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WPA Sessions at the 2007 MLA Conference: Call for Proposals

The WPA Executive Board and the committee on WPA at MLA (Dominic Delli Carpini, Joe Janangelo, and Rita Malenczyk) invite proposals for 2 panels to be held at the December, 2007 convention of the Modern Language Association in Chicago, IL.

Call for Proposals: WPA Sessions at MLA
December, 2007
Chicago, IL

Panel 1
Ethical Practices in Delivering Composition: Beyond Labor Problems to Labor Solutions

CFP--Open Words

Call for Papers

For a SPECIAL ISSUE of
OPEN WORDS: ACCESS And ENGLISH STUDIES

Devoted to
The Teaching, Theorizing, and Research of College-Level Reading and Literacy

Open Words: Access and English Studies is a journal dedicated to publishing articles focusing on political, professional, and pedagogical issues related to teaching composition, reading, ESL, creative writing, and literature to open admissions and non-mainstream student populations. We will be devoting issue 2.2 (spring, 2008) to the multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to reading and literacy. We invite manuscripts from educational psychologists, K-12 reading researchers, compositionists, literacy researchers, and literary theorists to explore ways in which we could improve our college students’ attitude toward reading, their comprehension of texts, and their engagement with texts. We are specifically looking for original classroom research on college campuses; an historical summary of reading research and its applicability to open admissions or otherwise at-risk college learners; conversations that go beyond the deficit model of reading instruction; the relationships between multimodal literacies and new media; ways that people put reading to use in their daily lives; and other related topics. If you have any questions, please contact William Thelin at wthelin@uakron.edu.

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NEH Seminar

Colleagues,

Below is information about an NEH seminar, Masters of Prose (Johnson, Lincoln, Churchill), that I will be directing this summer on the Boston University campus. Please feel free to circulate it to those you think might be interested in applying. Information about the design and goals of the seminar, as well as directions for applying, will be sent to those who e-mail me with their request.

Thanks for your help.

John Briggs
Professor of English
Director, Entry-Level Writing Program
Department of English
UC Riverside

Masters of English Prose:
Samuel Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill

30th Anniversary of WPA at MLA

Dear WPA Members and Friends:

If you're going to MLA in Philadelphia this December, please join us in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

WPA is sponsoring two convention sessions and a reception:

Panel: “Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,” Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott.

Panel: “Challenges of the Future: Foregrounding Diversity in the WPA Palette” Saturday, December 30th, noon to 1:15, Room 302 of the Philadelphia Marriott.

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December 2006: 30th Anniversary of WPA at MLA

Dear WPA Members and Friends:

If you're going to MLA in Philadelphia this year, please note these WPA events on your convention schedules:
(more details available at http://wpacouncil.org/node/532)

Panel: “Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,” Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott.

CFP: China Literacy Conference - Beijing, summer 2007

WPA announces its co-sponsorship of 'Literacies of Hope: Making Meaning across Boundaries' to be held in Beijing, China, July 24-27, 2007.

The conference, co-hosted by Beijing Normal University and Global Interactions, Inc., will inquire into the many forms of literacy that are vital to an increasingly globalized world, where partnership is essential. Proposals for presentations are invited for five strands:

Print Literacy / Media Literacy / Oral Literacy
Technology & Literacy
Creative & Critical Thinking
Social & Cultural Literacy
TESOL / ELL

For detailed information about the conference and to download forms for submitting proposals go to http://www.globalinteractions.org and select "2007 China - U.S. Conference on Literacy." Submission deadline is December 12, 2006. Invitations to present will be emailed by December 20.

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Narrative study seeking graduate students from working-class background

A new study is looking for unique/personal written narratives of working-class students who are currently enrolled in graduate course work (either at the MA/ Ph.D. level) in English composition studies.

Requirements for participation are: the participant must be actively pursuing an MA/ Ph.D. degree in English composition studies in the United States of America; the participant must be engaged in course work and not in the writing stages of the MA/Doctoral thesis; the participant must be from a self proclaimed working-class background; must be over the age of eighteen.

The narratives will address such themes as follows: graduate student enculturation in relation to reading, writing, and dialogue; educational background of both the student and his/her immediate family; family life while growing up; the various ways with which the participant identifies as being a member from the working-class.

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