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In Conversation with Prof. Vershawn Ashanti Young: How Replacing the Greek Topoi with Five Principles of African American Rhetoric Benefits All Writers

The Writing Program and the Writing Center cordially invite you to attend our second Visiting Guest Lecture Series of 2021. Please join us on Tuesday, March 9, 4:00-5:00 PM for an informal conversation with Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young, a professor in the departments of Communication Arts and English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada.

In Conversation with Prof. Vershawn Ashanti Young: How Replacing the Greek Topoi with Five Principles of African American Rhetoric Benefits All Writers

This hour-long conversation will help teachers apply the five principles of African/African American rhetoric to their writing assignments. Bring an assignment, and come prepared to learn, laugh, and love (from the Black feminist definition of love to end domination and oppression in all its forms).  

Please contact Isabel Sobral Campos at i.sobralcampos@northeastern.edu for two required readings ahead of this meeting.

Vershawn Ashanti Young, who goes by dr. vay, is a scholar within the disciplines of communication and writing, gender, performance, and race. He brings all these together in his scholarship and public work. He regularly serves as a consultant to schools and organizations around issues of cultural competency, educational access and success for historically oppressed people of color; around issues of gender equity, and what he calls the continuing civil rights movement. He is perhaps best known for his scholarship on the concept of codemeshing, where he advances that writers and speakers should use their home linguistic backgrounds to communicate, particularly in high stakes communication situations. He further advances that students and professionals from diverse language backgrounds should not have to sacrifice their language identities in the face of long-standing U.S. linguistic prejudice against such groups.

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Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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