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Emerald Christopher at 2013 NWSA Conference

LLC student, Emerald Christopher, will be presenting three papers at the 2013 NWSA Conference.

Her paper, “The Problem that Has No Name: Black Women and Marital Gender Role,” examines how past universalisms in the feminist community impress themselves upon current feminist ideology and how Black women in heterosexual marriages are often held to these universalisms without an examination of the cultural, social and political aspects that shape their lived experiences.

Her paper, “Regressive, Transgressive, or Progressive: The Sexualization and Fetishization of the Intellectual Woman on Television,” examines how television shows such as Scandal, Body of Evidence, and Bones have lead female characters portrayed as lawyers, doctors, and scientists. However, under the guise of progression, these shows continue to participate in the social construction of gender. The paper explores how women in lead roles on television embody the visible and invisible reproduction of heterosexism, racism, and classism.

Her paper, “The Use of Animals in the Maintenance and Control of Black Women's Sexuality,” explores the historic and contemporary portrayals of the Black woman’s body paying specific attention to the ways in which Black women visually and linguistically are compared to animals. The paper examines how the historic images of Black women elucidates current portrayals of Black women as animals, among animals or depicted as animals in popular culture.

John Fritz's MOOC on Learning Analytics

LLC student John Fritz's ECAR Research Bulletin was published today:Using Analytics at UMBC: Encouraging Student Responsibility and Identifying Effective Course Designs

Click here to view.

Latasha Eley at 2013 NWSA

LLC Cohort 14 student, Latasha Eley, will be presenting her paper, "Black Women in College: Addressing Hair & Body Politics to Bridge the Theory Gap, at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 7-10, 2013. The paper addresses college student development theories in relation to the experiences of Black women in college, and considers hair and body politics, body image, self-esteem, identity, conformity, and the ways these developmental issues affect Black women’s decision-making and success in college. Blending feminist and sociological identity theories with college student development theories yields a unique framework for understanding the Black, female college student experience. The aim of this work is to aid in the acknowledgement of the Black female college student experience as a point of encounter and knowledge production that is crucial to ensuring these students’ uninhibited access to higher education.

Information about the 2013 NWSA conference can be found here:

Latasha will also be inducted into the UMBC Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK-The National Leadership Honor Society) on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Andy Devos published in AMST

LLC student, Andy DeVos, just had an article published in the premier journal in American Studies. The article is titled "Expect the Truth: Exploiting History with Mandingo". Congratulations Andy!!

MHS Wing Fellowship - Teresa Foster

Congratulations to Teresa Foster, a LLC/History Ph.D. student (Historical Studies MA 2011) who is the winner of the 2013-2014 Wing Graduate Fellowship in colonial Chesapeake History from the Maryland Historical Society.

The purpose of the Wing Fellowship is to assist a graduate student in undertaking a significant project in Chesapeake colonial history. Areas of research, which are of particular interest, include maritime history, the arts, economic development, archeology, and life in the early Chesapeake Bay region.

You can find the original proposal posting with more details here:

LLC Student David Balosa at IAIR 2013

David Balosa's proposal: English and Spanish in the United States: A Global Intercultural Leadership perspective has been accepted for presentation at IAIR 2013 International Conference in June in Reno, Nevada.

The topic of IAIR 2013 is Pushing the Frontiers of Intercultural Research: Asking Critical Questions. More information can be found here:

CFP: Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion

To be held at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting November 23–26, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland.
Paper Proposals are due March 1, 2013

In hip-hop, the cipher is a locale where artists of various backgrounds, commitments, and training come together in a linguistic battle of wit and passion, where “aporetic flow” erupts into competing norms and continuous ad hominem assault. To “cipher” is to decipher the motivations, positionalities, concerns, and roadblocks that make up the discursive power arrangements of a community. It is to “play” a linguistic game of one-upmanship through deconstruction of your opponent and to embody and speak into existence the “possibility of the impossible” task of what might be of critical, productive discourse — scholarship. Click here for an example of a cipher in the hip-hop context.

Thinking of the session as an academic cipher of various disciplinary examinations of the hip-hop cipher (i.e., “playing” with the two definitions of “cipher”), specific paper topics and research questions might include but are not limited to:
The role of specialized, constructed lexicons and vocabularies in the production and maintenance of communities of discourse, including their sizes, shapes, concerns, and interests.

The cipher’s “sacred” status in hip-hop culture and the privileging of discourse within the academic cipher as necessitating a rethinking over how we treat the impact of languages and vocabularies used to study hip-hop.

The “art” of ciphering as technology of the self. What new models and methods of critical engagement can be gleaned from the hip-hop cipher? How might interpreting the hip-hop cipher model the relationship between experience qua experience and experience as object of intellectual interest?

Or alternatively, are there examples of cipher amongst hip-hop locales that call into question the characterization of cipher as "masculine" and oriented around confrontation? If so, what might various positions on cipher (e.g. cipher as battle, cipher as empathic community) contribute to critical approaches to hip hop?

For a possible cosponsored session with the Religion and the Social Sciences Section, the meaning of methods — social scientific approaches to religion, theology, and hip-hop. The burgeoning field of religion, theology, and hip-hop has worked hard to expand the object(s) of inquiry beyond a sole focus on rap music. While this expansion has provided form, content, and structure for the making of religion and hip-hop scholarship, less attention has been given to the methodological tools necessary to provide a rigorous account of the ways in which these endeavors are taken up in hip-hop material culture. We seek papers from leading scholars working with various methodologies from fields such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, and cultural studies for the study of religion, theology, and hip-hop culture.

For a possible cosponsored session with the Study of Islam Section, Islam and hip-hop.
Please submit paper abstracts by March 1, 2013 though the PAPERS system:

email Christopher Driscoll, Rice University, or Monica Miller, Lewis and Clark College,

CFP: 2013 Humanities Conference

The 2013 Humanities Conference will be held at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, 19-21 June.

The conference provides a space for dialogue and publication of new knowledge which builds on the past traditions of the humanities whilst setting a renewed agenda for their future. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables, or colloquia are invited, addressing the humanities through one of the following themes:
Critical Cultural Studies
Communications and Linguistics Studies
Literary Humanities
Civic, Political, and Community Studies
Humanities Education

The deadline for the current round of the call for papers is 21 March 2013. Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to one of our Humanities collection of journals. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to the Humanities Journals.

Plenary Speakers
We are proud to welcome the following plenary speakers to this
year's Humanities Conference:

Erzsébet Barát, English and Gender Studies, Central European
University, Budapest, Hungary

Anna Gács, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE,
Budapest, Hungary

Patricia Leavy, Author and Arts-Based Researcher, USA

Jasmina Lukic, Head, Gender Studies, Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary

Katalin Orbán, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE,
Budapest, Hungary

Antal Örkény, Sociology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest,

Claire Warwick, Co-Director, Centre for Digital Humanities,
University College London, UK

We hope you will be able to join us in Budapest for this important
discussion, and we look forward to receiving your proposal!

International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and the
Humanities Journals

Submit Your Proposal

CFP: Georgetown University's "Predicate"

Georgetown University’s English Graduate Student Association is seeking graduate student submissions to their interdisciplinary humanities journal, Predicate. The theme of this year’s issue is “Time and Memory.”

The deadline for papers of no more than 6,000 words is February 28, 2013. If there are any additional questions, feel free to direct students to Annalisa Adams, EGSA Journal Chair (

Issue 3: Time and Memory

(n.) - the part of a sentence or clause containing what is said about a subject
(v.) - to make an assertion; to postulate, suppose, assume

Predicate is a journal out of Georgetown University that invites current scholarship from the greater D.C. academic community. Our goal is to establish a forum for graduate students to share their research and writing: a place to work with other developing scholars.
How is memory depicted in literary and cultural artifacts? What does it mean to be in or out of time? How does time affect characters in a narrative? How do time and memory interact in storytelling?

We encourage the submission of papers from all humanities disciplines that investigate topics from philosophical, historical, art historical, theological, literary, and/or women’s and gender studies perspectives.

Submissions should be sent as email attachments (Word or PDF) to Annalisa Adams ( no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2013. Please do not include your name in the text of the paper. In the body of your email, include your name, your class year, the title of your paper, the subject of your paper and a brief biography listing your research interests. Papers should not exceed 6,000 words in length.

CFP: The Global E. P. Thompson: Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years

The Global E. P. Thompson:
Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years
To be held at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
October, 3rd - 5th, 2013

Paper Proposals are due May 15th, 2013

Fifty years ago E. P. Thompson published The Making of the English
Working Class, one of the most influential social history works ever.
Its approach to the history of common people, its arguments and its
methods came to influence several generations of historians and others
all over the world. To trace Thompson's influences, and with it the
larger story of the varied approaches to social history that have come
out of them, the Program on the History of Capitalism and the
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University seek to
initiate a global conversation among researchers across the humanities
and social sciences to reflect critically on Thompson's impact on the
writing of history and his enduring significance for future research.

