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Marcelle Haddix and "Writing Our Lives" Featured in SU News

DK Collective Member Dean's Associate Professor of English Education , Marcelle Haddix lead a four-week workshop called "Writing Our Lives" in collaboration with the South Side Initiative. The workshop was featured in SU News.

University, South Side Initiative Help Local Youth ‘Write Their Lives’

Sisters Na’eema and Jameira Harry work on rhythms under the direction of Syracuse University doctoral student Blair Smith, left, as part of the Writing Our Lives workshop held this summer at the Southside Communication Center.

Sisters Na’eema and Jameira Harry work on rhythms under the direction of Syracuse University doctoral student Blair Smith, left, as part of the Writing Our Lives workshop held this summer at the Southside Communication Center.

School may not have been in session, but learning was happening at the South Side Communication Center this summer. On a weekday afternoon, sisters Na’eema and Jameira Harry sat at a table, thumbing through magazines to find images that would reflect how they see themselves. A short time later, they sat at a sound mixing board with headphones on, working on rhythms under the direction of Syracuse University doctoral student Blair Smith.

The Harry sisters, a junior and 8th grader in the Syracuse City School District, respectively, were among several local students who took part in “Writing Our Lives,” a four-week workshop collaboration of the South Side Initiative and Marcelle Haddix, Dean’s Associate Professor and director of English education programs in the School of Education. The workshop was held for four weeks in July and geared toward students ages 12-18, although no student who wanted take part was turned away.

Haddix and Syracuse University graduate students worked with the youth on music production, creating rhythms and beats and writing lyrics; using social media to create memes and/or websites; and writing TV scripts, screenplays and mini documentaries. Students held an exhibition of their work on the final day.

The workshop evolved from a larger Writing Our Lives conference that Haddix has held annually in the district since 2009. She started the conference and other programming after experiencing dissatisfaction with the abilities of some students in the community to read and write. “I wanted to be part of the solution,” she says.

Haddix has offered other afterschool programming in the district, but this is the first time the programming has been offered in the summer. Conversations between Haddix and Linda Littlejohn, associate vice president of Syracuse University’s South Side Initiative, brought forth the idea of an organic collaboration for youth on the South Side.

“There is a group of children who fall through the cracks when it comes to summer programming. They may be too old to attend programs like Say Yes, that are geared toward elementary students. And, they are too young for youth summer employment,” says Haddix. “We wanted to provide a safe space for those young people to learn about and try different writing genres and to continue developing their academic skills.

"Professor Haddix and I have had several conversations about the necessity for incorporating the use of technology into culturally relevant curriculum that is aimed at strengthening both the writing and critical thinking skills of the young people who participate in activities at the South Side Communication Center,” says Littlejohn. “It's especially important to provide interesting educational activities for the kids during the summer months. I very much appreciate the dedication and competency of Professor Haddix's students this summer, and look forward to adding this as another regular educational activity at the center.”

For this year’s summer workshop, as she has in previous offerings, Haddix drew on the experience and expertise of Syracuse University students. Her co-teachers were Tyeisha Thomas, a junior in the School of Education; Blair Smith, a Ph.D. student in the School of Education and Delicia Greene, a Ph.D. student in the School of Information Studies.

For the Syracuse students, this summer’s workshop offered the chance for them to use their expertise in teaching while gaining valuable insights important for their own studying and research. Smith is exploring how her personal journey of making music fits in with her scholarly work. Greene, a doctoral student in library and information sciences and education, is researching the learning that takes place in out-of-school spaces and how that can inform what happens in formal school settings. Thomas, who has worked with youth since age 14, is studying learning spaces and social media.

“The Syracuse University students who get involved with Writing Our Lives are looking for opportunities to give back to their communities,” says Haddix. “They comment that programs like these provide real-life applications of some of the theories and ideas that they’re learning about in the classroom.”

This year’s fall Writing Our Lives Conference is scheduled for early November. For more information, visit

Source: SU News


Carol Fadda-Conrey Publishes New Book

June 4, 2014. DK Collective Member Assistant Professor of English, Carol Fadda-Conrey, published her new book, "Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging" in Spring 2014. The publication was featured in SU News.

