Friday, October 20


Contemplative Practice (8:00-8:30)
Facilitated by Paula Mathieu and Stephanie Briggs

Coffee (7:45-8:45)
This break is sponsored in part by the University of Wyoming English Department.

Session B Concurrent Panels (8:45-10:00)
10 concurrent panels

Session C Concurrent Panels  (10:15-11:30)
10 concurrent panels

Lunch on your own (11:30-1:00)

Session D Concurrent Panels  (1:00-2:15)
10 concurrent panels

Workshops and DeepThink Tanks (2:30-4:30)

Networking Coffee and Snack Break    (4:30-5:00)

Performance (5:15-6:30) Q&A, book and CD signing follow performance; Doors at 5:00
Elaine Richardson’s one-woman show, “PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life”
Introduction of 3 partners: YWCA’s “Reading to End Racism,” Attention Homes, and Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)



B1.  Intergenerational Dialogue Across Difference
Chair: Sarah Massey-Warren, University of Colorado Boulder
Cassandra Ellis, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Ecology Through Technology with Cyber Seniors: Fostering Intergenerational Communication and Community”
Joyce Meier, Michigan State University, “Global Ecologies as Framework: A Community Project Involving International College Students and U.S. Third Graders”
Sarah Massey-Warren, University of Colorado Boulder, Jack Williamson, Community Member Director/Coordinator, and Frank Kogen, University of Colorado, “Developing Dialogical Edges for Intergenerational Communication”

B2.  Community Writing and Policing in City, Campus, and Classroom
Chair: Ben Kuebrich, West Chester University
Ben Kuebrich, West Chester University, “Community Literacy Can’t Deal With the Cops”
Vani Kannan, Syracuse University, “Policing the Campus Community”
Yanira Rodriguez, Syracuse University, “The Courage to Teach in These Times: On Classroom Narratives and the Policing of Pedagogies”

B3.  Theories of Sound, Space, and the Post Human
Chair: Erin Brock Carlson, Purdue University
Mary Hocks, Georgia State University, “Sonic Ecologies as a Path for Activism”
Erin Brock Carlson, Purdue University, “Towards an Ecologically-Attuned Theory of Community Engagement”
Summer Dickinson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “A Study of the Spatial-Rhetorical Function of objects of protest in Public Writing Within the Collective Activism Surrounding Sacred Stone Protest Networks”
McKinley Green, The University of Minnesota –Twin Cities, “Toward a Praxis of Listening: Rhetorical Listening as Public Engagement in First-Year Composition”

B4.  Creating Sustainable Service Learning: Navigating Institutional and Community Accountability
Chair: Jonathan Isaac
Julia Garrett, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Schools of Hope: Cooperative Tensions for Addressing the Literacy Achievement Gap”
Kassia Krzus-Shaw, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “When Resources Work Against You: Merging Two-Year and Four-Year College Service Learning Conversations”
Jonathan Isaac, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Peaceful Transfer of Instruction: Turning a Pilot Course into a Sustained Partnership”

B5.  Eco-Pedagogy and Eco-Literacy
Chair: Lonni Pearce, University of Colorado Boulder
Rebecca Dickson, University of Colorado Boulder, “Fighting for a Better Future: Local Activism and Fake News”
Christina J.G. Lane, Oklahoma State University, “Ecological Community Literacy through Nature Notebooks”
Lonni Pearce, University of Colorado Boulder, “Teaching Representations of Science in Mainstream Media:  Four Key Questions”
Ginger Knowlton, University of Colorado Boulder, “A Symbiosis: Ecocomposition and Emotional Aptitude”

B6.  Zines as Intervention
Chair: Jen England, Hamline University
Jen England, Hamline University, “Writing in Uncertain Times: Zines as Community Building”
Kristen Spickard, University of Central Arkansas, “The CitiZine Project: Self-Publishing as Political Action”
Lesley Graybeal, University of Central Arkansas, “The CitiZine Project: Self-Publishing as Political Action”

B7.  Mobilizing Partnership Networks
Chair: Petger Schaberg, University of Colorado Boulder
Angela Sowa, University of Denver, and Sarah Hart Micke, University of Denver, “Betwixt and Between Communities: Co-Curricular Community Engagement and Its Discontents”
Petger Schaberg, University of Colorado Boulder, “Not All Stakeholders are Created Equal!: Stakeholder Theory for Successful Outcomes”
Alexis F. Piper, Lakeland University, “’Sometimes I Feel Like Those Professors are Speaking Freaky Deaky Dutch’: How Code Switching Can Build Community Networks Outside the Academy”
Daniel Singer, University of Denver, ‘If Only I Could Do More’: Ambition, Effective Altruism, and Iterability in Community-Engaged Writing”