At a time of global economic crises, as scholarship returns to themes
of class, inequality and political economy with renewed interest,
urgency, and moral purpose, the fiftieth anniversary of the Making of
the English Working Class offers a welcome opportunity to both
critically reflect on Thompson's scholarship and consider the ways in
which his ideas, methods and commitments can still inspire
intellectual frameworks and research programs that speak to present
global problems.

The conference, to be held at Harvard University from 3rd-5th of
October, 2013 invites critical engagement with Thompson's legacy. The
Making has been at the center of many controversies in the writing of
social, political, cultural, and labor history over the past decades,
and we welcome papers that trace these debates. We are also interested
in papers tracing Thompson's influence in various fields of history,
and in various parts of the world. Moreover, we are seeking
contributors who address issues such as:
Translating E. P. Thompson: English Idioms and Traditions in Global
Class Formation: An Important Category of Analysis in History?
Moral Economies and Political Economy: Culture, Economy and Politics
Spatially Situating Social Processes: Communities, Regions, Nations,

We are committed to making this a global conversation. With translations
of the Making into many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Turkish,
Portuguese, Spanish, French and German, Thompson's work has had a global
audience. Middle Eastern, Asian, African and Latin American scholars are
especially encouraged to apply.

Finally, we encourage graduate students to submit paper proposals. We hope
to provoke an inter-generational dialogue, involving established scholars
who have long drawn inspiration from Thompson's work as well as aspiring
practitioners starting their academic careers.

Please submit paper abstracts of no more than 500 words, along with a
CV, to Jessica Barnard at the email address: with the subject line "E. P. Thompson 2013"

Paper Proposals are due May 15th, 2013

We will notify applicants in June, 2013. If accepted, we will ask you for
a draft paper by September 1st. We will cover all (economy class) travel
costs, accommodation and meals.

Rudi Batzell, PhD Candidate, History, Harvard University
Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History, Harvard University
Andrew Gordon, Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
Gabriel Winant, PhD Candidate, History, Yale University
Rudi Batzell

LLC Students at PCA/ACA Conference in Washington, D.C.

LLC Cohort 15 student, Erin Berry, will be presenting a paper on Kendrick Lamar at the Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington D.C., March 27-30.

Information about her presentation can be found here:

Chrissie Reilly and Sara Cole, both Cohort 13, will also be presenting at this conference!

LLC's David Balosa : New Member - International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR)

On behalf of President van Oudenhoven, we are happy to announce that David Balosa, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has been elected a student member of the Academy for Intercultural Research.

For more information see -

LLC Disseration Writing Student Group Forms

An active group of LLC students has been meeting for the past 6 weeks. Although the community models the UMBC/Promise Dissertation House, it is flexible enough to accommodate students' schedules and work responsibilities. In this sense, it provides a space for studying as well as socializing with fellow students. Keep an eye on the community LLC blog for updates biweekly!

Recent Publications by LLC Student Chris Justice

Chris Justice (cohort 13) recently had two essays published in academic anthologies. One is titled "Ecological Narrative or Imperial Exploitation: What's the 'Monster' in Animal Planet's River Monsters?" in Words for a Small Planet: Ecocritical Views published by Lexington Books.
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The other is titled "The Vacant Vacationer: Travel As Symptom and Antidote in Michael Haneke" in The Cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia published by Columbia University Press.
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LLC at National Women's Studies Association Conference


LLC Cohort 14 students Emerald L. Christopher and Latasha Eley with Angela Davis at the 2012 National Women's Studies Association Conference in Oakland, CA

LLC Presentation at the Boston College, Diversity Challenge 2012

LLC students Heidi Faust, Rachel Carter and Shawntay Stocks presented at the Boston College Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture: Diversity Challenge 2012. They presented a workshop entitled: Surfacing and Understanding Racial Microaggressions and Structural Violence in Educational Contexts.

Workshop description:
What are the subtle forms of racial violence that occur in educational institutions an show can they be disrupted? This workshop explores racial microaggressions and forms of structural violence that occur when race remains unexamined in educational systems and institutions. It applies current research to educational contexts to provide more culturally competent, socially and psychologically safe teaching and learning environments for both students and staff of color. Participants will explore types of racial microaggressions and structural violence, as well as the presumptions of privilege that reproduce systems of oppression (Cullinan, 1999). This interactive workshop surfaces subtle forms of racial violence through scenarios and dialog. Participants will focus on recognizing and disrupting various forms of racial violence at their respective institutions.

Kevin Wisniewski is a HASTAC fellow

Original link -

Where is the Author?
Author: Kevin Wisniewski
Posted: 10/13/2012 - 12:16pm
In: Scholars, Scholar Class 2013, Digital Publishing

For my first thoughts, posts, on the state and future of publishing in the digital, I had intended on looking at funding.

It’s usually the first practical question people pose: So how do we get a project started? If we were to start a new press dedicated to digitally-born works or a new department or series of digital editions, where do we find the initial funds? More importantly, how do we help ensure long term sustainability? Some of these questions will be posed in upcoming posts.

But after a couple of meetings, some talks with friends and writing groups, and my participation in a conference this weekend, a equally pressing matter has raced to the foreground: how is the role of the writer changed in the digital? Where is the writer? What is the author?

(Perhaps sometime soon we should also discuss the connotations that the mere mention of digital publishing has for some people. Why are those looking at the digital considered traitors to books? I am left confused—and a little hurt—when friends visit me for dinner, and despite being surrounding by a book collection of nearly a thousand titles surrounding the table on three sides, I’m heckled for the Ipad and Kindle that sit above one of rows of books. Why can’t your favorite edition of Dickens or Frost stay on the shelf, unharmed by your purchase of another title on your mobile? I have yet to hear anyone suggest that we put an end to the printed book.)

Again, how is the role of the writer changed in the digital? Despite what some friends and scholars have argued this week, my response is simple: I hope for the better.

The writer’s world is not the same as the world of publishers and booksellers. Perhaps there is some disagreement with me on this, but those whom many writers consider as their friends and colleagues tend to be other writers. And, despite the fact that publishing is frequently about the authors as much as it is about the books they produce, their knowledge of and involvement in the process once a manuscript is submitted (or resubmitted following reviewers’ comments) is limited. Contact is often mediated through an agent or representative from the publisher’s acquisitions and/or editorial departments. Perhaps this is way traditional publishers in print want to keep it.

But it is a new world: a variety of studies envision up to 25% of book sales shifting to digital format in the next four or five years. And all parties—authors, publishers, distributors, and sellers—will need to reexamine and renegotiate not only their business models but their very relationships with one another.

In digitally-born works, authors contemplate design and functionality. They dive into diverse avenues for distribution. They have a new direct, role in consumer relations, in talking with reviewers and readers.

Writing and publishing is truly a collaborative effort.

Barthes and Foucault have famously written about the “death” or “disappearance” of the author, the liberation of the reader. The digital age expands this—it liberates the writer.

It’s been fifteen years since Janet Murray’s vision for a new kind of storyteller, “half hacker, half bard.” The “glimmers” she saw then are getting brighter. I envision digital works to become as constant as the stars in the sky—scattered alongside their printed ancestral kin—navigating new voyages through a sea of ideas and knowledge. I’m ready for a new essay: “The death and rebirth of the author” or “What is the author?: A Remix.”

Reconfiguring the role of a writer is exciting. But new challenges and obstacles, too, emerge.

Hopefully, this Digital Publishing group can begin to tackle some of these issues and the disputes that are bound follow.

PhD Candidate Amy Pucino ’15, Language, Literacy, and Culture, in Diverse

Language, Literacy, and Culture PhD candidate Amy Pucino ’15 was profiled by Diverse on September 18th for her volunteer work with UMBC’s Refugee Youth Project (RYP).

Pucino spoke with the magazine about her personal experience with aiding a family of Iraqis who fled their country during the Iraq War and relocated to Baltimore. She helped the family on issues ranging from English tutoring to navigating the city’s institutions in order to help them obtain housing and health care. The experience inspired Pucino to base her dissertation on “the relationships between Iraqi refugees and those who play an educational role in their lives.”

“Through working with the family, I’ve picked up that the Iraqi population is an increasing population across the U.S. It’s our social responsibility to figure out ways to better serve the increasing population here. It taught me the importance of the need to work better with diverse communities. I wanted to do research that had some sort of practical application,” she said.

