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Guide to CCCC Day Two
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WRAC Guide to CCCC, Day Two

The 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication runs from Wednesday, March 15th until Saturday, March 18th, and represents the largest gathering of Rhetoric and Composition professors, students, and practitioners every year. On Thursday, March 16th, the conference begins in earnest, with a full schedule of panels, roundtables and talks, and again WRAC is well-represented on the schedule.

As we did for ATTW and CCCC Day One, we've created a quick guide to all the sessions featuring WRAC representatives for the second day of CCCC.


In addition to the sessions below, the first day of the conference also includes recognition for a number of awards. Professors April Baker-Bell and Alexandra Hidalgo, along with alumni Robyn Tasaka, serve on the award committee for the Scholars for the Dream Travel Award, while Department Chair Malea Powell serves as on the committee for the Chair's Memorial Scholarship Award. MSU has a long history with the Scholars for the Dream Award, as Cona Marshall (2016), Shenika Hankerson (2015), Dr. Bell (2014), Lehua Ledbetter (2011), Qwo-Li Driskill (2008), Staci Perryman-Clark (2008), and Kendall Leon (2006) have all been recognized in the past, along with some of our colleagues from AAAS and Education.

Thursday traditionally marks the first day of the regular conference, with five concurrent sessions running all day, with the evening set aside for the meeting of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are an opportunity for groups of scholars with similar interests, backgrounds or goals to meet up, organize and advocate for their organizations.


Concurrent Session A
Thursday 10:30-11:45

A.01 Career Quest: Navigating a Future in Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing Studies

Portland Ballroom 256

Speakers include Malea Powell, WRAC Faculty and Department Chair


A.06 New Spaces in Latinx Compositions and Rhetorics
Sponsored by the Latinx Caucus


“Tamales from Mesoamerica to Michigan: Food Practices as Sites of Indigenist Intervention"
Santo Ramos, PhD student.


A.08 Delivering the Goods: Cultivating Reciprocity in ActivistResearch


“Listening to the Diaspora: Identity, Displacement, and the Idea of Home”
Suban Nur Cooley, PhD Student


A.11 Fertile Ground: Cultivating Change through a First-Year Writing Conference


A panel discusses how a First-Year Writing conference of multimodal products fosters cross-cultural dialogue and rhetorical listening.

Chair: Joyce Meier, WRAC Faculty
Speakers: Cheryl Caesar, WRAC Faculty
Bree Gannon, PhD Student
David Medei, WRAC Faculty
Joyce Meier, WRAC Faculty


A.32 Re/Orienting Writing Studies: Queer Methods to Change the Field

Portland Ballroom 252

This roundtable explores the need for and current work on queer and queered methods and methodologies in rhetoric and writing studies.

Chair: Trixie Smith, WRAC Faculty and Director of the Writing Center at MSU
Speakers: Matthew Cox, WRAC Alumni, Faculty at East Carolina University
Hillery Glasby, WRAC Faculty

Concurrent Session B

B.07 Cultivating Roses: Native Women Writing for Action


“Indigenous Women’s Voices and Words: How Social Media Can Create Awareness and Change”

Kenlea Pebbles, PhD Student


Concurrent Session C

C.04 Cultivating Indigenous Rhetorics through Three Sisters Methodologies
Sponsored by the American Indian Caucus


Chair: Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, Bowling Green State University, OH
“The Sooner State: Settler Colonial Rhetoric, the Tourist’s Gaze, and Oklahoma Heritage Tourism”
Catheryn Jennings, PhD Student

“Cultivating Community Literacies through Indigenous Food Rhetorics”
Jaquetta Shade, PhD Student
Respondents: Malea Powell, Michigan State University

Roundtable Leader: “Klosh Tumtum/Good Thoughts: Indigenous Rhetorics as Intertribal Language”
Qwo-Li Driskill, WRAC Alumni, faculty at Oregon State University


C.06 Pedagogy, Place, and Public Memory: Cultivating Feminist, Hip-Hop, and Queer Archival Research Methodologies


This panel engages with archival research to discuss pedagogy, place, and public memory in marginalized communities.

