Every time I sit down to write this blog post another sexual assault story breaks. What follows are drafts I’ve started and stopped in an effort to document the scandals (plural) as new facts come to light.
While drafting my English 2 proposal and planning my course last October, I had no idea how painfully relevant the overall theme would be, come spring semester. My English 2 focuses on the rhetoric of resistance: “Our section of English 2 will focus on the implications of language and writing in the context of various forms of resistance: self-definition and identity formation, visual rhetoric, and body rhetoric. Students will learn how these forms of resistance […]
“…We demand a fair trial by law for those accused of crime, and punished by law after honest conviction”—Ida B. Wells-Barnett Black Lives Matter. Black women have always been at the forefront of the fight for equal rights and protection for black people in America so it comes as no surprise that the originators of the #blacklivesmatter movement are black women. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullers, and Opal Tometi created Black Lives Matter in response […]
Yesterday, I wrote an open letter to the Provost of the University of Southern Maine, my alma mater. USM is in the process of imposing a disastrous package of cuts including the layoffs of a dozen tenured and tenure-track junior faculty. My own English Department, which even after the years since I’ve graduated still feels like my academic home, was hit hard. Others—including economics, sociology and theatre—were also targeted. And I am filled to bursting […]