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Walker Gibson Lecture with Steve Parks: "Steps Toward Justice: From Syracuse to Syria"

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Please join us for this year's annual Walker Gibson lecture, titled, "Steps Toward Justice: From Syracuse to Syria" with Professor Steve Parks of University of Virginia.


What does it mean for scholars in English Studies to work for justice? What is our role as faculty, as teachers, and as students to respond to local and global violations of human rights? And if we take on such work, how can we move beyond frameworks steeped in a history of coloniality towards models which allow new forms of collaboration and community to emerge? How might such a stance change what we typically mean by the “politics of language”? Parks will address these questions through a discussion of his most recent university-based projects, the Westside Residents Coalition, an anti-gentrification campaign in Syracuse, New York and Syrians for Truth and Justice, a human rights organization in Istanbul, Turkey.

Parks is author of Class Politics: The Movement for a Students Right go Their Own Language and Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as a textbook, Writing Communities. His work has appeared in College EnglishJournal of College Composition, and CommunicationLiteracy in Composition Studies; and Community Literacy Journal. He is founder of New City Community Press; Co-Founder/Board Chair of Syrians for Truth and Justice; Président de l’association Centre Vérité et Justice pour le Moyen-Orient; and Editor of Studies in Writing and Rhetoric as well as Working and Writing for Change, Parlor Press.  His current projects include, The Twiza Project, an alliance of Middle East/North African universities focused on human-rights based human rights community partnerships, as well as the book manuscript, Syria, Truth, Justice: The Rhetorical and Material Practices of Human Rights.

Please visit Parks' website to learn more about him or his work.