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Good News March 25, 2013

Debbie Lee's creative nonfiction essay "Hurt Talk," about her relationship with the American playwright Neil LaBute, and his relationship with her hairdresser, appears in the current issue of The Montreal Review.

Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West has invited Debbie Lee and her collaborator Dennis Baird to present their work on the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness this coming fall.

Stephen Skalicky has accepted an offer of admission from the PhD program in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He will start in the fall.

Additionally, Stephen was awarded a Dean's Fellowship from the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. This fellowship is renewable for 5 years and is extremely competitive.

Stephen Skalicky attended and presented at the 2013 national American Association for Applied Linguistics conference. His presentation was an adaptation of his master's thesis.

Thabiti Lewis has been invited to present his paper: "Global Feminism in Toni Cade Bambara's The Seabirds Are Still Alive". This will take place at the National Black Writers Conference Symposium: A Tribute to the Life and Works of Toni Cade Bambara (Medgar Evers College, March 30, 2013)

Thabiti Lewis will discuss: ", Sports, Race, and the Modern Athlete" at the Passing the Ball Conference (Temple University, April 19, 2013).

Leslie Jo Sena and Karen Weathermon gave a pre-conference workshop on assessing common reading programs to participants attending the Annual Conference on First-Year Experience February 23rd in Orlando FL. Sena also helped facilitate a round-table discussion on common reading programs on the last full day of the conference with over 50 participants attending.

Peter Chilson gave a talk at the Mercy Corps Action Center March 8. The presentation, entitled, "Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali," was cosponsored by the Oregon World Affairs Council. Chilson also spoke February 12 at Washington University's International Relations Program in St. Louis, focusing on border conflicts and migration in West Africa. Chilson returned to St. Louis March 4-6 to talk about Mali to global studies students at twelve metropolitan area high schools.

Peter Chilson's article, "Under fire in West Africa: In Mali, juntas and jihadists jeopardize journalists" was published March 2 by Africa In Fact, a South Africa-based magazine that covers Africa.

Heather Springer's proposal: "Away From the Deficit Model: What's Next in the Basic Writing Classroom" was accepted to the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association conference in Vancouver, WA in October.

Crag Hill and Patricia Ericsson's Poster Proposal "Beyond the Alphabetic: The Present and Future of Multimodal Projects" was accepted by the Academic Showcase Committee. The poster will be presented at the WSU Academic Showcase March 30, 2013.

Elizabeth Edwards, Patricia Ericsson, Leeann Hunter, and Ti Macklin presented their research on teaching multimodal Composition at the Conference on College Composition and Communication Conference March 15 in Las Vegas. Their presentation was titled "Takin' it to the Streets: The Public Spaces and Public Faces of Multimodal Composition."

Augusta Rohrbach presented "Trifles: A Game of Social Justice" as a featured speaker at "Days of DH," a two-day conference at Northeastern University's Lab for Texts, Maps and Networks on March 19.

Lori Beth De Hertogh and Ti Macklin will present a session titled "Strategies for Assessing Technical and Textual Aspects of New Media Compositions" at the Assessment, Teaching & Learning Conference in Spokane, WA on May 3rd.

Mike Edwards served as Senior Chair for the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Intellectual Property Caucus at the Conference's annual meeting in Las Vegas on March 13, and now joins the CCCC Intellectual Property Committee.

With D. Alexis Hart, Mike Edwards took over as co-chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Task Force on Student Veterans.

Kristin Arola recently presented the paper "Indigenous (Counter) Public Methodologies" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, NV.

The Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication recently chose WSU's proposal to host the 2014 Computers and Writing Conference. The conference will take place in June of 2014 and regularly attracts 300-500 scholars interested in the connections between digital technologies and writing studies. The proposal was drafted and submitted by Mike Edwards, Patty Ericsson, Bill Condon, and Kristin Arola.

Pavithra Narayanan has been invited to submit her paper, "This Land is Mine: Adivasi Resistance in Kerala and Chhattisgarh (India) Against Corporations and Governments," for a book tentatively entitled "Mining History," to be edited by historians Peter Alexander (U of Johannesburg) and Stefan Berger (Ruhr-University Bochum). Her paper is one of 14 selected out of 80 papers presented at the 2012 South Africa Mining History Conference. Narayanan has also been invited (all-expense-paid) to Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, for a conference in November 2013 with the other contributors.

Wendy Olson (WSU Vancouver) just returned from the 2013 CCCC, where she served as a respondent to two panels: "Crossing BW/ESL/FYW Divides: Exploring Translingual Writing Pedagogies and Programs" and "Basic Writing and Race: A Symposium," the latter of which she also co-organized. As well, she was recently appointed to the Executive Board for the Council of Basic Writing.

At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs on March 9 in Boston, MA, Dene Grigar (CMDC, Vancouver) gave a reading of her electronic literature work and talked about her experimental poetry created with motion tracking technology.


Visiting Writer Series/Creative Writing Events

April 12, 2013

Love Reports to Spring Training

Reading by Linda Kittell

Poetry Book Launch
Noon, Bundy Reading Room Avery

Colloquium Series
April 5 (Friday):

Presented by Trevor Bond

"Hair in the Archives: Remembering Narcissa Whitman"
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