Prof. Josephine Walwema on Ubuntu Ethics and Technical Writing

by Arnold Burian

University of Washington English Department’s Assistant Professor, Josephine Walwema discusses Ubuntu Ethics and explores how these ethics connect to the field of Technical Writing. In this episode, you can expect to develop a working understanding of terms in Ubuntu Ethics, but also the deep connections between Ubuntu Ethics and the technical writing community. Key texts range from Desmond Tutu’s No Future without Forgiveness to Clifford G. Christians’ “Introduction: Ubuntu for Journalism Theory and Practice”.

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This episode was produced by the “Literature, Language Culture” Series Editor, C. R. Grimmer and “Literature, Language Culture” Project Manager Jacob Huebsch.

Episode Contents:
0:17 Exploring African Moral Philosophy
1:43 About the Episode
3:40 Part 1: Defining Episode Terms
5:30 Part 2: Contextualizing Critiques of Ubuntu Ethics
9:50 Part 3: How Do Ubuntu Ethical Frameworks Inform the Field of Technical Communication?
15:39 Conclusion: Ubuntu Ethic, Technical & Professional Communication, and Hope

About the Series:
This video is the eighth in a public scholarship dialogue series from The University of Washington (Seattle Campus) Department of English: “Literature, Language, Culture.” These video and podcast episodes share our innovative work in fostering intellectual vitality, inspiring enthusiasm for literature, honing critical insight into the ethical and creative uses of the English language, preparing future teachers, and crafting the stories that animate our world.

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About this episode’s host, C. R. Grimmer:

C. R. Grimmer, who also goes by Chelsea Grimmer and uses she/her and they/them pronouns interchangeably, is a teaches at The University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses. Their books include The Lyme Letters, forthcoming Fall 2020 from Texas Tech University Press as the Walt McDonald First Book Award Recipient, and O–(ezekiel’s wife), a chapbook and audiobook collaboration from GASHER Journal and Press. C. R. completed their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies with support from The Simpson Center for the Humanities’ Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Public Humanities Fellowship. C. R. is currently the Public Scholarship Project Director in the UW Department of English, as well as Series Editor for the new “Language, Literature, Culture” Dialogue Series. C. R. also created and hosts The Poetry Vlog, has poems in journals such as Poetry Magazine, FENCE Magazine, and [PANK], and has published articles in journals such as The Comparatist.

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