B8.  Feminist Connections and Outreach: Building Networks for Women and Girls
Chair: Jennifer Bay, Purdue University
Becca Hayes, University of Missouri-Columbia, “We’re a Very Connected Community, Very, Very Interconnected: Engaging Lesbian Community Through Rhetorics of Gathering”
Carrie Grant, Purdue University, “From Community Outreach to For-Profit Tech Camps: Technofeminist Interventions into Girls’ Digital Literacies”
Wendy Vergoz, Marian University, “Life in These Bones: A Community/University Partnership in a 21st Century Women’s Writing Workshop”
Jennifer Bay, Purdue University, “Women Mentoring Women: Rhetorical Networks Across Institutional and Community Settings”

B9.  Cross-Cultural Dialogues
Chair: Tamera Marko, Emerson College
Tamera Marko, Emerson College, Ryan Catalani, MobilityMovilidad.Org, Mario Ernesto Osorio, Emerson College, Ramiro Soto, Emerson College, “Proyecto Carrito: Our Translingual Pro-immigrant Writing Collective Moves Nationwide”
(40 minute slot)
Andrea Feldman, University of Colorado Boulder, and Pilar Prostko, “Fostering Inclusive Communities Through Dialogue”
(20 minute slot)

B10.  DISCUSSION with Eli Goldblatt: Community Writing in a Time of Violence
What role does writing play in responding to fears and disillusionment that can emerge after being inundated with reports of mass violence? How can we help communities that feel shaken by violence on the streets or violent images projected on to them by others? How can people respond through writing to disturbing scenes they see either in the media or in their daily lives? How should literacy leaders respond to the cheapening of public discourse and attacks on verifiable reporting? This session brings together people concerned about the effects of the near-daily reports of mass violence, threats against women and minority communities, public insult exchanges, and social polarization. No speaker can tell us how to proceed; we will write, read, and talk together, sharing responses that support both communities and individuals in moments of distress.


C1. ROUNDTABLE: Learning Together:  Gathering Resources for Feminist Community Writing
Co-chairs: Jenn Fishman, Marquette University , and Megan Faver Hartline, Trinity College
Jenn Fishman, Marquette University
Megan Faver Hartline, Trinity College
Ruth Cary, Widener University
Muthoni Mahachi, Hofstra University
Yvonne R. Teems, Hofstra University
Jayne Thompson, Widener University

C2.  Race, History, Place
Chair: April O’Brien, Clemson University
April O’Brien, Clemson University, “Bleeding Borders: How Difference is Constructed Through Material Spaces”
Michael Dimmick, University of Houston Downtown, “The Green Book: Increased Mobility, Community Writing, and African American Rhetorics of Citizenship”
Rachel C. Jackson, University of Oklahoma, “Decolonizing Community Writing: Story, Transrhetorical Resistance, and Indigenous Cultural Literacy Activism”
Tamara Butler, Michigan State University, “BlackGirlPraxis: Writing to Heal, Transform, and Connect”

C3.  Beyond Reciprocity: Toward a Model for Assessing Institutional Impact
Chair: Naomi Clark, Loras College
Naomi Clark, Loras College
Maggie Baker, Loras College
Beth McGorry, St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment
Justin Ellis, Iowa Campus Compact

C4.  Grapevining at the CCW: Making Our Own Stories in a Live Story-Creating Event
Story Facilitators:
Nichole Lariscy, University of Alabama Birmingham
Cynthia Mwenja, University of Alabama Birmingham

C5.  Riding a Wave of High Impact Community Engagement Practices: An Institutional Story
Chair: Melanie Burdick
Dennis Etzel Jr., “A View of the Pool:  Defining HICEPS”
Melanie Burdick, “Swimming Lessons: Models for Professional Development”
Jennifer Pacioianu, “Dipping a Toe in the Water: HICEPS in Process”
Mary Sheldon, “Diving Right In: A Second Time Around”

C6.  Prisons, Cops, and Technology as Activism
Chair: Michael Knievel, University of Wyoming
Rachel Lewis, Northeastern University, “Queer Connections: Defining Community Writing in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
Wendy Hinshaw, Florida Atlantic University, “Why I Write: Advocacy from the Inside Out”
Michael Knievel, University of Wyoming, “Copwatching and Community “Writing”: Remediating, Circulating, Participating”

