Writing Centers and the New Racism

A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change

edited by Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan

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Winner of the 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.


Laura Greenfield is the founding director of the Transformative Speaking Program and a faculty associate of communication and education in the School of Critical Social Inquiry at Hampshire College. Her research and teaching interests include the intersections of language, power, and education, with a particular focus on race and gender. Her first book, Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, with Dr. Karen Rowan, was the winner of the 2012 International Writing Centers Association’s Outstanding Book Award. Previously she served as the founding director of the nonprofit Women’s Voices Worldwide, Inc. and as associate director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts at Mount Holyoke College, where she brought its Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program into international prominence.

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.

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  • Paperback Price: $33.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-861-9
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  • Publication Year: 2012
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