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!