Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Guest Contributor Perla Luna on SJSU CCCC


Note: I am excited to have a guest contribution from Perla Luna, an undergraduate at Santa Clara University who attended CCCC on June 9-10 at San Jośe State University. Luna is double major in English and Sociology, the incoming Managing Editor of The Santa Clara and the outgoing Opinions Editor. A version of this will appear in the SCU English department newsletter.

Behind the Curtain Our Opinions Are Valued: 2017 CCCC San Jose State University 

by Perla Luna

(Nalukas, Luna and Medina)

On June 10, Isabella Nalukas and I accompanied Dr. Cruz Medina to San Jose State University for the regional College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC). The conference was a great opportunity to hear about what’s happening in the field of writing for the panelists and attendee interested in education and the teaching pedagogy.

A stand-out panel was one which challenged the compositional work educators do for diverse readers and writers. The lecturers modeled curriculum and learning strategies, but one of the most interesting aspects of that panel was the debate on class discussions. Since high school, class discussions have been the cornerstone of any great English class in my experience. What could compare to the collective excitement of unpacking the themes of James Baldwin’s Another Country or discovering (yet another) layer to Hamlet’s madness? However, the presenters of the panel explicitly challenged this notion of class discussions as the golden standard for stretch learners.


(Writing Center Workshop Presenters
Michelle Hagar, Maria Judnick and Denise Krane)

One panel member discussed the ways in which class discussion can be punitive, shutting out readers from the learning process before they even get a chance to dig into the material. This is because professors assume their students have the foundational skills required to understand the reading. With stretch and multilingual students especially, this is not always the case. It was an important moment for me that made me reconsider how I can incorporate these types of considerations when I teach at Breakthrough Silicon Valley this summer, a program that serves underserved communities.

Getting to sit down with a table of professors for the workshop on writing centers was also a unique, thought-provoking experience. This past quarter I’ve been taking a class at SCU geared at writing center studies, so it’s a topic I was already pretty familiar with. But brainstorming alongside Prof. Krane, Prof. Judnick and Prof. Hagel was an extra benefit of the workshop. It opened up the possibility of collaboration between students and faculty, a process at the heart of writing centers and something not utilized often enough elsewhere. I would definitely recommend this type of one-on-one experience to other students—and professors! We’re happy to have our brain picked for ideas and feel like our opinions are valued.
(With Presenters from Dr. Lueck's Archival History Course)

In general, I was pleasantly surprised to learn how many ethical considerations educators consider when designing their courses—whether it’s considering the liminality of writing centers, confronting power through rhetoric or challenging the ethics of hip-hop literature and service learning. Students don’t often get to peek behind the curtains, but I walked away from the conference with a deeper understanding of how the way we learn is arrived at carefully and purposefully.


Even though the conference was aimed at others in composition studies, I was still able to connect to the information presented. The conference has even inspired me to do research on study locations for first generation students. I hope that in the future these types of conferences see the benefit in opening it up to students on a larger scale, so that we can create a truly collaborative environment.



To read more from Perla, see her work on The Santa Clara newspaper's website: http://thesantaclara.org/about-us/#.WUneElPysWo

Monday, June 5, 2017

Computers and Writing 2017

Techne and Wonder



(My co-panelists Julia Voss, Laura Gonzales and myself)
 
This past weekend, I was out in Findlay, Ohio for the 2017 Computers and Writing conference, where I presented on the forthcoming digital collection that I am co-editing with Octavio Pimentel called Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media. I put together a Storify from the popular Twitter hastag #cwcon to document some of the thought-provoking and inspiring panels. Too many interesting tweets to get them all...




Storify: https://storify.com/AcademiadeCruz/computers-and-writing-2017-cwcon

Saturday, April 22, 2017

UTEP RSA Spring Symposium

UTEP, a Bhutan Temple, and My Keynote


The Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) at the University of Texas, El Paso had their Spring Symposium this past Friday, and I was extremely honored to have been invited to be the keynote speaker. Below are some great photos with the UTEP faculty, my talk, the campus, and a short Storify of tweets and links about the event.

(Photo credit: Isabel Baca, w/UTEP faculty)

UTEP RWS professor Laura Gonzales took this great picture from my talk where I was citing Angela Haas' work on decolonialism (and where I also borrowed a slide design from Danielle DeVoss).

(Photo credit: Laura Gonzales)

It was my first time on the UTEP campus where I learned about the Bhutanese influence on the architecture and exchange of students and cultural artifacts.

(Bhutan temple on UTEP plaza)

Lucia Dura gave me a tour of El Paso that included an overlook of the school and Ciudad Juarez.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

My UTEP Frontera Retorica Talk

Talk at UT El Paso Rhetoric Society of America Spring Symposium

Really excited to be the featured speaker at UTEP's Frontera Retorica Spring Symposium on April 21. UTEP has a great group of graduate students and faculty doing really important work on rhetoric and writing, so I'm looking forward to hearing panels while I'm there.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

CCCC 2017: Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change; Portland, OR


This past week, I presented on a panel with Ana Ribero (Oregon State) and Genevieve Garcia de Mueller (UT Rio Grande Valley) at the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC) in Portland, Oregon. Below is a photo of my title slide, where I am introducing my talk on the first year writing class that I teach with my colleague Juan Velasco that is in Spanish the first quarter and English the second quarter when I teach it.

