Working at the intersections of antiracist rhetoric and writing pedagogy, collaboration and alliance, and scholar-teacher activism, Vershawn Ashanti Young and Frankie Condon will explore with participants creative approaches to antiracist pedagogy across the disciplines.
University of Waterloo
Vershawn Ashanti Young is a faculty member in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication and the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Iowa and the University of Kentucky. He teaches African American literature, African American rhetoric, performance studies, public communication, rhetorical studies, and writing. He serves as a consultant to schools and organizations in the areas of cultural competency and diversity. He values collaboration and has co-authored several recent books including Other People’s English (Teachers College Press 2014), Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication (University Press of Colorado, 2016) and The Longue Duree of Black Voices: The Routledge Reader of African American Rhetoric (forthcoming Routledge 2018). For the past decade, he has been developing the concept of code-meshing, using multiple Englishes and dialects in formal written and oral communications in school and at work.
University of Waterloo
Frankie Condon is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Frankie’s books include the newly published, Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication, co-edited with Vershawn Ashanti Young (WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado); I Hope I Join the Band: Narrative, Affiliation and Antiracist Rhetoric; and The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice, co-authored with Elizabeth Boquet, Meg Carroll, Michele Eodice, and Anne Ellen Geller (both published by Utah State University Press). Among Frankie’s recent book chapters is “Building a House for Linguistic Diversity: Writing Centers, English Language Teaching and Learning, and Social Justice,” co-Authored with Bobbi Olson and published in Tutoring Second Language Writers (Utah State University Press). She is currently completing research for a new book tentatively titled, Absolute Equality: The Radical Precedents of Post-Racial Rhetorics in the 21st Century. This work is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Frankie lives in Waterloo with her partner, kids, two dogs, a cat, and a chinchilla named Sid. When she is not teaching or writing she may be found, in summer, fussing over her vegetable patch or, in winter, watching hockey in an ice rink somewhere in North America.