Romy Jones on BreakingGround

In her blog post on the BreakingGround website, Romy Jones describes her summer experience in Chiapas, Mexico, that challenges conventional thinking about community service.

BreakingGround is a philosophy of campus and community engagement reflected in courses, programs, projects, and stories from UMBC change agents. If you are involved with campus and/or community engagement initiatives and would like to write a blog about it, please contact David Hoffman at

Romy would also like to remind us that the BreakingGround team also just started a MyUMBC group! Join to get the latest updates and invitations, and to help spread the word by "pawing" content you like on MyUMBC. Join here -

Erin Berry at Social Media & Technology Conference

Erin Berry of Cohort 15 will be presenting on a panel titled, "The Politics of Femininity" at the Second Annual Social Media & Technology Conference which will be held at Howard University on September 27th-28th. The title of her paper is: " I realize now...I'm 20 feet tall..." Exploring the Relationship Between Black Women, Voices, Safe Spaces, & Social Media.

She will discuss the role of Black Women's voices within social media landscapes as it applies to Patricia Hill-Collin's notion of "Safe Spaces", specifically looking at the issue of Gymnast Gabby Douglas and comments made about her hair on social media sites as well as Erykah Badu's use of Twitter during the "Window Seat" video controversy.

More information about the conference can be found here:


New Generation of Interculturalist Scholars/UMBC (NGIS/UMBC)
Inspired by theories in Political Economy of Cultures with Dr. John Sinnigen in MLL 603 this Fall 2012, these students invite you to join them in the discussion and promotion of transformationalist perspective in intercultural communication.
Interested students may contact David Balosa at or Katie Witt at

Wisniewski & Saper Selected 2012-2013 HASTAC Scholar & Mentor

Kevin A. Wisniewski, first year Ph.D. candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, was named a 2012-2013 HASTAC Scholar. Dr. Craig Saper, Director of the LLC program, was selected to serve as Wisniewski’s HASTAC Mentor.

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, pronounced "haystack") is a virtual organization of over 7000 individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how society learns, teaches, communicates, creates, and organizes at the local and global levels. It was founded by Cathy N. Davidson, former Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and co-founder of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, and David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California's state-wide Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI),

The HASTAC Scholars program is an annual fellowship program that recognizes graduate students who are engaged in innovative work across disciplines. Among their duties, HASTAC Scholars blog, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that re-conceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge. They also function as links between their home institutions and the virtual community they foster on the HASTAC site.

Wisniewski’s research investigates the future of the book and changing face of publishing in the digital world. In the upcoming weeks, he will be founding a new group and forum at HASTAC dedicated to the digital publishing.

Chris Justice - Rejecting Everything: Gun Crazy and the Radical Noir of Joseph H. Lewis

Chris Justice (Cohort 13) published an essay titled "Rejecting Everything: Gun Crazy and the Radical Noir of Joseph H. Lewis" in the recently released anthology The Films of Joseph H. Lewis edited by Gary D. Rhodes and published by Wayne State University Press.

Congratulations Chris!

Multiculturalism: T​he 2012 Global Debat​e

- Call for Applications -

The Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference
“Multiculturalism, the 2012 Global Debate: Strengthening Intercultural Relations through the Arts, Sports, Politics and the Economy”
(Berlin, November 6th - 9th, 2012 - Held parallel to “23rd Anniversary to the fall of the Berlin Wall”)

Contemporary Germany consists of a diverse multicultural landscape of individuals whose origins stem from every continent of the world. These multicultural individuals/communities both live and work together, and as such the question of defining the German identity becomes a major question for the German public at large. In addition, new opportunities and challenges are faced in developing and maintaining international and intercultural relations both within the framework of the EU and internationally. On a global level, the question of multiculturalism is a growing issue and will be a main world focus for the next generations. Western countries are engaging with Multiculturalism policies on a significant basis and are continually amending and reinventing to fit the policies to an ever changing world.

The ICD recognizes the opportunity for Cultural Diplomacy to serve as a bridge between people of different cultures. The 2012 Cultural Bridges in Germany Conference will therefore focus on the potential for Cultural Diplomacy to further promote and strengthen multicultural relations both in Germany and worldwide. The application of these new practices of multicultural dialogue and exchange will be analyzed during the Conference and will offer a wide diversity of perspectives on the issue of cultural bridges in Germany and internationally. The Conference will consist of a series of simultaneous sessions of lectures, panel discussions, interactive roundtable discussions, seminars, group visits, excursion and cultural activities.

The Conference will be held parallel to the “23rd Anniversary to the fall of the Berlin Wall” and the participants will be able to participate in the official ceremony and events which will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the history and contemporary context of German unity.

Congratulations to Tasha Eley - PROMISE

For the second year in a row, Latasha Eley was nominated (by Dr. Renetta Tull, UMBC Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development and Director of PROMISE) and selected to represent UMBC PROMISE at the 2012 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute for Teaching and Mentoring to be held this October in Tampa,FL.

PROMISE is an Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program that is a coalition of three campuses: UMBC (Lead Institution), the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) provides support services from the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program to minority graduate students in the NSF AGEP program. The grant supports an initiative between the AGEP program and the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (a partnership that includes SREB states, other regional educational organizations, and federal and foundation programs that stress strengthening minority graduate education). The grant also strives toward two broad goals for AGEP scholars: 1) increase the likelihood of completing a Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and 2) encourage and prepare scholars for a career as a successful college faculty member. By joining forces with SREB/Compact, AGEP alliances encourage their minority graduate students nationwide to earn doctoral degrees. More information about the Institute and various organizations can be found at the following links:

Emerald Christopher receives WREI Fellowship

Emerald Christopher has been selected as one of WREI's 2013 Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy. "The Women's Research & Education Institute (WREI) is an independent, public policy research and information center whose mission is to inform and help shape the public policy debate on issues affecting women and their roles in the family, the workplace, the classroom, the military, and the public arena.

The WREI Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy is designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. Administered by WREI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization located in Washington, DC, this program is unique - the only fellowship program on Capitol Hill directly by, for, and about women.

Congratulations Emerald!!

A WREI fellow works in a Congressional office as a legislative aide on policy issues affecting women. Fellows meet weekly for issue seminars directed by the WREI staff. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic competence as well as demonstrated interest in the public policy process. They must be articulate and adaptable and have strong writing skills" (WREI Fellows Brochure, 2013, web).

Verbatim: The U.S. Constitution for Regular Folks by Troy Grant

LLC student Troy Grant invites the LLC community to join him on Sept. 17 at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts when he will once again recite the entire U.S. Constitution.
Admission for folks from UMBC is $15 and his website with all of the info is:

On Constitution Day, 17 September 2012, the 225th anniversary of the writing of the U.S. Constitution, "the oldest living national document still in force,” T.S. Grant will be reciting this historic document from memory—from "We the People" to the last amendment in the Constitution.
Showtime:7:00 PM
(with brief intermission)

The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
15200 Annapolis Road,
Bowie, MD 20715

Tom and Hye-Sook's presentation report in the VDMIS Newsletter, August 2012

Hye-Sook Lee (Cohort 11) and Tom Penniston's (Cohort 12) TESOL 2012 presentation report on "Integrating technology into EFL teacher education" is published in the newsletter of the Video and Digital Media Interest Section (VDMIS). It discusses the theoretical frameworks supporting, and pedagogical benefits associated with the use of multimedia technologies, such as videos, for online teacher training programs, and presented an overview of potential educational implementations.
To get to know more about their report, please visit the TESOL newsletter website:

Congratulations to Tasha Eley & Emerald Christopher: NWSA

Congratulations to Emerald Christopher and Tasha Eley, who were both selected to be on the Women of Color Leadership Project in NWSA.

The NWSA Women of Color Caucus (WoCC), Program Administration and Development (PAD) Committee, and the Women’s Centers Committee (WCC) jointly sponsor the Women of Color Leadership Project (WoCLP) in conjunction with the PAD and WCC Pre-Conferences. The WoCLP is designed to increase the number of women of color students and faculty within the field of women’s studies and women’s centers and, consequently, to have an impact on the levels of participation and power by women of color in the field of women’s studies and women’s centers, in NWSA, and in the Program Administration and Development and Women’s Center Committees. Women of color in women’s studies, ethnic studies, or related fields may apply if they aspire to leadership within women’s studies or NWSA.

More information can be found at:

Samir El Omari - Scholarship and Fellowship

Congratulations to Samir El Omari who was granted a scholarship for teachers of Arabic within Startalk at Concordia Language Village in July! Samir also won the International Qatar Fellowship to attend the CARLA Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The link below shows and explains the Arabic teaching Symposium 2012 at McDaniel College and Samir's name is listed as an Instructor.

