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RSA 2016 (Atlanta): Abstract, Presentation, and Bibliography

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Title: The Politics of Transparency and the Visual Rhetoric of Counter-Surveillance on PhotographyisNotaCrime.com Abstract:  Human communication is currently embedded in contexts of oceanic proportions of data, state-sponsored surveillance, dataveillance, and citizen-spy information warfare.  Thus, “big brother” and “big data” should be… 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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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)

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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

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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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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

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Why Rachel Dolezal is the Raciest Fraud I’ve Ever Seen

Call:  After 9 years, Spokane NAACP president and Howard graduate, Rachel Dolezal’s family “outs” her for being a white woman.  AJC presents a narrative of distributed and centralized media coverage of the story. Response: Rachel Dolezal’s claim to black-ness is… Continue Reading

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Education as an Enterprise and the Crisis of Expertise: The Case of TechChange

A few days ago, I decided to request to join a bunch of “closed” Facebook groups about various topics about emerging technologies to network and keep up with the various ways in which people are discussing these subjects.  One group was… Continue Reading

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A Reflection on Sports and Rhetoric, Truth and Dialogue

Every year, at this time, I promise myself, “I will not talk to anyone about sports today, I will not talk to anyone about sports today, I will not talk to anyone about sports today.”  When I buy my weekly… Continue Reading