Hello and welcome to the 4C4Equality (4C4E) page! We’re hoping that the initiative will spur your interest and action, perhaps connect you to other scholar-activists or inspire you to take on engagement work in your own way. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please post them in the comments a the bottom of the page or email us at 4c4equality[at]gmail.com.
In our initial work at 4C14 in Indianapolis and 4C15 in Tampa, 4C4E organizers sought to leverage the social power and rhetorical savvy of the Conference on College Composition and Communication membership to respond to economic, political, and cultural issues important to people who live in the cities that served as conference sites. At 4C16 in Houston, we shifted our focus from local organizing to creating an infrastructure that could support the community-based, social justice work of writing scholars and teachers. Our first step in developing such an infrastructure involved creating a Google map to locate said scholars and teachers. To check out more information about the map, go here.
In 2017, we distributed a call for proposals to create a zine that collected the ongoing engagement work underway by writing studies scholars across the country. Our final zine was published in October 2017 and we are working with an online publishing space to distribute a webtext version of the journal in Spring 2018.
Please consider getting involved and sharing your ideas and suggestions here on our website, by tweeting @4C4Equality, or by using the hashtag #4C4E. Other sections of the site provide more specifics about how 4C4E and our ongoing work.
Don Unger is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. He also serves as the Faculty Fellow for Community-Engaged Teaching & Learning with St. Edward’s Center for Teaching Excellence. His research explores the impact that network technologies have on how we conceive of public rhetoric and what role service plays in shaping networks. You can contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @donunger.
Liz Lane is an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on feminist activism in digital spaces, new media, and technical communication, and designing for community engagement. You can contact Liz at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @fancyscholar.
One caveat about our activities: While support of equality and local issues does not necessarily represent the entire 4Cs community, we find a particular exigence surrounding such issues because 4Cs convenes in specific locations each year that bear new kairotic potentials.
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