I've posted the keynote address I gave at the recent South Central Writing Centers Association Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas over on my blog, The Undersea World of Clint Gardner. Here's a clip:
Peer tutors are a contact zone: they are the place where change happens and change can be observed. Bruffee, in naming his article “Peer Tutoring and ‘The Conversation of Mankind’” was onto something. Peer tutors do build connections with other human beings beyond just helping someone learn to be a more proficient writer. They often cross Mike Rose’s boundaries and see what it is like on the other side.