In 2011, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
turned one hundred years old. But our profession is endlessly
beginning, constantly transforming itself and its purpose as new
voices and identities claim their rights in our classrooms and in
our country. The recognition of such claims, however, does not
occur without a struggle, without collective work.
Listening to our Elders attempts to capture the history
of those collective moments where teachers across grade levels and
institutions of higher education organized to insure that the
voices, heritages, and traditions of their students and colleagues
were recognized within our professional organizations as a vital
part of our classrooms and our discipline. In doing so,
Listening to Our Elders demonstrates this recognition was
not always easily given. Instead, whether the issue was race,
sexuality, class, or disability, committed activist organizations
have often had to push against the existing limits of our field and
its organizations to insure a broader sense of common
responsibility and humanity was recognized.
Listening to Our Elders features interviews with Malea
Powell (Native American Caucus), Joyce Rain Anderson (Native
American Caucus), Jeffery Paul Chan (Asian/Asian American), James
Hill (Black Caucus), James Dolmage (Committee for Disability Issue
in College Composition), Geneva Smitherman (Language Policy
Commitee), Carlota Cárdenas de Dwyer (Latino/a Caucus), Victor
Villanueva (Latino/a Caucus), Louise Dunlap (Progressive Caucus),
Karen Hollis (Progressive Caucus), Louie Crew (Queer Caucus),
William Thelin (Working Class Culture and Pedagogy SIG), Bill
Macauley (Working Class Culture and Pedagogy SIG).
Subjects: Language & Literature, Education
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