In our second episode of Slow Agency, we spoke with Dr. Asao Inoue, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University, author of Antiracist writing assessment ecologies: Teaching and assessing for a socially just future (2015) and Labor-based grading contracts: Building equity and inclusion in the compassionate writing classroom (2017). The second half of our conversation centered on Inoue’s work on writing centers and antiracist pedadogies.

Editorial note: We edited this episode into two segments/parts in order to align to the different themes discussed in our conversation with Inoue. For editorial considerations, the beginning and ending of this recording may be repeated. 

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Yagelski, B. (2011). Writing as a way of being: Writing instruction, nonduality, and the crisis of sustainability. Hampton Press.

Inoue, A. B. (2015). Antiracist writing assessment ecologies: Teaching and assessing writing for a socially just future. Parlor Press.

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. Milkweed Editions.

Inoue, A. B. (upcoming). Above the well: An antiracist literacy argument of A boy of color.

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The “Slow Agency” Podcast

Created and hosted by your CWCAB editors, the goal of this podcast is to open up time and space in this productivity-saturated culture to slow down and dialogue with leading thinkers and practitioners in writing studies worldwide. The title of the podcast is inspired by Micciche, L. (2011) For slow agency. Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, 35 (1), 73-90. Rather than trying to distill our conversations into neat soundbytes or twenty-minute clips, we are choosing to embrace the longform interview so that we have time to really listen, process, think, and dialogue about ideas and issues that either directly or tangentially impact writing center praxis.

This season, we interview North American scholars on a wide range of issues including standard language ideologies and anti-racist practices, emotional labor in writing program administrator work, writing center care-work, writing as a way of being and a way into well-being. Our inaugural episode features WLN’s journal editors whose wisdom and hard work make this journal and the blog possible.

Next season, stay tuned for interviews with scholars and practitioners from around the world!