Library Salon with Cat Cabral, English Faculty, on April 19 at 2 pm

The North Seattle College Library Salon series continues Thursday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. with NSC English faculty, Cat Cabral. This event is open to the North community. Join us for refreshments and discussion in the Library Seminar Room, 2236. E  komo  mai! Translation from Hawaiian: Welcome.

“She Talk Good, Yeah?”Academic Discourse’s Hidden Demands and Imagining an “Alternative” Future

What is academic discourse, and what are we asking of and from students (particularly those from historically underrepresented communities) when we expect and require academic discourse in our classes? If not academic discourse, then what?  How have writers challenged traditional academic discourse in order to pursue new lines of inquiry and give voice to a greater range of histories, perspectives, and people?

These questions and more will be the focus of this upcoming salon that casts academic discourse as an object of study, and examines both the unspoken demands associated with traditional academic discourse and the possibilities for change and resistance.  With selections from her own teaching, Cat will share readings and activities she uses to teach academic discourse through a critical lens. She will also share samples from professional and student writing that challenge traditional academic discourse in purposeful and innovative ways. 


  • To speak with authority [students] have to speak not only in another’s voice but through another’s code; and they not only have to do this, they have to speak in the voice and through the codes of those of us with power and wisdom; and they not only have to do this, they have to do it before they know what they are doing, before they have a project to participate in, and before, at least in terms of our disciplines, they have anything to say.

 David Bartholomae, “Inventing the University” (1985)


  • You kinda wondah how kids come out li’dis. Trying fo’ write “English” but end up writing stuff dat no even make sense.  Classic conditioning gotta be.  From my experience, teachahs nevah sed, you’re stupid if you talk in Pidgin; dey nevah sed ‘em direck li’dat.  Wuz mo’ INSIDIOUS da way dey do ‘em.

 Lee Tonouchi, “Da State of Pidgin Address” (2004)


  • We need to do more than have students mimic our practices as writing specialists.  Instead, we need to equip students with a repertoire of rhetorical and discursive tools that they can deploy in the varied linguistic, cultural, and semiotic spaces they are likely to inhabit over the course of their everyday lives.

 Juan Guerra, Language, Cultural, Identity and Citizenship in College Classrooms and Communities (2016) 

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