C7.  Centering Community Knowledges in Engagement Partnerships: From Joint Advisory Boards in Program Administration to Local Publics in the Classroom
Chair: Eli Goldblatt
Rachael Wendler Shah, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, “Building a Joint Advisory Board: A Rationale for Situated Joint Sponsorship”
Brad Jacobson, University of Arizona, “Building a Joint Advisory Board: Expanding Networks of Practice”
Adam Hubrig, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, “Scaffolding Student-Composed Local Publics”

C8.  Food and (Digital) Communities
Chair: Eric Sepenoski, Northeastern University
Eric Sepenoski, Northeastern University, “The Farmer Writes: Creating and Sustaining Community-Sponsored Agriculture through Digital Composition”
Kelli Gill, Michigan State University, “How to (News)feed a Crowd: Collaboration and Transformation in Digital Food Communities”
Sarah Moon, University of Connecticut, “Lassoing Many Moons: Discursive Ecology Work in a Food-Centered Community Writing Project”
Michael Pennell, University of Kentucky, “Addressing the Networks of Hunger on College Campuses”

C9.  Online Community Writing Projects: Building Global Networks to Support Local Action
Chair: Lisa Dush, DePaul University
Lisa Dush, DePaul University
Travis Rejman, Goldin Institute
Delasha Long, DePaul University

C10.  ROUNDTABLE: “The Arts of Discernment in Assessing (and Participating in) Embodied Protest”
Co-facilitators: Nancy Welch, University of Vermont
Tony Scott, Syracuse University


D1.  ROUNDTABLE: Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy Author Discussion
Co-chairs: Iris Ruiz, University of California Merced, and Raúl Sanchez, University of Florida
Steven Alvarez, St. John’s University
Marcos Del Hierro, University of New Hampshire
Iris Ruiz, University of California Merced
Raúl Sanchez, University of Florida
Candace Zepeda, Our Lady of the Lake University
José Cortez, University of Arizona

D2.  Tracing the Untraceable: Exploring Circulation’s Invisible Effects on Communities
Chair: John Silvestro, Slippery Rock University
John Silvestro, Slippery Rock University, “Envisioning Circulation”
Jonathan Bradshaw, Western Carolina University, “Slow Circulation and Community Advocacy”
Kellie Sharp-Hoskins, New Mexico State University, “(In)Visible Debts and Communities at Risk”
Chris Mays, University of Nevada, Reno, “Tracking the Circulation of Rhetorical Commonplaces”

D3.  ROUNDTABLE: Community Writing as Cultural Entrepreneurship: Are We Ready for Critical-Entrepreneurial Rhetorics?
Chair: Paul Feigenbaum, Florida International University
Paul Feigenbaum, Florida International University
Ben Lauren, Michigan State University
Danielle Nicole DeVoss, Michigan State University

D4.  Studying Place Across Difference
Chair: Rosanne Carlo, College of Staten Island (CUNY)
Julie O’Connell, and Melissa MacAlpin, Felician University, “Ten Years After Katrina: The Flooded Physical and Rhetorical Ecosystems of New Orleans”
Jennifer Maloy, Queensborough Community College, and Nancy Pine, Columbus State Community College, Delaware Campus, “The History of Now: Recovering and Exchanging Oral Histories Across Regions”
Rosanne Carlo, College of Staten Island (CUNY), “Gentrifying New York City: Place-Based Curriculum as Community Writing at CUNY
Jessica Pisano, University of North Carolina, Asheville, and Patrick Bahls, UNCA, “Uncovering Local Ecologies: Writing to Explore in Linked First-Year Courses”

D5.   Mobilizing Community Conversations
Chair: Carol Spaulding-Kruse, Drake University
Erec Smith, York College of Pennsylvania, “Building Bridges: The Efficacy of Community Radio in Civic Engagement”
Scott Chiu and Ariana Nelson, California Lutheran University, “Community Literacy Initiatives that Explore Margins and Map the Writing Ecology Around a Small Private University”
Carol Spaulding-Kruse, Drake University, “‘Find Out for Yourself:’ Community Publishing and (the Pedagogy of) Post-Composition”

D6.  Assessing Consequences for Our Community Partner: Results from a Study of Writing for Change
Chair: Heather Lindenman, Elon University
Justin Lohr, University of Maryland, College Park, “I learned that I do have a voice”: Consequences of a Community Literacy Partnership”
Heather Lindenman, Elon University, “Academic-wise…not really”: Reconsidering the “Writing” of Writing for Change”
Carly Finkelstein, Northwestern High School, “Bridging Academic and Activist Literacies: Helping Students Forge Connections”

