We invite you to attend the third annual Praxis Conference on the UW campus (Haggett Hall) on January 20, 2017 from 9:00-3:00. To register to attend, complete this google form by January 13, 2017: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fePn-WnNc44XsyFUWf59kSQRhb57NaCE64WTIrcrt_o/viewform?ts=58570468&edit_requested=true. Please be sure to note whether you will be joining us for lunch. There is no cost for registration or for lunch thanks to the Conference host, English Department Writing Programs, and our co-sponsors, College Writing, Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, and Kollar Gift for Literacy.
The Praxis Conference draws on the activist educator Paolo Freire’s conception of praxis as the intersection of theory and practice.Faculty, staff, students, instructors and community partners share insights to enrich both our local/situated and broader understandings of writing, teaching and learning practices, and their personal, academic, and public impacts.
The theme for Praxis 2017 is “Learning through Doing: Crafting Meaning through Making-Oriented Pedagogy” and we will use this lens to focus on uses of language and literacy in practical, inclusive, critical, applied ways. This year’s keynote speaker is Ekin Yasin, a faculty member in the UW Department of Communication. In her talk entitled “Actively Global and Globally Active: The Classroom as a window we open to the world,” she will discuss the central importance of linking active learning, diverse student identities, and global thinking.
Praxis 2017 takes place on inauguration day. Though the planning committee respects a range of political beliefs, we are troubled by the post-election rise in hate speech, hate crimes, harassment of the historically vulnerable, and proposals from the incoming administration that attack basic rights, protections and values. While these threats are not new, they are newly public and explicit.
For those conference participants who are interested, we will make space for the Praxis community to make connections between our shared work and the inauguration through reflection, processing, community building, crafting/creating, goal-setting and reaffirming the path forward based on the values embodied in the work we do. As many of you know from your participation in Praxis 2015 and/or 2016, the Praxis Conference is a lively forum for making and continuing conversations and connections about critical writing pedagogy, and we will continue to provide a safe space to do that once again this year.
For more information about Praxis, our goals, archives from 2015 and 2016, and the program for 2017 visit our website: https://english.washington.edu/teaching/praxis-conference. Feel free to contact Praxis Conference Chair Jacki Fiscus (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Co-Chair Holly Shelton (email@example.com) with any questions.