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Symposium targets ethnographic perspectives in literacy

April 05, 2007

ASU's Mary Lou Fulton College of Education continues its Spring Symposia series in April with featured presentations from acclaimed scholars in the field of literacy.

Brian Street, a professor and chair of language in education at King's College at the University of London, and a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, will present on the topic “New Literacies for New Times; Ethnographic Perspectives.” The symposium will take place at 1:30 p.m., April 5, at the University Club on ASU's Tempe campus.

Street has a longstanding commitment to linking ethnographic-style research on the cultural dimension of language and literacy with contemporary practice in education and development.

At the beginning of his career, Street undertook anthropological fieldwork on literacy in Iran during the 1970s, then taught social and cultural anthropology for more than 20 years at the University of Sussex. He has written and lectured extensively on literacy practices from a theoretical and an applied perspective.

Street's research interests include literacies in cross-cultural perspective, language in education, development policy and literacy, academic literacies and representation.

Colin Lankshear, a professor of literacy and new technologies within the School of Education at James Cook University, will be the featured presenter at the symposium that will take place at 1:30 p.m., April 24 at the University Club.

The symposia series debuted in January 2005 with support from the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Chair, Graduate Fellowships, Scholarships and Educational Research Fund. Since its inception, the distinguished lecture series has attracted 12 nationally and internationally known scholars to ASU to share their knowledge and insight with audiences from across the university and the larger community through presentations highlighting their cutting-edge research in the area of reading and literacy.

For more information, visit the Web site or contact the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at (480) 965-6502.