Best of Student Nonfiction Reading

Apr 12, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Tolley 304

Eileen E. Schell

Students readers from WRT 114, WRT 422, and the Writing and Rhetoric Distinction class read their work.    

The readers and the instructors/people who nominated them are: 

Fiona Lew  (nominated by Santee Frazier)

Hannah Cohen (nominated by Anne Fitzimmons)

Zuzanna Mlynarczyk (nominated by Rae Ann Meriwether)

Emily Martin (nominated by Chris Feikies)

Casey Barrasso (nominated by Vanessa Watts)

Crisanta (Risa) Wadhams (nominated by Ivy Kleinbart)

Maizy Ludden (nominated by Steve Thorley)

Lia Figurelli (nominated by Sue Woltman)

Rafaela Evans (Distinction Class, nominated by Danielle Schaf)

CART provided. Refreshments provided.  

Jay Dolmage: Workshop: Working Against Academic Ableism

Apr 5, 2019, 9:30 PM-11:00 PM

Bird Library 606

Erika Dwyer

Limited seats. RSVP to Erika Dwyer at by March 25. Include any requests
for accessibility accommodations.

Spring Conference: Jay Dolmage: Moments and Modalities of Access: Composing Disability

Apr 4, 2019, 2:00 PM-3:20 PM

HL 500

Erika Dwyer

Talk open to the public.

Reimagining Student Writers #suwrites Writing Across the Curriculum: Developing Strategies to Teach Writing in the Disciplines

Nov 12, 2018, 12:30 PM-1:45 PM

Tolley 304

Reimagining Student Writers #suwrites


Writing Across the Curriculum: Developing Strategies to Teach Writing in the Disciplines

Learn more about the Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Fellows Program and join the 2018-2019 Faculty Fellows in a panel moderated by Genevieve García de Müeller.

What are some effective writing assignments? What are some best practices for responding to student work? How can writing be used to help students learn in the disciplines? The Faculty Fellows will provide some suggestions for answering these questions and more.

Monday, November 12
12:30-1:45 pm
Tolley 304


Light lunch will be provided. 

To request accessibility accommodations, Kristen Krause at no later than November 1.

This event is presented by Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition and is co-sponsored with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Feminist Rhetorics Symposium: Syracuse University Homecoming 2018

Oct 20, 2018, 10:00 AM-3:30 PM

Bird Library, Room 114, the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

Eileen Schell


Note:  Bird Library opens at 10 am
10:00-10:15:  Coffee and tea, breakfast items 
10:15-11:30: Opening remarks and Panel I
Tamara Issak—“Writing About Muslim Women in New York City: Complications and Challenges”
Vani Kannan—“The Third World Women’s Alliance & the Labor of Feminist Theorizing”
LaToya Sawyer— “#MeToo? Or Not: The Present Necessity of Combatting Intersectional Erasure through Feminist Rhetoric”  
11:30-11:45:  Break 
11:45-12:45  Panel II & Wrap-up of the morning
Kate Navickas—“Feminist Writing Assignments: From Dissertation to Publication”
Karrieann Soto Vega—"Finding Pathways in Feminisms and Rhetorics: A DiaspoRican Approach” 
12:45-1:30:  Lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m.  Research Roundtables:  Research roundtables will be led by the guest speakers.  Two roundtable groups will meet in 114 Bird Library and three roundtable groups  will meet in H.B. Crouse Hall.  Groups will be announced at the start of the event. Roundtable participants should bring their own copies of work to share (6 copies)
Reception location to be announced

Campus Parking
October 20th is the day of the SU-NC Homecoming football game.  Parking for those coming to campus for academic needs during football games will be offered on a space-available basis at the University Avenue and Booth garages as long as you have a valid SU faculty/staff or student permit. Please remember that the garages will close 2.5 hours after the game ends (the game starts at 12:20 p.m.). For those with tags signifying a medical condition, parking will be provided in the lot designated on the face of the permit on a space available basis. If no spaces are available, permit holders will be directed to the next closest location.  For more information, see:

For more information, contact Eileen E. Schell

Featured Symposium Participants

issak-tamara-2018.jpg Tamara Issak
Assistant Professor in the Institute for Core Studies - First Year Writing, St. John’s University
Tamara Issak’s work addresses the relationship between rhetoric and citizenship, the connection between geographic rhetoric and identity formation, and the function of community literacy groups in marginalized communities. Her dissertation was focused on Islamophobic rhetoric in New York City in the aftermath of 9/11, and she is currently preparing this work for publication. Issak is the recipient of several awards including an American Association of University Women Fellowship 2017-2018, the Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2017, and a Fulbright Fellowship 2008-2009.