Professor Examines ‘Citizenship, Belonging’ in Arab-American Literature

The changing face of Arab-American literature, particularly since 9/11, is the focus of a new book by a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Carol Fadda-Conrey

Carol Fadda-Conrey, associate professor of English and an expert in U.S. ethnic literatures, is the author of "Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging" (New York University Press, 2014). In it, she examines cultural and literary texts by Arab-American writers, paying close attention to how the idea of an Arab homeland is negotiated and constructed transnationally by different generations of Arabs living in the United States.

“The last couple of decades have witnessed a flourishing of Arab-American literature across multiple genres,” says Fadda-Conrey, whose expertise also extends to ethnic and minority studies and to diaspora and transnational studies. “Yet increased interest in this literature is paralleled by bias against Arabs and Muslims that erroneously depicts their long presence in the United States as a recent and unwelcome phenomenon.”

In "Contemporary Arab-American Literature," Fadda-Conrey presents poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual art by established and emerging Arab-American voices, including Naomi Shihab Nye, Joseph Geha, Rabih Alameddine, Randa Jarrar and Suheir Hammad.

Many of these writers, she says, exhibit strong yet complex attachments to the United States and to their original Arab homelands.

“My book seeks to understand how these writers’ depictions of Arab homelands produce complex understandings of Arab-American identities,” says Fadda-Conrey, who also has published essays on gender, race, ethnicity, war trauma and transnational citizenship in Arab and Arab-American texts. “By asserting themselves within a U.S. framework and maintaining strong connections to the Arab world, these writers contest Arab-Americans’ subjection to blanket representations and ultimately alter dominant understandings of U.S. citizenship and belonging.”

Fadda-Conrey hopes her book will help emphasize a transnational approach to the study of minority U.S. literatures, one that fosters a more nuanced understanding of Arab and Muslim identities in the wake of 9/11.

Fadda_Conrey_FRONTMoreover, the book’s multidisciplinary framework highlights its contributions to various fields and areas of study, including Middle Eastern studies, race and ethnic studies, gender studies and diaspora studies.

“Carol Fadda-Conrey offers an original analysis of the ways in which Arab American literature articulates new forms of citizenship, forms that are transnational in scope and reconfigure notions of geography and belonging,” says Evelyn Alsultany, associate professor of American culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and author of "Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. Media Post 9/11" (NYU Press, 2012). “It will be the go-to book on Arab-American literature.”

Also affiliated with the Middle Eastern Studies ProgramDepartment of Women’s and Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies Program at Syracuse University, Fadda-Conrey has taught at the University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates); Purdue University, where she earned a Ph.D. in contemporary American literature; and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Fadda-Conrey grew up in Lebanon, where she earned graduate and undergraduate degrees from the American University of Beirut. She is the recipient of a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Future of Minority Studies Fellowship.

Source: SU News


Dana Olwan Recognized by PARC and NWSA

May 6, 2014. DK Collective Member Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Dana Olwan, was recognized by the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) and the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). This recognition was featured in SU News.

Women’s and Gender Studies Scholar Dana Olwan Recognized by Two Major Organizations

Dana Olwan’s resume is already impressive, but the women’s and gender studies scholar’s recent recognition from not one, but two major organizations is extraordinary, according to Gwendolyn Pough, department chair.

Dana Olwan

Olwan, who joined the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, was just awarded a Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) fellowship grant for her research titled “Traveling Discourses: Gender Violence and the Representational Politics of the ‘Honor Crime.’” Within a day of receiving word about the PARC grant, Olwan was informed she was the only junior faculty member selected to lead a National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Curriculum Institute workshop as an emerging leader in the field of Women's and Gender Studies.

“It is such a huge honor to be recognized by PARC and NWSA,” says Olwan. “Women’s and gender studies is evolving at a rapid pace, and it is exciting to be part of a national conversation on curriculum building and pedagogical issues in our discipline.”

