College Writing and Campus Values: The Nixon Library Debate at UC Irvine


  • Jens Lloyd University of California, Irvine



campus, campus newspaper, cocurricular literacies, built environment, presidential library


This article examines a debate from the early 1980s about siting the Nixon Presidential Library at UC Irvine. I analyze the debate as it unfolds across the pages of the campus newspaper, exploring the interplay between literacy and geography to document how the newspaper provides a venue for inhabitants of the campus and the surrounding area to wrangle over the academic, civic, and regional responsibilities of UCI. The ideological fault lines that emerge are evidence that campus values are, much like the campus itself, an evolving construction to which college writing has much to contribute. I conclude by calling upon teacher-scholars to sustain and diversify the array of literacy practices associated with college campuses by using newspapers and other campus publications for research, pedagogy, and other curricular and cocurricular ends.

Author Biography

Jens Lloyd, University of California, Irvine

A PhD candidate in the English department at UC Irvine, Jens Lloyd is currently an editorial assistant for College Composition and Communication and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. He served as the Campus Writing Fellow at UCI during the 2015-2016 school year, and he used this position to highlight the role of campus publications in contributing to an institution's culture of writing. His dissertation considers how campuses, especially in light of rampant speculation about their imminent demise, thrive by fostering civically vibrant and not-strictly-curricular forms of writing and rhetoric. More broadly, he is interested in spatial and ecological approaches to research and pedagogy in rhetoric/composition.




How to Cite

Lloyd, J. (2018). College Writing and Campus Values: The Nixon Library Debate at UC Irvine. Literacy in Composition Studies, 6(1), 1–18.