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Stetson Kennedy Biography
Primarily I am concerned with how class consciousness is formed, reformed, and performed. I recover the voices of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and in so doing, I have sought to contribute to the “public turn” in rhetoric and composition by focusing on working-class subjects in social movements and community literacy programs. As labor historian James R. Barrett (2017) writes, my rhetorical historiography approaches subjects “from the bottom up and the inside out.”
For more, please read my research statement.
As a teacher of writing and rhetoric, I employ praxis, what critical educator Paulo Freire calls in Pedagogy of the Oppressed “ a movement back and forth between action and reflection.” This melding of theory and practice manifests in my classroom through four ideas and principles:
- classroom culture;
- critical thinking;
- reflection and vision.
For more, please read my teaching philosophy.
I enjoy volunteering. I am a mentor in the Better Work program, which is part of the Georgia Center for Opportunity. For more, please read my outreach statement.
Helen Diana Eidson received her doctorate in English from Georgia State University with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition. She has worked in education for 25 years. As a high school English instructor in north Fulton County, she prepares 9th graders and AP Lit students for success in academic and professional environments. In summers, she is writing a rhetorical biography of Stetson Kennedy (1916–2011), a journalist, investigative historian, spy, and activist who fought for civil rights and workers’ rights over a career spanning nearly eight decades.
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