Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
I am really honored to have a chapter that came out recently, edited by the amazing editorial team of Angela Haas and Michelle Eble. Contributing a chapter with Kenneth Walker on the subject of contract grading for social justice, drawing on folks like Asao Innoue, Jerry Farber, and folks in Tech Comm, I love that my work is featured along side dynamic contributors. This collection is compelling and necessary scholarship, especially given the moment when social justice and the humanities are needed.
From the website:
Friday, February 22, 2019
LEAD Scholars SymposiumPhotos courtesy of @SCULEADScholars
On Wednesday, Feb 20 the LEAD Scholars program hosted Symposium, an event where students from the first year writing classes (CTW2) present on preliminary research that stems from books they read over the winter break.
I was honored to speak on behalf of the LEAD CTW instructors, sharing our gratefulness for the event and the opportunity to share in the community that the program cultivates with their many curricular and extracurricular activities, sessions, and events.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
"Santa Fe Spotlight: Teaching Multimodal Writing in a Digital Age"
Lauren Jewett (Special Education Teacher / Case Manager (4th and 5th Grade) KIPP Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial School)
Jei-Jei Tan (Upper School English Teacher Taipei American School)
Tom McKenna interviewing me on my course
Monday, January 28, 2019
SCU LEAD Scholars Attend Shakespeare at San Quentin WorkshopThis past weekend, I am grateful to have attended a workshop with students from the SCU LEAD first-generation program at San Quentin hosted by Lesley Currier of Marin Shakespeare Company. Our LEAD first year writing courses read Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and the students who volunteered to take part in the workshop were motivated to learn more about the themes of justice and mercy.
Shakespeare in San Quentin program has been around for some 16 years and men incarcerated in San Quentin have the opportunity to learn about and perform Shakespearean plays. During our time at San Quentin, our group had the opportunity to walk through the prison yard and speak with participants in the program before we began a more formal workshop in a small building on the parameter of the yard. The participants in the program were extremely welcoming and commented on the willingness of our students to engage and take part in the workshop.
Our group had the opportunity to introduce ourselves and interact in large and small group sessions, talking with incarcerated participants in the program about scenes from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice. In large group, Lesley Currier helped talk through the themes of justice and mercy in relation to the meanings of the monologues and in small groups; we had the opportunity to speak with members of the program about the relevant themes in the text, with many of them speaking about their own experiences and how they can understand how the themes Shakespeare wrote about remaining relevant in their lives.
To learn more about programs in San Quentin, I would also recommend listening to the Ear Hustle podcast from San Quentin (shout out to Sam Blackmon who turned me onto it): https://www.earhustlesq.com/
Friday, December 14, 2018
Review of Racial Shorthand in The Journal of Multimodal RhetoricsMuchas gracias to Les Hutchinson at Michigan State University for their review of the collection I edited with Octavio Pimentel Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media.
Quote from the review:
We are all shaped by the racist discourses around us, and our technologies have not escaped that truth. However, just as technologies work in service of oppression and power, people of color have used the technologies we have at hand to act in resistance. This collection gives our discipline some tactics for responding to racism within technological platforms and for adapting the technologies we have at hand. As Medina and Pimentel make clear, people of color have long engaged in multimodal composition; it is past time that scholarly spaces make room for those texts. - Les Hutchinson, Michigan State University
Monday, November 26, 2018
Latinx Comics AnthologyExcited to have gotten my signed copy of Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology (Latinographix) . It's a beautiful collection of short selections of many Latinx comic authors with topics ranging from identity to pop culture to immigration and mythology.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Interview on Racial Shorthand Collection
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!