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Arrival and Departures in the Classroom: Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US


English Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Range



Arts and Humanities


This MELUS Women of Color (WOCC) sponsored roundtable will feature pedagogical strategies for teaching multi-ethnic literature that engage one of the four principal themes found in multi-ethnic literatures from the US: arrival (and the disorientation associated with it); belonging (i.e. the struggle to gain acceptance); negotiating the often antagonistic borders of language, race, gender, and sexuality, for example; and, reconciling memories of home in the US. (Imagining America: Stories From the Promised Land, eds Brown & Ling). Additionally, panelists will consider the question of how student perception of their race, gender (class, sexual orientation, etc) affect their own arrival, belonging, negotiations and reconciliations in the classroom. How does their perceived identities affect the ways in which students resist or cling to (re)viewing the nation and its rhetoric associated with the American Dream? Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion. Topics will include: an example list of literature that deals with all or one of the themes indicated, successful (and unsuccessful) strategies for confronting resistant students, and accessing resources that support the teaching of marginalized literature both in and outside of home departments. Here are our confirmed participants: FACILITATOR: Sherry Johnson, Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University Laura Adams Weaver, Instructor, University of Georgia Georgina Dodge, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, University of Iowa Valerie Frazier, Associate Professor, College of Charleston Brittany Miller, Instructor, Las Positas College Leah Milne, Literary Studies Graduate Student, University of North Carolina, Greensboro Lingyan Yang, Associate Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Conference Name

Arrivals and Departures in U.S. Multi-Ethnic Literatures

Conference Location

Athens, Georgia

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