kannan-vani-OCT2018.jpgVani Kannan
Assistant Professor of English, Lehman College
Vani Kannan researches writing across contexts (academic disciplines, workplaces, communities), multimodal/multigenre composition, and transnational/women-of-color feminisms. Her work has appeared in Enculturation and Studies on Asia, and is forthcoming in the edited collection The Political Turn in the Trump Era: Writing, Democracy, Activism. Additionally, she has co-authored articles for Journal of Writing Assessment, Community Literacy Journal, Reflections, Literacy in Composition Studies, and Journal of Academic Freedom. She is currently developing a book project on the Third World Women's Alliance, a group that organized against racism, sexism, and imperialism in New York City and the Bay Area during the 1970s.

navickas-kathryn.jpgKate Navickas
Director of Writing Centers, Cornell University
Kate Navickas is the Director of the Writing Centers at Cornell University, where she also teaches first-year composition in the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines. Her current research projects include a genre-based study of feminist writing assignments and a forthcoming collection on strategies for negotiating emotional labor in writing program administration. 


sawyer-latoya.jpgLaToya Sawyer
Assistant Professor of English, St. John’s University
LaToya Sawyer is Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University.  Her scholarship focuses on Black women's discourse and literacy practices across face-to-face and digital spaces as well as their pedagogical implications. Her other research interests include rhetorical agency, digital literacy and identity, Pan African Rhetoric and Black feminisms. LaToya hs taught in numerous community-based settings within the African American community and universities in the U.S. and China. She is a 2014-2016 NCTE CNV Fellow and 2012 CCCC Scholar for the Dream.

soto-karrieann.jpgKarrieann Soto Vega
Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies, University of Kentucky
Karrieann’s research and pedagogical interests span decolonial feminist efforts and Puerto Rican nationalism, specifically those enacted by women; social movement rhetoric and transnational feminisms; as well as multimodality, multilingualism, and new media composition practices. In her dissertation, Karrieann recovered a rhetorical history of Puerto Rican activist Lolita Lebrón, examining her gender performance, writing, and the visual rhetoric surrounding her figure and her rhetorics of defiance to U.S. empire.


Intertext Launch

Apr 27, 2018, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

347 Hinds Hall


Best of Student Nonfiction Reading

Apr 26, 2018, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

228B Schine

Reception to follow

Making, Being, and Belonging Through Multimodal Composing

Nov 9, 2017, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

319 Sims

Jody Shipka (University of Maryland)

Space is limited for this small-group session. Please RSVP to Patrick W. Berry at by October 30. Include any requests for accessibility accomodations.

Making and Remaking a Literate Life: Being, Longing, Belonging

Nov 8, 2017, 2:15 PM-3:45 PM

Peter Graham Room 114, Bird Library

Paul Prior (University of Illinois)
Jody Shipka (University of Maryland)

This presentation challenges static notions of being and belonging in accounts of literacies and disciplines. Instead, it offers a dynamic view of the embodied, affective, and historically situated processes of making and remaking literate lives.

Enough with All These Border Walls: Redrawing Disciplinary Becoming and Belonging

Nov 8, 2017, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Paul Prior (University of Illinois)

Space is limited for this small-group session. Please RSVP to Patrick W. Berry at by October 30. Include any requests for accessibility accomodations.


Veterans' Writing Group Reading

Nov 7, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

Eileen Schell

When civilians say “thank you for service,” what does that expression mean to the veterans receiving that comment? What stories and experiences do veterans and military families have to share? Come out for an evening of reading and conversation from members of the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group. 
Copies of the group’s recent book The Weight of My Armor (Parlor Press, 2017) will be available for sale. Refreshments provided.  
Co-sponsored by the Nonfiction Reading Series of the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition and the Moral Injury Project of Syracuse University and LeMoyne College.
Free and open to the public.

Jerry Won Lee Workshop: Translingual Dispositions

Oct 25, 2017, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

HL 500

Kristen Krause



First Day of Classes

Aug 28, 2017, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Campus Wide

name of event coordinator.

Fall 2017/2018 term begins

Fall Teaching Conference

Aug 24, 2017, 10:00 AM-1:45 PM

HL 400

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2017 Fall Teaching Conference

Multigenre Writing Pedagogies in a “Post-Truth” Era

Thursday, August 24
500 Hall of Languages

10:15-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-11:00 Chair’s Keynote, Lois Agnew

11:00-11:15 DUGS remarks, Patrick W. Berry

11:15-12:00 Multigenre Writing Pedagogies:

Speakers: Vani Kannan, Aja Martinez, Karen Oakes, Molly Voorheis,
Brice Nordquist, Jessica Corey

12:00-12:15 Break

12:15-1:00 Revisiting Multigenre Pedagogies in a “Post Truth” Era

Small Group Discussions with Panel Leaders, Patrick Berry, and Emily Dressing

1:00-1:15 Closing/Wrap-up, Lois Agnew

1:15 Catered Lunch. HBC 239

CCR: 20th Anniversary!

Aug 19, 2017, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

HL 500

Alex Hanson