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#NoBodyIsDisposable: A Conversation with PWR Instructor Lindsey Felt

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down (virtually, of course) with Dr. Lindsey Felt and talk about her frosh writing course “#NoBodyIsDisposable: The Rhetoric of Disability,” which she’s updated to reflect the challenges and organizing of disabled people under COVID-19.

Research Journal

One way of integrating an asynchronous element into your course is to have students create and add to one kind of document over the course of the quarter or several weeks of the quarter, such as a commonplace book or a research journal. Here, Tessa Brown shares her prompts for the Research Journal assignment in her class.

Activity title: Research Journal

Author: Tessa Brown

Course: PWR 2

Teacher, Writer, Scholar: The Hiphop Feminist Pedagogy of Dr. Ashley Newby

As I interviewed my friend Dr. Ashley Newby for this feature that centers her scholarship and her writing, I remembered an interview I conducted with her last fall, about her summer teaching in Stanford’s Leland Scholars Program. I concluded that article with a comment she made about how LSP centers the knowledge LSP students bring to Stanford, hard-earned knowledge Stanford doesn’t always match.

Teacher, Writer, Scholar: Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

In her free time, Gigi loves to enjoy the big trees at Armstrong Woods with her wife, Heather Cox, who took this photograph.

My notes from my interview with Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa begin with her words, “A few things...” Small and unassuming, yet leading in a thousand directions. As Gigi expounded on these “few things,” I was soon astonished by the span of her scholarly, curatorial, and pedagogical projects and their bold range across themes of feminism, labor, sex work, race, meditation, visual art, writing and rhetoric, and performance studies.

Mini-Zines for RBA Structure

Overview: Students create "mini-zines" to help them conceptualize the organization and structure of their RBAs.

Activity Title: Mini-Zines for RBA Structure

Author(s): Tessa Brown

Courses: PWR 1 & PWR 2

Activity length and schedule: 30 minutes-1 hour, during RBA revision process

Activity Goals:

"Every Day They Were Ready To Go:" PWR Teaching in LSP and Horizons

While most PWR instructors spend their summers away from campus, several stayed put to teach condensed versions of PWR courses to pre-freshman students through two programs: the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) and the Horizons scholars program within Stanford High School Summer College. While both fully-funded programs bring high achieving, low income students to Stanford, LSP is a four week program for incoming Stanford freshman, while Horizons is for rising high school seniors from California who are just beginning their college application processes.

April Reign at Stanford

On April 25, aka Denim Day, PWR Lecturers Ashley Newby and Kathleen Tarr joined me in hosting digital activist and strategist April Reign for an afternoon of talks with students and community members. A digital changemaker, April’s hashtags #OscarsSoWhite and #NoConfederate have channeled popular rage toward lack of representation and misrepresentation of people of color in the entertainment industry.

Learning How To Be Together: An Interview with Zandra L. Jordan, Director of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking

I sat down with Dr. Zandra L. Jordan, the new Director of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, to get to know her better and her priorities for Hume. Zandra came to our meeting straight from working with the Dissertation Boot Camp, and I had glimpsed her through the classroom door facilitating the closing session with a lunch box in her hand.

"Switching the Lens": A Cultural Rhetorics Reading by Dr. Kevin Browne

Photo caption: Dr. Kevin Browne (center) with Linguistics professor Dr. John Rickford (far left) and members of the Caribbean Students’ Association (left to right): Gia Paige Soles, Kester Wade, Astrid Casimire, Roxanne Dobson, and Ghawayne Calvin.