NCTE Assembly for Research Mid-Winter Conference
"Teaching and Researching Across Color Lines: Literacies, Pedagogies, and the Politics of Difference"
February 21 - 23, 2003
Please note: Alice McIntyre's
W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the Color-Line. The problem survives. For Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, racially marginalized groups are a society’s miner’s canary. Like the distress of the caged finch taken into the mines, the plight of these social groups signal an endemic danger that threatens us all. Guinier and Torres call for a political race project that is not only diagnostic—a project that pays attention to the canary’s critique—but that is also activist. They imagine a “new language to discuss race, in order to rebuild a progressive democratic movement led by people of color but joined by others.”
This year’s Assembly for Research Midwinter Conference will focus on race and difference and will explore how these inform our perspectives and practices as educators and researchers. The conference builds on and extends past conferences that have explored race and language; new literacies; and the workings of power in our pedagogies and institutions, in our research methods and reports.
The 2003 conference will explore dimensions of language and literacy practices in schools by addressing questions such as the following:
Keynote speakers include:
Torres, co-author with Lani Guinier of
The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming
Registration form [pdf file]
Timothy J. Lensmire
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