Swinging into Spring with Upcoming Events

Paper presentation at Yale on “Engaging First Generation Students with Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality”

Paper Proposal: Clearly an outsider looking in, Jean-Jacques Rousseau exploits the adversity and hardships he’s faced as an exile, turning his experiences and observations into a source of empowerment and a means for enlightenment. In “A Discourse on Inequality” Rousseau’s rhetorical strategies, his critical view on hierarchy, and his refusal to accept the status quo, demonstrates for First Generation college students invaluable methods of critique and cognitive processes. First Generation students may often feel over-whelmed and estranged within institutions of higher learning, and a close reading and discussion of Rousseau provides a critical point of connection, shedding light on our own agency of power. While his contemporaries insist on entitlement, Rousseau reveals our own empowerment by illustrating how to engage critically within our community.


Frontispiece and title page of an edition of Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality (1754), published by Marc-Michel Rey in 1755 in Holland.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7:30pm
Reading with Rosemary Graham and Rashaan Alexis Meneses for Saint Mary’s College Creative Writing Series,

at Soda Center, Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA.

Rosemary Graham
Rosemary Graham holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Virginia.  She is the author of Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel. Her third novel, Stalker Girl, was published in August of 2010.  She is a professor of English at Saint Mary’s College of CA. 

rashaan meneses

Rashaan Alexis Meneses earned her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of CA, where she was named a 2005-2006 Jacob K. Javits Fellow and awarded the Sor Juana Indes de La Cruz Scholarship for Excellence in Fiction.  She has recently published in Pembroke Magazine and Growing up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults.


Keynote speech for  Saint Mary’s College of California’s Tenth Annual Asian Pacific American Graduate Celebration

Saturday, May 14, 2011

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Le Fevre Theater

Reception to follow in Delphine Lounge

Asian Pacific American Graduate Celebration

"Shyness is nice and shyness can stop you"

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