EDI Speaker Series – How (and Why) to Queer Your Pedagogy with Stacey Waite

Wednesday January 27, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join the UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media on the first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Speaker Series

About this Event

The UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media and the Public Humanities Hub are pleased to invite you to “How (and Why) to Queer Your Pedagogy,” featuring guest speaker Stacey Waite, award-winning poet and writer, for a virtual event on Jan. 27 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST, as part of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Writing and Journalism Speaker Series.

About the talk

This presentation focuses on disrupting normative practices of classrooms. While the talk centres around teaching of English and writing, the methodology shared in the presentation can work for any classroom environment. The approaches and questions outlined in this talk will help teachers to make their classrooms inclusive spaces for queer students, queer ideas, queer writing, and queer practices—including some ideas about why it’s very necessary to do so.

About award-winning poet Stacey Waite

For nearly two decades, award-winning poet and writer Stacey Waite, through her work in the classroom and multi-genre writing and editorial practice, has mobilized the potential of language to engage, unsettle, and reimagine. Waite’s publications include four critically acclaimed poetry collections, a co-edited composition textbook (Ways of Reading), and the academic work Teaching Queer, which offers new possibilities for writing and instructing beyond the normative and the predetermined. She teaches creative writing, composition, and gender studies, as well as provides diversity training and workshops in support of queer youth in high schools and universities. Waite is an associate professor and chair of the graduate program in the Department of English at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Waite has also been published in journals such as Court Green, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Black Warrior Review. She was honoured with the Frank O’Hara Prize and the Snowbound Prize for her contributions to poetry.

About the EDI in Writing and Journalism Speaker Series

The School of Journalism, Writing, and Media (JWAM) at UBC on Musqueam land brings together a range of innovative approaches to the practice and teaching of journalistic and academic writing and other forms of communication. JWAM’s journalism and writing courses reach several thousand students across the university each year. The research-informed pedagogy of the JWAM team has included the continued development of our teaching, for instance, on writing and issues related to decolonization, race, Indigeneity, trans identities, and disability. As we continue our work in these areas, we recognize that there are gaps in the diversity of our fields, as well as the inclusivity of our research and teaching practices. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion speaker series is part of an ongoing effort to address these gaps and aims to further the conversation on EDI and the teaching of writing and journalism.

Reserve your ticket today for this free public event. The webinar link and passcode will be shared with registrants via Eventbrite after registration.