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202. The Presidential Forum: Language, Literature, Learning

Friday, 6 January, 10:15 a.m.–12:00 noon, Metropolitan A, Sheraton

Presiding: Russell A. Berman, Stanford Univ.

1. "Networking the Field," Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MLA

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2. "Of Degraded Tongues and Digital Talk: Race and the Politics of Language," Imani Perry, Princeton Univ.

3. "Learning to Unlearn," Judith Halberstam, Univ. of Southern California

4. "Borrowing Privileges: Dreaming in Foreign Tongues," Bala Venkat Mani, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

5. "Teaching Literature and the Bitter Truth about Starbucks," Christopher Freeburg, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana

Session Description:

The forum addresses three fundamental points of orientation for our profession: language, in its various materialities; literature, broadly understood; and learning, especially student learning and our educational missions. The language and literature classroom has to serve the needs of today’s students. How do changing understandings of identity, performance, and media translate into transformations in teaching and learning?

Linked Sessions:


  • Teaching – General

  • The Profession – General

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