Redefining the Classroom

LSSU to host third Writing Across the Peninsula Conference

Posted: October 11th, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University will play host to the third annual Writing Across the Peninsula conference, Thursday-Friday, Oct. 18-19, a gathering of high school and college educators who teach writing and are exploring new ideas and approaches for teaching it well.

The conference is open to everyone, but LSSU English, communication and education students are particularly encouraged to attend.

LSSU English Prof. Mary Been Ph.D. said the conference's two main speakers will be examining issues of diversity and race in the writing classroom. Prof. Kristin Arola Ph.D., from Washington State University, will be speaking on "Rethinking Multimodal Composition through Anishinaabe Teachings." Prof. Julia Landsman, Minneapolis, whose recent book, "Growing Up White: A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism," informs her talk, will be speaking on "The Imperative of Stories: Our Students', Our Own, and Where They Converge."


"We are very excited to be hosting these two dynamic speakers," said Been. "In addition, ten panels of teachers and graduate students from colleges and high schools in the Upper and Lower Peninsula, and Ontario, will be presenting research and projects. We have organized the conference to offer multiple opportunities for interaction and discussions with all of these presenters."


Been said high school faculty who attend the entire conference are eligible for 2.5 Continuing Education Units.

Registration information and the full roster of speakers and events is available at

Registration is only $30 ($20 for students) and is available online through the website. The registration fee includes the Thursday evening reception of "Food and the Arts" in the LSSU Arts Center, as well as a continental breakfast and buffet lunch on Friday.

WAP was co-founded by writing instructors at Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University and LSSU. For more information, contact Been at 906-635-2116 or -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Mary Been, 635-2116,