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Join the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication for the Spring quarter presentation of our Politics of Language Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison! Dr. Morrison’s talk will take place on Friday, April 16th from 10 am-11 am (Pacific Time). Registration for the event is required; access the Zoom registration at our Campus Groups event link, or the CEWC events page to register.

Politics of Language Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Talisha Haltiwanger Morrison

This presentation examines the experiences of Black tutors as Black students and Black Americans moving in and out of their writing centers on campuses rife with anti-Black racism. Dr. Morrison highlights two student narratives to consider the ways in which the broader racial climate on these campuses may be reflected or amplified within the writing center walls and rejects the idea that experiences of racism can be compartmentalized for Black student-tutors. Dr. Morrison insists that writing center professionals must engage more deeply with their local campus community in order to better understand how the racial climate impacts the students they both serve and employ.

This presentation examines the experiences of Black tutors as Black students and Black Americans moving in and out of their writing centers on campuses rife with anti-Black racism. Dr. Morrison highlights two student narratives to consider the ways in which the broader racial climate on these campuses may be reflected or amplified within the writing center walls and rejects the idea that experiences of racism can be compartmentalized for Black student-tutors. Dr. Morrison insists that writing center professionals must engage more deeply with their local campus community in order to better understand how the racial climate impacts the students they both serve and employ.


For more information, please contact the CEWC’s Associate Director, Dr. Evin Groundwater at e.groundwater@uci.edu; we look forward to seeing you at our final Politics of Language presentation this year.