Thursday, October 24, 2019

Skyping into Texas State

"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:

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