In a time of movement …

... The Coalition is moving. In the midst of much surreality and uncertainty -- and while we are contending with tripled workloads, juggled family obligations, frenetic updates and missives from our workplaces and schools, and the residual effects of hoarding (rather than helping) behavior -- all of the Executive officers and Advisory Board members wish you good health, good discernment, peace, and safety. We're continuing our work, but with cautious optimism and daily adjustments.

For now, allow me to announce the unveiling of three projects long in the works:

(1) Our new and permanent web location is live at https://cfshrc.org. The current site (http://cwshrc.org) may remain online awhile longer but will be archived with no new activity after today. Our new web space has been designed by and will be maintained by the resourceful and insightful Academic Web Pages. AWP is woman-founded and -owned, and specializes in developing habitable and usable web spaces for academic organizations and small affiliates like ours. They have been patient, thoughtful, thorough, and responsive to our and our members' needs and, as a result, have created a beautiful space for hosting the activities of the Coalition, Peitho, and Feminisms and Rhetorics. While we did not expect to be announcing this in the wake of COVID-19, please join us in celebrating and browsing the new site!

(2) With the new site will come a new and functioning mailing list. The current mailing list (coalition@cwshrc.org) will no longer be maintained. If you were subscribed to that list, we have automatically subscribed you to a new mailing list which we'll be activating soon. Please watch for an announcement or two from a new list address. For the time being, if you have announcements you'd like to post or disseminate, please send them to admin@cfshrc.org and we'll post on your behalf. And thank you for your patience as we get the new mailing mechanism established. (We're working as quickly as we can in the midst of many other uncertainties.)

(3) The Feminisms and Rhetorics 2019 Conference Team has just published a stunning digital archive of the conference, which they and we invite you to visit at https://femrhetarchive19.wixsite.com/femrhet2019 (linked, also, from the FemRhet 2019 conference page). This was a JMU student project aimed to capture and embody all aspects of the conference in a generative and dynamic way. Please do visit and browse its features!

Finally, please also watch for a series of posts on the new website between now and April 15, reporting on results of our annual Board meeting, recipients of this year's scholarships and awards, plans to continue our online mentoring program, introduction of new Exec officers and AB members, followup from CCCC 2020, and announcements about FemRhet 2021, FemRhet 2023 and membership renewal for those members on an April to March cycle. Admittedly, some of this business now seems mundane while other business seems arduous, yet we know it is all necessary, and we thank you for bearing with us.

cum grato erga,
Tarez Graban (for the Board)
CFSHRC President 2018-2020

Cancellation of Coalition at CCCC 2020

Dear Colleagues,

With real regret, the CFSHRC is cancelling this year's Action Hour event, ahead of official announcements from the CCCC. We especially regret any inconvenience this announcement may cause for our members in timing or otherwise, we thank you for your support and your kind messages this week and prior, and we hope for clear pathways forward for all your institutions and communities.

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Coalition at CCCC 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, many Coalition members are weighing a difficult choice regarding travel to CCCC. While we are heartened by CCCC’s close monitoring of the situation [https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/cccc-2020-and-the-coronavirus], we are weighing those choices with you. We encourage all members to assess their situations and err on the side of their own and others’ safety and well-being.

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#IWD2020

Twenty years ago this May, I shook Gloria Steinem's hand. She was the commencement keynote speaker at a small college where I was interim writing center director at the time. Steinem opened her keynote with the admission that she was "a self-proclaimed commencement junkie," and she proved it afterwards by leading the recessional then standing in line to shake hands with everyone in attendance -- not only students and faculty, but also family members and guests. I had only a moment in which to express my thanks before the momentum of the line nudged me forward, but it felt rewarding to tell Steinem in person how much her long career in journalism, activism, human rights, and education had made it possible for me to be doing what I was doing, and still am doing today. My list of women to admire has since grown -- women whose work has made a profound and concrete difference in how I view the world and how I access it -- but the list always includes Steinem for her intellectual curiosity and personal generosity. On International Women's Day, to whom will you pay tribute?

Event: Connecting Coalitions, Arts, and Pedagogies of Human Rights at #4C20

Please join the Coalition for our annual SIG event before CCCC's! Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Crystal Ballroom, Wisconsin Center

Keynote by Dr. Alexandra Hidalgo

This year's two-part session will focus on making critical connections between filmic and other arts and the various kinds of teaching and activism we strive for in the contemporary classroom. The first part of the session features a keynote presentation by Dr. Alexandra Hidalgo: “Art in the Times of Chaos: Creative Collaborations Between Venezuelan Women Across Continents” with lecture, film clips, and traditional Q&A.

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Sweta Baniya to Lead Coalition Social Media & Outreach

As the Coalition continues to expand its social media and outreach efforts, we are honored to welcome our next Digital Media and Outreach Director, Sweta Baniya.

Sweta Baniya is from Nepal and currently a Doctoral Candidate at Purdue University. She is finishing her dissertation project that studies the emergence of transnational assemblages during Nepal Earthquake and Puerto Rico’s Hurricane. her scholarship is informed via non-western rhetorical traditions and practices that she acquired via her community in Nepal. She has taught Business Writing with International Service Learning where she guided students on navigating transnational spaces via multicultural communication, technology, and service-learning. She has previously demonstrated her commitment to supporting feminist scholars as a co-founding member of the nextGEN Listserv and as a volunteer for Coalition social media and award committees. As the incoming Digital Media and Outreach Director for CFSHRC, she wishes to establish safer and empowering digital/ rhetorical practices for emerging and established feminist scholars. 

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Welcome Dr. Temptaous Mckoy to the Peitho Editorial Board

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Temptaous Mckoy will serve as the next Associate Editor of Peitho. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Mckoy to the Peitho leadership team!

Dr. Mckoy is an Assistant Professor of English with a focus in Technical Communication at Bowie State University. Her strengths include the following:

  • an emphasis on diversity and inclusion through fostering mentoring opportunities;
  • previous experience as an editorial assistant for Technical Communications Quarterly (August 2015–May 2016), which she completed while at East Carolina University during her doctoral studies;
  • strong abilities in social media outreach;
  • an interest in using the book reviews feature as an opportunity to highlight/cite historically marginalized scholars.
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Call for Advisory Board Nominations

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition seeks nominations** for its active Advisory Board for the 2020-2022 term. Both peer- and self-nominations are encouraged.

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“Moving” Days

January through April, in an even year, mark "moving" days for the Coalition, in more ways than one. But this year began with a unique kind of movement: Peitho journal's moving to a fully online format. If you haven't already, please do check out Issue 22.1 (Fall/Winter 2019). Jen Wingard, Jen England, and Peitho's editorial team worked diligently to put out this beautiful issue, in and around constraints caused by our decision to redesign the Coalition website.

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Apply to be the next Digital Media and Outreach Director

The CFSHRC is seeking the organization's next Digital Media and Outreach Director. Applications are due 1/15/2020.

Overview: Over the past several years, digital media use within the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition has increased considerably. Currently, the CFSHRC boasts not only a long-standing listerv and website but also Facebook and Twitter accounts, along with a team of volunteers who contribute to regular content and livetweet at conferences. Eager to make the most of these resources while meeting the demands of effective communication both within and beyond the Coalition, we are pleased to recruit the next CFSHRC Digital Media and Outreach Director to lead these endeavors.

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