts + Media Program, Duke's Thompson Writing Program, and the Forum for Scholars and Publics

Laurie Patton

Duke University

Laurie Patton is the Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University. Dr. Patton came to Duke in 2011 from Emory, where she was the Charles Howard Candler professor of religions and the inaugural director of Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in the office of the Provost. While at Emory, she served as chair of the religion department from 2000-2007, founded and co-convened the Religions and the Human Spirit Strategic Plan, and received the Emory Williams Award—Emory’s most prestigious honor for teaching—in 2005.

A graduate of Harvard (BA) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.), Dr. Patton is an accomplished scholar and the author or editor of nine books on South Asian history, culture, and religion. In addition, she has translated the classical Sanskrit text, The Bhagavad Gita, and has published two books of poetry. She has lectured widely on interfaith issues, religion, and public life, and consulted with White House offices on faith-based initiatives as well as on civic engagement.  On July 1, Dr. Patton will become president of Middlebury College.