D7.  Creating Spaces for Change
Chair: Juliette Kitchens, Nova Southeastern University
Karina Lozano, Nova Southeastern University, Juliette Kitchens, Nova Southeastern University, and Kelly Concannon, Nova Southeastern University, “Collaboration and Contention: Reflections on Building a Literacy Center” (30-minute presentation)
Kristen Kaschock, Drexel University, and Rachel Wenrick, Drexel University, “Writers Room: Nudging Systems Towards Transformation” (30-minute presentation)

D8.  A Community Writing Center’s Role in Catalyzing Community Engagement and Understanding
Chair: Collett Litchard, Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center
Collett Litchard, Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center, and Melissa Helquist, Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center, “Employing Usability Testing to Increase Community Engagement”(30-min presentation)
Alice Lopez, University of Utah, and Justice Morath, Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center, “You Won’t Believe What’s In This Talk!  Writing For Change in New Rhetorical Landscapes” (30-minute presentation)

D9.  Migrations: Toward an Interdisciplinary Ecology
Chair: Shanyn Fiske, Rutgers University, Camden
Shanyn Fiske, Rutgers University, Camden
Kaja Brix, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Leslie Rapparlie, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Jessica Isaac, Books@Work

D10.  Developing Critical, Reflexive Teacher-Scholar Stances That Resist Power in Past, Present, and Future Community Work
Chair: Sara P. Alvarez, Queens College, CUNY
Sara P. Alvarez, Queens College, CUNY, and Michelle Day, University of Louisville, “Trauma-Informed Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Working With Rising Sixth Grade Black and Latina Girls and Their Communities of Struggle”
Megen Farrow Boyett, University of Louisville, “Public Rhetorics and Literacy Practices of Refugee Mothers”
Sabrina Sideris, INVST Community Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, “Power-With in the Midst of Institutional Life: Resisting Power WITHIN Our Higher Ed Institution”


DTT1: DEEPTHINK TANK: “Anti-Racism, Intersectionality, and Critical Literacies: A Teach-In and Work-In”
(Part Two of Two-Day Event)
Steven Alvarez, St. John’s University
April Baker-Bell, Michigan State University
Carmen Kynard, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Eric Darnell Pritchard, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

W7: WORKSHOP: “Leading Creative Writing Workshops for Social Justice”
Rose Gorman, NY Writers Coalition / The Tuxedo Project, Marygrove College
Aaron Zimmerman, NY Writers Coalition

Katie Comer and Kelly Bradbury, Harlot
Paul Feigenbaum and John Warnock, Community Literacy Journal
Laurie Gries, enculturation
Tara Lockhart and Juli Parrish, Literacy in Composition Studies
Deborah Mutnick and Laurie Grobman, Reflections
Steve Parks, Studies in Writing and Rhetoric, NCTE
Jessica Shumake and Saul Hernandez, Community Literacy Journal (Book Review and Keyword Essay Editors)

W8: WORKSHOP: “Blues You Can Use: Protest Songwriting Workshop”
Brian Laidlaw, University of Denver

W9: WORKSHOP: “Microaffiliation: Countering Microaggressions across Campus and Community Spaces”
Rasha Diab, The University of Texas at Austin
Beth Godbee, Marquette University

W10: WORKSHOP: “Exploring, Curating, and Creating: Using Digital Rhetorical Tools for Archival Work”
Michael Neal, Florida State University
Courtney Rivard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Tarez Samra Graban, Florida State University

PERFORMANCE: “PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life”

Elaine Richardson’s One-woman Show, Q&A, book and CD signing follow performance

Friday, October 20, 5:15-6:30; Doors at 5:00
Addicted to drugs, abusive controlling pimps, the streets, short stints in jail, the cycle of death that was her life, and on top of that, pregnant AGAIN.  It was the end. The only way out was death or prison, but that wasn’t her fate.  Instead, she went to school… and never stopped.  On her journey, she became empowered with knowledge of her culture and history. Today, Dr. Elaine Richardson shares her story of sexual exploitation and other forms of bondage to bring awareness to the plight of those entrapped in urban domestic human trafficking, and to promote healing and empowerment through education.
This event is funded by the (IMPART) Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching Awards Program, by the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement (, and by the CU Boulder Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.