20th Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy

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Twentieth Claflin University Conference on English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions (Virtual)

October 27-28, 2021



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Claflin University will host its 20th annual Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions on October 27-28, 2021. This year’s theme is “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum: Digital Literacies, Equity and Access.” Sessions this year will be held virtually. Click here to register.

Speakers for the two-day conference include Ms. Nancy Lord, Creative Writing and Literary Arts, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK, and Dr. Y’Shanda Rivera, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 

Nancy Lord
Ms. Nancy Lord, a long-time resident of Homer, Alaska, is a former Alaska writer laureate (2008-10) and the author of ten books including Fishcamp, Beluga Days, Early Warming, and pH: A Novel. She also edited the anthology Made of Salmon. Her writing, both nonfiction and fiction, generally concerns environmental and northern subjects and is widely anthologized.


Y'Shanda Nu
Dr. Rivera is an educational consultant who has given a number of invited keynote addresses, workshops, and media appearances/interviews, some of which include: A Political Ecology of African American English (2021) at the College of the Atlantic, Academic, Cultural, Religious and Political Actions to Promote Anti-Racism (2020) with the Aptly Outspoken Collective, ESPN’s The Undefeated as a Culture and Language Expert (2019), We Raise Foundation’s Community Conversation From Challenges to Celebrations: How Community Collaborations Serve Youth” (2019), and Code Meshing: Critical Awareness in Action (2018) at Frontier Center for Urban Education at Nazareth College. She has published articles/chapters in: This Ain't Yesterday's Literacy: Culture and Education After George Floyd (2021) and Continuing the Journey 2: Becoming a Better Teacher of Authentic Writing where she penned: Valuing Students’ Language Repertoires: An Ecological Perspective (2018). In 2014, Dr. Rivera co-authored Other People’s English: Code Meshing, Code Switching and African American Literacy, which isnow in its 2nd edition (2019).


The two-day conference is sponsored by the Claflin University Department of English. Pedagogy is the study and process of teaching. 

For more information contact Dr. Mitali Wong at wong@claflin.edu or pedagogyconference@claflin.edu.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021                                                                               
Concurrent sessions (webinars on Zoom)

1 p.m. EST

Plenary session on “Influences, Beginnings, and Why I Write: Confessions of a Creative Writer,” Nancy Lord, Creative Writing and Literary Arts, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK  


Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021   
Concurrent sessions (webinars on Zoom)


Plenary session “Preparing Students for Writing, Through Preparing Writing for Students,” Y’Shanda Rivera, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 


Panel proposals and paper abstracts are invited on best practices in teaching with a focus on digital literacies, access, and equity. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. Brief bios of 175 words are required. Electronic submissions are requested. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. Panels are limited to four (4) presenters per panel. Papers and panels are solicited on:

  •  Tensions between access and safety in the age of Covid-19
  •  The role of language arts in social justice 
  •   Hybrid teaching, technology, and faculty workload
  •   Models for international collaborations between either students or faculty
  •   New ways to enhance STEM student literacies 
  •   All aspects of studying and teaching literature (including World Literature and travel literature)
  •   Creative writing/ Creative writing pedagogy
  •   Composition pedagogy
  •   Teaching foreign languages 

Send all submissions to: Conference Email: pedagogyconference@claflin.edu    Fax: 803-535-5381

Telephone inquiries: Dr. Mitali Wong 803-535-5221, Dr. Shurli Makmillen 803-535-5111, Dr. Jason Youngkeit (Foreign Languages) 803-535-5281, Dr. Nick Robinson, 803-535-5430.

Receipt deadline: September 24, 2021

The registration fee for the conference is $25 for faculty members. The registration deadline is October 15, 2021. Online registration is required for all presenters. (The fee is waived for undergraduate and graduate students. International participants may apply for up to five free tickets per institution.)

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