Keynote Speakers

Seth Kahn

Seth Kahn

Seth Kahn is an Associate Professor of English at West Chester University of PA. He teaches courses primarily in writing, activist rhetoric, and propaganda, and is heavily involved in the statewide faculty union. Recent publications include the co-edited collection Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement (with JongHwa Lee, Hawaii Pacific University) and a forthcoming issue of the journal Open Words on contingent labor and educational access, which he's guest co-editing with Amy Lynch-Biniek (Kutztown University) and Sharon Henry (Clemson University). He continues to serve as the unofficial spokesperson for the CCCC Labor Caucus.  

     

Minnie Bruce Pratt

Minnie Bruce Pratt

Minnie Bruce Pratt is a lesbian writer and white anti-racist, anti-imperialist activist, born in 1946, in Selma, Alabama. She took her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to this academic education, she received her education into the great liberation struggles of the 20th century through grass-roots organizing with women in the army-base town of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and through teaching at historically Black universities. Her essay, "Identity: Skin Blood Heart," now considered a feminist classic, chronicles some of this organizing and is used in universities nationally and internationally. Her poetry as a lesbian mother, Crime Against Nature, was chosen for the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Other honors include the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Book Award for Literature, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Lillian Hellman—Dashiell Hammett Award from the Fund for Free Expression. Her most recent book is Inside the Money Machine, described by one reviewer as "anti-capitalist poetics in action." She does organizing with the International Action Center and its Women's Fightback Network, teaches at Syracuse University, and can be reached at www.mbpratt.org

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