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Spring Syllabi and Style: Some Reflections about Critical Thinking and Writing

This semester I am teaching the following courses: English 193: Honors Composition  |  Homework Schedule English 300: Art of Writing  |  Homework Schedule English 384a: Rhetoric of Advertising  |  Homework Schedule One of the most interesting aspects of this set… Continue Reading

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Investigating White Privilege in Writing Centers: Some Recommendations for A ‘Fair’ Inquiry

Call:  A graduate student is in the beginning stages of writing a thesis about race and writing centers.  She asks her writing center colleagues (via listserv) to write her a response to two questions–how do they see white privilege manifesting… Continue Reading

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2015 ACS Faculty Grant Awarded to “Integrating Wikipedia into Writing-Intensive Courses at ACS Colleges.”

I’m excited to report that I am a recipient of a 2015 American Colleges of the South’s Faculty Grant Award! Huge thanks to Jamila Lyn at Morehouse College, who will serve as co-PI for the project.  I am also indebted to… Continue Reading

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Composing Self in a Surveillance Culture (SAMLA 2015)

Earlier today, I presented the talk “Compositing Self in a Surveillance Culture:  Reminiscences and Notes on Teaching Personal Branding in College Writing Courses.”   The following artifacts and resources were alluded to or directly cited during the presentation. Interactive Syllabus… Continue Reading

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CONJURE AS RHETORICAL TRADITION, CRAFT, AND LITERARY PHILOSOPHY (PAMLA 2015, Portland)

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting my work at PAMLA.  The talk, “Conjure as Rhetorical Tradition, Craft, and Literary Philosophy:  Some Critical Notes on Zora Neale Hurston’s Art of Writing” was part of an African-American Literature panel, in which… Continue Reading

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Off Center: Reflections of a Black Feminist Tutor (IWCA Talk, Pittsburgh)

Introduction This weekend, I attended my first-ever International Writing Center Association conference in Pittsburgh at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. While I met some vibrant individuals doing amazing work in Writing Center Studies and Writing Program Administration, and I deeply appreciated… Continue Reading

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The Value of Career Nights for (English) Majors

Call:  Spelman College English Club will be hosting Career Night on October 5. Response:  Perceptions of career planning at Liberal Arts colleges are a “major” problem. I posted the following article on LinkedIn.  The text of this article is copied… Continue Reading

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Customizable Syllabus for Wikis, Writing, and Wikipedia (An Honors First-Year Composition Course)

Over the next few days, I will be publishing my course syllabi to the web. This semester, I am making strong attempts to widely circulate my teaching materials and communicate about how they unfold in practice. This particular syllabus is… Continue Reading

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Rihanna’s #BBHMM Video Assaults Patriarchy and Generates Dialogue about the Gendered Politics of Race, Violence, and Labor

Call:  Rihanna’s recent video for the song, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” or #BBHMM, is generating vibrant conversation about race, gender, and economics.  Some advertisers even boycotted the video.  Of course, there are rather predictable responses to Rihanna’s revenge fantasy.  However,… Continue Reading

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The Dolezal Files Part II: Blaming Black Women in Academia

Call:  A recent PhD publishes an op-ed in the LA Times about why academics should “blame themselves” for Rachel Dolezal’s fraud.  The author leaks his disdain for black women, claiming that, “The notion of black people generally and black women… Continue Reading