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With Different Eyes Conference

November 7, 2020 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration for the conference is closed.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
9:00 AM – 2:45 PM online

The UCLA Writing Project and Center X invite you to the 30th annual With Different Eyes Conference.  We focus on access and equity for all students, with multilingual students center stage:  newcomers and advanced English learners, speakers of African American English and indigenous languages.

A virtual conference this year—we’ll pay close attention to the realities of teaching on-line, including how to transform prized lessons so they’ll speak to students across the screen.  Workshops across the disciplines include combatting anti-Blackness along with other issues of linguistic and racial injustice.  They focus on the riches our students carry with them, and the sustaining pedagogy that honors students’ identities and experiences.

Our theme:
“Unmuted Voices:  Our Students, Ourselves.”

Welcome & Morning Keynote Speaker 9:00 – 10:00
Session 1 Workshops 10:15 – 11:30
Lunch Break 11:30 – 12:15
Afternoon Keynote Speaker 12:15 – 1:15
Session 2 Workshops 1:30 – 2:45


Keynote Title

“We Wanna Be Linguistically Free Too: In Pursuit of Black Linguistic Justice”
April Baker-Bell

Keynote Speaker

April Baker-Bell

Teacher, Researcher & Activist
Michigan State University
Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy

Dr. April Baker-Bell is a transdisciplinary teacher-researcher-activist and associate professor of language, literacy, and English education in the Department of English and Department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. A national leader in conversations on Black Language education, her research interrogates the intersections of Black language and literacies, anti-Black racism, and antiracist pedagogies, and is concerned with antiracist writing, critical media literacies, Black feminist-womanist storytelling, and self-preservation for Black women in academia, with an emphasis on early career Black women. Baker-Bell’s new book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, brings together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism (a term Baker-Bell coined) and white linguistic supremacy. The book provides ethnographic snapshots of how Black students navigate and negotiate their linguistic and racial identities across multiple contexts, and it captures what Antiracist Black Language Pedagogy looks like in community with Black students.

30% off book Linguistic Justice

Keynote Title

“The Politics of Language: Teaching About Language And Power”

Keynote Speaker

Linda Christensen

Oregon Writing Project Director
Lewis & Clark College
Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching about Social Justice, Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom

Linda Christensen, Director of the Oregon Writing Project in the Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching about Social Justice; Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom; and Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice. She has also coedited several books, including Rethinking Elementary Education, The New Teacher BookFinding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom, and Rethinking School Reform: Views from the Classroom. Linda regularly works with teachers and administrators demonstrating how to teach literacy as a consequence and instrument of social justice.  She is a member of the editorial board of Rethinking Schools, the activist journal for social justice in schools, and has received numerous national and regional awards for her teaching and writing, including the designation of  Outstanding Teacher in the Western United States.



November 7, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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