Speaker Series

The Writing and Media Center hosts an annual Speaker Series, featuring local, state, national, and international speakers. Each year's events focus on topics related to written, oral, visual, and electronic communication that are relevant to the Writing and Media Center's work and to the interests of ISU and Ames community members. 

2020-2021: Creative Writing and Publishing

2021-2022: Language and Communication Justice



2021-2022 Speaker Series:

Language and Communication Justice

Our first speaker this year will be Dr. Stephanie P. Jones in a presentation titled, “Curriculum Violence: Antiblackness as Academic Rigor” on October 19th, 2021. This event will take place in the Campanile Room of the MU at 4pm. This event is open to all, including faculty, staff, students, and the community. 

This event will also be live-streamed on the Writing and Media Center's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCen3xxKBPeS4dXb9XffXX5w

In her lecture, Dr. Jones will expound upon the origins of curriculum violence in classrooms and its antiblackness roots--perspectives that are typically overlooked in professional development and teacher education discourses. Jones considers these pressing questions: How can the study of racialized trauma help fuel collective understandings of how curriculum violence is embedded in classrooms and often mistaken for academic rigor? What would it take for educators and academics to engage in a process of reflecting upon their own pedagogical stances for the goal of linguistic and racial justice? 


Stephanie P. Jones, Ph.D. is an assistant Professor of Education at Grinnell College, where she teaches courses in Youth Culture, Young Adult Literature and Introduction to Educational Studies. Her two research strands examine Black women’s literacy practices and the exploration of racialized trauma in school curriculums. She is part of the inaugural cohort of Associated Colleges of the Midwest Mellon Faculty Fellows, a STAR fellowship recipient through the Literacy Research Association and she serves as Grinnell College’s Center for the Humanities Fellow for 2021-2022. She is working on a forthcoming manuscript about the intersections of surveillance, curriculum violence, and racialized trauma.


Students, sign up here for a small group discussion with Dr. Jones on Oct. 19 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm! 

Questions? Contact writectr@iastate.edu.


Find out more about Dr. Jones and her work: 

Mapping Racial Trauma in Schools Facebook Page: 


Dr. Jones’ website: