The University of Mississippi Writing Project

National Writing Project

The 2nd Annual NWP in the South Conference:

Writing for Change through Empathy and Engagement

March 27-28, 2020

Greenville, South Carolina

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Keynote Speakers:

Nicole Mirra

Assistant Professor of Urban Education
Author of Education for Empathy

“I Hesitate but I Do Have Hope: Critical Civic Empathy in Troubled Times”

In today’s polarized political climate, our students come to class trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for in the face of deepening social divisions and stark racial inequities. We educators have a responsibility to orient our teaching toward the ultimate goal of preparing young people to face the challenges of the 21st century with consciousness, compassion, and commitment to equity and justice. This talk will share literacy practices that teachers can integrate into their classrooms to foster a new kind of empathy – one that goes beyond simply encouraging “niceness” and instead fosters a shared sense of democratic community. We will discuss how textual analysis, classroom discussion, research, and digital literacy can be the basis for both powerful learning and transformative civic engagement. This talk will strive to help us think beyond traditional models of social emotional learning and achieve a critical perspective that we can integrate into our practice. 

Brad Campbell

Director of the University of MIssissippi Writing Center
Oxford Campus

“Cultivating Empathic Writers through Authentic Research Pedagogies”
Brad explores how the use of authentic research pedagogies can transform writing classrooms into spaces that cultivate empathic writers who focus on the conceptualization, development, and implementation of multidimensional, ethically grounded, and socially transformative research projects. Reflecting on current approaches to topic development and research writing in their own classes, attendees will interrogate how nuanced research pedagogies offered as part of this presentation may advance students’ capacity for empathy within and beyond the classroom, and participants will consider how research-based writing courses offer ideal spaces for cultivating a heightened empathic awareness among students in writing courses.

Marcus Amaker

Poet Laureate of Charleston, SC and the Gaillard Center's artist-in-residence
“Power of Poetry”


$75.00 registration fee includes Nicole Mirra's Educating for Empathy and lunch on Friday.

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Schedule at a Glance:

Friday, March 27, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Session
Rachel Bear, NWP Senior Program Associate
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. General Session I: Composing a New Civic Narrative: Fostering Digital Democratic Dialogue Within and Across ELA Classrooms
11:00 a.m.– 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. Lunch and General Session II
Cultivating Empathic Writers through Authentic Research Pedagogies
Brad Campbell
1:15 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:15 – 3:00  Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. General Session
For the Sake of the Song: Reflections on Four Years of Community-Based Songs in Progress Meetings
Chris Goering, NW Arkansas WP
Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:30 a.m.– 9:00 a.m. Registration and Research Poster Session
9:00 a.m.– 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
Writing for Change through Empathy and Engagement
Nicole Mirra, Rutgers University Writing Project
10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:10 a.m.– 11:55 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Closing Session
Power of Poetry
Marcus Amaker

 Co-sponsored with the Upstate Writing Project:

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