I draw connections between the dominant monolingual views my students have internalized in the context of the diverse geographic space that continues to reject diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and gender. (Silicon Valley Can't 'Hack' Diversity: CNN)



(Me, Genevieve and Ana; picture credit: Christina Cedillo)

I was particularly honored to present alongside Ribero who discussed DREAMer activism and was of reimagining activism, as well as Garcia de Mueller who discussed the B3 (bilingual, bicultural, binational) education that will be implemented next year at her university in coordination with the department of Education.

My department had a great showing of rhetoric/composition faculty with Simone Billings, Amy Lueck, Denise Krane, Trish Serviss and Julia Voss in attendance (not pictured).


The Latinx Caucus had an amazing workshop with first-time members presenting on really interesting topics and the caucus business meeting was a collection of energetic scholars at different points in their career with great news from folks who were on the job market. 


My Storify from CCCC 2017



Monday, March 6, 2017

Coverage of Bannan Roundtable on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Roundtable with Bannan Institute Collaborative Scholars

I have previously posted on the  Integral podcast and roundtable before the election that I did in fall for the Bannan Institute for Racial and Ethnic Justice, and this past week I had the privilege of speaking on a roundtable on racial and ethnic justice in relation to the current moment in which we find ourselves. 

Following the recent news of the travel ban (Washington Post story on revised ban), I discussed how the president has used Twitter as a means for communicating with the public, thereby circumventing news organizations who fact-check and mediate his messages that have not always been found to be true (FactCheck.org an Annenberg project).



From The Santa Clara:

“...Medina said. “If you Tweet it, does that make it a truth, right? That’s an important question.”
Medina said that the rapid influx of social media and other forms of mediated communication in modern society adds more facets to the controversy surrounding racial and ethnic issues.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Skyping on Poch@ Pop and Critical Media Literacy

Dr. Octavio Pimentel's Graduate Course in TSU-San Marcos

I had the exciting opportunity to speak with Prof. Octavio Pimentel's graduate students at Texas State University, San Marcos on my book Reclaiming Poch@ Pop. The students in his class had some great insights on the role of humor and its efficacy for communicating with sympathetic and unsympathetic audiences. We looked at some pop culture from Selena (starring J.Lo) as well as a couple Saturday Night Live monologues that approached the topic of race in the aftermath of the presidential election.


(Dr. Pimentel w/me in the corner)

I really appreciate how willing to engage with me on topics that can be difficult to discuss, not just in person, but also in the Skype interface. The class was extremely forthcoming about their own experiences teaching and how they have come to negotiate these topics that require deliberate thought.



(Graduate Students in Critical Media Literacy Seminar)

Some of the pop culture we discussed:

Through our discussion, the class decided that Chappelle was effective because most audiences know his humor and he concludes with a vulnerable call for coming together.



Regarding our discussion, Ansari's humor was perceived as less exclusive than Chappelle and Ansari leaves the door open for more audiences to see themselves on his side and not the subjects of his humor.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Great Skype Session with Kenneth Walker at UT San Antonio

Skyping on Property, Citizenship, and Language with Rhetorical Theory Grad Seminar

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of skyping into Kenneth Walker's Grad course on Rhetorical Theory at the University of Texas-San Antonio. We discussed a few articles dealing with critical race theory, LatCrit and whiteness studies. 


                                                         (Dr. Walker and his seminar)

Prof. Walker's students did an excellent job of finding connections with recent events, pedagogical implications, and Foucauldian archeologies of knowledge. The seminar asked important questions about privilege and discussing segregation with people for whom it is normal; cultural appropriation and critiques of multiculturalism; and property ownership's connection to the American Dream.


Because of their location in San Antonio, we ended up speaking about Sebastian de la Cruz's performance at the NBA Finals, which Octavio Pimentel discusses in my Integral podcast episode because Pimentel writes about it in our forthcoming digital collection on race and social media.




Friday, January 27, 2017

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland 2017

In March, I will have the pleasure and honor of presenting on the writing by students in my first-year composition course that is primarily taught in Spanish during the first quarter, in the context of translingual approaches to writing.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Integral Podcast

My Podcast Episode for Bannan Institute at SCU


Since fall, I have been a Bannan Institute Scholar for Racial and Ethnic Justice at Santa Clara University. As a part of this grant, I have spoken on a panel and met in a workshop with the other scholars and Bannan Institute fellow. This week, the Integral podcast episode that I recorded on race and social media as a part of the Bannan Institute is now available.

Listen here on Soundcloud:









Find it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/integral/id1182206016?mt=2

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Stream "This Rhetorical Life" Interview with Ana Castillo

Not Big on Downloading, Then Stream

I posted on this last a couple months back, and I finally tracked down a site where I could embed a player. In this episode of This Rhetorical Life I interview writer Ana Castillo. Disfruta!




Monday, December 19, 2016

Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition: New Latinx Key Words for Theory and Pedagogy

My Chapter on the Decolonial Potential of Blogs for Latinx Academics

On Dec 16th, the new edited collection Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogywas just released. The contributors and editors to this collection are a remarkable group of scholars that address a really fascinating range of topics and issues through a variety of decolonial lenses. As I note above, my chapter examines the discussion of the trope Poch@/a/o/x by Latinx scholars in rhetoric and composition who use the blog platform, which provides decolonial potential in the ability to produce knowledge outside of dominant mechanism of publishing and knowledge authorization/distribution.



The preview on Google Books below is limited, but at least the Table of Contents is available to check out.