Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I currently don't have any cool pics related to the event that UA writing teachers are doing with local Tucson Unified School District classes this Saturday, but I'll hopefully have some coming...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Since I moved from California to Arizona, I feel like I'm living in a police-state every time I stop at a border patrol checkpoint along the 8 & 10 freeways in Maricopa county. This is something I've spoken out about before, so it's awesome to see what UA alumni are capable of accomplishing.
"UA Alumni Share Pulitzer Prize"
From the UA News website:
"The Pulitzer committee said the East Valley Tribune deserved the award because of "adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff's focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety," according to the Pulitzer Prize Web site."
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Even though I'm still putting together a potential panel at the 4Cs based on New World Rhetoric, I have my last panel presentation Friday at the New Directions Conference.
It's bitter sweat of course, although I'll be presenting on a peer-editing as New Media DJ exercise that I put together based on Jeff Rice's "Hip Hop-Pedagogy" (a discussion Hillary Danz takes up) in his Rhetoric of the Cool.
Using this framework in my classes helps because a lot of students identify with Hip-hop as being a part of their culture, and something that they feel comfortable talking about when it comes to commutation, appropriation, non-linearity, imagery & chora (often referred to as swagger.)
It doesn't hurt to start the class period with a little Dead Prez to set the mood...
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sure, this article is a few months old, but I feel it gets quoted often enough to post a link to it because it brings up the necessity of the moment to reexamine teaching practices. Speaking to this new majority, historical oral and pictographic literacy provide points of departure into the weaving practices of composition.
"Minorities set to be US majority
White people of European descent will no longer make up a majority of the US population by the year 2042 - eight years sooner than previous estimates.
The big change is among Hispanics and Asians whose share of the population is set to double to 30% and 9%."