Introducing participants: Irvin Peckham, scholar, teacher, musician

Dr. Peckham is a Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Louisiana State University.  He is the author of Going North, Thinking West: The Intersections of Social Class, Critical Thinking, and Politicized Writing Instruction, and numerous articles on assessment and the relationship of writing to social class.
In his personal life, Irvin is a grass-roots musician, a mountain-biker, and a social activist.  He has recently lost his wife, with whom he was in love for forty-three years.  He has turned his focus in writing about academic subjects to writing about grief–using writing as a way of working one’s way out of trauma.  The real subject is loss and the struggle to recover, the loss of love that is almost too deep to imagine.
His recently completed blues song sequence can be heard here online.

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