Digital Interventions: Our Lives Matter

An online writing movement 

by Damele Elliott Collier

I began the Our Lives Matter movement as a freewriting assignment in a First-Year Writing classroom at Baruch College. It embodies the idea that we achieve liberation, and consequently an improved society, when we develop the individual, as well as when we form a coalition of people with the common goal of liberation and social uplift. Our Lives Matter encourages students to ask themselves a simple-yet-complex question: Why do their lives matter?

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Accessible Teaching

Some notes on accommodation and course design

by Agnes Eshak

As I write this, I’ve already missed the submission deadline. This post should have been completed a week ago, primed for the PiP newsletter to land in your mailbox. Missing deadlines isn’t new for me; I’ve missed many before this one, and I’ll probably miss many more (although the stress over it never goes away). But this isn’t just about poor planning, it’s that living with a chronic illness means plans often don’t work out in the first place.  

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Stasis Theory and Research

Helping students find and narrow down a topic

by Lisa Blankenship

Staseis refer to questions you can ask to find where you agree and disagree with an audience on a topic, helping you know where you need to begin and what you need to focus on in your arguments. Stasis refers to the point where things stop, or where you disagree with someone. As rhetorical scholars Sharon Crowley and Debra Hawhee explain, “The most satisfactory modern equivalent for stasis seems to be the term issue, which we define as the point about which all parties to an argument can agree to disagree: this is what is at issue” (72).

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