2012 Presentations

Alumna Panelist: New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education’s Professional Development Seminar.  November 30, 2012.

9781608462513Panel Moderator with John L. Peacock and Christine Utz: Occupying Wall Street— The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America by Writers for the 99%.”  St. John’s University BookMark Series, hosted by the English Department. November 13, 2012.

Conference Presentation: “’Do It for the People’:  Decolonizing Neoliberal Learning, Black Feminist Perspectives, and Color-Conscious Digital Literacies.” National Women’s Studies Association.  Oakland, CA. November 2012.

The title of this presentation comes from a first year African American woman in college: words and video images were borrowed from the Hip Hop artist, Common, to define and name why she creates texts and for whom… do it for the people.  Here, in borrowing and signifying on just five words and a 5-second visual and auditory frame, this writer advances a textual purpose of community, audience, and politics against neoliberalism.  This young woman, thus, inspires my presentation: a story of the digital work of working class, first generation, female college students of color.   The promise of the future lies then, not in institutions of higher education that imagine they grant access to their students (i.e., clients) who have never had college-goers in their families (as goes the dominant mantra of the role of higher education for such students).  The promise lies in what color-conscious female students can do to re-present new media and learning within a Black Feminist praxis. 

Featured Speaker: “ ‘The Spook Who Sat by the Door’: Newly Understanding Racialized Bodies and Color-Conscious Writers in the Neoliberal University.” Thomas R. Watson Conference.  University of Louisville.  October 2012.

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Guest Speaker:  Junior Faculty Research Colloquium.  St. John’s University. October 2012.

Conference Presentation: “’I Carry the Eyes of Ida B. Wells: Young Black Women Who Write/Right the World.” Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  Pittsburgh, PA.  September 2012.

Kynard, Carmen.  ““Black Butterfly, Set the Sky on Fire:” Cultural Rhetorics and Critical Race Perspectives on the Landscape of Institutional Racism and Violence.” Conference of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA). May 2012.

Bill Condon, Frances Condon, Norbert Elliot, Asao Inoue, Carmen KynardSusan Miller-Cochran, Mya Poe. “Diversity and Writing Assessment: Gateways to Assessing and Reporting Student Performance.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). St. Louis, MO. March 2012.

Kynard, Carmen. “Writing While Black: Race-ing Cs Against the Social Construction of (Disciplinary) Whiteness.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). St. Louis, MO. March 2012.