I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded the 2018 UIC Graduate College Provost’s Graduate Research Award (PGRA). This competitive award supports graduate students in conducting multi- and inter-disciplinary research beyond the support of their assistantships. My project, entitled “Ivan Illich and the Rhetoric of Deschooling,” intends to research the arguments made by Illich against schooling, as well as others who contributed to and influenced Illich’s influential critique of formal, compulsory education. This award will support my travel to the Penn State University Illich archives in the Spring of 2019, as well as an opportunity to meet with the editors of the International Journal of Illich Studies at PSU. My then intend to present my research, in draft form, with the Ivan Illich SIG’s roundtables at the AERA 2019 Conference in Toronto. The PGRA will help support my travel and accommodations for this research. Thanks to everyone who helped me develop my winning application!
I’m proud to have been a part of three important events at NCTE in Houston in mid-November. The first was that I, along with a number of accomplished scholars in the field of English Education concerned with climate change, drafted and submitted a resolution on Climate Change for debate. You can read a complete draft of the original resolution HERE. This draft was submitted in October and significantly revised by the NCTE Resolutions Committee, and their version of the draft was overwhelmingly approved on Friday, Nov. 16th. We are hopefully awaiting final approval by the NCTE Executive Committee in the coming months, and I will update this post soon with details.
Additionally, I presented during a roundtable session on Friday organized by Allen Webb entitled “Teaching Climate Change in English.” CLICK HERE for the wiki-page developed by presenters from the session — see sidebar on the right for pages and notes from each presenter. My talk was entitled “Writing Sustainability: Bridging EcoLiteracy Research and Composition,” about my teaching a freshman composition course around the theme of sustainability. My handout can be found HERE.
The other major climate change-related event I had the pleasure to participate in was that NCTE’s English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE, formerly CEE) formally approved a commission related to Climate Change and English Education. We met on Friday and Saturday and begin drafting a mission statement and action items for the group. Rich Novack (high school teacher in Connecticut and PhD student at Teachers College) and I agreed to co-chair the commission. We also immediately sought a slight name change to “Commission on Climate Change and the Environment in English Education” (or c3e3) in order to expand both the reach and the scope of the commission’s work. As a newly formed commission, we are hoping to make connections across the other ELATE Commissions to show the interrelated nature of the c3e3 approach with social justice, the arts and poetry, digital literacies, young adult literature, and everyday advocacy, just to name a few. More details about c3e3 will be posted here soon!
Finally getting a professional webpage going – with blog and all. Wish me luck! Until I really get the hang of this, you can find me on Twitter, @therussmayo.