LLC Students on 2012-2013 GSA Executive Board

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) Senate elected the 2012-2013 GSA Executive Board on Monday, May 7th. Listed below are the new Executive Board Members:

President – Doaa Rashed, LLC
Vice President – Jesse Fox, Biological Sciences
Vice President, External Affairs – Samuel T. Haile, Biological Sciences
Treasurer – Patricia Abete, Biological Sciences
Historian – Ian Brown, LLC

Please congratulate the new Executive Board members if you see them!

GRC Oral Presentations - Congratulations to Heidi Faust!

LLC & GSA would like to congratulate the following oral & poster presentation winners of 2012!
Session I:
Oral Presentations:
Tory Williams (Biological Sciences)
Steven J. Manning (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Hessam Majd (Mechanical Engineering)
Jared Dixon (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering )
Heidi Faust (Language, Literacy, & Culture)

Congratulations Heidi!

Invitation to celebrate with LLC's upcoming graduates

Join us in congratulating the following Language, Literacy and Culture students who will be receiving their Ph.D. diplomas during the graduation and hooding ceremony on May 18th at 10 a.m. in the Retriever Activities Center:

Dana Polson
Mentor: Dr. Christine Mallinson
Thesis: Longing for Theory: Performance Debate Practice in Baltimore

Danika Rockett
Mentor: Dr. Amy Froide
Thesis: Single Women in Borders: Religion and Philanthropy as Paths to Social Action in Victorian Britain

Laura Strickling
Mentor: Dr. Christine Mallinson
Thesis: A Linguistic Journey: Teachers Talk about Integrating Southern and African American English into their Teaching Practices, and the Process of Changing their Beliefs about Language

Corine Toomer
Mentor: Dr. William Rothstein
Thesis: The Breast Health of Church Going African American Women: Do Culture and Religiosity Play Important Roles in Achieving Optimal Breast Health Decisions?

After the ceremony, you are invited to join us in the LLC Conference Room 422 to celebrate with our new graduates and their families. Light refreshments will be served.

LLC Summer 2012 Courses for Graduate Students

LLC 750/02: Education, Race & Culture: Politics and Praxis
Dr. Helen Atkinson

This seminar explores the relationship between the work you do everyday as teachers, activists, and researchers, and a wide range of important theoretical perspectives including: current-day US and global politics and education policy, critical pedagogy, sociocultural learning theory, critical race theory, and the challenges of culturally sensitive teaching and action research. The seminar will encourage participants to work together on practical aspects of advancing their own work serving under-resourced schools and communities. Specifically, the class will interrogate the discourses of education (dominant mainstream discourses and counter or oppositional discourses) to do with: accountability and reward systems, individual vs collective teacher and student learning, and the hidden curricula associated with dominant race, culture, and power relations. Participants in this seminar will have the opportunity to form a cohort of supporters to collectively work on reflexive design of research and writing projects, and planning ways to continue to communicate and collaborate as a community of practicing educators and researchers. This hybrid class will meet for the first six weeks on Tuesday evenings from 4:30 to 8:00 pm with the discussion continuing online during the week. The last two weeks students will work collaboratively and on-line on final projects.
Session 1, eight weeks, begins May 29. Tu 4:30-8:00pm

SOCY 606/LLC606: Social Inequality and Social Policy
Dr. Marina Adler (SOCY)

This course examines poverty and inequality in modern society. The focus is on describing the extent of poverty and inequality, examining theories that attempt to explain these phenomena and discussing the policies that have been employed to mitigate them. In addition to class inequality, the course also considers racial and gender inequality.
Session 1, six weeks, begins May 29. TTh 6:00-9:10pm

Permission required for all LLC courses:

LLC @ TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) held its
International Convention and English Language Expo, "A Declaration of
Excellence," March 28-31, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three
Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. students each presented at the
event: Hye-Sook Lee (Cohort 11), Tom Penniston (Cohort 12), and Heidi
Faust (Cohort 13).

In their first presentation titled “Integrating technology to inspire
English language learners,” Hye-Sook and Tom demonstrated technology
usage based upon the E-Teacher Scholarship program. They discussed the
benefits of utilizing technologies for online English classes and some
ways to implement these technologies.

Hye-Sook's second presentation with Dr. Joan Kang Shin (Director,
Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training for English
Language Learners [STEP-T for ELLs], and LLC alumna) and Heidi was
titled “Stepping Up Teacher Training for ELLs: Considering Program
Effectiveness.” In this presentation, Hye-Sook explored factors that
impact teachers to work more effectively with English language
learners, after other presenters introduced their professional
development models and collaboration with school districts.

Heidi's presentation, "Giving ELLs a Voice Through Writing: Engaging
Parents and Students," focused on a collaborative young authors
project that engaged students, educators and parents in accessing and
sharing diverse funds of knowledge through writing, in partnership
with businesses, educational institutions and community organizations
from eastern Pennsylvania.

Tom's Electronic Village presentation with Teresa Valais, "E-Teacher
Building and Sustaining Communities of Practice in International
Online TESOL Training Programs," highlighted asynchronous solutions
supporting computer mediated social-learning environments.

Proposal Deadline Extended to April 6 for Internat'l Assoc for Research on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Conference

The 2012 IARSLCE program committee has decided to extend proposal submission to Friday, April 6th. The extension is one-time only in that no proposals will be accepted after April 6, but is done to attract as diverse and excellent group of research, symposium, scholarly papers, poster, and team presentation proposals as possible.

To submit a proposal, follow this link:

Please also note other important and exciting information about the 2012 IARSLCE conference.

*What do Program Chair KerryAnn O'Meara, Dwight Giles, Cecilia Orphan, Alan Bloomgarden, Scott Peters, Harry Boyte, Lina Dostilio, Julie Hatcher, Shelley Billig, Andy Furco and John Saltmarsh all have in common?

They have all reflected on the major theme of the 2012 IARSLCE conference: Connected Knowing in a blog site specifically created for this purpose. See below:

* The 2012 IARSLCE Program Committee is proud to announce Dr. Harold McDougal and Dr.Katherine Lambert Pennington as keynote speakers for this conference. To learn more about each and their exciting work go to:

* There is a special discounted rate for four individuals who present as part of a team presentation that is accepted in the conference. Please strongly consider team proposals for this reason!

* Finally, we have 12 fellowships available for community partners this year, in alignment with our desire to have greater community partner voice in the conference--please help us to recruit applications for this program.

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2012

September 6 - 8, 2012
University of Calgary

Plenary Speakers:
* Francois Grin, University of Geneva
* Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University
* Peter Ives, University of Winnipeg

This international conference will be held at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. We invite papers that approach language policy from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in a variety of contexts, from the local/institutional to national/global. We invite abstracts (500 words maximum) for papers in any of the following areas:

Language policy and political theory
Official language policies
Language policy and lingua franca
Heritage language policies
Language policy and globalization
Ideologies and language policies
Language policies in school settings
National identities and language policies
Language policy and the economics of the workplace
Non-official languages in mainstream classrooms
Language policies and social mobility
Language attrition, language revitalization and language policies
Language policies and transnational communities

Abstracts should be 500 words maximum including all references. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2012.

Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two experts in the field. Final decisions will be sent to authors by June 15, 2012. Each paper presentation should be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. You can submit a maximum of two contributions, one as author and one as co-author or discussant.

For more information:

Amy Pucino received Compassionate Marylander Award

Amy Pucino received the the Compassionate Marylander Award, which was part of Governor O'Malley's "Stronger Together Initiative". She received the award for volunteer mentoring of an Iraqi refugee family for two years through the Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project (RYP) as well as for having her sociology students from the Community College of Baltimore County engage in a community based project with RYP. She chose to donate her $5000.00 award to RYP programming. Please see more information:

WTUL Call for Papers - Future of Media

“What is the future of media?”
WTUL Broadcasts the Future will be held on March 31st-April 1st. The conference is open to graduate and undergraduate students. The deadline to submit abstracts and CVs is February 17th.

CFP & Call for Artists - Theorizing the Web 2012


Saturday, April 14th
University of Maryland

Keynote Session: “Social Media & Social Movements”
Andy Carvin (NPR; @acarvin) with Zeynep Tufekci (UNC; @techsoc)

Deadline for Abstracts: February 5th
Registration Opens: February 1st

Call for Papers:
Building off the success of last year’s conference, the goal of the
second annual Theorizing the Web conference is to expand the range and
depth of theory used to help us make sense of how the Internet,
digitality, and technology have changed the ways humans live. We hope
to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines, including
sociology, communications, philosophy, economics, English, history,
political science, information science, the performing arts and many
more. We especially encourage international perspectives. In addition,
we invite session and other proposals by tech-industry professionals,
journalists, and other figures outside of academia. Intersections of
gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability will not
be isolated in seperate panels; instead, we fully expect these issues
to be woven throughout the conference.

