Charles Bazerman of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School recently traveled to Brazil, Chile and, Colombia, where he lectured on issues of diversity and writing across the curriculum. In Brazil he was a plenary speaker at II Simpósio Nacional e I Simpósio Internacional de Estudos Linguísticos e Literários (SELL) and spoke on the topic “The Diversity We Become: Education and Agency in Writing Unique Selves within Evolving Communities.”
“Brazil, as a large multiracial society with regional, linguistic, and economic divides, has been on a journey of diversity equally complex and challenging to that of the U.S., though different in significant details,” Bazerman explains. “The country, like the U.S., has been developing policies to redress deep histories of division with a particular focus on educational access. These policies have proved as controversial as in this country. It was exciting and very meaningful to share some of the U.S. experience with a conference devoted to grappling with these important issues.”
Elsewhere on his trip Bazerman offered workshops on the teaching of academic writing in higher education on eight different campuses in Brazil, Chile, and Columbia. Experimentation with programs in writing across the curriculum and in the disciplines has been particularly supported in Colombia, where such programs have been made a priority of the National Association of Universities (ASCUN).
Bazerman currently plans to return to Brazil this August, where he is an international organizer of a biannual conference on textual genres. On this trip he will also visit writing educators in Argentina, and will give a short course in Recife, Brazil. In October Bazerman will return to Chile to speak at a conference on higher education reading and writing associated with a UNESCO initiative in the region. And next February he will return to Colombia to work with an ongoing project with Central University in Bogota. This project, stretching over two years, has also involved two alumni of the Gevirtz School. The project involves faculty in different departments in developing new courses that integrate writing with disciplinary learning. They are supported through a series of face-to-face and virtual seminars with Professor Joseph Little of Niagara University, Professor Rene de los Santos of DePaul University, and Dr. Bazerman.
[Charles Bazerman is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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