Symposium Program

ReVision and ReForm: Teaching Writing Across Borders

A Virtual Symposium

New York University

October 23-24, 2020

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*All times EST.

Friday, October 23

10:00 - 10:05 am Opening Remarks

Jenni Quilter, NYU

10:05 - 11:05 am Keynote Speaker:

Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Writing Across Borders: A Tragedy in Four Acts

Moderator: Gita DasBender, New York University

11:05-11:15 Virtual Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15 pm Panel 1: Writing at the Heart: A Thought Experiment

Moderator: Marion Wrenn, NYU Abu Dhabi


Gloria Fisk, Queens College, CUNY

Writing Studies at the Heart of the University in Crisis: Toward an Institutional Politics of Mutual Aid

Ken Nielsen, NYU Abu Dhabi

Making the Invisible Visible: Teaching Writing as Domestic Labor

Deborah Lindsay Williams, NYU Abu Dhabi

Can First-Year Comp Save the World?

12:15 - 12:45 pm Virtual Lunch Break / Writing Workshop: Writing About/Around an Object: Combining Perspectives

w/ Blagovesta Momchedjikova, NYU

Moderators: Nicole Callihan, Natalia Andrievskikh

What to bring: An object that is around you (from your immediate environment) but may be from somewhere else (city, country, continent); your curiosity about it; something to write with; and something to write on. We will write for 30 min.

12:45 - 1:45 pm Panel 2: Reframing Writing Education: Helping Students Transcend Borders

Moderator: Jonathan Mischkot, New York University


MaryAnn Duffy, Stony Brook University

Using Postcolonial Lenses for Learning Research and Writing Skills

Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University

Extending the Framework: Application of Writing Across Borders

Soni Adhikari, Stony Brook University

Collaborating Across Borders

1:45 - 2:00 Virtual Coffee Break

2:00-3:00 Roundtable 1: Infinite Possibilities: Silence in the Writing Classroom

Moderator: Aaron Laduke, Northwestern University, Qatar


Amira Pierce, NYU

Brian Schwarz, NYU

Iris Dunkle, Napa Valley College

Carolina Gomez-Montoya, Portland State University

3:00 - 3:15 Virtual Coffee Break

3:15-4:15pm Panel 3: Translingual Pedagogies

Moderator: Nela Navarro, Rutgers University


Massimo Verzella, Pennsylvania State University Erie, The Behrend College

Adventures in Negotiation: Collaborative Writing and Translation in Virtual Exchange Projects

Joshua Belknap, City University of New York, Graduate Center

Re-Navigating Monolithic/Monolingual Approaches to “Correctness”

Madhav Kafle, Rutgers University

Academic Literary Socialization Across the Curriculum of Academically Underprepared Multilingual Students

4:15 - 4:30 pm Virtual Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 Roundtable 2: Student Voices (please register here)

Moderators: Natasha Zaretsky, Natalia Andrievskikh


Taylah Bland

Carlo Bueno

Alex Chapman

Dariely De La Cruz

Alex Harper

Daeun Lee

Ryan Lee

Julia-Françoise Raith

Daniela Sandoval

Saturday, October 24

10:00-10:05 am Opening Remarks

Dara Regaignon, New York University

10:05-11:05am Panel 4: The Question of the Self in Writing

Moderator: Jonathan Liebson, The New School

Identifying Versus Transcending the Self


Natalie Friedman, Barnard College

Safe Spaces, Campus Discourse, and the Role of Writing

Jacob M. Appel, Mt. Sinai Academy of Medicine

Of Medical Narratives and Patient Consent

Olga Breydo, The New School

Immigrant Voices and Displacement

11:05 - 11:15 am Virtual Coffee Break

11:15-12:15pm Roundtable 3: Social Justice

Moderator: Suzanne Cope, New York University


Amy White, City University of New York, Lehman College

Sophie Bell, St. John’s University

Carleigh Brower, Manhattanville College

12:15 - 12:30 pm Virtual Coffee Break

12:30-1:30pm Panel 5: Play

Moderator: Chris Wall, New York University


Mara Jebsen, New York University

Form(ulaic) yet Poetic: How Poems in First-Year Composition Classes Allow Room for Student Agency

Ryan Sloan, University of California, Berkeley

The Porous Borders of Rigorous Play: Digital Literacies and Multilingual Student Writers

Carlos Burgos, Rutgers University, and Nate Mickelson, New York University

All the Ways to Poetry: Framing Writing as Public Inquiry

1:30 - 2:00 pm Virtual Coffee Break

2:00-3:00 pm Closing Discussion

Moderator: Nicole Callihan, New York University


Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University

Jenni Quilter, New York University

Awam Ampka, New York University, Abu Dhabi

Marion Wrenn, New York University, Abu Dhabi