• How Do You Build Trust?

      Ernest Hemingway is said to have remarked that “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Enigmatic, for sure. But also probably pretty good advice. I’ve been thin...
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  • More on Helping Students Engage across Difference

      Last week, I wrote about the remarkable work Jeanne Bohannon is doing to help her often deeply conservative students reach beyond their own boundaries and engage with differences. I’m writing today about...
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  • Students Engaging across Difference

      This summer I surveyed students at a range of colleges and universities, asking them to tell me about what they saw as barriers to communicating with people different from them and about what they saw as the b...
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  • Anti-Racist Teaching

      During a visit to the Bread Loaf School of English in August, a place I have taught on and off for nearly thirty years and one whose natural beauty (in Vermont’s lush Green Mountains) always renews my sp...
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  • Remembering Nancy Johnson and All Great Teachers

      On August 31, at about 2:30 in the afternoon Eastern Time, Nancy Johnson, Professor of English at Ohio State University, shuffled off this mortal coil, leaving so very many of us bereft and grieving. Nancy (as...
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  • What I Did On My Summer Vacation

                                                  How many times were you asked to write about this topic...
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  • Speaking and Writing—and Summer Break!

      In two days I will be in Vancouver for the meeting of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing held at the University of British Columbia, where I taught from 1977 to 1987. What a treat ...
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  • The 2019 Lunsford Awards!

    Valexa Orelien, me, Autumn Warren, and Vrinda Vasavada at the 2019 Lunsford Oral Presentation of Research Awards.   Well, I’ve just enjoyed one of my favorite days of the year—the annual Lunsford Ora...
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  • Thanks to John Duffy

      Most readers are probably familiar with the work of John Duffy—Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Program at Notre Dame—in works such as Writing from These Roots and essays...
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  • Student Survey about Dealing with Difference

    Dear Bedford Bits friends,   Like all of you, I've been reading and talking with colleagues about the all-too-obvious divisiveness abroad in the land today, and especially about the increasing tendency to "stay...
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  • Stylish Writing

      Those who read these posts know that I’m wont to talk about style and about its crucial importance to writers today. Responding to one of my posts, Tom McGohey wrote: Took me years, but I eventually disc...
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  • The Intricacies of Citation Today

      I still remember about eight years ago when a student came to me saying she needed help with a citation: she was preparing an oral presentation based on research of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and she had ...
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  • The Growing Importance of "Soft Skills"

      During much of my teaching career, I met students who were certain that the “hard” courses in STEM were the ones that would help them to get—and to keep—good jobs. And I watched enrollme...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Exploratory Podcast Reviews

    Today’s guest blogger is Kim Haimes-Korn, a Professor of English and Digital Writing at Kennesaw State University. Kim’s teaching philosophy encourages dynamic learning and critical digital literacies...
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  • Celebrating National Teachers’ Day

      Tuesday, May 7, 2019, is National Teachers’ Day so I’m thinking about how I can thank teachers I know for the remarkable work they do every single day. I’ll start with my sister, Liz Middleto...
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  • Want a Reading Recommendation?

      This will be a brief posting as I am out of the country right now, sailing along what used to be medieval trade routes and learning all about trading patterns, trading wars, and cultural clashes of nearly a mi...
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  • The Next Generation Leadership Network at Hazhó’ó Hólne’

      I wish all teachers of writing could have been with me at the Hazhó’ó Hólne’ Writing Conference, held in late March in Window Rock, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation and centered a...
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  • Multimodal Mondays: Creating Podcasts to Further Analyze and Synthesize Annotated Bibliography Sources

    Brody Smithwick is the founder of Lion Life Community, a non-profit organization that offers educational services inside of jails in North Georgia. He is also a graduate student at Kennesaw State University working to...
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  • A Shoutout to DBLAC

      When I think of the resources that are available to support writers—and especially graduate student writers who aim to be teachers in colleges and universities—I think of our professional organizat...
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  • Impressions of CCCC 2019

      BRAVO and KUDOS to Program Chair Vershawn Young and to Local Arrangements Chair Brenda Whitley—and to all their teams—for a truly memorable CCCC. I can never remember so many “must see and he...
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