Monday, November 19, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Response essay with Aja Martinez and Gloria HowertonA few months back, I co-wrote an essay with Aja Martinez and Gloria Howerton responding to an essay College English had published on Tucson High School's Mexican American Studies program. We raised questions about the use of terms like "dead" and "illegal" that seemed to sensationalize the program, as well as suggestions for decolonial methodologies that resist colonial narratives about the absence of indigenous knowledge and culture in contested spaces like the Southwest.
Link to response essay in SCU library website: https://works.bepress.com/cruz-medina/13/
Thursday, October 4, 2018
My Blog Post: “We Will Be Better for It”: Critical Hope from Women of Color in Digital Spaces"
Here's a longer quote:
The influence and centrality of women of color in Racial Shorthand is not limited to the contributors. Chicana poet and scholar Natalie Martinez inspired my chapter, “Digital Latinx Storytelling: Testimonio as Multimodal Resistance”, with the captivating video she composed that I include as an example of digital testimonio. One of my graduate school mentors, Adela Licona, informed my early understanding on the testimonio genre when she suggested that I read Telling to Live, a collection of testimonios by the Latina Feminist Collaborative (Del Alba et al. 2001). And I believe that my paternal grandmother, Dorothy Medina, represents one of the most influential WoC in my life, which is perhaps why I used her voice from archival family videos in the book trailer as a kind of found narration. In the trailer, her offhand comments about my family’s use of technology 30 years ago provide insights into the traditions of PoC using technology in ways that have been ignored.
Read the full article here:https://upcolorado.com/about-us/blog/item/3537-we-will-be-better-for-it-critical-hope-from-women-of-color-in-digital-spaces
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
New Edited Collection from Computers and Composition Digital PressReally excited to announce that our edited collection Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media is now available online from Computers and Composition Digital Press. CCDP is an open access scholarly publication, so the collection will be free to access and will be housed on CCDP's site, the digital arm of the University of Utah Press.
As a co-editor and contributor with Octavio Pimentel, I am extremely proud of all the chapters contributed by (in alphabetical order): Laura Gonzales, Lillie R. Jenkins, Alexis McGee, Charise Pimentel, Octavio Pimentel, Julia Voss, and Miriam F. Williams.
Here is the link to the site: http://ccdigitalpress.org/shorthand
The abstract is below:
This collection is called Racial Shorthand because it sets out to unpack the dominant narratives embedded in media representations. These misrepresentations reinforce how people of color are framed by racist discourses and undermine the multimodal composing by communities of color, further erasing the rhetorical, oral, and aural traditions of these communities. Contributions to this digital collection include chapters analyzing racist discourse in social media and chapters that highlight multimodal and digital composing by people of color. This collection disrupts the dominant shorthand by demonstrating how communities of color produce multimodal projects and leverage the affordances of social media in ways that extend the rhetorical traditions and literacy practices of these communities.
Thanks to Cindy Selfe for the initial interest in the project, and thanks to Patrick Berry for shepherding the project through, with Melanie Yergeau and Tim Lockridge, to completion.
Look for the cover (designed by Heather Turner) coming soon on the CCDP website!
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Frederick Aldama's Reading for Long Stories Cut Short
The following is by first year Business major Jacqui Ibarra-Garcia:
If an Article is Published in the Forest and No One Reads it....
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Amy Lueck's Notes from Elizabeth Wardle's 2/12 Talk
Characteristics of these learning thresholds include:
- transformative (change ways of being and knowing); sometimes bounded (may mark disciplinary territory); integrative (help learning perceive connections); troublesome (question ritualized or inert common sense views, are conceptually difficult, are counterintuitive, require adopting unfamiliar discourse, may conflict with your worldview, can make the world appear more problematic or troublesome).
- ways of thinking and practicing
- not core concepts, which are important but don’t lead to “a dramatic shift to a new level of understanding” (Biggs and Tang 83)
- writing is a process
Liminality- the journey toward a threshold concept
- repetition, application, reflection, connections across time, and dialogue with both peers and faculty
- name them early and often.
- helps students to integrate and make connections across seemingly disparate contexts
- help students learn by doing- then step back from it and name what they were doing
- aid student in using throw to understand practice and vice versa
- adaptation during the state of liminality results in Engfish or mush faking. Examples are important for providing a bridge to cross liminality- Science templates from Tracy Ruscetti
- may make them feel robbed of a comforting idea, entailing a sense of loss
(Me w/my eyes closed, Wardle, Voss, and Lueck)
First Year Writing threshold concepts
- brainstorm rhetorical strategies
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Framework for Rhetorical ResearchYesterday I had the chance to present a workshop for the writing faculty on the use of Joseph Bizup's "BEAM: A Framework for Rhetorical Research." We began by discussing what kinds of texts faculty used with students and what kinds of questions remained with regard how sources were being used.
I identified a couple key issues:
- Reluctance to use sources that ran counter to their position or the sources that they agreed with (a form of confirmation bias)
- Uncertainty of how to organize sources (chronologically?)
- Provide an example of what the research question addresses
- Provoke a research question based on a broader topic
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Featuring an Interview with Yours TrulyThe following podcast was composed by Sanah Imran, who was a student in my Introduction to Writing Studies undergraduate course this Fall. For her final project, she composed a podcast on basic writing and the use of multimodal composing because of her background as a multilingual speaker and her Engineering major.
Sanah began researching basic writing and coming up with a literature review. From her literature review, she created a survey that I distributed on the Facebook page for the Council of Basic Writers, and I believe that she had some 40 or so responses by very generous instructors of basic writing who responded to her survey. From these responses, she prepared questions for our interview based on my work in the University of Arizona's award-winning basic/developmental writing program.
Sanah Imran is an Electrical Engineering major and English minor, as well as a recipient of SCU's Presidential Scholarship.
To read more about Sanah's project, visit the ePortfolio she composed for the course: https://sanahimran.weebly.com/final-project
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
A Great Podcast Interview with Rajwinder Kaur by Tom McKenna
Monday, November 13, 2017
My piece "Identity, Decolonialism, and Digital Archives"I am proud to be included with a great group of Latinx scholars in rhetoric and composition who have contributed pieces for this issue of Composition Studies on current Latinx research. I begin my piece by discussing UTEP's Rhetoric Symposium where I spoke on decolonizing digital platforms and the rest of my piece is framed around a Google Doc that serves as a growing archive of citations from members of the NCTE/CCCC Latinx Caucus and the decolonial potential for archiving knowledge at the margins. If you're unsure about the term Latinx, Christina Garcia offers an explanation of the term in her contribution, and there are great contributions from other great scholars who I am honored to share journal pages with.
See the Table of Contents below or here: http://www.uc.edu/journals/composition-studies/issues/archives/fall-2018-45-2.html
Link to my piece in SCU library: https://works.bepress.com/cruz-medina/12/