Submit abstracts online at

Topics include:

Citizen/participant journalism and media curation

Identity, self-documentation and self-presentation

Privacy and publicity on the Web

Cyborgism and the technologically-mediated body (e.g., body modification)

Political mobilization, uprisings, revolutions and riots on social
media (including the Arab Spring/Fall, Occupy)

Repression and the Web: Surveillance, wire-tapping, anonymity, pseudonymity

Code, values and design

Epistemology of the Web: Wikipedia, Global Voices, “filter
bubbles” and the prosumption of information

Theorizing whose Web? How power and inequality (e.g., the Digital
Divide) manifest on the Web

Mobile computing, online/offline space

Digital dualism & augmented reality; should the online/offline be
conceptualized as seperate or enmeshed

Education, pedagogy and technology in the classroom

What art/literature can offer research and theory of the Web

We plan to curate 7 open submission panels, 4 presenters each as well
as a couple invited panels and a keynote session on social media and
social movements with Andy Carvin (NPR) and Zeynep Tufekci (UNC).
Other events may be added before April.

The first Theorizing the Web conference happened last year. We decided
to do this because there often is not a place for scholars who are
theorizing about the Internet and society to gather and share their
work. The 2011 program consisted of 14 panels, two workshops, two
symposia (one on social media’s role in the Arab revolutions, the
other, on social media and street art), two plenaries (by Saskia
Sassen on "Digital Formations of the Powerful and the Powerless" and
George Ritzer on "Why the Web Needs Post-Modern Theory"), and a
keynote by danah boyd from Microsoft Research and NYU on "Privacy,
Publicity Intertwined." Presenters traveled from around the world
(including Hong Kong and New Zealand).

There will be a new website with much more information coming January
2012. For further inquiries, email

Call for Artists:

In addition to traditional presentations, the conference will feature
a variety of artistic and multimedia events. As such, we invite
proposals from artists for relevant works or performances in any
medium as well as for discussion of such pieces. We seek to display
art of all forms during the conference and after at a reception. This
could include, but is not limited to, paintings, sculpture, poetry,
fiction writing, digital art, and performance art.

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference

2012 Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference Community-Based Learning: Paving the Way for Change

To submit your proposal, please submit your answers to the questions below through the online form at: by Monday, January 30, 2012 at 5pm. Proposals will be evaluated and you will be notified of the status by Monday, February 6, 2012. You then have until 5:00 pm on Friday, February 10, 2011 to confirm.

You can present the workshops in the following format: Workshop (75 minutes) Round table discussion over lunch.

Workshop Proposals will be scored and selected using the following criteria:
1. Applicability to the conference themes: The workshop content offers a significant contribution to the purpose of the conference and can clearly fit into a specific theme.
2. Defined outcomes: The workshop has a clear purpose and objectives.
3. Nature of the proposed workshop: The workshop format is dynamic and engages the audience through participation and discussion.
4. Quality of content: The workshop provides the audience with concrete ideas, models or research that can be applied on their campus and/or community.
5. Collaboration: The workshop is collaborative and involves multiple perspectives. We encourage proposals by community partners, in addition to those by students, faculty and staff at area colleges and universities.
Since there are only two concurrent workshop sessions, conference organizers will combine similar proposals into group presentations.
1. Lead Presenter Name and Title:
2. Name of College, University or Organization:
3. Lead Presenter's E-mail Address:
4. Lead Presenter's Phone Number:
5. Lead Presenter's Organizational Address:
6. Additional Presenters: Please include name(s) and title(s) and indicate faculty, staff, student or community partner. If you do not yet have names, please add placeholders such as Student Presenter 1, Faculty Presenter 2, etc.
7. Proposed Presentation Title (No more than 15 words. This will be published and may be edited. Make it catchy!)
8. Conference Workshop Themes: Please check the theme(s) your session will address.
Community Partnerships: What are the best practices in community-campus partnerships, and what are we learning? Examples in this area include the process of initiating and sustaining community-campus partnerships, setting short and long-term goals, and innovative initiatives with community organizations. Presentations should include partner voice.
Issues in Our Community: What social issues are important in our surrounding communities? What are the root causes of the social problems we see? For example, your workshop might explore homelessness, environmental issues, or health disparities. Presentations may also explore different strategies developed, on campus or in the community, to address current issues. How do we develop relationships with Community Partners to address issues identified by the community?
Social Justice Leadership on Campus: How do our campus communities encourage active citizenship and working for social change? Examples include campus advocacy efforts, awareness campaigns, innovative ways to discuss diversity topics such as race, oppression, privilege, and social identity, etc.
Academic Service-Learning: How does your course integrate the community into the classroom Examples include service-learning course design and best practices, faculty development, reflective practice, institutionalization of service-learning in areas such as promotion and tenure, community-based research initiatives, living-learning communities, service-learning course assessment and impact. Student Led Community Service Initiatives: How do your community service initiatives partner with the community? How do you create and develop strong community service initiatives on your campus? Examples include: alternative breaks, service initiatives in student clubs and organizations, student leadership, recruiting and training volunteers, retention of members, marketing and advertising, and building campus support.
Career Building for Students and Practitioners: How does community-based learning translate into potential career paths? How can others get involved with service, service-learning, civic engagement and the non-profit sector as a career? What experiences are useful to be a successful practitioner in this field?
Measurement and Assessment of Community-Based Learning: How do you measure the impact of your work in the community? What tools do you use? How do the outcomes inform future planning?
9. Please provide an abstract description of your workshop and objectives. No more than 250 words. This description may be published.
10. Please provide a description of your proposed workshop to be used in the conference program. No more than 50 words.
11. Please describe how your workshop will contribute to the overall aims of the conference, the specific workshop theme(s) you have chosen, and how it will engage participants? (no more than 150 words)
12. List the concrete ideas/models that workshop participants can apply on their campus and/or community.
13. Why is this presentation important to share? Why is there a need for others to hear about this topic? (no more than 150 words)
14. Which audience(s) will your presentation target? Please check all that apply: Faculty Administrators/Staff Students Community Partners
15. Presentation Time Availability: Please select the session(s) that are you are available to facilitate your workshop. Please select all available options -- the Workshops Committee will do its best to accommodate your request. Morning Afternoon Both
16. Please select the materials that you would need for your workshop. Please note that these are not guaranteed. Easel, flipchart and markers LCD projector
17. What is the maximum number of participants who may attend your workshop? No cap to number of participants Maximum Participants (please indicate #)
18. Please provide a brief biography (no more than 150 words) of each of your workshop presenters to be used in the conference program.

Roundtable Proposals will be accepted based on topic and table availability.
1. Roundtable Facilitator Name and Title:
2. Name of College, University or Organization:
3. Facilitator’s e-mail Address:
4. Facilitator’s phone Number:
5. Facilitator’s organizational Address:
6. Proposed Conversation Topic (No more than 15 words. This will be published and may be edited. Make it catchy!)
7. Which audience(s) will your round table discussion target? Please check all that apply: Faculty Administrators/Staff Students Community Partners
8. Please provide a brief biography (no more than 150 words) of the table facilitator to be used in the conference program.

Proposal submission questions may be directed to Corinne DeRoberts, Towson University, at 410.704.5764 or

For additional conference information, please contact James Smith, Coppin State University, 2601 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216, (410) 951-1289 or, or visit the conference website at:

Gender Ideologies/Public Discourses CFP

Gender Ideologies and Public Discourses CFP
Freie Universität Berlin
Deadline for the submission of abstracts is January 31, 2012.

We welcome abstract submissions to the following thematic panel at the Sociolinguistic Symposium 19 at Freie Universität Berlin from August 22 to 24, 2012. Please use SS19 submission tools at

Gender ideologies in public discourses
SS19 Session ID: 182
Topics: Gender, Language ideology, Language & Media, Discourse analysis, Identity

Sociolinguists and linguistic anthropologists have been studying the relationship between social action and linguistic ideologies. This session aims at investigating such relationship with respect to gender ideologies in public discourses (Philips 2003, McConnell-Ginet 2011). We consider public discourses as a site for the display, negotiation, challenging, and/or (re-)construction of gender ideologies. By "public discourses", we mean both discourses that take place in public settings and discourses that are accessible to general audiences in media and new media alike.

