Author: Simone Sessolo

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Simone Sessolo is a Lecturer IV in the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan, where he teaches and does research in multimodal writing, new media, and writing center pedagogy.

Dear DRC Community, These painful past few weeks have called on those of us at the DRC to reaffirm: Black Lives Matter. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Nina Pop, and countless others are symptoms of deeply entrenched white supremacy in the United States. Our country and its institutions—including academia—are founded on and sustained by white supremacy. We recognize that these murders are not isolated incidents, but articulations of an ongoing epidemic of violence sustained by anti-Black racism. When we say Black Lives Matter, we condemn not only individual murders, but also the…

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In this Wiki Wednesday post, Dr. Simone Sessolo discusses the ways in which he incorporated the DRC Wiki into his undergraduate new-media writing course.  Dr. Sessolo shares his course design and his take on the multi-dimensional benefits of encouraging students to use and contribute to the DRC Wiki.  At the University of Michigan’s Sweetland Center for Writing we offer several classes on new media writing, some of which are semester-long while others are mini-courses (7 weeks). One mini-course that I designed and had the privilege of teaching three times is “The Rhetoric of Memes.” This is an undergraduate upper-level course that examines what image-macro memes…

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