English Lecture Series

Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Downey #200
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Liz Tinker

Writing on the Move: Literacy Relays in the Lives of Multilingual Migrants

Writing scholars increasingly describe the impact of writing’s movement across linguistic and geopolitical borders: migrant writers confront the bureaucracy of borders, work to maintain ties to their homelands and languages, and navigate a global knowledge economy where English is a prime currency. Although writing research has described the ideological pressures on mobile literacies, Professor Lorimer Leonard’s talk will articulate the concept of “literacy relays” to show precisely how multilingual migrant writers sustain literacy over time and across continents. 

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard is Associate Professor in the English Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on language diversity, writing pedagogy, and research methods. Her book Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy (University of Pittsburgh Press) won the 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. 

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