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2017 CCCC Annual Convention
March 15-18, 2017
Portland, Oregon

Reflections Booth
Research Network Forum’s Editors Roundtable
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
1:15pm – 2:30 pm
Oregon Convention Center; Portland Ballroom, Rooms 256, 257 & 258

Cross-Caucus Community Engagement Sponsored Session
Portland Ballroom 252

Caucus leaders of community engagement from a number of identity-based caucuses will be leading discussions, and having conversations with audience members for most of the session. Come and learn more and join the conversations about the many community engagement endeavors and projects from identity-based caucuses.

Cristina Kirklighter, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Isabel Baca, University of Texas at El Paso, “Latin@ CaucusCommunity Engagement”

Collin Craig, St. John’s University, “Black Caucus Community Engagement”

Rebecca Hayes, Michigan State University, East Lansing, “Queer Caucus Community Engagement”

Terese Guinsatao Monberg, Michigan State University, “Asian/AsianAmerican Caucus Community Engagement”

Joyce Rain Anderson, Bridgewater State University, “American Indian Caucus Community Engagement”

SWR Workshop
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 10:45am
Oregon Convention Center; Portland Ballroom B113

Immigrant Rights and 3D Scholarship

What’s the connection between immigrant rights struggles and 3D scholarship? Come to the SWR Workshop at C’s (link) to learn about Proyecto Carrito Caravan – a group of Emerson College immigrant janitors, students, faculty, and administration, who drove a car literally wrapped in the stories of immigration and dreams for a more inclusive educational system from Boston to San Diego-Tijuana border.

ESC 2017 Meeting
18th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Pre-conference: September 24-25, 2017
Conference: September 26-27, 2017
Birmingham, Alabama

This is Engagement: Best Practices in Community-Engaged Scholarship

The 2017 meeting of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium will explore “Best Practices in Community Engaged Scholarship” across disciplines, communities, and geography. Further details are available here.

Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and
Volume 16, Issue 2, Special Issue on Veterans’ Writing

In the wake of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and with a wave of U.S veterans returning to higher education on the G.I. Bill, scholars in writing and rhetoric and across the disciplines have begun to address the psychological, spiritual, and intellectual impact of military service and war on veterans, as well as the process of societal reintegration (see Doe and Langstraat co-edited collection Generation Vet and Alexis Hart and Roger Thompson’s special issue on veterans’ writing in Composition Forum). The CCCC Task Force on Veterans issued a Statement “Student Veterans in the Composition Classroom: Realizing their Strengths and Assessing their Needs,” in March 2015, and the annual conference has offered several panels, workshops, and a special interest group focused on veterans.

The field’s interest in these issues reflects a larger national interest in the topic of veterans’ writing as evidenced by the outgrowth of a series of community literacy projects, community writing groups, and non-profit groups focused on or connected to veterans’ writing. Such groups and organizations have engaged active duty service members, student veterans, communities of veterans outside the university, and military family members in the act of writing and making meaning out of their experiences of war and the military. Projects inside the academy have also burgeoned, including writing courses specifically focused on addressing and supporting the writing and literacy practices of student veterans, student-led veterans’ organizations, literary and artistic discussion groups and writing and healing activities that support veterans on college campuses and in the community.

Volume 16, Issue 2 is devoted to veterans and focuses on veterans’ writing pertaining to communities, literacies, and pedagogies.  Eileen Schell and Ivy Kleinbart’s Editors’ Introduction provides an overview of the four sections in the issue that focuses on Veterans’ Writing in Extracurricular settings, Veterans’ Writing in the composition Classroom, Faculty Development for Veteran Friendly Campuses, and Veterans’ Writing: Creative and Critical Works. To preview the articles in each section, take a look at the Table of Contents.

Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and

Volume 16, Issue 1, Fall 2016
Sustainable Communities and Environmental Communication

Volume 16, Issue 1, Fall 2016 is Reflections’ first issue focused on environmental advocacy. Co-edited by Veronica House, Catherine Laswell, and Rebecca Dickson, the issue, Sustainable Communities and Environmental Communication, emphasizes the importance of environmental awareness in the classroom, in students’ lives, and in communities.  The issue is devoted to manuscripts emerging from presentations and conversations at the Conference on Community Writing, held in Boulder, Colorado on October 15-17, 2015.

Given today’s increasingly urgent environmental threats of climate change, drought, overpopulation, and food insecurity, Volume 16 examines higher education’s role in helping students and communities to understand changing natural systems and the need to protect human and environmental resources. In particular, the issue explores the ways in which Rhetoric and Composition faculty and students are suited to intervene in issues of sustainability and environmental justice in the classroom, in scholarship, and in their local, national, and global communities.

WRT 205: Madrid
Writing course in Madrid this Summer

The theme of WRT 205: Madrid will be “Global Citizens/Global Cities.” Indeed, the course will use Madrid as the research site to study the historical development of a “world” or “global” identity as well as meet the policy makers and activists working to support global human rights. In this way, the course will not only allow the students to see where the very idea of the “global citizen” came from, but to meet folks actively defining such citizenship today. In addition, students will also be able to experience one of the most important and singular human rights events occurring globally this year: World Pride Madrid 2017. As described by the organizers:

World Pride Madrid 2017 is the world’s largest event for the LGTB community and for all those who want to take to the streets to celebrate, show and recognize diversity. For this reason, Madrid goes all out with this celebration offering an extensive program of cultural activities which flood the city’s main streets and squares: music, dance, performing arts, visual arts, literature, sports competitions, conferences, children’s activities… The central event of World Pride Madrid 2017 is the Pride Parade, the great world demonstration of LGTB Pride, in which over 3 million people and associations from all over the world take to the main streets of the city in an act of celebration and recognition of diversity and equal rights.

From all accounts this is an amazing event. And as part of the course, we will work with some of the policy makers and activists organizing the event.

Information on how to Register:

WRT 205: Madrid

NOTE: At Syracuse University, the course, WRT 205, is a required writing course. If students would like to have this course count for similar credit at their home institution, Steve Parks is happy to work with students to make this possible. Steve has previously developed and taught courses in London, and he would be more than happy to talk to interested students to answer any questions they might have about the course, as well as studying abroad.

Steve Parks
Associate Professor
Department of  Writing Studies,  Rhetoric,  and  Composition
Former Editor, Reflections

 Conference on College Composition and Communication
Statement on Community-Engaged Projects in Rhetoric and Composition

CCCC Statement on Community-Engaged Projects in Rhetoric and Composition.  The CCCC Executive Committee has ratified and published updated guidelines for evaluating and valuing community-engaged projects in rhetoric and composition.

Robert Russa Moton Museum

Robert Russa Moton Museum Special Event
Common Reflections: A Night of Education and Advocacy

Common Reflections: A Night of Education and Advocacy was held in Farmville, Virginia on April 24, 2015 at the Russa Moton Museum. Cristina Kirklighter, the Editor of Reflections, was unable to attend in person, but she was there in spirit. She welcomed and thanked everyone that participated and attended, with an introduction that was presented at the beginning of the event on YouTube.

The event focused on the closing of the public schools in Farmville, Virginia from 1959 to 1964, during Prince Edward County school desegregation. A panel consisted of Heather Lettner-Rust, Longwood University; Jamie Gardiner, former student photographer at Longwood University; Candace Epps-Robertson, Michigan State University, and Ed Peeples, author of SCALAWAG: A White Southerner’s Journey through Segregation to Human Rights Activism.

Robertson read, The Story Never Ends, three stories emphasizing her personal reflections about how the history of the Russo Moton Museum and Prince Edward County played an important role in her education, and Peeples talked about his experiences as a civil rights activist and read excerpts from his book.  The audience was invited to inquire and comment, and several persons talked about what they remembered, what they witnessed, and their actual experiences during the schools closures.  An article was written about the event in the Richmond Times Dispatch, and an article about the event was published on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi website.

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