On behalf of the Composition Studies in the Department of English and Modern Languages, I would like to invite you and your students to our upcoming Black Male Initiative Project Lecture Series and Conference in partnership with the President of Bowie State University, Dr. Micky L. Burnim's Male Initiative. Please find attached a copy of the poster with a list of the upcoming speakers and dates for the free events. Please spread the word. Thank you kindly.
Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking Across The Curriculum is a free monthly Lecture Series, which is open to the public. This year’s theme, The Black Male Initiative Project, inspired by President Mickey L. Burnim’s Male Initiative, is a critical topic which will unveiled many layers to issues regarding Black males in the 21st century and the power to read, write, and critically think across the curriculum as powerful tools to rise above the veil and serve as walking testimonies in academia and the global communities. The purpose for the lecture series is to enlighten students, faculty, administrators, and the communities at large research and practicum on reading, writing, and critical thinking across the curriculum in academia today. The lecture series provides a podium for the public to interact with researchers, theorists, and practitioners on the latest effective research and methods across the disciplines to merge the achievement gap for students in the 21st century.
Dr. Monique Leslie Akassi, Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at Bowie State University, will introduce this year’s Composition Studies’ lecture series, “The Black Male Initiative Project” and present from her book, Postcolonial Composition Pedagogy: Using The Culture of Marginalized Students To Teach Writing on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Bowie State University’s Center for Learning Technology, Auditorium Room 102, at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Akassi is Coordinator of Composition Studies in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Bowie State University. She is both an international and national scholar who has published or edited books, chapters, and art, including Neo Hybrid Pedagogy, Postcolonial Pedagogy, Research and Writing Across The Curriculum, College Expository Writing, Argument, and Research at Bowie State University, Engagements With Interactive English, and forthcoming book, W.E.B. Du Bois And Africana Rhetoric of Dealienation. Dr. Akassi is committed to educating, uplifting, and liberating marginalized students.
Dr. David Kirkland, Associate Professor of English Education at New York University, will present from his book, A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Bowie State University’s Center for Learning Technology, Auditorium Room 117, at 11:00 a.m. David E. Kirkland is a transdisciplinary scholar of language, literacy, and urban education, who examines the intersections among language, race, gender, and urban youth culture under the lens of literacy. His work has also explored, among other things, urban teacher preparation, digital media, and the sociopolitical aesthetics of revolutionary justice as (re) produced in artifacts of Hip Hop. He has spent the past decade analyzing the culture, language, and texts of groups of urban American youth, and has expertise in critical literary, linguistic, and ethnographic research methods. He has received many awards for his groundbreaking work, including a NAEd/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, a NCTE Cultivating New Voices Fellowship Award, and the 2006 AERA Division G Dissertation Award, among many others.
Dr. Randall Horton, Assistant Professor of English at New Haven University, will present from his chapbook, Roxbury: a Memoir on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Bowie State University’s Center for Learning Technology, Auditorium Room 102, at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Horton is the author of The Definition of Place (2006) and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (2009). He is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea González Poetry Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship. His creative and critical work has appeared in the print journals Callaloo, Sou’wester, Caduceus, and New Haven Review and in the online journal The Offending Adam. Randall is a fellow of Cave Canem and a member of the Affrilachian Poets, two organizations that support African American poetry; he is also a member of the Symphony: The House That Etheridge Built, a reading collective named for the poet Etheridge Knight.
Professor Glover “Bro. Yao,” Assistant Professor of English at Bowie State University, will present “The Black Male’s Presence In China and the Chinese Culture” from his studies in China on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Bowie State University’s Center for Learning Technology, Auditorium Room 102, at 11:00 a.m. Professor Glover co-owner of Karibu Books bookstore, award winning poet, writer, author, and professor. His work has appeared in a plethora of publications, including African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Obsidian III, and Smartish Place Issue 14. He was recently named a fellow with the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute.
Dr. Vershawn Young, Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Young will present from his book, Your Average Niggah: Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Bowie State University’s Center for Learning Technology, Auditorium Room 102, at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Young is the author of several books and articles, including From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances, Code-Meshing as World English: Pedagogy, Policy, Performance, and a forthcoming book about Black men, gender anxiety, and the American Dream, with a focus on President Barack Obama, August Wilson, and Tyler Perry. His areas of interest include African American language, literature, gender (masculinity), and performance/performativity.
Dr. Daniel Omotosho Black, Nationally Acclaimed Author of the 21st Century and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History at Clark Atlanta University, will be the official keynote speaker at Bowie State University’s Conference of Undergraduate Research and Writing Across The Curriculum Conference on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. in Bowie State University’s Center for Learning Technology, Auditorium 102, at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Black will present from his award-winning book, They Tell Me of a Home. Dr. Black is the author of five novels, Twelve Gates To The City, Perfect Peace, The Sacred Place, and They Tell Me of A Home. Dr. Black is also the founder of the Nzinga-Ndugu rites of passage society, which is a group that focuses on instilling principle and character in the lives of African American youth.
Dr. Monique Leslie Akassi, Coordinator
Bowie State University
Assistant Professor of English and Modern Languages
Coordinator of Composition Studies
14000 Jericho Park Rd.
Bowie, MD 20715
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