Community Collaborations

Urban Narratives and the Provo City Planning Commission

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Community Collaborations, Homepage Features, Public Humanities | 0 comments

Urban Narratives and the Provo City Planning Commission

In 2013, Dr. Jamin Rowan of the BYU English Department attended a neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposed routes for the new Bus Rapid Transit line that will soon connect the Provo and Orem Frontrunner stations. Although he had never imagined that he would be involved in city politics, participating in this meeting helped him recognize that his interest in urban literature and culture had put him in a position to contribute to his community’s conversation about planning issues. Shortly after that neighborhood meeting, he began a three-year term as a member of the Provo City Planning...

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Utah Literacy Project

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Community Collaborations, Featured Outreach | 0 comments

Utah Literacy Project

The Utah Literacy Project is a door-to-door survey initiated by Wendy Baker Smemoe, assistant professor of English language and linguistics, with Brad Wilcox in the BYU McKay School of Education and Russell Warne, assistant professor of psychology at Utah Valley University. The survey includes questions about the ability to read prose, numbers, documents, and information on computers. The main goals of the project are 1. To determine the number of illiterate adults in Utah County 2. To better understand who in Utah County is illiterate 3. To determine what factors contribute to their not...

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