Dr. Amanda Morris
Dr. Amanda Morris visited high school juniors at Oley High School to discuss the presence of Native American culture and the common myths in learning about Native literature. Dr. Morris shared several artifacts including a t-shirt and bracelet designed by Native artists, Native stand-up comedy, music, spoken word performances, and photographers. Additionally, the dialogue was opened to discuss the problem in celebrating Columbus Day and how the holiday is understood in Native communities.
Professor Margaux Griffith
Kutztown English Department’s newest professor is a woman of many talents. Professor Margaux Griffith’s journey to Kutztown University was filled with multiple pit stops which created experiences which she incorporates into her English Composition classes.
Professor Margaux Griffith, aptly named after Hemingway’s daughter, began her undergraduate degree as a music theater major and ended with a B.S. in Psychology. Since then, she has graduated from the Written Communication Program at Eastern Michigan University and received her MFA in creative writing from Oklahoma State University.
During the process, Professor Margaux Griffith realized her love for food and became obsessed with learning how to cook. She became a sous chef in 2002 and still enjoys reductions most of all.
Professor Margaux Griffith has won the Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest, the Anderbo Poetry Prize, as well as receiving honorable mention in the Academy of American Poets.
If you’d like to read some of Professor Griffith’s works below:
Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek
Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek spent many years in the trenches of the adjunct teaching pool. Her hard work and dedication to teaching and learning has rewarded her with a tenured position here at KU, but it is precisely this experience that has inspired her work with the CCCC Labor Caucus, a special interest group dedicated to contingent faculty issues in English and writing programs across the country. Dr. Lynch-Biniek and her colleagues in the CCCC Labor Caucus have recently initiated the Indianapolis Resolution, which asks “professional organizations, institutions, and departments / programs in Composition, Rhetoric, Writing and English to work towards reducing the extent to which departments and the field writ large use and exploit contingency to solve problems that primarily benefit the more secure members of those units.”
You can read more about the Indy Resolution and Dr. Lynch-Biniek’s labor work at The Compositionist.
By Amber DeFabio |
Protestors flooded the streets of Wisconsin’s Capitol building, red-faced not only from the cold slicing through their wool hats and fleece hoodies but also from their swelling anger.
Newly elected Governor Scott Walker was in the process of proposing a bill that would attack unions and working families. This was the scene in spring of 2011 that propelled Dr. Kevin Mahoney to ask, “What can I do about this?”
Dr. Mahoney wasn’t able to spend a whole lot of time organizing people across the state due to the approaching birth of his daughter, so he chose an alternative route. He created a new progressive media site, Raging Chicken Press.
He chose Old Main’s clock tower – the “angry chicken” – to give his online media forum local ties. With a slogan that says, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention,” Raging Chicken Press has given a voice to those who are not satisfied with passivity.
“It allows new media activists to get their hands dirty in a low stakes environment. This isn’t about just reporting the facts. It’s about advocacy. We have an agenda,” Dr. Mahoney said.
His agenda is to have his site shine a light on topics that don’t receive press anywhere else. He wants Raging Chicken Press writers to submerge themselves into the media and write with an educated position and to report perspectives that main stream media will not.
“It isn’t about training workers. It’s about training citizens – to make ourselves subjects instead of objects in the world,” he said.
Dr. Mahoney’s website had been called “smash mouth journalism,” and he is happy about it. “In class and in life, I want to generate active critical engagement with the world. Don’t just sit and think about stuff; do stuff. I don’t care about a students’ particular political perspectives or beliefs. I want them to engage in the world and be heard,” Dr. Mahoney said. “The whole point is to be heard.”
On October 14, a Citizen’s Media Forum will be held at Kutztown University. It will be open to all who want to learn and experience digital communication and new media from multiple platforms such as Dr. Mahoney’s Raging Chicken Press.