Creative Conversations Update!

Creative Conversations Update

New to the conference, “Creative Conversations” are an exciting opportunity to merge pedagogy and scholarship.  These sessions focus on the teaching of American women writers in a range of diverse contexts. Presenters will share content ideas for curriculum and/or pedagogical strategies. These sessions invite extensive dialogue, with all participants encouraged to share their ideas for enhancing teaching.

Here’s what’s in store:

Friday, October 12 at 9:30am

Creative Conversation #1:  Moving Young Adult and Children’s Literature into Our Teaching Canons (Cook)

Amanda Irvin, facilitator (Texas Christian University): “Teaching a Course with Girls at the Center”

Katharine Capshaw Smith (University of Connecticut): “Teaching Children’s Literature”

Derek Pacheco (Purdue University): “Transcendentalist, Whimsical, and Fantastical Children’s Fictions: Caroline Sturgis Tappan and Nathaniel Hawthorne”

Mary McCulley (Texas Christian University):“Teaching the Bildungsroman: The Secret Life of Bees

Friday, October 12 at 11:00am

Creative Conversation #2: Developing Creative Classroom Strategies (Cook)

Jill Gatlin, facilitator (New England Conservatory): “Acting out Early Environmental History: Public Citizenship and Moral Pollution Discourse in Rebecca Harding Davis, Boosterism, and Social Reform Rhetoric (an interdisciplinary town hall activity contextualizing Life in the Iron Mills)”

Terri Pantuso (Prairie View A & M University): “Creative Assignments for Studying American Women Writers”

Randi Lynn Tanglen (Austin College):“How to Use Literature Circles to Teach Popular and Canonical Literary Traditions”

Friday, October 12 at 2pm

Creative Conversation  #3: Citizenship as a Focus for Studying American Women Writers (Cook)

Ellen Gruber Garvey, chair (New Jersey City University)

Derek Pacheco (Purdue University): “Let Them Be Sea Captains: Women in Early America”

Michelle Sizemore (University of Kentucky): “Popular Culture and Civic Performance in a ‘Literature and U.S. Citizenship’ Course”

Rickie-Ann Legleitner (University of South Dakota): “Abandonment and the Nuclear Family: Revisioning Motherhood in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping (a 1980 Novel)”

Friday, October 12 at 3:30pm

Creative Conversation #4:  (Re)figuring American Women Writers (Cook)

Priscilla Leder, facilitator (Texas State University at San Marcos)

Rita Bode (Trent University): “Increasing the Visibility of Women Writers in Courses using Other Organizing Rubrics”

Cynthia L. Patterson (University of South Florida): “Recovering Caroline Howard Gilman”

Namorah Gayle Byrd (Gloucester County College): “New Approaches to Teaching about Pocahontas”

Jennifer Jay Stroup (Texas Christian University): “Making Connections: ‘An Essay on Friendship’ from Milcah Martha Moore’s Book”

Saturday, October 13 at 9:00am

Creative Conversation #5:  Extending Our Ideas of What “Belongs” in Our Classrooms (Cook)

Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, facilitator (Indiana University – Purdue University-Columbus: “Teaching American Women Writers in Cross-Listed Classes: Women Writers in/and Women’s Studies”

Emily Garcia (Northeastern Illinois University) :”Teaching Nineteenth-Century Women Writers Transnationally: Leonora Sansay and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton”

Courtney D. Marshall (University of New Hampshire):“Teaching Women’s Prison Literature and Gendering the Prison-Industrial Complex”

Saturday, October 13 at 2:30pm

Creative Conversation #6:  New Voices in the Classroom (Cook)

Annette Portillo, facilitator (University of Texas at San Antonio): “Feminist Writers of Color: Innovative Pedagogies (Testimonio, Creative Projects, & Service Learning)”

Jill Gatlin (New England Conservatory): “Student Book Reviews: Uncovering the Rhetoric of Otherness”

Larisa S. Asaeli (Texas Christian University): “Teaching Indigenous Women’s Rhetorics: Hawai`i’s Story by Hawai`i’s Queen by Liliu’okalani

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