Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Thankful to the folks at National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) who asked me to contribute a post to the organization's blog in the spirit of #NationalPoetryMonth. Inspired by my trip to San Quentin with SCU students and Maura Tarnoff, the teaching of writing by Erec Toso in Arizona prisons, and my interview with Ana Castillo about her memoir, I discuss poetry and prison in these tumultuous times: https://ncte.org/blog/2021/04/prison-poetry-tumultuous-times/?fbclid=IwAR3awJewv92DqunoS63uWKEEuaFL4yy2k4Kz8LsP-9lMWTGXKqAbjGvdu3g
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Super thankful to Distinguished Professor and author/editor of 20+ books, Frederick Luis Aldama, for having me as a guest on his Latinx Pop Lab video podcast. I had a really great time talking about my book and other Latinx pop culture.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
This Week, My First Virtual ConferenceI'll be presenting on rascuache pedagogy for teaching digital composing. Super honored to be on a featured session at such a prestigious national conference that brings together educators from all levels.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Co-Authored Piece with Former Student (and Academia de Cruz) Contributor Perla Luna
Link to article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07350198.2020.1764764
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A couple weeks back, I did an interview with Shane Woods for the Pedagogue podcast. This past week, Shane received a digital scholarship award from the Computers and Composition conference--is it just a coincidence? All jokes aside, I was glad I had the chance to speak with Shane because he has had a really comprehensive and inclusive selection of podcast guests.
From the Pedagogue website:
Pedagogue is a podcast hosted by Shane A. Wood and sustained by the voices of others. Pedagogue is a podcast about teachers talking writing, dedicated to building a supportive community, committed to facilitating conversations that move across institutions and positions, and designed to help celebrate the labor teachers do inside and outside the classroom.The purpose of Pedagogue is to promote diverse voices at various institutions and help foster community and collaboration among teachers of writing. Each episode is a conversation with a teacher (or multiple teachers) about their experiences teaching writing, their work, inspirations, assignments, assessments, successes, and challenges. Episodes include voices from secondary and post-secondary teachers, graduate students, emeriti, distinguished teacher-scholars, and emerging teacher-scholars from high schools, community colleges, four-year universities, private universities, research universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Friday, February 7, 2020
2020 Roots & Routes Music FestivalThis past evening at SCU, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with members of the Music department, English and Ethnic Studies to discuss the themes of genre-bending, political music as a part of the Roots and Routes Music Festival.
The Festival is headlined by SCU's Frank Sinatra chair, Rhiannnon Giddens, who performs Saturday Feb.8. See her NPR Tiny Desk Concert below:
Rhiannon Giddens on Amazon:
Friday, January 3, 2020
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Great Roundtable and Sessions at FemRhet 2019Last week, I presented at the 2019 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My SCU colleague Prof Amy Lueck presented her paper "A Feminist Ethics for Indigenous Historiography” based on her research of indigenous spaces in the Santa Clara area. I presented on some of his findings based on research I conducted with my former research assistant Perla Luna (English and Sociology '19) on Latinx publishing.
During my roundtable, my colleague Amy made some great points during the Q&A following the presenters.
A photo of myself while presenting where I am remarkably not motioning frantically with my hands, speaking about statistics related to the Latinx Caucus bibliography.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
"Texas Wants You Anyway"
(Me on the small screen)There's a Lyle Lovett song "That's Right, You're Not From Texas" with the line that Texas wants you anyway, and I felt the love from Texas as I skyped into Octavio Pimentel's graduate course on multilingualism in teaching writing on 10/21. I had the opportunity to speak about my spring 2019 Composition Studies article "Decolonial Potential in a Multilingual FYC" and teaching a course with multilingual students in Silicon Valley.
(Sharing my screen with some stats on hiring here in Silicon Valley)
The students came in with an array of experiences and interests, which kept the discussion lively.
(A great slide with quote from Inoue that gets at how language policy substituted for other forms of discrimination)
(Talking with my hands as per usual)
I also wanted to give a quick thanks and shoutout to Brad Jacobson, who invited me to skype with his graduate course at UTEP the week prior--I wasn't lying about Texas making me feel welcome. With Jacobson's graduate course, I had the opportuntity to discuss my chapter on digital testimonio that was included in the digital edited collection Racial Shorthand that I co-edited with Octavio Pimentel.
Trailer for our collection:
Thursday, October 17, 2019
...In Explanation Points
In Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, the editors have collected advice on publishing scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies from a myriad of prolific scholars in the field. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have a chapter included alongside pieces by researchers such as Jody Shipka, whose work is included in many of the classes I teach.
My piece includes references to the blog post I did when Terry Eagleton visited Santa Clara, and I had the opportunity to ask him about his writing habits.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
My Article "Decolonial Potential in a Multilingual FYC"In the Spring 2019 issue of Composition Studies, I have an article that came about from a first year writing course here at Santa Clara University that was conducted in Spanish during the first quarter and then in English during the quarter that I taught. The student writing included in my article is wonderful and critically engages with the notions of translingualism and monolingual ideology. I am extremely forturnate that my article was available through open access on the journal's website. Now it is available through my university's scholar commons: https://works.bepress.com/cruz-medina/18/
See below for the other great contributions to this issue, which includes my SCU colleague Amy Lueck and fellow Latinx Caucus member Alex Hidalgo, whose digital book I discussed in a previous post.