From Cardi B to Stranger Things: Using Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom

From Cardi B to Stranger Things: Using Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Free RSVP.

The university explicitly and implicitly marks stark divides between what happens inside the classroom and outside in everyday life: unnecessary distinctions between the intellectual and the mundane. And yet, everyday students readily engage in complicated communication practices when they tailor their social media messages for specific audiences, when they switch contexts and language practices while texting, and as they develop habits for navigating our over-saturated information environment.

This webinar will discuss bringing popular culture into the writing classroom as a way to help students bring what they know into the college classroom and to help them to make meaning from course content. Noah Wilson will provide five popular culture infused activities designed for undergraduate writing classrooms but adaptable to other classroom contexts.

Noah Wilson is a PhD candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. His research examines the intersections between rhetoric, technology, and surveillance.

This will be the fifteenth of a series of HASTAC Webinars that started in 2019. In this series, HASTAC Scholars facilitate 45-minute webinars on topics ranging from Interview Prep or Blog Posting to Networking, Personal Statements, and Pedagogy Strategies for Adjuncts.

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