Writing Centers
and the New Racism
Laura Greenfield & Karen Rowan
6x9, 314 pages

Published: 2012

ISBN 978-0-87421-861-9
paper $31.95

ISBN 978-0-87421-862-6
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LAURA GREENFIELD is associate director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts; coordinator of the Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program at Mount Holyoke College; and lecturer in the English Department. Her recent work explores language diversity, racism, and pedagogy with a focus on opportunities for educators to enact revolutionary social change.

KAREN ROWAN is assistant professor of English at California State University–San Bernardino. She served as co-coordinator for the IWCA Collaborative@CCCC (2010-11) and as a leader for the IWCA Summer Institute (2010). Her previous scholarship has investigated graduate student writing centers administrators and writing centers in minority serving institutions, and she is currently focusing on intersections of power, identity, literacy, and learning in Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Writing Centers and the
New Racism

A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change

Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan, Eds.

2012 International Writing Centers Association
Best Book Award

Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan have created a rich resource for writing center tutors, administrators, and scholars. Motivated by a scholarly interest in race, literacy, and pedagogy, and by an ethical commitment to antiracism work, contributors address a series of related questions: How does institutionalized racism in American education shape the culture of literacy and language education in the writing center? How does racism operate in the discourses of writing center scholarship and lore, and in what ways are writing centers unwittingly complicit in racist practices? How can they meaningfully operationalize antiracist work? How do they persevere through the difficulty and messiness of negotiating race and racism in their daily practice?

The conscientious, nuanced attention to race in Writing Centers and the New Racism is meant to model what it means to be bold in engagement with these hard questions and to spur the kind of sustained, productive, multivocal, and challenging dialogue that, with a few important exceptions, has been absent from the field.