rejected proposal for 2025 CCCC roundtable: Resisting the Hype by Making Space for AI in the Writing Classroom

Building on an assignment suggested by Mark C. Marino, I aim to embolden and empower students by asking them to identify AI’s limitations, recognize the labor involved (i.e., “training” on both AI input and output), and reflect on the value of their own approaches and methods for writing. Such goals contrast with benefits listed in the first MLA-CCCC Joint Task Force on Writing and AI Working Paper, benefits which appear to relieve students of responsible participation in the writing process and remove opportunities for centering their own voices, experiences, and abilities. Part of resisting AI hype necessarily involves reaffirming our humanity, and reading texts like Futureproof by Kevin Roose and Unmasking AI by Joy Buolamwini that contextualize and historicize AI development also keep our collective head out of the cloud. Of course, I'd be glad to share early results of students' responses to these assignments. 

books recently read - mar/apr 2024

Xenos by Dan Abnett

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Unmasking AI by Joy Buolamwini

Revolutionary Mathematics by Justin Joque 

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Breaking Things at Work by Gavin Mueller

The Robotic Imaginary by Jennifer Rhee

The Algorithm by Hilke Schellmann 

Literary Theory for Robots by Dennis Yi Tenen

The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner

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Every Man for Himself and God Against All by Werner Herzog 

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Writing for Busy Readers by Todd Rogers and Jessica Lasky-Fink

Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Ultra-Processed People by Chris Tulleken 

Harold by Steven Wright 

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Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 

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The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

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After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh

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The Guest Lecture by Martin Riker

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

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Ohio by Stephen Markley

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

Fieldwork by Iliana Regan

Devotion by Patti Smith

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

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Chevy in the Hole by Kelsey Ronan

The Future is Analog by David Sax 

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Midlife by Kieran Setiya

The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan

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Germinal by Emile Zola