Olwan has served on the faculty at Queen’s University and Simon Fraser University. Her writings on the honor crime, indigenous solidarities, Palestinian cultural and literary resistance, and Muslim feminisms have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Sociology, the Journal of Settler Colonial Studies, Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in post-9/11 Cultural Practice and the Feminist Wire.

“Dana is one of the best and brightest young scholars in her field today. These honors represent just the tip of the iceberg for Dana,” says Pough. “The fact that she was the only junior faculty member selected to speak at the NWSA Institute is a testament to the renowned scholar she is becoming. I know I speak on behalf of the entire department and the college in saying we are truly proud of her. Her commitment to her research and to the education of her students is inspiring.”

In 2011, Olwan was named the Future Minority Studies Postdoctoral Fellow where she began studying honor killings and the transnational representational politics of gendered and sexual violence. She earned a Ph.D. from Queen’s University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. Olwan’s research and teaching interests are expansive and include transnational feminist theories of race, gender and religion; gendered and sexual violence and honor crime; representations of Arab and Muslim women; Muslim feminism; and Middle East studies, settler colonialism and indigenous and feminist solidarities. She teaches a variety of classes at SU while engaging in rigorous research projects.

Source: SU News


Marcelle Haddix receives the 2014 AERA Division K Early Career Award

Marcelle Haddix

March 6, 2014. DK Collective Member, Marcelle Haddix, Assistant Professor of English Education at the Reading and Language Arts Center received the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division K Early Career Award. 

AERA Vice President A. Lin Goodwin noted, "Dr. Haddix truly exceeded all of the criteria for this award in her commitment and focus on populations marginalized by mainstream teacher education practices and policies. More particularly, she investigates the ways the literacy practices of people of color have taken center stage in educational research over the last fifteen years. Another significant aspect of Dr. Haddix’s research agenda involves her community-based work, which examines partnerships—among families, teachers, schools, and students—that are needed to improve the writing achievement of African American youth, especially African American adolescent males."

Source: School of Education Facebook Page


Chandra Mohanty Interview with The Feminist Wire

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

October 4, 2013. DK Collective Member Chandra Talpade Mohanty was interviewed by The Feminist Wire as part of a segment called, Feminists We Love. 


TFW: Could you talk about your feminist commitments, and current projects, e.g. the new work on transnational feminist engagements?

Over the years, and ever since the experience of organizing theCommon Differences Conference as a graduate student, my work has been deeply collaborative.   Perhaps this is why I am so drawn to thinking about and enacting solidarity.   I often say that I think best in the company of political comrades—in the academy and in community organizations.  So working for over a decade with organizers at Grassroots Leadership of North Carolina and with the New York women’s collective Center for Immigrant Families taught me concrete lessons about solidarity, political education, and organizing around issues of privatization (of prisons and immigrant detention centers), and segregation of schools and immigrant women’s rights.   And just asThird World Women and the Politics of Feminism (1991) grew out of theCommon Differences gathering, Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (1997) had its genesis in the collective space, dialogue, and discomfort that characterized a retreat in the late 1980s at Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks—the retreat, initiated by Barbara Smith, was about strategizing and building ‘The Women of Color Institute for Radical Research and Action.’   The Institute did not materialize but my over two decade collaboration with Jacqui Alexander began there—and Feminist Genealogies was inspired by that gathering in the mid 1980s.   Jacqui and I continue to deepen our friendship and work together—I am hoping we can develop and extend some of the arguments in our recent “Cartographies of Knowledge and Power” (2010) into a book length study on transnational feminist theorizing.

