Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young to Address Southern Regional Composition Conference

Vershawn-Young-photoDr. Vershawn Ashanti Young, associate professor at the University of Waterloo, coauthor of the book “Other People’s English: Code Meshing, Code Switching and African American Literacy,” and author of “Should Writers Use They Own English,” a paper that argues against Stanley Fish’s assertion that students should not use dialect in academic writing; and antiracism consultant to schools and organizations, will provide the keynote address for the third annual Southern Regional Composition Conference on the theory, practice, and pedagogy of composition on March 14.

The keynote address will take place at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the Donaghey Student Center (DSC) Ledbetter Hall, and begins at 1 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Following the keynote address, Young will conduct a teaching workshop that is open to all UALR faculty and staff. The workshop will begin at 3:30 p.m. in DSC Room 205G.

Conference hosts are the UALR Department of Rhetoric and Writing and the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. Sponsors are the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, the Chancellor’s Diversity Council, the Composition Studies Program at the University of Memphis, Pearson, Cengage, Bedford/Macmillan, and Norton.

For more information, visit the UALR Rhetoric and Writing conference website.

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