• You’re Invited: Talk with Beth Davila

    by  • January 25, 2018 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Beth DavilaLSA and LangRhet invite you to a talk with Beth Davila, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of New Mexico. The talk, titled “Perpetually Foreign, Perpetually Inferior: Racial Microaggressions and Linguistic Othering,” will take place Thursday, February 22 from 4:00-6:00 pm in 3512 Haven. We hope to see you there!

    Summary: Racial microaggressions are subtle and persistent insults that position people of color as “less than” – less intelligent, less American, less qualified, etc. In the presence of racial microaggressions, white people experience a “stereotype lift,” benefiting from comparisons to other racial categories (McGee and Martin). In this talk, I describe how the practice of responding to student writing can work to reaffirm the Americanness and intelligence of white students while de-Americanizing Asian American and Latinx students and positioning Black and African American students as inferior and less capable.


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