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The UNM Writing Across Communities Initiative Presents…


The 2012 Writing the World Symposium

A regional, interdisciplinary conversation on literacy, ecology & social justice


Theme: “Ecotones: Productive Spaces, Converging Communities”


Dates: April 18-20, 2012


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Event Description:

An ecotone is a space wherein distinct ecological communities converge, resulting in rich diversity and unpredictable creative potential. In a broad sense, an ecotone might be a neighborhood, border town, cultural practice, artistic production, historical moment, or scientific observation. Ecotones emerge when one academic discipline informs another, academy meets community, civilization dialogues with nature, and theory enters into practice. Ecotones challenge us to deconstruct, consolidate and recreate our identities as neighbors, citizens, scholars, and environmental stewards. By serving as its own kind of ecotone—a productive space where communities converge—the Writing the World Symposium hopes to foster meaningful conversations that point the way to direct and influential action.


Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, April 18 | Domenici Center Theater

6 pm - 8 pm

Film Screening Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction followed by discussion with Allen D. Kanner PhD, Intro by Deb Paczynski, Event Chair
About Call of Life Call of Life Trailer
Film Discussion Materials

Thursday, April 19 | SUB Ballroom A

9:00 am

Opening Remarks | Mark Peceny PhD Dean of Arts & Sciences

9:05 am - 9:55 am

Student Panel | Individual Presentations

Genevieve Garcia de Mueller  UNM Dept of English “DREAMs & Political Landscapes: A Pragmatic Approach to Navigating the DREAM Act”

Brittany Kelley  Univ of Louisville Dept of English “'Not Mine, Just Borrowing': Language, Literacy & Authorship in Online Fanfiction Communities

C. M. O'Donnell  UNM Dept of Spanish & Portuguese “El Paisaje Lingüístico y La Salud: una colaboración entre campos para describir el acceso lingüístico de un hospital” / “Linguistic Landscape & Health Care: a collaboration between fields to describe language access in a hospital”

10 am - 10:50 am

Student Panel | “Second Language Writing Across UNM: Faculty Expectations & Student Experiences”

Lindsey Ives, Anni Leming, Tom Pierce, Michael Schwartz UNM Dept of English, Dept of Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies


11 am - 11:50 am

Student Panel | Individual Presentations

Paul Formisano UNM Dept of English “Thinking Like a Watershed: Rhetoric, Community & El Rio Colorado”

Justin Laird RN  UNM Dept of Individual, Family & Community Education “Existential Wilderness: Nature as a Meaning-Making Device”

Deb Paczynski UNM Dept of English “River of Life: The Intersection of Natural & Cultural Texts Along the Rio Grande River & Bosque in the Albuquerque Metro Area”

12 pm - 12:50 pm

Luncheon Keynote Address | Allen D. Kanner PhD  

Ecopsychologist & practicing child, family, adult & couples psychologist 

“Occupy the Intersection: Large-Scale Systemic Change & Personal Growth”


1 pm - 1:50 pm

Featured Speaker | Michele Eodice PhD

Assoc Provost for Academic Engagement, Exec Dir of Learning, Teaching & Writing, Univ of Oklahoma

“Setting the (Eco)Tone for Campus & Community Writing”

2 pm - 2:50 pm

Community Panel | “Community Journalism: Providing a forum for Community Voices”

Hakim Bellamy Strategic Communications Director, Media Literacy Project

Elaine Baumgartel Host, NPR Morning Edition on KUNM & KUNM call-in show

Allen Cooper Host, New Mexico's Indy Media, Community Cable Channel 27

Friday, April 20 | SUB Ballroom A

9:00 am

Opening Remarks | Robert Valdez PhD Executive Director of RWJF Center for Healthy Policy at UNM

9:05 am - 9:55 am

Workshop | “English Across Cultures: Responding to Nonstandard English in the Classroom”

Lindsey Ives, Feroza Jussawalla PhD UNM Dept of English

10 am - 10:50 am

Visiting Student Panel | “Power to the Youth: Empowering Youth Voice”

Alfred Chavez & Daniel Montoya of UNIDOS
(United Non-Discriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies!) from Tucson, AZ

11 am - 11:50 am

Student Panel | “Reflective Writing Programs at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine”

Moderator  Jeanne Bereiter MD UNM Assoc Prof of Psychiatry, Dir or Narrative Medicine Program

Presenters  Rebecca Ashton, Tiffany Cericola, Gary Dutra, Mercedes Gonzales, Rebekah McCann, Matthew Mehne, Jasmine Nanez, Marissa Tafoya

12 pm - 12:50 pm

Luncheon Keynote Address | Paul Kei Matsuda PhD  

Prof of English, Dir of Second Language Writing, Arizona State Univ

Toward a Pedagogy of Inclusion: Academic Writing

in Linguistically Diverse US Higher Education”