I am working on two large projects at the moment.   A book entitled Just Feminisms, Radical Knowledges, Insurgent Practices, that draws on my writing since the publication of Feminism Without Borders, (2003), and focuses especially on radical, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist feminist struggles and the politics of knowledge in securitized/militarized, neoliberal, increasingly impoverished communities across national borders.    The second large project is a collaboration with Linda Carty, my sister/colleague at Syracuse University, and draws on survey data from key anti-racist, anti-imperialist feminist scholar/activists from the Global South and North (including yourself Linda!) to create a collective mapping of transnational feminist engagements on the ground since the 1970s/80s.   We are especially interested in how our respondents crafted and reflected on feminist realities on the ground—basically mapping how feminist knowledge production over the last few decades is connected to the place-based lived realities of feminist praxis.   Our interlocutors come from Asia, South America, the Caribbean, North Africa, Europe, Canada, and North America, and most have histories of organizing and scholarship that date back to the 1970s, and 1980s.    The data we have is very rich and can perhaps be the basis of a collective archive of feminist engagements—if we can figure out an appropriate format for this!   Meanwhile, we have just written the first piece, “Mapping Transnational Feminist Engagements: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Solidarity.”   I am really excited about this work since it draws on the political biographies and theoretical and strategic thinking of some amazing feminist scholar/activists whose work has collectively birthed feminist movements in 2013!

Read more here: The Feminist Wire


SU’s Chandra Mohanty to earn honorary doctorate from College of Wooster

Chandra Talpade Mohanty—an internationally recognized scholar of post-colonial and transnational feminist theory and a celebrated professor in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences—will receive an honorary doctorate from the College of Wooster (Ohio) at its 142nd commencement ceremony on Monday, May 14. Mohanty will be awarded a doctor of humanities, along with actor/writer Tom Alter, who will be given a doctor of humane letters. Both recipients will address the graduating class of nearly 400 seniors.

mohantyIn addition to serving as professor of women’s and gender studies (a department she chaired from 2008-2011), Mohanty is Dean’s Professor of the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. She also is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Sociology and of the Cultural Foundations of Education program in the School of Education.

“Chandra is among the most accomplished and respected feminist theorists and scholars, nationally and internationally,” says SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor. “She is known for producing profoundly insightful and powerful work that illuminates some of the most pressing issues in transnational feminism, transcending disciplinary boundaries in the process. We’re proud that the College of Wooster is recognizing Chandra with this honorary degree.”

Arts and Sciences Dean George M. Langford agrees: “For more than two decades, Professor Mohanty has been on the cutting edge of transnational feminist studies. Her commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, combined with public service, has helped elevate The College of Arts and Sciences—and Syracuse University–to international prominence.”

A widely published scholar, Mohanty is the author and editor of five books, including the landmark “Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity” (Duke University Press, 2003), and has served as series editor of “Gender, Culture, and Global Politics” (Garland Publishing) and “Comparative Feminist Studies” (Palgrave/Macmillan). She has published more than three dozen essays, including “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses,” which has been used in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies courses worldwide for more than two decades.

Mohanty is a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards and consultancies; is an internationally sought-after public speaker; and is the recipient of numerous other honors and awards, including a 2008 honorary doctorate from Lund University (Sweden). Her commitment to activist scholarship and cross-border solidarity is evidenced by her ongoing involvement with SU’s Democratizing Knowledge Project and with the Municipal Services Project, a transnational research and advocacy group working on alternatives to privatization in the Global South.

Prior to joining SU in 2004, Mohanty held faculty positions at Hamilton and Oberlin colleges and at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. She earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Source: SU News


Interview with Dr. Marcelle Haddix on Literacy and Schooling among African American Males

May 27, 2010. DK Collective Member Marcelle Haddix was interviewed by Success for Black Boys. 

This month we interviewed Dr. Marcelle Haddix of Syracuse University.  She spoke with us about her recent article, Black Boys Can Write, that appears in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.  Dr. Haddix provides insight on strategies teachers and parents can use to promote writing along with more useful ways of framing the discourse about the education of African American males.

Click here to listen to the interview


Linda Carty Honored with Chancellor's Citation for Excellence

April 15, 2010. DK Collective Member Associate Professor of African American Studies, Linda Carty received The 2009-2010 Chancellor's Citation for Excellence. SU News announced the list of honorees. 

