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Saturday, October 21 • 11:00am - 12:50pm
Writing/Talking/Teaching The Racial Ephemera

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As the moderator of the panel, my talk will introduce the panel as an inquiry into the nature of pedagogy for teachers concerned with the Racial Imaginary, but specifically for teachers who are artists, to bring artistic process into the creation of a pedagogy, and the struggle with doing so in institutions that generally do not support artistic process. To consider pedagogy this way is not to teach inclusivity and diversity, but to model it, not to control the discussion by “the beak of the ego,” rather to use the piano keys and puzzle pieces and letters and words and various other building possibilities to push, not like a hurricane, but like an ant making tracks, building something out of bits, without reference to hierarchies and systems. The musical composition, “Steps,” by Cecil Taylor, beckons us to listen to what happens, without pushing us into any kind of preconceived listening. It begins in freedom, and proceeds as though it is as natural as anything to build a world out of what materials one has. I explore the possibilities of building a pedagogy that responds to the racial imaginary in the way a musician or artist finds meaning as one goes. The materials of my investigation as to how to build such a pedagogy are such things as free jazz and my own poetry, as well as that of others.

Charles AlexanderDirector, Chax Press

Moderators
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Charles Alexander

Poet & Press Director, Chax Press & Univ of Houston-Victoria
Poet & artist/bookmaker/printer & teacher, at Univ of Houston-Victoria Center for the Arts, where Chax Press (which I direct and founded in 1984) is located (only since Sept 2015), along with partner, painter Cynthia Miller. Author of Pushing Water -- what does that mean? Water a... Read More →

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Charles Alexander

Poet & Press Director, Chax Press & Univ of Houston-Victoria
Poet & artist/bookmaker/printer & teacher, at Univ of Houston-Victoria Center for the Arts, where Chax Press (which I direct and founded in 1984) is located (only since Sept 2015), along with partner, painter Cynthia Miller. Author of Pushing Water -- what does that mean? Water a... Read More →
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Carla Billitteri

Associate Professor of English // NPF Editorial Collective, University of Maine at Orono
I teach modern and contemporary poetry, poetics, hermeneutics and critical theory at the University of Maine at Orono where I am also a member of the editorial collective of The National Poetry Foundation. Currently at work on a project on dialogical identity practices and the so... Read More →
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Janice Lee

Assistant Professor, Portland State University
Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness... Read More →
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Tyrone Williams

Professor, Xavuer University
literature, theory, poetry


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:50pm
Vine Annex 1125 N. Vine. Ave., Tucson AZ

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