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Cremin Lecture: Communicative Practices & Education, with JoAnne Kleifgen

The Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University initiated a seminar and lecture series in honor of the late and former president of TC and The Spencer Foundation, Professor Lawrence A. Cremin. The Lawrence A. Cremin seminar series is intended to provide a venue for junior scholars with the opportunity to present their "work in progress" and senior scholars to highlight key themes in their career.

Please join us on Thursday, May 9th for the 2013 Cremin Lecture, Communicative Practices & Education, with JoAnne Kleifgen, Professor of Linguistics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, who will discuss the role of communicative practices in education, and whose career will be celebrated in honor of her retirement.

JoAnne Kleifgen is a founding member and co-director of the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies and has recently served as president of the International Linguistic Association. She has taught courses in general linguistics, bilingualism,, discourse analysis, and new media for language and literacy. She has published research on discourses and literacies both in and outside the classroom. Fluent in Spanish, her research has focused on language use in multilingual classrooms and the use of technologies to strengthen bilingualism and biliteracy in Haitian and Latina/o students. She also has published findings from a multiple-year ethnographic study of a multilingual high-tech workplace in Silicon Valley. Currently, she is directing a long-term research project on the use of new media to support immigrant adolescents' language and literacy development. Professor Kleifgen holds a B.A. in French and Spanish from Our Lady of the Lake of San Antonio; a M.A. in Teacher Education in English as a Second Language from The University of Alabama; and a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Bilingual/Multicultural Education from the University of Illinois,, Urbana Champaign. She is the author/editor of several books including Communicative Practices at Work: Multimodality and Learning in a High-tech Firm (Multilingual Matters, forthcoming); