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UNM Writing Across Communities’ Fifth Annual Celebration of Student Writing

On Wednesday October 16th, UNM will be hosting the 5th annual Celebration of Student Writing (CSW) event and we eagerly invite you and your students to attend. This engaging gathering of writing students and resources from around Albuquerque provides a distinctive opportunity to represent writing in our daily lives, as well as to demonstrate the diverse approaches to writing used both in and outside the classroom, encouraging students to take pride in their abilities as writers and communicators within the Albuquerque community.

What is the Celebration of Student Writing?

The Celebration of Student Writing is an interactive event that demonstrates the meaningful and purposeful role of writing at UNM and in our connected communities. CSW is organized by Writing Across Communities, a student organization that functions with cooperation from many UNM departments, as well as organizations within the Albuquerque community. Our mission is to promote writing as an instrument for social justice, activism, and social wellness. This year’s CSW theme, “Literacy and Community in Action,” compliments the CSW mission of celebrating UNM undergraduate writing and research, as well as writers in the greater Albuquerque community. Classes can participate by building an interactive exhibit inspired by the theme of “Literacy and Community in Action,” or by simply attending the event. Either option is a great way to promote student confidence with writing, and to connect them with a larger community of writers.

Emphasizing student engagement, this event challenges students to think beyond their classrooms to consider how their time spent at school will pertain to the rest of their lives—as continuing students, professionals in their fields of choice, and citizens of their cities, states, and country. Ultimately, we view CSW as a platform, a productive public space, where students can place their ideas within a larger context and see the direct effects of writing in action.

In addition, this year’s CSW seeks to create more direct interaction between communities (such as high schools and community colleges), more lively celebration through music and poetry, and more resource information about writing opportunities in a variety of local groups and beyond the classroom. With this aim, the event will include local guest musicians and slam poets to perform throughout the celebration, as well as multiple booths that provide information on artistic and writing opportunities such as student publications, local Zine associations, and the community engagement center.

Special guest, Pulitzer Prize winning author, David Shipler

Finally, further adding to the celebration and aligning with the theme of “Community and Literacy in Action,” this year’s CSW will feature special guest and speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning author David Shipler. Shipler’s national bestseller, The Working Poor, is the 2013 UNM Lobo Reading Experience book selection. In featuring Shipler and his book, we hope to connect the work that writing does with visions of empowerment and engagement through literacy.

If you or your students are unable to visit the CSW event, we encourage you to attend the discussion panel held on Tuesday the 15th which will feature Shipler and numerous key figures from the Albuquerque community as they explore issues specifically related to Albuquerque’s “working poor.”

Panelists include:

  • Moderator Gene Grant, Journalist
  • Special Performance, Hakim Bellamy, ABQ Poet Laureate
  • Dr. Veronica Garcia, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children
  • Senator Jacob Candelaria
  • Jenny Metzler, Executive Director for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Sovereign Hager, Staff Attorney for Center for Law and Poverty
  • Dr. Richard Santos, Professor of Economics

This discussion panel will take place in Mesa Vista Hall at UNM from 3:00-4:30pm.

Schedule of events for the day of the celebration:

Wednesday 16th 10:00am – 5:00pm
Located in the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballrooms on the second floor.
10:00amEvent Starts
10:30amWelcome and Introductions
12:00pm - 12:45pmGuest Speaker David Shipler followed by Questions and Answers session until 1:00pm
(will take place in Ballroom C)
1:30pm - 5:00pmLocal performances of music, readings, and slam poetry

Would you like to contribute an exhibit next year?

As CSW is an annual event, we gladly welcome your school’s participation in future celebrations if you find this platform to be engaging, informative, and inclusive. We sincerely hope you are able to check out CSW this year and are inspired to include your own classes in next year’s celebration.

For more information about the Celebration of Student Writing, event photos and videos, visit the blog: http://celebrationunm.wordpress.com/

CSW 2013 Flyer

Lobo Reading Experience - David Shipler Flyer