Reva Sias Awarded
2010 CCCC Scholars for the Dream Award
The Writing Program and Composition and Cultural Rhetoric are pleased to announce that CCR doctoral candidate Reva Sias has been awarded a 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Scholars for the Dream Award.
The Scholars for the Dream program was instituted to increase the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups—African Americans, American Indians, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and other Latino Americans, and Asian Americans. This award celebrates the scholarly contribution of first-time presenters at CCCC who are members of these groups.
Asked for a response to the award, Reva said,
It is an honor to receive the 2011 Scholars for the Dream Travel Award. My presentation highlights my research interests in Social History of Rhetoric as well as reflects intersections of the early-Black Church and 19th Century African American Rhetoric and Literacy Practices.
My 2011 CCCC presentation is titled "We've Come this Far by Faith: Black Women's Literacy, Activism, and Faith Practices." I will introduce the autobiographical and rhetorical presence of Rebecca Cox Jackson, the first-Black Shaker Eldress; Elizabeth, Amanda Smith, and Jarena Lee, Ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) tradition; and Sarah Mapps Douglass, a Quaker, to reflect 19th century Black Women's literacy, activism, and faith practices.
Reva joins three past CCR recipients of the Scholars for the Dream award: Candace Epps-Robertson (2010), Tamika Carey (2007), and Elisa Norris (2005) .