Papers can take a variety of perspectives and seek to understand the relationships between gender ideologies and public discourses. We are interested particularly in studies that are linguistic data-driven and seek to combine analysis of micro-and macro-level issues and questions. As "all communication involves acts of stance, in which speakers take up positions vis-à-vis the expressive, referential, interactional, and social implications of their speech" (Jaffe 2009), we see stance and stancetaking of gender in the public space as a theoretical and methodological gateway to understanding how gender ideologies mediate with language and social actions.

We would particularly welcome contributions that engage in discussing one or more of the following:

§ Stance and stance-taking in constructing/negotiating gender identities

§ Public displays and discursive practices of masculinity/femininity/sexuality

§ Discursive practices and tropes about language, usage, and speakers in relation to gender ideologies

§ Gender, modernity and cosmopolitanism

§ Media and New Media (particularly interactive social media as a site for gender ideologies)

This panel aims to bring together papers with a unified theme for journal publication. Accepted authors are expected to submit a full conference paper by mid-July, 2012 for circulation among panel members.

Key References

Jaffe, Alexandra (2009) Stance: sociolinguistic perspectives. OUP

McConnell-Ginet, Sally (2011) Gender, Sexuality, and Meaning: Linguistic Practice and Politics. OUP

Philips, Susan (2003) The power of gender ideologies in discourse. In The handbook of language and gender. By Janet Holmes, Miriam Meyerhoff. Wiley-Blackwell.

Silverstein, Michael (1985). Language and the culture of gender: at the intersection of structure, usage and ideology. In E. Mertz and R. J. Parmentier (eds.), Semiotic Mediation, 219-59. Orlando: Academic Press.

Walton, Shana and Alexandra Jaffe (2011) "Stuff White People Like": Stance, Class, Race and Internet Commentary. In in Digital Discourse edited by Crispin Thurlow and Kristine Mroczek. OUP

Mentorship, Collaboration & Undergrad Research Workshop

Mentorship, Collaboration and Undergraduate Research
in the Social Sciences and Humanities

March 23-25, 2012
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

This workshop will bring together teams of three to five faculty members and administrators engaged in enhancing undergraduate research opportunities at their home institutions, focusing on undergraduate research as faculty development, student-based inquiry and institutional support structure. The three days will consist of plenary lectures presented by facilitators associated with CUR interspersed with individual team meetings with CUR mentors. Faculty and administrators from disciplines throughout the social sciences and humanities will spend the weekend discussing models of undergraduate research, mentorship and collaboration; what "research" and "mentorship" mean in different disciplines in the social sciences and humanities; assessing the value of undergraduate research; and means of augmenting funding for undergraduate research internally and externally.

Application Deadline: February 3, 2012.

For more information about this institute, please visit

Council on Undergraduate Research
734 15th St, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20005


Students! An inexpensive way to attend a truly excellent technical conference!
Held annually in Montréal, Balisage is the premier international conference on markup languages, technologies, theories, and practice focused on the creation of robust, lasting information systems. (But don't take our word for it; try Googling it:
Support for attending Balisage 2012 will be available for some full-time students in the field of markup technologies and related disciplines, including Computer Science, Library and Information Science, and Digital Humanities.
Award details will be announced as soon as we can. (We don't yet know how much money we will have for student awards.) In past years, the first prize winner received travel to Montréal, accommodations at the conference hotel, and conference registration. Second and third place winners received smaller awards.
To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled full time in an academic degree program, as documented in your CV. More important, you must have a demonstrable interest in and commitment to our field.
Details about the application process and requirements are available on Balisage's website at:
Application materials will be accepted in plain text, HTML, or PDF and are due on April 20, 2012 (the same day Balisage paper submissions are due). Please send applications to Be sure you include contact information.
Awards will be offered at the discretion of the conference committee. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified as to their award status by June 20, 2012.
Find out more about the Balisage series of conferences at Then come to
Montréal to experience the cutting edge of this fascinating field at the crossroads of technology, textual studies, database theory, and philosophy.
-- The Balisage 2012 Conference Committee

Chris Justice at CCBC's WID/WAC Writing Exchange Conference

Chris Justice presented at CCBC's 5th Annual WID/WAC Writing Exchange
Conference on January 20th. His presentation, “Navigating Successfully
Across Disciplinary Borders: WID, New Literacy Studies, and the
Composition Classroom,” drew upon the scholarship of James Gee and
John Swales and focused on how discipline-specific writing courses
enhance student literacy by deepening students' understanding of
discourse communities.

CFP for CATaC’12: Beyond the digital/cultural divide: In/visibility and new media

On behalf of the CATaC (Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication) Organizing Committee, I am very pleased to pass on to you the first CFP for CATaC’12: Beyond the digital/cultural divide: in/visibility and new media (June 18-20, 2012, Aarhus, Denmark).

The biennial CATaC conference series, begun in 1998, has become a premier international forum for current research on the complex interactions between culturally-variable norms, practices, and communication preferences, and interaction with the design, implementation and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Our 2012 conference, as the title suggests, begins with the recognition that the ongoing issues and challenges clustering around digital divides – often involving mutually reinforcing cultural divides – extends beyond classic and stubborn problems of access to new media and communication technologies.

For example, matters of representation come into play, issuing in a cluster of questions:
Whose images and words are seen/presented/promoted and whose aren’t? And why?
If activists are using new media to represent realities of, say, oppressed indigenous people in a given country, is this better than no visibility at all, even if the people in question do not have access or skills to present themselves as subjects?

In particular:
Local and indigenous HCI/ID is about making visible the semiotic scripts and political processes of meaning construction that shape the process of technology design and knowledge representation from a sociotechnical perspective. Making visible these scripts enables the assessment of the value of these tools and frameworks from indigenous and/or local perspectives. Key concerns here are (1) to examine the meaning and validity of democratic values that drive participatory design as a discipline, and (2) to question ‘exported’ representations of what constitutes good usability and user experience.

How do new practices of cloaking messages in otherwise public or semi-public media; for example, the strategies of online steganography work to create intentional invisibility in otherwise visible spaces? Are there important culturally-variable elements in these practices that, when brought to the foreground, help illuminate and clarify them in new ways?

What are the role(s) of (culturally) diverse understandings and representations of gender in structuring the frameworks and practices of design and implementation. How do these roles foster the visibility of some vis-à-vis the invisibility of “others” (in Levinas’ sense, in particular)?

Additional submissions are encouraged that address further conference points of emphasis:
Theoretical and practical approaches to analyzing “culture”
New layers of imaging and texting interactions fostering and/or threatening cultural diversity
Impact of mobile technologies on privacy and surveillance
Gender, sexuality and identity issues in social networks
Cultural diversity in e-learning and/or m-learning
Culturally-variable approaches to online identity management/creation, privacy, trust Copyright and intellectual property rights – recent developments, culturally-variable future directions?
Culturally-variable responses to commodification in online environments
Both short (3-5 pages) and long (10-15 pages) original papers are sought for presentation. Panel proposals addressing a specific theme or topic are also encouraged.

Our provisional schedule

Submission of papers (short or full), panel proposals: 17. February 2012
Notification of acceptance: 16. March, 2012
Final formatted papers (for conference proceedings): 19. April 2012
Further details regarding program (including keynote speakers and pre-conference activities), registration fees, travel and accommodations will be available soon on the conference website,.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aarhus next June!

Betsy Fetchko - 2012 Graduate Writing Tutor

We are pleased to announce that one of our own, Betsy Fetchko, LLC Cohort 14 will be the new Graduate Writing Tutor for Spring 2012. Betsy brings over 20 years of experience in editing, publishing, writing and multimedia, having worked in print, television, and video production before teaching AP English for over a decade in Howard County. She looks forward to helping students articulate their research goals and intellectual explorations with powerful and precise language, thereby helping to ensure student success and the continued excellent reputation of UMBC Graduate School.

Labor Literature for the NLC Community

Labor & Working-Class Literature

Looking for something to read?
Since we have so many avid readers in
the NLC community, I thought I would
share a few engaging novels that
reflect on labor and work issues.
Whether or not you’re new to the labor
movement and the NLC community,
chances are you may have missed
some of the rich labor literature
currently available. Numerous texts
have been recovered and republished,
offering us the opportunity to enter into
labor experiences in a way that only
Looking for something to read?
fiction can offer. In my labor
literature courses, I argue that
reading labor literature adds depth
to our understanding of the labor
movement and other social justice
causes. Try one of these novels and
see what you think.

