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Malea Powell to Present at 2017 FYWP Winter Colloquium

Dr. Malea Powell, professor and chair in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at
Michigan State University, will deliver the plenary presentation at the 2017 First-year Writing Program Winter Malea Powell, Michigan State UniversityColloquium, Friday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. in Pray-Harrold 219. Powell's presentation, "Looking Forward, Looking Back: A Cultural Rhetorics Story About the Discipline," will offer an account of disciplinary development for rhetoric and composition/writing studies attendant to the presence and persistence of cultural rhetorics.

Looking Forward, Looking Back: A Cultural Rhetorics Story About the Discipline 

This presentation come from my persistent interest in the peculiarities of Rhet/Comp’s disciplinary narrative – especially how specific groups of teachers & scholars find their “home” in it – and the relationship between colonialism and the development of academic disciplines in North America more broadly. During our time together, I’ll use a cultural rhetorics approach to telling a couple of those Rhet/Comp stories – one that focuses on how Native scholars & teachers made a “home” in Rhet/Comp, the other that looks at how we’ve built both curriculum and courses that make that first story pretty hard to see.

Powell's presentation is part of the Winter Colloquium program, which will begin with coffee at 9 a.m. and will include the announcement of this year's teaching portfolio award recipients.

An afternoon workshop will cap the day-long colloquium. 

Cultural Rhetorics Ways of Knowing: “Learning (Teaching) to Teach (Learn)” Redux

Organized around the assumption that participants will have read Learning (Teaching) to Teach (Learn)” (2006) as well as some of the materials referenced in that article, I’ll ask folks to read three more short pieces and to bring an active teaching artifact -- syllabus, an assignment, a project sequence, etc. -- to the workshop. During our time together we’ll practice the reading/talking highlighted in the 2006 piece an use the teaching artifacts as a constellating point for our work together in both small and large groups. 

The three pieces

Gallagher, Chris. “What Writers Do: Behaviors, Behaviorism, and Writing Studies.” CCC 68:2 December 2016. 238-265.

Powell & Riley-Mukavetz. “Making Native Space for Graduate Students: a story of indigenous rhetorical practice.” Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching Indigenous Rhetorics. Eds. Gubele, Anderson & King. Utah State UP, 2015. 138-159. [Resources from that collection http://www.survivancesovereigntystory.org/]

Royster & Kirsch, “Feminist Rhetorical Practices: In Search of Excellence." CCC 61:4, June 2010. 640-672.

For more information about the event or for PDF copies of the readings, contact Derek Mueller, Director of the First-year Writing Program, at derek.mueller@emich.edu.

2017 FYWP Winter Colloquium Schedule (Pray-Harrold 219)
Friday, March 31, 2017
9 Coffee/ Welcome
9:30 Program Announcements and Teaching Porfolio Awards - Mueller and Krause
10:30 Malea Powell, "Looking Forward, Looking Back: A Cultural Rhetorics Story About the Discipline" 
12 Lunch and conversation
1 Teaching workshop
Malea Powell, Cultural Rhetorics Ways of Knowing: “Learning (Teaching) to Teach (Learn)” Redux

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For a listing of recent FYWP guest presenters, visit our program wiki.

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