Vershawn Ashanti Young, who goes by dr. vay, has been writing for newspapers and magazines for almost twenty years. Two of his most recent pieces have been on the white-to-black racial passing of a Jewish college professor and on the controversial use of the Nword. This latter piece was reprinted in the magazine of Canadian Association of University Teachers. dr.vay is a solo performance artist. At the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, he is the program development chair of Black Pan African and Diaspora Studies and a professor in the departments of Communication Arts and English Language and Literature. He is the author or coauthor of ten books, including This Ain't Yesterday's Literacy: Culture and Education After George Floyd (Fountainhead Press, 2021), which has been adopted as a common reader at several universities. He is also coauthor of Other People’s English (Parlor Press, 2019), The Routledge Reader of African American Rhetoric (Routledge, 2018), and Neo-Passing: Performing Identity After Jim Crow (University of Illinois Press, 2018). He is currently the chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the largest educational organization dedicated to college literacies of communication.
dr. vay was able to join us for this presentation thanks to the generosity of Case Western Reserve University's Writing Program.