Fostering Values for Sustainability in a College Writing Course

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As teachers of reading/writing to first-year university students, we have found that reading certain types of cross-genre, interdisciplinary, and non-traditional texts (texts often described as creative non-fiction), fosters (in our students) a sense of connectivity to others across time and geographical space. Our courses are not ostensibly about sustainability--they are college writing courses--yet by reading and then creating texts whose very meaning comes from formal features of connectivity and collage, we raise consciousness about responsiblity to others, about the interconnectedness of all humans, and about the consequences of our actions over time and space. These values underpin any action toward cultural sustainabilty. Our teaching practices in the college writing course build a consciousness moving toward cultural sustainability practice.


Keywords: Teaching Practices and Sustainabilty, Collage, Art and Sustainabilty, Writing, Reading and Classroom Practices, Teaching Values and Cultural Sustainability
Stream: Cultural Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Gregory Zuch

Lecturer, Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University

Boston, MA, USA

Gregory Zuch has been a university lecturer for over 25 years. He teaches primarily first-year and upper-division writing courses. His courses draw their readings from a wide range of disciplines and genres, and his areas of knowledge and research are similarly wide ranging. He has presented papers on architecture and literature, definitions of masculinity in contemporary American fiction, understanding and preventing plagiarism in the writing class, and using film and art to teach writing to basic writers. He has been the Director of First-Year Writing at Northeastern University where he teaches and currently holds the position of Director of Mentoring for the English Department's Writing Programs.

Carolyn Sirois

Lecturer, Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern University

Boston, MA, USA

Carolyn Sirois is a visual artist and a teacher of writing. While working on her degree from the School of Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), where she studied painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and assemblage, art history and art/feminist/cultural theory, she continued to teach writing and literature courses at Northeastern University. In both environments, the importance of process was stressed and discussions about self, identity, culture, history, and gender were ongoing. Since the late '90s, she has been working with mapping/charting/diagramming in her paintings. She completed the SMFA's Fifth Year Program in 2002 and continues to teach at Northeastern in Boston where she is also active in the art scene.

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