Keynote Speech: Tobi Jacobi

Tobi Jacobi gave a keynote on research sustainability and ethics highlighting her prison work in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. She also began work on 20th Century prison narratives from the New York Training School for Girls with the non-profit Prison Public Memory Project in Hudson, NY in mid-May.


Presentation: Tobi Jacobi

Tobi Jacobi gave a presentation on developing self-care strategies for volunteers working in jail/prison writing programs at recent workshop on “Innovations in Prison” sponsored by UCLA and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

Grant: Tobi Jacobi and Ed Lessor

Tobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, and Laura Rogers (Rhetoric/Composition scholar at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) were awarded a 2014 CCCC Research Initiative grant in support of their archival project, “(Re)Writing Lila: Literacy Narratives of Reform from the New York State Training School for Girls, 1920-1970.”

Writing Event

Ten of our English Department colleagues took part in “Your Vision, Our Focus: Experience CSU,” a writing event for high-achieving Colorado high school seniors worth $6,000 in scholarship money, on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  Thank you to Tony Becker, Ellen Brinks, Pam Coke, Ashley Davies, Katie Hoffman, Zach HutchinsTobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, Jeremy Proctor, and Leif Sorensen for giving of their time and their talent for this important event.

Conference Presentation: Tobi Jacobi

Tobi Jacobi presented a paper at the Feminisms and Rhetorics biannual conference at Stanford University on the challenge of an activist approach to prison literacy work.  In the Stanford Library archives she also discovered 230 boxes of unexamined letters to Angela Davis and that the Black Panther Party wanted their female members to wear bras.