Intro by Jill Jeffery PhD UNM Dept of English | Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies 

1 pm - 1:50 pm

Featured Speaker | Judith Hendry PhD

Lecturer III, UNM Dept of Communication & Journalism

“The Rhetorical Construction of Climate Change”

2 pm - 2:50 pm

Community Panel | “Journalism Online: An Ecology of the Digital News Media Environment”

Tracy Dingmann Exec. Digital News Producer, KOB-TV | Correspondent, New Mexico in Focus, KNME-TV

John Fleck News reporter, Albuquerque Journal

Gene Grant Host, New Mexico in Focus, KNME-TV


Keynote Speakers:

Allen D. Kanner, Ph.D., received his undergraduate (1974) and graduate (1981) psychology degrees from U.C. Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow in clinical child psychology at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School (1981-83). Early in his career he conducted research in the area of stress, positive experience, and health, developing both the adult and children's Hassles and Uplifts Scales, which continue to be used today. He was also on staff at Children's Hospital at Stanford's Roth Clinic, an inpatient unit that specializes in treating children with psychosomatic illness. In 1986 he moved into full-time private practice, seeing children, families, adults and couples. After moving to Berkeley in 1989, he taught at the Wright Institute for ten years, including six years as co-instructor of an experiential multi-cultural psychology seminar and five years as an associate faculty case conference leader. In the 1990's Kanner helped establish the field of ecopsychology through teaching, leading workshops, organizing conferences and co-editing the leading text in the field, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Within ecopsychology he has focused on consumerism, technology and globalization, and in 2001 co-founded the advocacy group CCFC (Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood). Currently, he is in private practice in Berkeley and writes a column for Tikkun Magazine. He is also co-editor of Psychology and Consumer Culture: The Struggle for a Good Life in a Materialistic World.


Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he works closely with students in the Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric, Composition and Linguistics, the Ph.D. Program in Applied Linguistics, and the Master's in TESOL program. He has published widely on second language writing in various journals and edited collections in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition and TESOL. A sought after speaker, he has given plenary and keynote talks at various regional, national and international conferences. He has also been giving lectures and conducting workshops at a wide variety of institutions in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Taiwan, Thailand, and throughout the United States. Paul is founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing, and has served as the Chair of the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Caucus. He has edited numerous books and special journal issues on second language writing. He is the Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. Currently, he serves as the Director of Second Language Writing within the Writing Programs at Arizona State University. He has previously served as the director of writing programs at the University of New Hampshire and Arizona State University. Prior to coming to ASU, Paul taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at Purdue University, Miami University, and the University of New Hampshire. He has also held visiting professor and researcher positions at Nagoya University (Japan), Tamkang University (Taiwan), Thammasat University (Thailand), Penn State University (USA), the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR), and the University of Utah (USA).


Featured Speakers:

Michele Eodice is the Executive Director of Learning, Teaching, & Writing, a unit at the University of Oklahoma that includes a teaching center, the Expository Writing Program, the writing center, and writing across campus initiatives. Dr. Eodice has published in several areas, including collaboration, co-authoring, academic integrity and plagiarism, and writing center theory and practice. With her co-authors, she has published two books, (First Person)2: A Study of Co-Authoring in the Academy (2001) and The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice (2007). Currently her work at OU includes studies of general education, assessment, retention, and undergraduate research.


Judith Hendry joined the faculty in the Department of Communication and Journalism at UNM in 1998. Her research is in the area of environmental communication with an emphasis in environmental rhetoric. She is the author of the book, Communication and the Natural World, which is an in-depth exploration of how the ways in which we communicate about the natural world influence, and to a large degree, determine how we view and treat it. The book is currently being used in classrooms across the country and around the world. She is on the editorial board of the Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture and is past president of the Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association.



Event Sponsors:

  • Associated Students of the University of New Mexico
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Department of English's Core Writing Program
  • Graduate & Professional Student Association
  • Graduate Resource Center
  • Raza Graduate Student Association
  • RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

Call for Papers (Regional - Graduate Students): Click here

Call for Posters (UNM Undergraduate Students): Click here

Call for Films (Regional - Students & Public): Click here


Contact Information & Steering Committee:

Chair: Deb Paczynski (dpaczyns@unm.edu)

Submissions: wtw.symposium@gmail.com

Committee Members: Cathy Arellano, Leslie Fishburn-Clark, Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, Brian Hendrickson, Judith Hendry, Anna Knutson, Ann Lyn Hall, Jamal Martin, Don McIver, Elissia Julia Torres, Deb Paczynski, Lawrence Roybal, Trevor Schmitt, Estela Vasquez

Faculty Advisor: Michelle Hall Kells