This year's 2018 MAWCA keynote speakers are Drs. Vershawn Ashanti Young and Frankie Condon.
Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young is an associate professor in the faculty of arts at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he teaches communication, English, and performing studies. Prior to this position, he has also served on the faculties of the University of Iowa and the University of Kentucky. As an anti-racism consultant to schools and organizations, dr. vay works on issues related to diversity and cultural competency, and conducts trainings and workshops in these areas, often with his colleague, and MAWCA’s 2018 fellow keynote, Frankie Condon. He has authored or co-authored several books, including Other People's English: Code Meshing, Code Switching, and African American Literacy. His articles have appeared in African American Review, American Literary History, PMLA, College Communication and Composition, Journal of Advanced Composition and Souls. For the past decade, he has been developing the concept of code-meshing, using multiple Englishes and dialects in formal written and oral communication in school and at work.
Dr. Frankie Condon is associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Frankie's books include I Hope I Join the Band: Narrative, Affiliation and Antiracist Rhetoric and The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice. She is currently completing research for her next book, Absolute Equality: The Radical Precedents of Post-Racial Rhetorics in the 21st Century. Frankie's articles have appeared in such journals as College Teaching, Writing Center Journal, and Praxis. She and Vershawn Ashanti Young also co-edited the collection Performing Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication. In addition to her work as a teacher, scholar, and writer, Frankie frequently consults with secondary and postsecondary schools in the area of cultural competence and antiracism. She serves as an anti-racism trainer and provides support for institutions seeking to develop anti-racist leadership from within.
Performing Agency, Authority, Authenticity and Antiracism
in Writing Center Work
In their keynote performance, Condon and Young engage the complex matter of linguistic supremacy, writer agency, and explore possibilities for tutors to act as anti-racist activists within writing center contexts. Drawing on their prior work with queries designed to facilitate sustained deliberation and their experiences on the stage, Condon and Young will help the audience to examine the social and pedagogical implications of demurring to the institutional authority of academic English-only and help those working in writing centers to explore conditions and possibilities for agentful tutoring and writing.