Indiana University

Lecture, panel discussion on translingual literacy to feature high-profile scholars

The Culbertson Speaker Series from Indiana University's Department of English will sponsor a lecture and panel discussion titled "Translingual Literacy and U.S. College Composition" on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and takes place in the Oak Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Min-Zhan Lu

Min-Zhan Lu

Speaking at the event will be three distinguished scholars in the areas of second-language writing, global Englishes and rhetoric and composition: Paul Kei Matsuda of Arizona State University, and Min-Zhan Lu and Bruce Horner, both of University of Louisville.

The scholars will conduct a three-way conversation on the reproduction of language attitudes and assumptions about writer agency in college writing curricula in the United States. Copies of their papers will be available in advance.

Bruce Horner

Bruce Horner

Tarez Samra Graban, an assistant professor of English at IU who coordinated the event, said being able to arrange for three such high-profile scholars to visit at the same time is rare. "Individually and together, they are helping the discipline of rhetoric and composition to rethink U.S. composition curriculum from a translingual perspective," she said.

Part of Graban's job is to coordinate the multilingual sections of English W131 Elementary Composition; these sections enroll students who self-identify and match the profile of non-native speakers of English or multilingual learners.

Paul Matsuda

Paul Matsuda

"We (IU) host students and scholars from a number of different countries from a number of different language groups," Graban said. "I don't know if people are aware of how multilingual IU really is."

As IU emphasizes its multinational status, it becomes important to consider the implications across general education curriculum of what it means to have translingual students at IU, she added.

For more information about the lecture, contact Tarez Samra Graban at 812-855-4888 or tgraban@indiana.edu.