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Such terrible news, Russ! I’ve had sporadic contact with Jim, and we’d recently discussed a reunion in Albuquerque next winter. He had a great, kind heart, and was an important mentor to me and many others. I will always think of you and Jim as the founding scholars of Canadian writing studies.

Anthony

From: "casll-l: Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (Inkshed)" <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Russell Hunt <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 12:23 PM
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Subject: Jim Reither

I thought I should write and let Inkshedders know that Jim Reither died a week ago. He’d been ill for some years, so the death was not unexpected. He had been out of touch with most Inkshedders since his early retirement in the mid-nineties. He’d been living in Albuquerque for decades.

He was, as most Inkshedders are aware, a centrally important force in shaping the ideas that underlay the organization and its role, and was centrally responsible for the creation and maintenance of Inkshed for its first decade. His ideas remain influential among those of us who care about the learning and teaching of literacy. Particularly powerful are his “Writing and Knowing: Toward Redefining the Writing Process” (_College English_, 1985), and his and Doug Vipond’s “Writing as Collaboration” (_College English_, 1989). It has been argued that his and other Inkshedders’ work in the mid-eighties represented a turning point in the teaching of writing, from thinking of composition as a cognitive process to seeing it as centrally a social one. See, for instance, Kristopher Lotier’s “Around 1986: the Externalization of Cognition and the Emergence of Postprocess Invention” (_CCCC_, 2016).


  *   Russ

Russ Hunt
Professor Emeritus of English
St. Thomas University
people.stu.ca/~hunt

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