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272. Is "Access" the New "Diversity"? Rethinking Access across the Profession

Wednesday, 6 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 608, WSCC

Program arranged by the National Council of Teachers of English

Presiding: Margaret Price, Spelman Coll.

Speakers: Annette Powell, Bellarmine Univ.; Kathleen Yancey, Florida State Univ.; Melanie Yergeau, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Responding: Margaret Price

Session Description:

At least since 1999, when Charles Moran called access "the A-word" in technology studies, access has been a touchstone in scholarly conversations. Yet there is still a general tendency to regard access as a vague good thing; here we trouble that idea. In this roundtable, three scholars in rhetoric and composition explore access as it plays out through technology, scholarly publishing, race, disability, and multimodal learning.


  • The Teaching of Language and Literature – English and American

  • The Profession – General

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