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MnWE News Late-Fall Issue
November-December 2022
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    MnWE 2023 Conference on Zoom and In-Person at St. Cloud State
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 2023
“Learning Ecologies: Building, Improving, and Refining Pedagogy”

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4.  Equity/Diversity Literary Resources (in each issue)

5.  Free Teaching/Learning E-Newsletters (in each issue)

6.  About MnWE (in each issue)

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        Here is a set of events that could affect our campuses sooner or later. It reflects typical life for many college students of color, one way or another, setting them apart significantly from whites. The edited item below is by the Chronicle’s Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez in the Oct. 11 Race on Campus newsletter:

        In February, bomb threats rippled through more than 50 HBCUs across the country. An FBI investigation found racial motivations behind the threats and identified


six minors as persons of interest. The bureau is still investigating the cases.
        Some HBCUs had to respond to numerous unfounded bomb threats. The effort eats away at university resources and takes a toll on the campus community’s mental health, HBCU administrators say. And though HBCU leaders offered messages of resilience in the wake of the threats, many institutions were shaken by the concerning pattern....

        “We at the Department of Education recognize how these threats evoke a painful history of violence against Black Americans in this country that is especially traumatizing to HBCU students, faculty, and staff,” said Miguel Cardona, U.S. secretary of education, in a news release.... (Back in February, I reported on the troubling history of bomb threats at HBCUs, dating back to 1960....)

        The alarm on February 22 frightened Fayetteville State’s students, faculty, and staff and disrupted classroom instruction. It alerted them to a bomb threat. The residential campus community was told to shelter in place. Campus operations were suspended until the campus police could further investigate the threat. The campus police then worked alongside city officials, the state police, and the FBI to surveil the area.

        “No doubt this created significant concern among our students, parents, faculty, staff, and surrounding community about their safety and security,” says Darrell T. Allison, chancellor of Fayetteville State....

         Fayetteville State increased campus police patrols and called in city police officers for additional help. The university extended work schedules for critical employees, including the campus police, communications officials, and administrators.. The university will use its over-$80,000 grant to reimburse funds that were exhausted by having to pay employees for overtime. It will also purchase a bomb-sniffing dog (which the university had to rent at the time of the initial threat)....
        “’We are concerned that the ongoing nature of these threats may embolden others who wish to do harm to these schools and their students, members of the HBCU Caucus wrote.

"How HBCUs Recover From Bomb Threats" (Free signup required)



       The bimonthly email newsletter Teaching from the Chronicle published a March 10 list of some pedagogical boo-boos that some teachers later deeply regretted. They originally came from colleagues of Lindsay Masland of Appalachian State University. She asked people to write her about their “’pedagogical sins’ that they no longer commit,” asking them, “are there things you used to do in your teaching that now fill you with cringe?” Here are some of the answers:

     Setting rigid attendance policies and deadlines. This seemed to be the most common sin. One faculty
     member said she even asked, in her first year of teaching, for a student to provide a
     funeral program. (“I cringed then, and I cringe even more now.”)

Asking under-represented minority students to share experiences with the class, on the belief that the instructor had created a safe environment for them.

Trying to come off as stern and demanding so students would take them seriously.

Using high-stakes assignments with no scaffolding.

Framing the syllabus as a series of “don’t dos” (“Realized this set an antagonistic tone for the course.”)

Cold calling on students. (“I was taught to “encourage’ quiet students to participate by asking them questions in class. I’m sorry to all the students I’ve ever done this to!”)

And the ever-popular: “Pausing during a presentation, looking at students, asking something like ‘does everyone understand that?’ and looking around the room for eye contact/body language that supposedly indicates learning.”

        All of us have a learning curve when we start a new job or course. The more effective teachers sustain that learning curve throughout their careers by continuing to read, listen, and/or talk about how to teach. Doing so makes teaching both more effective and fun.

Effective Teaching--Harry and Rosemary Wong
"Cringe-worthy Teaching Practices," Teaching (Requires signup, which is free)
Teaching Mistakes 101: What I Wish I Had Known (Requires signup, which is free)



        If you would like to introduce Minnesota issues of culture and race into your classroom, here is a very intelligent, accessible start. Publishers Weekly calls We Are Meant To Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World a “powerful and passionate take on a fraught moment.”             

        The editors of the collection, Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura, were two of the spring ’22 MnWE Conference’s plenary speakers, and their book was featured at the Conference. We Are Meant To Rise now has been selected for the statewide One Book One Minnesota virtual book club. Holbrook, Mura, and more than a dozen others–including three past MnWE Conference speakers and a number of our


Minnesota English and Writing colleagues–tell us their nonfiction stories and poetry about being BIPOC Minnesotan in George Floyd and pandemic times.

        The book will be free through December 12 on, along with a virtual conversation with Holbrook, Mura, and others at 7 pm on Dec. 7. Anyone can join the book club, which is sponsored annually by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the Minnesota Center for the Book in partnership with State Library Services.

        We Are Meant To Rise is published by the University of Minnesota Press. Here is the Press’s description of it:

        In this significant collection, Indigenous writers and writers of color bear witness to one of the most unsettling years in the history of the United States. Essays and poems vividly reflect and comment on the traumas we endured in 2020, beginning with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, deepened by the blatant murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the uprisings that immersed our city into the epicenter of passionate, worldwide demands for justice. In inspired and incisive writing these contributors speak unvarnished truths not only to the original and pernicious racism threaded through the American experience but also to the deeply personal, in essays about family, loss, food culture, economic security, and mental health. Their call and response is united here to rise and be heard.

