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Thursday, October 18 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
197: Teaching Literature at LaGuardia Community College: Theory and Praxis LIMITED

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This panel will explore the theory and praxis of engaging humanities scholarship and pedagogy at community colleges. This involves mobilizing the range of ways students and faculty use writing and literature to address questions of identity, academic discourse, class, nationality, migration, and transnationalism. Panelists will examine both why and how we engage community college students in literary study through close reading and transdisciplinary practices that challenge hegemonic epistemic structures while legitimizing narratives of diverse nations, cultures, and bodies. Members of the LaGuardia English Department will engage in dialogue with a LaGuardia alumnus currently pursuing an MA in English. This conversation will survey theories and scholarship, including Freire╒s problem-posing model of education and the African American, Reconstruction-era scholar-activist Anna Julia Cooper whose work with Freylinghuysen University prefigured the establishment of the American community college movement.

We will demonstrate how teaching, for instance, George Orwell╒s 1984, poems of Ntozake Shange, or Lynn Nottage╒s Sweat, offers opportunities for students to critically reflect on the canon while at the same time explore diverse literary representations of identities╤locally, nationally, and globally. The panel will conclude by highlighting the structural challenges to implementing a humanistic pedagogy and shed light on possible constructive responses.

Speakers
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Allia Abdullah-Matta

Associate Professor, CUNY LaGuardia
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Nilo Bermeo

Adjunct Lecturer, LAGCC
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Nilo Bermeo is an Adjunct Lecturer of English at LaGuardia Community College, where he teaches course in developmental writing, composition, and technical writing. He also works as a tutor in LaGuardia’s Writing Center. He received his AA in... Read More →
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Cristina Bruns

Associate Professor, LaGuardia Community College CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/her Bio: Cristina Vischer Bruns, Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, has over twenty years’ experience teaching college composition and literature courses. Her scholarship focuses on the experience of reading fiction and... Read More →
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Tuli Chatterji

Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/her Bio: Tuli Chatterji is Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. Her current research focuses on postcolonial intervention in composition studies where she contextualizes immigrant students’ multi-local experiences. Her publications... Read More →
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Sorin Cucu

Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College
Bio: Sorin Radu Cucu is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. He is the author of The Underside of Politics: Global Fictions in the Fog of the Cold War published by Fordham UP. His most recent article re-examines the Cold War reception of Herman Melville’s... Read More →
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Jacqueline Jones

Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Dr. Jacqueline Jones is an Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, and currently serving as a faculty mentor in the CUNY Humanities Alliance program. Her research interest includes 20th and 21st century African American... Read More →
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LaRose Parris

Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: LaRose T. Parris is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College. Her transdisciplinary study, Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature, was awarded the Nicolás Guillén prize for outstanding... Read More →
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Gordon Tapper

English Department Chair, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He/himBio: Gordon Tapper is Chair of the English Department, LaGuardia Community College, and Chair of the CUNY English Discipline Council. His research interests include American Studies, Modernism, contemporary poetry, and Genocide Studies. Among other... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
GC, Room 197, Concourse Level 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

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