BRANDY BALL BLAKE (PhD University of Georgia) is the Assistant Director of Georgia Tech’s Communication Center. Her dissertation analyzes the connections between intertextuality and representations of trauma in fantasy literature. The first-year composition textbook, Monsters, that she co-edited with L. Andrew Cooper was just published by Fountainhead Press, and both editors will be presenting the keynote address at Georgia State’s New Voices conference in Spring 2013. Her primary areas of study are Victorian literature, children’s literature, and fantasy, but she is more broadly interested in trauma theory, media theory, illustrations, and video game adaptations, among other subjects. Her current projects include an article on gendered representations of trauma in Dracula, an article examining the use of photography in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and a book review for South Atlantic Review. In addition to her duties in the Communication Center, she chairs Writing and Communication’s Special Events and Campus Outreach Committee and sits on the Executive Committee as well as several others. This semester, she is teaching an Honors English 1102 class focused on the theory and methods of storytelling. Key interests : Victorian and children’s literature, fantasy, visual culture, trauma, and media theories. Brittain Fellow : January 2010–present

The “Curse of Knowledge”: Adapting the Principles of Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science to Georgia Tech

Alan Alda with short, brown haired girl.

At Stony Brook University, where I spent my Fall Break, I learned all about the Curse of Knowledge … from Alan Alda.  A few feet away from me, Alda gave the keynote speech at the Center for Communicating Science’s Fall Institute, explaining passionately that once we know something really well,… Continue reading