        We Are Meant to Rise lifts up the astonishing variety of BIPOC writers in Minnesota. From authors with international reputations to newly emerging voices, it features people from many cultures, including Indigenous Dakota and Anishinaabe, African American, Hmong, Somali, Afghani, Lebanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Puerto Rican, Colombian, Mexican, transracial adoptees, mixed race, and LGBTQ+ perspectives. Most of the contributors have participated in More Than a Single Story, a popular and insightful conversation series in Minneapolis that features Indigenous and people of color speaking on what most concerns their communities.

        We Are Meant to Rise meets the events of the day, the year, the centuries before, again and again, with powerful testament to the intrinsic and unique value of the human voice.

        Contributors: Suleiman Adan, Mary Moore Easter, Louise Erdrich, Anika Fajardo, Safy-Hallan Farah, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Pamela R. Fletcher Bush, Shannon Gibney, Kathryn Haddad, Tish Jones, Ezekiel Joubert III, Douglas Kearney, Ed Bok Lee, Ricardo Levins Morales, Arleta Little, Resmaa Menakem, Tess Montgomery, Ahmad Qais Munhazim, Melissa Olson, Alexs Pate, Bao Phi, Mona Susan Power, Marcie Rendon, Samantha Sencer-Mura, Said Shaiye, Erin Sharkey, Sun Yung Shin, Michael Torres, Diane Wilson, Kao Kalia Yang, and Kevin Yang.

        “Diversity is our strength. Each new voice who becomes part of America is our strength. The writers in this anthology provide us with individualized portraits of who we are, and in doing so they can help us to know each other, our neighbors, our fellow citizens. These writers prove we are indeed more than a single story.” –David Mura, from the Introduction

Free Ebook reading:
Book’s UMN Press page:
4. Equity Literary Resources (listed in each issue)
              What diversity books might you or your students read? Suggestions are welcome.


50 Top Asian American Literary Books
Time's 25 Asian-Am. Celebrate
MN Hum. Center’s BIPOC Resources

Wikipedia Asian-Amer. Lit., Writer List
2000+ Books on Asian American Lit
85 AAPI Novels  Angel's 60+



44 Best Black Books–
30 Top Black Literary Books
MN Black Children's Bks.–Strive Publ.
MN Hum. Center Diversity Resources

Wikipedia African-Amer. Lit., Writer List
41 Black Fiction Classics–B & N
700+ Black Books–
Black Graphic Novels and Comics


Indigenous/Native American:

50 Native American Bestseller Books
32 Native American Authors
MN Hum. Center Diversity Resources

WikipediaNative-Amer. Lit., Writer List
Minn. Hist. Society Native-Amer. Books
Indigenous Graphic Literature



Latinx Writers’ 14 Recommended Bks.
10 Latinx
MN Hum. Center Diversity Resources

WikipediaLatinx LiteratureWriter List
2000+ Latinx Books–
Latinx Graphic Novels



25 Best Classics
40+ LGBTQIA Gay Fiction & Lit Bks.
50 Bestsellers

Wikipedia: LGBTQ General, Writer List
1000+ in Multiple Genres
LGBTQ Graphic Lit:
Bestsellers  800+

Graphic Novels and Diversity:

NCTE: "Diversity in Graphic Novels"
"In Defense of Graphic Novels"
"100 Fav. Comics/Graphic Novels"

Social Justice Graphic Novels (All Ages)
Best Graphic Novels of All Time
Top 10 Literary Graphic Novels


5. Free Teaching/Learning E-Newsletters
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MnWE News   

Minnesota Writing and English

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David Beard, UMD Advisor, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Heidi Burns, Web & Docs Coordinator, Minn. State University-Mankato

Mary Ellen Daniloff-Merrill, SMSU Advisor, Southwest Minn. State University

Samantha Denney, Southern New Hampshire University

Judith Dorn, 2023 Site Coordinator, St. Cloud State University

Gene Gazelka, North Hennepin Community College

Edward Hahn, Registration Coordinator, North Hennepin College

Ryuto Hashimoto, Undergraduate Connection Coord., Mn. State U.-Mankato

Danielle Hinrichs, Program Coordinator, Metropolitan State University

Richard Jewell, Co-founder & Gen. Coord., Inver Hills Coll. (Emeritus)

Yanmei Jiang, Equity Co-Leader, Century College

Carla-Elaine Johnson, Plenary Coordinator, Saint Paul College

Linda O’Malley, Volunteer Coordinator, Metropolitan State University

Priscilla Mayowa, Metropolitan State University

Kerrie Patterson, Treasurer, Hennepin Technical College

Gordon Pueschner, Secretary & Conf. Floor Co-Manager, Century College

Beata Pueschner, Conference Floor Co-Manager, North Hennepin College

Jana Rieck, Communications Coordinator, Champlin Park High School

Donald Ross, Co-founder, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Emeritus)

Larry Sklaney, Conference & Cost Center Coordinator, Century College

MnWE Journal Editorial Board.: David Beard and Yanmei Jiang   

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