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Cynthia L. Selfe

Name: Cynthia L. Selfe, Michigan Technological University

Presentation Title: "The Shameful Secret of Literacy and Technology: Racism and Classism in the Guise of Progress"

Date: January 27, 1998

Abstract

In this paper, Professor Selfe provides examples that counter our culture's potent belief in technology and literacy as social formations associated with progress and economic prosperity. More specifically, she discusses how most English teachers -- and indeed, most citizens of this country -- come to subscribe to such belief systems, and are thus unwittingly implicated in a shameful kind of education that continues to enact a systemmatically oppressive influence on students of color and those who live in poverty.