Six to be honored with Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence April 15

Six Syracuse University faculty and staff members will receive The Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence at a campus ceremony and reception in their honor Thursday, April 15.

The 2009-10 Chancellor's Citation for Excellence honorees are:

  • John E. Baldwin, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Science in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Suzanne L. Baldwin, professor of earth sciences in Arts and Sciences;
  • Linda Carty, associate professor of African American studies in Arts and Sciences;
  • James Kenneth Duah-Agyeman, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs;
  • J. Michael Haynie, assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the Whitman School of Management; and
  • Robert A. Rubinstein, professor of anthropology and international relations in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

The Chancellor’s Citation awards were first presented in 1979 in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching, scholarship and creative work. Over time, the focus of the awards has changed to reflect new priorities and institutional directions. The emphasis on excellence and outstanding achievement remains unchanged. Each year, members of the University community are invited to nominate a colleague or co-worker for recognition. A selection committee composed of faculty and staff from across campus reviews the nominations, and award winners are honored each spring.

All six honorees will receive a special art object created by Peter Beasecker, associate professor of ceramics in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, along with a citation statement recognizing his or her accomplishments.

Linda CartyLinda Carty

Carty, a sociologist who focuses on the political economies of gender, race and class inequality in national and international spheres, came to SU in 2000 to become chairperson of the Department of African American Studies (AAS) within The College of Arts and Sciences. Her writing, teaching and community involvement are undergirded by black feminist analysis that is principled, path breaking and visionary.

Carty served as chair of AAS from 2000-05, amassing numerous accomplishments including key academic, pedagogic and structural developments in the department. Her effectiveness was reflected in greater institutional support for AAS faculty members’ scholarship and scholarly presentations; sponsorship of AAS conferences on issues facing African peoples on the African continent and across the Diaspora; and the creation of programs and institutions within the department that expanded intellectual offerings and enhanced links to black communities in Syracuse and across the diaspora. Examples of her work include the establishment of the AAS Pan African Graduate Studies Program in 2005—which she guided in collaboration with SU professor Micere Mugo and other AAS colleagues. Carty’s other accomplishments include relocating the Community Folk Art Center—a cultural and educational bulwark for SU and the community—to a more expansive space at 805 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.  She also contributed to the expansion of the AAS curriculum to include Caribbean studies, a focus not found until then on campus. 

As an Afro-Caribbean woman whose scholarship has focused on gender issues in Caribbean societies, Carty has forged ties among SU, the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, and leading Caribbean scholars and feminists, artists and writers. These partnerships have provided an academically demanding and enlightening course of study at SU and practicum placements for SU students in Jamaica. 

Within and beyond Syracuse, Carty is a recognized authority in feminist theory, known for her searing gender, class and migration analysis that challenges conventional feminist thought and practice.  Under Carty’s articulation and enactment of feminist theory and praxis, responses to global-local inequality and resource and labor exploitation require that community members are equal partners and participants in university-community theoretical and strategizing collaborations.

Along these lines, another example of Carty’s major contributions to SU and the community is her participation in the Democratizing Knowledge Working Group—a collaborative project that aims to challenge our understanding of knowledge and the implications of using knowledge to create an equal and democratic society—that Carty helped found with faculty in the Writing Program/LGBT Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Latino/Latin American Studies and English.

Carty’s work also extends to environmental justice issues: She was the principal author and investigator (with AAS colleague Kishi Animashaun Ducre) of a major Ford Foundation grant awarded to examine the largely unexplored health and social impacts of environmental toxins and hazards on the lives of poor women of color, their families and communities. Most notably, in this and other Carty projects, the community was not simply an object of student and faculty study; its members were integrally involved in the planning and implementation of projects designed to elicit information about their lives and desires for healthful transformation within their communities.

“Dr. Linda Carty’s great integrity, ideals and contributions to Syracuse University, her disciplinary field, academic department, interdisciplinary colleagues, students, community and society commend her as most deserving of the appreciation and recognition that the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence would express,” says SU law professor Paula Johnson in her letter nominating Carty for the honor.

Source: SU News