New York University • October 23-24, 2020

ReVision & ReForm:

Teaching Writing Across Borders

Keynote address by Professor Suresh Canagarajah


From the symposium organizers: Like many of you, we are devastated by the continued murder of Black Americans at the hand of the state and of their fellow citizens, including the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. We stand in solidarity with all those who protest and fight against police brutality, systemic racism, and injustice against Black lives. We believe that pedagogical and curricular choices are more crucial than ever; REVISION AND REFORM must happen now.

To that end, we are eager to come together October 23-24, 2020 with you, our colleagues from around the world, to discuss and develop antiracist, inclusive, equitable education that travels across borders. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our symposium in person due to COVID-19 restrictions at NYU and New York City, and due to restrictions on non-essential travel that have been implemented by many universities which impact the ability of our presenters, facilitators, and other attendees to participate. We are, however, pleased to announce that we will be hosting our symposium virtually on Zoom and recording sessions so that our colleagues from various time zones can access them. We are also grateful to confirm that Suresh Canagarajah will remain our keynote speaker.

While we wish we could have convened in person, we're excited by the possibilities of this medium in fostering new forms of collaboration and exchange of ideas. In order to make best use of the Zoom platform, roundtables will follow the original format, but panelists should plan to present for 5-7 minutes so that the rest of the session can remain open for discussion. If you wish to share materials in advance--such as a longer paper, a pre-recorded presentation, slideshow, student work, etc.--we ask that you get these to us no later than Friday, September 25. These materials will be circulated with conference registrants two weeks before the Symposium via a password-protected website.

Please fill out this survey [https://forms.gle/JEn1Pw5WqkMTEQ7c8] to let us know if you plan to attend our virtual symposium. Please respond by June 24, 2020.

An international symposium hosted by the NYU Expository Writing Program, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the NYU Department of English, ReVision & ReForm: Teaching Writing Across Borders will bring together writing faculty, program administrators, and scholars from across disciplines—and across the globe—to discuss how we might better align writing pedagogies with the ethical and political realities of writing in the 21st century. A keynote address will be delivered by Professor Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

If you have questions, please contact us: nyu2020symposium@gmail.com.