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Writing @ HBCUs: Symposium Talk [Howard University 2018]

Last week, Howard University hosted a most rare event in the profession of English, Writing, Composition, Communication, Rhetoric, and Literacy Studies.

Dozens of writing instructors and administrators representing various ranks, ages, races, genders, sexualities, and institutions gathered together in person with one common characteristic binding nearly all of them together:  their work takes place at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), or more specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The two day event was sponsored by Bedford/St. Martin’s, and generated a rich archive about the various complex issues facing folks in this scene.  My talk focused specifically on two major issues:

  1. How should HBCUs affect diversity and inclusion discourses in Rhetoric and Composition?
  2. How do HBCUs utilize rhetorical appeals to excellence, and how do they shape the purpose of these institutions?  Towards what or whose end?

The talk has been adapted from this blog post and will be revised into a research article for publication soon.

Please visit @mzjanenova on Twitter for a detailed archive of the event:  #HBCUComp18

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