Supporting Small Presses
Small publishers like West End Press and
The Feminist Press have been agents of
change for labor literature, recovering
texts from past writers and publishing
new voices. Without West End Press,
Meridel Le Sueur’s The Girl would be
lost. Editor John Crawford worked with
Le Sueur to publish this book in 1978
after it had been blacklisted. A radical
activist in the 1930s, Le Sueur published
in small magazines of the time, and is
best known for “Women on the
Breadlines,” which was published in The
New Masses in 1932.
The Girl shares the rising consciousness
of a young, nameless woman who
seeks work in St. Paul, joining her friend
Clara to work as a waitress at a
speakeasy during the Depression. The
language is lovely, and, while it is
intense in its portrayal of the struggle to
survive, the message is hopeful.
If this novel interests you, please order
from West End directly, http://www.

Voices of the Unknown and Disinherited
When people think of great
Depression-era novels, John
Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath
generally comes to mind. But if you
are looking for novels that offer
alternative experiences, you won’t
want to miss Sanora Babb’s Whose
Names Are Unknown or Jack
Conroy’s The Disinherited.
Gaining an advance from Random
House based on four chapters
submitted in spring 1939, Babb
completed her novel that summer,
blending autobiographical
experiences of growing up in a sod
house on a midwestern dry farm
with her volunteer work at migrant
farmers camps in 1938. Yet the
novel was not published until 2004
because John Steinbeck’s Grapes
of Wrath had appeared, and
Babb’s publishers felt another book on the dust bowl migrations would
not sell.
Conroy’s novel is also a fictional
autobiography, telling the story of
Larry Donovan, who grows up in a
mining village in Missouri, and,
seeking work throughout the
Depression, moves towards class
consciousness through his
experiences in the railroad, rubber,
and auto industries.
• Sanora Babb. Whose Names
Are Unknown. Foreword
Lawrence R. Rodgers. Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press,
2004. Print.
• Jack Conroy. The Disinherited: A
Novel of the 1930s. 1933. Introd.
Douglass Wixson. Columbia:
University of Missouri, 1982, 1991. Print.

A Few Choices from a Rich Collection
A Few Choices from a Rich Collection
Agnes Smedley. Daughter of Earth. 1929.
Foreword Alice Walker. Afterword Nancy
Hoffman. New York: The Feminist Press,
1987. Print.
Marie Rogers stands in for Smedley in this
fictional autobiography that traces her
childhood, travels in search of work,
political activity, and marriages. Marie
reflects on the challenges of being a
working-class woman revolutionary. In
the 1930s, Smedley served as a
correspondent in China’s battlefields
during the Communist Revolution
Labor Arts. "Pyramid of Capitalist System"
issued by Nedeljkovich, Brashick and
Kuharich, Cleveland: The International
Publishing Co., 1911. http://www.
When people think of great
Depression-era novels, John
Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath
generally comes to mind. But if you
are looking for novels that offer
alternative experiences, you won’t
want to miss Sanora Babb’s Whose
Names Are Unknown or Jack
Conroy’s The Disinherited.
Gaining an advance from Random
House based on four chapters
submitted in spring 1939, Babb
completed her novel that summer,
blending autobiographical
experiences of growing up in a sod
house on a midwestern dry farm
with her volunteer work at migrant
farmers camps in 1938. Yet the
novel was not published until 2004
because John Steinbeck’s Grapes
of Wrath had appeared, and
Babb’s publishers felt another book
If you seek a poem, short story, novel, or other literary
work to illustrate a point in one of your classes, chances
are the idea has been explored creatively. Here are a
few to consider reading:
• Tillie Olsen. Yonnondio: From the Thirties. Introd.
Linda Ray Pratt. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of
Nebraska, 1974, 2004. Print. Olsen is more well
known for “I Stand Here Ironing” and Silences. This
early text, written in her teens and early 20s and
recovered 40 years later, shares a family’s struggle
to survive work exploitations in mining,
sharecropping, and packinghouse work.
• Langston Hughes. Not Without Laughter. 1930.
Introd. Maya Angelou. Foreword Arna Bontemps.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995. Print. Hughes
shares protagonist Sandy’s childhood and
adolescence in this fictional autobiography that
considers how race, class, and gender intensify the
struggle for work and survival.
• Dorothy West. The Living Is Easy. 1948. Afterword
Adelaide M. Cromwell. New York: The Feminist
Press, 1982. Print. West’s semi-autobiographical
novel explores class, race, and gender issues as
Cleo, born to a poor Southern farming family,
becomes part of Boston’s African-American elite
society. In addition to raising challenging social
questions in her own work, West’s editorial career is
• Josephine Johnson. Now in November. 1934. Afterword
Nancy Hoffman. New York: The Feminist Press, 1991. Print.
Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel, her first. Told
in first-person from middle daughter Marget’s point of
view, the novel reflects on the Haldmarne family’s return
to their family farm, which offers little shelter from the
• Mike Gold. Jews Without Money. 1930. New York: Carroll
& Graf Publishers, 1996. A series of tales about Jewish
immigrants and their children living in the tenements of
New York, struggling with anti-Semitism, poverty, and
cultural alienation, Gold’s novel is a fictionalized autobiography.

Chris Justice at CCBC's Composition Conversation Conference

Chris Justice, Cohort 13, presented on October 21st at CCBC's 7th annual Composition Conversation Conference. The conference theme was "Contentious Issues in Composition", and his presentation was titled “Petting the King: A Critical Meditation on the Pitfalls of Academic Discourse".

Sonya Caesar on PBS Nightly Business Report

Sonya Caesar was interviewed for the PBS Nightly Business Report on Tuesday evening in their segment on student loans and the Obama Administration's new initiative to help manage student debt. UMBC joins CCBC in congratulating Sonya on her important financial literacy work and successful media representation of it!

Here is the link:’13-ph-d-language-literacy-and-culture-on-pbs-nightly-business-report/

Diane Kuthy's (Cohort 14) Conference Presentations

Diane Kuthy is (co-)presenting at the following conferences:
Maryland Art Educators Association, 2011 Fall Conference, October 21, 2011
Emerging Perspectives: Creating and Promoting Quality Art Programs
The title of the presentation: Layered Identities: Considering the Intersection of race, class and gender in art teaching

National Art Educators Association, 2012 Annual Convention, March 1-4, 2012, New York
Emerging Perspectives: Connecting Teaching, Learning and Research
The title of the presentation: Seeing Color: Employing Art as a Catalyst for interrogating Color-blind Ideologies

Contact Diane at for more information. Congrats, Diane!

Congratulations to Dr. Yasuko Walcott

Congratulations to Dr. Yasuko Walcott, who successfully defended her dissertation on "Experiences of Japanese Women Who Married American Military Personnel and Emigrated to the United States between 1945 and 1965."

The chair of Dr. Walcott's dissertation committee was Dr. Robert Rubinstein.

To congratulate Yasuko or learn more about her dissertation, please email her at

Congratulations to Dr. Rita Turner

Dr. Rita Turner successfully defended her dissertation titled "Critical Ecoliteracy: An Interdisciplinary Secondary and Post-Secondary Humanities Curriculum to Cultivate Environmental Consciousness."

Her co-chairs were Dr. Christine Mallinson and Dr. Joby Taylor and the committee was joined by members Dr. Ed Orser, Dr. Mary Rivkin, and Dr. Bev Bickel.

To congratulate Rita or learn more about her dissertation, please email her at

Recent graduate Dr. Ingrid Watson-Miller nominated for teaching award

Dr. Ingrid Watson-Miller (who received her PhD this May) has been nominated by Claflin University for the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award.

Please see the following link to learn more about all that she has attained:

You can congratulate her at

Congratulations to Dr. Polina Vinogradova

Polina Vinogradova has successfully defended her dissertation titled "Digital Storytelling in ESL Instruction: Identity Negotiation through a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies."

Her co-advisors were Dr. Beverly Bickel and Dr. Jodi Crandall.

To congratulate Dr. Vinogradova, email her at

Violeta Laura Colombo

Congratulations to Violeta Colombo on successfully defending her dissertation "Writing Resources used by Graduate International Students and their Effect on Academic Satisfaction" in Spring 2011! All the best for the future, Violeta. If you would like to congratulate her, email her at

Sonya Squires-Caesar

Sonya Squires-Caesar, LLC cohort 13, wrote and co-produced this mini documentary,"Beyond the Classroom Walls" for the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). This short film is one component of a financial literacy campus-wide awareness campaign she is spearheading for students, faculty, and staff since there is a significant correlation between financial stress, retention, and the overall success of CCBC students.

See the documentary at

Laura Strickling and Inte'a DeShields

Laura Strickling (Cohort 11) and Inte'a DeShields (Cohort 12) presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics in April 2011. Laura presented a paper called "Partnerships Between Sociolinguists and Educators." Inte'a presented a paper called "'Les Gangsters du Ghetto: MOZ Shit': The Use of African American Vernacular English, French, and Wolof in a Senegalese Hip-Hop Documentary." Laura and Inte'a were also co-presenters on a paper with Dr. Christine Mallinson called "Creating Podcasts to Promote Language Awareness."

