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Arizona Writing and Social Justice Conference

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The Arizona Writing and Social Justice Conference is a two-day conference to be held at ASU (Feb. 14) and U of A (Feb. 15) on writing and the pursuit of social justice in Arizona and the world. 

This trans-disciplinary conference will discuss how writing engages and/or supports justice movements for disempowered and marginalized communities. 

ASU and UA are organizing the conference to integrate scholarship and practice from creative writing, community literacy, English education, ESL studies, literature studies, rhetoric, and other writing-centered disciplines. 

Presentation topics will include: border studies and writing, immigration issues, bi- and multi-lingual writing, refugee language-learning and writing, human rights literature and its histories, indigenous communities, prison writing, writing for and about sexual communities, community health and writing, writing for social movements, environmental justice literature, community-centered creative writing, homeless writers, working-class and labor writing, and more. 

Speakers will include students, faculty, Arizona writers, social activists, and community members. 

Dates / Locations

Wednesday, February 14, 2018: Arizona State University, Ross-Blakley Hall (room 117), 1102 S McAllister Ave, Tempe, AZ

Thursday, February 15, 2018: University of Arizona, Transitional Office Building, 1731 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day


Department of English (ASU)
School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (ASU)
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (ASU)
Department of English (UA)

Faculty Organizing Committee (alphabetical order)

Joni Adamson (ASU), Damian Baca (UA), Lee Bebout (ASU), Susan Briante (UA), Maritza Cardenas (UA), Hayriye Kayi-Aydar (UA), Marcia Klotz (UA), Adela Licona (UA), Joe Lockard (ASU), Elenore Long (ASU), Leerom Medovoi (UA), Louis Mendoza (ASU), Cuate Mexica (ASU), Keith Miller (ASU), Michael Stancliff (ASU), Corri Wells (ASU)

Joe Lockard
Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 14-15, 2018
ASU: Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) 117 | U of A: Transitional Office Building
Tempe campus; Off campus
Free of charge and open to the public