Teaching Interculturally: Invention, Intervention, Transformation (via Zoom)

Friday, October 15 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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  • How should we go about working with students from Chinese and Euro-American rhetorical traditions without resorting to a “deficiency” model?
  • How can we help students and ourselves counter misconceptions about students from different rhetorical and literacy traditions without creating more misconceptions?
  • How can we translate our more informed understanding into effective strategies to help us engage students from different cultural backgrounds in our classrooms and on our campuses? 

This workshop will explore how a more informed understanding of Chinese and Euro-American rhetorical traditions can inform teaching in a diverse classroom. Such understanding of these traditions can help instructors better appreciate and leverage students’ own orientations to learning and writing. Faculty participants will develop classroom strategies that operate as codes of intercultural conduct to help instructors and students contest their own biases, accept their limitations, cultivate space for dialogue, and learn from all forms of knowledge. 

LuMing Mao is Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah. He also serves as Director of International Initiatives in the College of Humanities and Director of Global U Humanities Summer Program for the University. Mao’s scholarship is located in the intersections of rhetoric, writing, culture, history, philosophy, and linguistics. He is deeply committed to studying rhetorical and other symbolic practices across time and space through a comparative lens, especially those practices that have been under-represented, mis-represented, or not represented at all. One of his current projects, which is to be published by MLA, is titled The Art of Recontextualization: Studying Chinese Rhetorics Comparatively.

Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning
CITRAL, UC Santa Barbara Library, Room 1576

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Classes & Workshops

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Alumni, Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff


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