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CCCC 2023 Special Session: ChatGPT, Magical Thinking, and the Discourse of Crisis

Special Session

Friday, February 17, 8:00 a.m. CT
International Ballroom North, 2nd Floor, Hilton Chicago

ChatGPT, Magical Thinking, and the Discourse of Crisis

In this roundtable, experts in digital technologies, media, and literacies gather to discuss the rise of ChatGPT, its pedagogical implications, and the crisis-speak within and beyond the academy that attended its launch in the fall of 2022, along with its swift user uptake in the months since.

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Moderator: Frankie Condon, CCCC 2023 program chair, University of Waterloo


Antonio Byrd (he/him/his) is an assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he teaches courses in Black literacies, professional and technical communication, multimodal writing and rhetoric, digital rhetoric, and composition. His research focuses on how legacies of liberation carry forward into Black digital literacies, with a special focus on Black adults learning and using computer programming. His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Literacy in Composition Studies, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Writer: Craft and Context. He is the winner of the 2021 CCCC Braddock Award. His current book project is tentatively titled The Literacy Pivot: How Black Adults Learn Computer Programming in a Racist World, which is under contract with The WAC Clearinghouse/University of Colorado Press.

Harry Denny is professor of English and director of the On-Campus Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. He is a co-editor of Writing Center Journal, the flagship journal of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). His scholarship focuses on writing center theory and practice, cultural studies, and research methods. Harry is the author of Facing the Center: Towards and Identity Politics of One-to-One Mentoring; a co-editor of and contributor (with Anna Sicari, Rob Mundy, Lila Naydan, and Richard Severe) to Out in the Center: Public Controversies, Private Struggles; and co-author (with Robert Mundy) of Gender, Sexuality and the Cultural Politics of Men’s Identity in the New Millennium: Literacies of Masculinity. His most recent monograph, And Justice for All: Refiguring Civil Rights Rhetoric in the Contemporary U.S., is under review. He is the lead researcher for the Writing Centers Research Project, a survey of global trends for writing-support units across the world in education, as well as a leader of the IWCA Research Incubator.

Gavin P. Johnson is a teacher-scholar specializing in multimodal writing, queer rhetorics, and community-engaged learning. His research has been recognized with the 2021 NCTE/CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Dissertation Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, an Honorable Mention for the 2020 Computers and Composition Hugh Burns Best Dissertation Award, and the 2016 NCTE/CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award. His writing has appeared in journals, including Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Computers and Composition, Literacy in Composition Studies, and various edited collections. He is a proud first-generation college graduate from southeast Louisiana, and he currently works as an assistant professor of English and director of writing at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Aimee Morrison is an associate professor of English at the University of Waterloo. She teaches and researches in new media studies, focusing on social media as acts of everyday autobiography. She appears frequently in the media to explain internet culture, is a prolific Tweeter, and co-founded a well-read feminist academic blog that ran for eight years. She spends her time imploring students to stop trying to write like robots, and imploring editors to stop sanding the voice out of her own writing.

Charles Woods is an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, composition, and technical communication. His research interests include digital rhetorics and surveillance studies. He founded The Digital Rhetorical Privacy Collective (, and hosts the award-winning The Big Rhetorical Podcast.

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