Speakers: Victor Del Hierro, PhD Candidate
Rebecca Hayes, PhD Candidate


C.16 Learning from Our Elders: Qualitative Studies of Literacy in Later Life


“Holding on to Literacies”

Suzanne Rumsey, WRAC Alumni, faculty at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne,
“Creating Usable Interfaces to Facilitate Literacies”
Allegra Smith, WRAC MA Alumni, PhD student at Purdue University


C.18 Mapping Transnational Literacies: Cultivating Translingual Perspectives of Textual Practice in Our Research and Teaching


“Startup Nation: Studying Transnational Literacy Practices in Israel’s Startup Ecosystem”
Steven Fraiberg, WRAC Faculty


C.27 Cultivating a Capacity for Change Using Translanguaging,Style, and Rhetoric at HSIs

Portland Ballroom 252

Our panelists use translingualism, grammar coupled with stylistics, andethnic rhetoric to argue for a translanguaging pedagogical approach.
Respondent: Laura Gonzales, WRAC Alumni, faculty at The University of Texas at El Paso


Concurrent Session D


D.01 Working and Getting Worked: An Interactive, Decolonial, Queer, and Feminist Roundtable on Labor in Rhetoric and Composition

Portland Ballroom 256

Chair: Terese Guinsatao Monberg, RCAH and WRAC Graduate Faculty
Speakers: Kate Firestone, PhD Student
Franny Howes, WRAC MA Alumni, faculty at Oregon Tech
Stephanie Mahnke, PhD Student
Jennifer Sano-Franchini, WRAC Alumni, faculty at Virginia Tech
Respondent: Angela M. Haas, WRAC Alumni and faculty at Illinois State University


D.04 Preparing for Writing Center Leadership Roles
Sponsored by the International Writing Centers Association

Portland Ballroom 251

Leaders will describe their varied administrative roles and invite a

discussion of how to best prepare (as) future writing center leaders.
Trixie Smith, WRAC Faculty


D.05 Cultivating Conversations with HBCUs: Afrocentric Pedagogy, Language, and Writing Program Administration
Sponsored by the Black Caucus

Portland Ballroom 252

This roundtable offers areas for pedagogical consideration at HBCU writing program sites in relation to Students’ Right to Their Own Language (SRTOL).
Speakers: Collin Craig, WRAC Alumni, faculty at St. John’s University

Staci Perryman-Clark, WRAC Alumni, faculty at Western Michigan University


D.07 Cultivating Creative Rhetorical Inquiry: Crafting Social Justice through Poetry, Fiction, and Filmmaking


“Blurring Boundaries, Becoming (An)other: ‘Doing’ Social Justice with Autoethnography”

Kate Birdsall, WRAC Faculty
“The Hybrid Liminal Scholar: A Video Exploration of Blending Our Personal and Professional Lives”
Alexandra Hidalgo, WRAC Faculty


D.38 Global and Local Issues in Intercultural Communication


“Cultivating Regionally Adaptive Professional Writing Curricula: A Case Study”
Lehua Ledbetter, WRAC Alumni and faculty at University of Rhode Island


D.39 Queer Archives, Producing Public Memory, and Activism


“The Queer Critical Research Practices of the Gender Project”
Casey Miles, WRAC Faculty and Alumni


D.46 Queering Public Rhetorics: Cultivating Writing Pedagogies at the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality


Chair: Kathleen Livingston, WRAC Alumni and RCAH Faculty
“Race, Writing Centers, and Composition: Subverting Racialized and Classed Institutional Spaces”
Wonderful Faison, PhD Candidate
“Queer Community-Based Pedagogy for Consent Education”

Kathleen Livingston


Concurrent Session E


E.03 Cultivating a More Equitable Professional Organization

Portland Ballroom 256

The goal of this session is to work with a diverse group of participants from across identifications to develop a list of actionable recommendations for the CCCC Executive Committee and for the organization more generally.
Donnie Sackey, WRAC Alumni, faculty at Wayne State University

Jennifer Sano-Franchini, WRAC Alumni, faculty at Virginia Tech


E.04 Studies in Writing and Rhetoric: Cultivating Capacity for Authors, Creating Change for the Field
Sponsored by the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series


“Producing the Future: The Book I Need”

Jaquetta Shade, Michigan State University,


E.45 Embodying Activism: Cultivating Rhetorical Strategies as Marginalized Bodies


“Embodying Professional Writing: ‘So, I’m Thinking about Getting a Tattoo . . .’”
Katie Manthey, WRAC Alumni, faculty at Salem College


E.46 Deepening Our Disciplinary Understanding: The Writing Studies Tree as “Purposeful Cultivation”


What nurtures our work as writing scholars and teachers? We use WST research and redesign to explore individual and disciplinary relationships.

Chair: Douglas Eyman, WRAC Alumni, faculty at George Mason University