Ingrid Watson-Miller

Ingrid Watson-Miller (Cohort 4) has passed her dissertation defense.
Her disertation title is:
"''I am very dark, but comely': Consciousness and black women in the fiction of Ecuador's Luz Argentina Chiriboga."
Dr. Antonio Tillis of Dartmouth University and Dr. Jodi Crandall are her dissertation co-advisors.
Ingrid can be reached at:

Asli Hassan

Asli Hassan (Cohort 6) has passed her dissertation defense.
Her dissertation title is:
"Lesson Study: A professional development approach for university English, mathematics, and science teachers."
Dr. Jodi Crandall is her dissertation advisor.
Asli can be reached at:

Laura Strickling

Laura Strickling (Cohort 11) has passed her comprehensive examinations, following our new format of two extensive papers focused on aspects of dissertation results.
Congratulations, Laura.
Laura can be reached at:

Danika Rockett

Danika Rockett will present her paper "'Those Lady Guerillas of Philanthropy': Philanthropy as a Path to Nursing and Education Reform in Victorian London" at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies.

Laura Strickling

Laura Strickling has co-authored a chapter with Adriana Medina, Joan Shin, and Illysa Izenberg, entitled, "Learning and Teaching across Cultures" in the text Managing Communication Across Cultures: Different Voices. The chapter summarizes theories of learning and teaching, illustrates differences in individual learning and problem-solving styles, and suggests ways of improving classroom and on-line teaching. The ten-part textbook, targeted to undergraduate and graduate students, is edited by Elizabeth Christopher and will go to press this year published by Palgrave.

Hye-Sook Lee

Hye-Sook Lee (11th Cohort) will work as an intern for the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) for this summer (June to August). She will support the division of heritage language by utilizing her knowledge of Korean as well as information technology. If you are interested in further information, contact her via email at

Andy DeVos

Andy DeVos of Cohort 12 recently had his first academic publication. Cinema Inferno: Celluloid Explosions from the Cultural Margins is an edited anthology of essays on extreme and transgressive cinema which includes Andy's essay titled "'The More You Rape Their Senses, the Happier They Are': A History of Cannibal Holocaust." Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian horror film that is considered one of the most controversial genre films in the history of horror cinema. Andy offers an historical reconstruction of the tumultuous production, release and reception of the film. For more information on the book, please see these links:^DB/CATALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0810876566

Lori Edmonds

Lori Edmonds has just heard that her proposal "Speaking of the Environment: Diverse Perspectives of Nature in an ESOL After-school Program" has been accepted for the 32nd Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2011 on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

She will also be presenting "Using Environmental Content to Improve Academic Skills" at the 26th Annual MAEOE (Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education) Conference in College Park on February 12th.

If you would like additional information about the presentations or conferences, please email her at

Zuotang Zhang: "Exchange participant returns to the area"

Zuotang Zhang of China, who currently is a Ph.D. student at the University of
Maryland in Baltimore County, visited host parents Dr. Joseph and Ellie Miller of
Waynesboro during Thanksgiving. Zhang stayed with the Millers more than 20 years
ago through the American Field Service exchange program.

To read more about his story:
click here

Laura Strickling has Book Review accepted for publication

Laura Strickling (LLC cohort 11) has had a book review of "Discourse Analysis in Classrooms" entitled, "Multipleperspectives of a single literacy event" accepted for publication in Teaching Education, a very influential journal.

Congratulations, Laura.

Laura Strickling has Book Review accepted for publication

Laura Strickling (LLC cohort 11) has had a book review of "Discourse Analysis in Classrooms" entitled, "Multipleperspectives of a single literacy event" accepted for publication in Teaching Education, a very influential journal.

Congratulations, Laura.

Congratulations to Eunju Chung Chen

Eunju Chung Chen's chapter, "Toward a Critical Cultural Proficiency," was accepted for publication in an intercultural communication textbook, edited by Dr. Elizabeth Christopher. The book will be published next spring.

Congratulations, Eunju.

Cara Okopny's Contribution

Cara Okopny recently contributed an entry regarding author and activist Barbara
Ehrenreich for the forthcoming, "The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's
World." Edited by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Golson, and J. Geoffrey. Available
from Sage Publications.

Cara Okopny's Presentation

Cara Okopny will present her paper, "Going Green: Examining Wal-Mart's New
Environmental Discourse" in November at the 34th annual International American
Studies Conference in Alanya,Turkey.

Jennifer Harrison, LLC Cohort 11 awarded tenure

Jennifer Harrison, LLC Cohort 11, has just been awarded tenure at the National Labor College.

Congratulations, Jennifer.

George Chinnery, LLC 8, has new position with U.S. State Department

Congratulations to George Chinnery, who has just been hired by the U.S. State Department as a Regional English Language Officer (RELO). He will be leaving his position at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and coming to Washington for his first assignment. George received his MA in the UMBC TESOL Program and is currently working on his dissertation in LLC.

RELOs are stationed throughout the world, providing support for English language teaching and learning.

If you want to learn more or just to congratulate George, his email is

Cara Okopny's paper accepted for the American Studies Association of Turkey conference

Cara Okopny (LLC Cohort 11) has just learned that her paper on "Going Green: Examining Wal-Mart’s New Environmental Discourse" has been accepted for the American Studies Association of Turkey conference in November. She has also contributed an entry on Barbara Ehrenreich for the The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Zeiss Stange, Mary, Oyster, Carol K., Golson, J. Geoffrey, eds. Sage Publications. Forthcoming.

Congratulations, Cara.

Chris Justice invited into CityLit Project's Poets and Authors Bureau

Chris Justice was recently invited to be included in the CityLit Project's Poets and Authors Bureau. For more information, visit this site.

Chris Justice gives reading at UMB

Chris Justice gave a reading at The University of Baltimore on Thursday, July 29 at 7pm in the Student Center Performing Arts Theater. The reading is titled "Fish Tales: Spinning Folklore through Creative Nonfiction".

Rita Turner: Published article in Sustainability

Rita Turner published an article titled, "Discourses of Consumption in US-American Culture" in Sustainability. You can check it out here.

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Troy Grant published, "In Other Words...The U.S. Constitution for Regular Folks"

Troy Grant recently published the book, "In other words. . . The U.S. Constitution for Regular Folks", and it is now being sold in the National Museum of American History's bookstore in D.C. for only $4.99.

Pick one up at the bookstore in the museum next time you visit or purchase on Troy's website.

Rita Turner Published a Book Review

Rita Turner has published a book review, "Classroom Discourse through Many Lenses: Applying Theories of Discourse Analysis to the Study of Classroom Language and
Literacy Practices," in the Summer 2010 issue of the Journal of American Speech (85.2, pp. 256-260).

Her review is of the book, On Discourse Analysis in Classrooms: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research, by David Bloome et al. New York: Teachers College Press, 2008. The book review is now available online. Click here.

Emek Ergun and Hanne Blank

On March 8, 2010, Hanne Blank, historian and writer on "Virgin Territory: On Writing the First History of Virginity" lectured for a Women's History month event at UMBC. This lecture was followed by a discussion with Emek Ergun on translating Blank's book: Virgin: The Untouched History.

The event was sponsored by the Gender and Women's Studies Program, with support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Department of History, and LLC.

Adriana Val and Polina Vinogradova's FAQ on Heritage Languages

Adriana Val and Polina Vinogradova published a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Heritage Languages for the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages at the Center for Applied Linguistics. View the FAQ here.

Helen Atkinson

Helen Atkinson graduated in December 2009 and was commended at the ceremony by President Hrabowski. Below is what he said:

"Helen Atkinson will receive the Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture today.
Originally from the U.K., Helen returned to graduate school as a non-traditional
student, balancing her studies and research while helping to raise five teenagers.
She worked in the Baltimore City School system for many years, most recently as
the founder and leader of the Blum Mentoring Program and as a founder and lead
teacher for a new alternative high school. Her research focused on the impact of
students' alternative curricula, including wilderness experiences. She will be
working with UMBC Professor Christine Mallinson on research projects in City

Congratulations, Helen. Your commitment to finding new ways to teach students and
support teachers is impressive -- and honorable. Your dedication to balancing
work and family is inspiring. Please stand."

Helen's dissertation is titled:

“The social construction of curriculum in an urban high school: Creating an
academic community of practice from the ground up"

Interview with Emek Ergun

An interview with Emek Ergun about her Turkish translation of Hanne Blank's Virgin: The Untouched History has just been released. The article was in the Turkish Daily newspaper and it is written in English.

The article can be read here: