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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Understanding the Issue: Disconnect and Class Discourse in the Writing Classroom

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When academics from working class backgrounds have written about their experiences navigating the academy, they often mention moments of disconnect or growing separation from their families back home. In fact, this separation narrative is so prevalent that researchers have even suggested that there is a strong correlation between the two and that the higher the aspirations of the working class student, the more complete the separation becomes. While it may be easier to simply support individual students who go through this separation, this situation indicates a larger issue in our inability to talk across class discourse. By examining the microcosm of the writing classroom, we can understand where such differences in class discourse occur and how the educational system, as a whole, operates to promote success for middle class students and not their working class peers. I will not only discuss the existing differences in class discourse and how they work in the classroom, but I will also argue that there are limitations to current pragmatic solutions and speculate how to create a space for meaningful conversations across class lines that validate all discourses. This discussion is not only important for deciphering how we can best promote success for working class students, but it also offers significant implications beyond the classroom. Our current political discourse suggests there is significant divisiveness along class lines. Therefore, taking time to understand those differences and promote meaningful conversations are necessary for finding middle ground.


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:30pm - 2:50pm
John Q. Imholte Hall, Room #113 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267