Blog Prompts Spring 2017

Blog #1: Writing, Violence, and Trauma (Due February 1, 2017)

Our reading for this week focuses on the complex relationship between literacy learning and trauma.  After reading Horsman’s essay, consider the challenges you’ve observed and experienced at your site that may be related to trauma–not just physical, but also emotional, institutional, social, etc.  Spend a couple of paragraphs reflecting on this.

Blog #2: Research Update

Give us an update on your research project as we approach mid-Spring semester. How are things going? What challenges or questions are arising?

Blog #3: Global Street Papers (Due March 1, 2017)

Looking at Erin Anderson’s “Global Street Papers and Homeless [Counter]publics: Rethinking Technologies of Community Publishing,” consider some of the advantages and limitations presented. What do you make of these? That is, do you agree with the author in terms of the advantages and drawbacks to street papers as a [counter]public discourse? Too, consider how our work with SpeakOut and the CLC more broadly fits into this genre of community publishing. While SpeakOut publications indeed travel across Colorado as well as the U.S., what potential limitations or oversights do you see to/in our work? More specifically, might our publications or work actually inhibit or “restrict” the potential for a meaningful counterpublic discourse? Utilize Anderson’s organizing concepts of delivery, technique, and audience to explain.

Blog #4: UNESCO Literacy Report (Due March 22, 2017)

The UNESCO report presents a worldwide snapshot of literacy as a foundation for adult learning and education. Challenging the traditional notion of literacy as a dichotomy (i.e. literate or illiterate), they propose literacy as a continuum; it is a lifelong, “age independent,” and continuous activity. What do you make of the continuum? Meaning, do you find it useful? How might the continuum (as well as the dichotomy) be represented in the populations we work with? Moreover, how do institutions like Turning Point or Larimer County Jail define or conceive of literacy–do they utilize either the continuum or the literacy dichotomy?

Drawing on the work of Paulo Freire and Amartya Sen, UNESCO goes on to note how “literacy has the potential to enhance people’s ability to act in the pursuit of freedom and to empower them to interpret and transform their realities” (17). Do you agree with this? What limitations do you see to the power of literacy?

Blog #5: Comments on readings chosen by Sarah and Shelley (Due April 5, 2017)

Self-Care Strategies for Maximizing Human Potential

Heaven, Hell and Here

Blog #6: Comments on readings chosen by Lizzie and Alina (Due April 19, 2017)

No blog posts required for rest of semester as focus is on research — please feel free to add to your blog as you wish.

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