Conference on Community Writing in Philly: 10.17-19, 2019

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Photo Credit: R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia™

In place of a Fall event, PWPA will encourage a strong showing at the Conference on Community Writing co-hosted by Penn, Drexel, and the Coalition for Community Writing. An exciting mix of keynotes, Deep Think Tanks, panels, and events will be held on two campuses as well as Philadelphia institutions including the Barnes Foundation and Natural Academy of Sciences. Keynote speakers include:

Michelle Angela Ortiz (Artist, Muralist, Educator)
Carmen Kynard (John Jay College Of Criminal Justice)
Paula Mathieu (Boston College)

The conference will also feature “DeepThink Tanks” or “participatory, action-oriented working sessions focused on critical social and environmental issues.  Attendees actively engage with how to address these issues in our teaching, research, community activism, and organizing. Issues include:

• immigration
• gentrification
• environmental and food justice
• youth activism
• racial justice”


Please find an invitation to support the conference from Val Ross (Penn, former PWPA co-chair), Rachel Wenrick (Drexel), Dominic DelliCarpini, (York, PWPA co-chair), and Eli Goldblatt (Temple, retired) below.


Dear Colleagues & Friends,
We’d like to invite you to join other members of PWPA in contributing to the Conference on Community Writing (CCW) that will be taking place Oct 17-19, 2019 on the Drexel and Penn campuses and elsewhere in the city.  The conference will be an exciting collection of panels, workshops, think tanks, presentations, art displays, keynotes, & a good party or two to celebrate and explore literacy projects that bring under-resourced communities and post-secondary schools together.

In our view, an ideal event for PWPA schools to sponsor is the keynote given by Paula Mathieu, which involves a lunch and the award presentations at the end of the conference.  As you probably know, Paula has served years as the WPA at Boston College while also being a passionate leader in community literacy as a field of study and action within composition/rhetoric.

Temple is committing money toward this sponsorship, joining the in-kind and financial support Penn and Drexel have already devoted to the conference.  Our goal for PWPA sponsorship is $4000 beyond what Penn, Drexel, and Temple contribute. We are hoping other PWPA members will donate $250-$500 or more toward putting our organization’s name on the program.  Go to deans, provosts, community engagement centers or others on your campus who might join in supporting CCW (see https://communitywriting.org/conference-on-community-writing/ for more information on the conference). We’d like to get as many Philadelphia post-secondary institutions as possible to participate, even if donations are modest.  All schools that donate will be acknowledged in program publications and the introductory remarks for the awards luncheon.

Please join us in welcoming 400 + colleagues from across the country to Philadelphia this fall.  Those wishing to donate can send checks payable to Drexel University with Conference on Community Writing in the memo line

c/o Patrice Worthy at Writers Room
Drexel University
1024 MacAlister Hall
3250-60 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Thanks— Val Ross, Penn
Rachel Wenrick, Drexel
Dominic DelliCarpini, York
Eli Goldblatt, Temple (retired)

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