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DWC hosting event with author and literacy scholar

Two-day lecture series runs March 12-13

This March, NSU's Department of Writing and Communication will host Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at UMass Amherst and author of “Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy.” The two-day guest lecture series, taking place Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13, is sponsored by the department and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Student Government Association and will be offered to students and faculty in DWC’s M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program.


“I am looking forward to fruitful discussions about transnational literacy practices,” said Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Writing and Communication. “Dr. Lorimer Leonard’s research is especially important given the current political climate.”

Monday’s lecture will take place in Room 4009 of the Alvin Sherman Library and will spotlight the research Leonard conducted for “Writing on the Move.” Tuesday’s conversation, taking place on the second floor of the library in Lab B, will center on a discussion of best practices for effectively supporting multilingual writers in a university writing center.

“Dr. Lorimer Leonard is a highly respected, established scholar in our field who will provide NSU writing consultants with key insights into working with multilingual writers,” said Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D., executive director of NSU’s Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center (WCC). “This is critical for the NSU WCC because one-third of our sessions are with students who are multilingual.”

Leonard served as UMass Amherst’s writing center director from 2012 to 2016. She has also published essays in several journals and textbooks, including “Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition,” “College English,” “Written Communication,” “WPA: Writing Program Administration,” and “Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy.”

For more information about Leonard, visit her faculty page here. To learn more about NSU’s M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, visit the program page here.

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