UNH Hosts Conference On Diversity
And Writing Oct. 15-16
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 7, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – Diversity as it relates to the teaching of
writing is the topic of the tenth in a series of biennial conferences
in composition sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Oct.
With more than 70 presenters and five keynote speakers, the conference
is particularly geared for those who teach writing at the high school
and college level. It will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, and
continue until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.
“We live in a multicultural society,” says Thomas Newkirk,
UNH professor of English and coordinator of the composition program.
“People come from different backgrounds with different ways
with words, and as teachers we need to be aware of this when we
The conference will explore questions like “How do students’
allegiances to popular culture and visual and digital media affect
our approaches to teaching writing?” and “How can we
raise issues of race in classes that are mostly white?” Keynote
speakers are John Ernest, UNH, on “What Are We Talking About?
Composition and the Chaos of ‘Diversity’’; Keith
Gilyard, Penn State University, “Language Variation, Writing
and Teaching”; Linda Harklau, University of Georgia, “From
High School to College: English Language Learners and Shifting Literacy
Demands”; Scott Lyons, Syracuse University, “From Imperialism
to Empire: The Rhetorical Strategies of Indigenous Peoples”;
and Kate Ronald, Miami University, “Teaching Rhetorica: Using
Women’s Rhetoric(s) as Writing Pedagogies.”
In addition to the keynote speakers, there will be small sessions
where participants can discuss particular issues. For more information
about the conference or to register contact Amy Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (603) 862-1168 or visit www.unh.edu/composition/conference/.