Mara Holt Visit

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Mara Holt, Associate Professor and Director of Composition at Ohio University, has published widely on collaboration and pedagogy. Her book, Collaborative Learning as Democratic Practice: A History, is forthcoming from the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series (NCTE/CCCC). She learned she was white when she took her first academic job at Alabama State University in Montgomery, a historically Black university. The seeds of her current project on racial literacy in first-year composition started there.

Friday, October 27

Workshop - Unlikely Affilations: Initiating Curricular Reform with Interdisciplinary Coalitions

11:15am in Clifton Courts S10    

Drawing on insights learned from an emerging project at Ohio University between the local Black Lives Matter chapter and the first-year composition program, this workshop guides participants in thinking about the role of the university, and college writing specifically, around matters of social justice. We will look at flexible structures that can enable these efforts, including pilot studies that integrate teacher-research, and the importance of seeing a general education curriculum as nimble enough to address social justice and cultural change in the moment.

Friday, October 27

Presentation - What Role Should Ideology Play in Teaching English?

3:00pm in Clifton Courts S10

The speaker will address specific historical moments when she has been challenged to answer this question, her various answers over the years, and her current project, a collaboration between students from Black Lives Matter and the first-year composition program at Ohio University. She will show how this project is calling her to ask herself the following questions:  When do teachers have the right to surface their ideology, their social justice concerns? When is it effective; and when and how is it appropriate to integrate it into the first-year curriculum with new TAs?  Issues of context and effectiveness are of significance as we struggle to determine what impact teachers and administrators can have in the current civil rights struggle.