Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Richard Rodriguez on NPR

Inspiration for Latin American scholars everywhere, Richard Rodriguez discusses Cosmic Race & Age Beyond Race (from Feb '09)
Never a disappointment, Rodriguez espouses the age of Americans wanting to be 'multiple'. Conceptually, this interests me, but practically, I can see where this might be appropriated by 'the rhetoric of the end of racism'. "The notion of being of several things" sounds an awful lot like the myth of the melting pot. Something in me wonders if he's just stoking the fire when he says things like "I don't want to be Mexican" and goes on to say all of the ethnicities that he wants to be; it's true that he's arguing against mono-culturalism, but does he do so in a conscious attempt to be controversial by infusing his arguments with digs that feed into his contrarian ethos as a self-loathing minority?

Friday, March 20, 2009

Blog & Site to Check Out

I enjoy NPR Latino USA Podcast, but this site looks good for a quick fix of daily issues:


Under the influence of post-Marxism in Rhet, I don't know if it goes against the ideology to keep an eye on business concerns, or if it makes me better informed. I'm siding with the latter.


Monday, March 16, 2009

¡Spring Break!

Recovering from Cs SF
Had a great time at the Latina\o workshop, UA department party, WPA breakfast (6 am Thursday morning), a new media panel featuring Jeff Rice, a panel on teaching Asian students English composition with Peter Elbow and Paul Kei Matsuda, Bedford St. Marten party at SF City Hall, and the Latina\o caucus. The list goes on, but I'm getting tired of just thinking of uploading pictures & creating links for the names above to provide context.
Cirriculum, Service-Learning, Cs 2010 proposal, Manifesto on Authority & misc Brown Pedagogical theorizing
I like getting out of town and hearing about new ideas, but I've got the above themes swimming around my mind in no particular order...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


San Francisco

I'm off to the Cs conference in San Francisco bright and early tomorrow. Excited for a workshop tomorrow fascilitated by another PhD candidate in RCTE, Aja Martinez (soon to be featured in College English, or is it the Cs Journal?) and UA professor Damian Baca.

Workshopping con ganas...