The Rhetorics of Race and Racism: Teaching Writing in an Age of Colorblindness


  • Deborah Mutnick Long Island University



Article for LiCS special issue The New Activism: Composition, Literacy Studies, and Politics.

Author Biography

Deborah Mutnick, Long Island University

Deborah Mutnick is Professor of English, former Director of Writing at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, and current Co-Director of LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities (LIUBLC). She is the author of Writing in an Alien World: Basic Writing and the Struggle for Equality in Higher Education (1996), recipient of the W. Ross Winterowd Award. She has published refereed articles and book chapters on basic writing, narrative, autobiography, critical pedagogy, oral history, and the intersection between geography and composition studies. In 2012, she received an NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant for The Pathways to Freedom Digital Narrative Project, which maps oral histories of Brooklyn civil rights activists in time and space using GIS, crowdsourcing, and other digital technologies.




How to Cite

Mutnick, D. (2015). The Rhetorics of Race and Racism: Teaching Writing in an Age of Colorblindness. Literacy in Composition Studies, 3(1), 71–81.