Community Learning Center
Students participating in this project from the North Side Learning Center (NSLC) come from several countries and speak multiple languages. Some have lived in the United States their entire lives (or for as long as they can remember) and others arrived years or months ago. They represent a number of high schools and middle schools in Syracuse and often attend the NSLC with their entire families. The NSLC, founded in 2009 to aid in adult and youth literacy learning in pursuit of self-sufficiency and self-actualization with newcomers in Syracuse, offers services to over 150 students from ages four to eight-four.
The “SU” students involved in this project, as a group, are studying how writing/rhetoric can both support and transform public conceptions of marginalized, politically disenfranchised, and persecuted populations in the United States and globally. In addition to engaging in a dialogue with students locally as well as in Algeria and England, the students are developing a book project focused on testimonies of human rights victims in Syria as well as a digital interface to allow individuals to experience the moral/ethical complexity of navigating the Syrian conflict.
Steve Parks is currently an Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University. He will be joining the Department of English at University of Virginia in 2019. For the past twenty years, he has worked in the United States, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East on issue of cultural and political rights. He is founder of New City Community Press as well as co-founder of Syrians for Truth and Justice.
Brice Nordquist is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University. Working at the intersections of writing and literacy studies, education and mobility studies, his research investigates relations among language and literacy practices across media, schools, jobs, communities, and cultural and geopolitical borders. His publications include Literacy and Mobility (Routledge 2017) and Economies of Writing (Utah State University Press 2017). He is chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Transnational Standing Group and serves on the board of directors of the North Side Learning Center in Syracuse, NY, USA.