Dr. Suresh Canagarajah, Professor and Author on Applied Linguistics and English, to Speak at LaGuardia Community College on May 30

Long Island City, NY—Dr. Suresh Canagarajah, a professor of Applied Linguistics and English at Pennsylvania State University and an award-winning author, will be the featured speaker at LaGuardia Community College’s Literacy Brokers Program’s inaugural event on May 30.

In his presentation/workshop, “Brokering Academic Publishing Conventions,” Dr. Canagarajah will discuss and demystify academic publishing conventions, show how they are biased to certain ways of relating to knowledge and discuss possibilities of renegotiating them.  Following his presentation, there will be focused discussion groups and a large group exchange.

The presentation is geared toward multilingual faculty/scholars and those who support their efforts toward academic publications: writing and English language teachers and support services; academic department chairs; and academic administrators.

The event is sponsored by LaGuardia’s Center for Teaching and Learning in support of the Literacy Brokers Program initiative.  The initiative, which is coordinated by Associate Professor Maria Jerskey of the Education and Language Acquisition Department, promotes the academic writing and publishing practices of multilingual faculty members by cultivating networks of literacy brokers—behind-the-scene-mediators—that are instrumental in shaping multilingual scholars’ texts as they move to completion.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Canagarajah has advocated for practices that empower language learners at all levels and make use of the inherent creativity multilinguals bring to their acquisition of language and literacy competence.

Dr. Canagarajah was the editor of TESOL Quarterly from 2005 to 2009, and an editor and author of several books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. 

For his writing, he was awarded the MLA’s Mina Shaughnessy Award, the Gary Olsen Award from the Association for the Teachers of Advanced Composition and the CCC Richard Braddock Award.

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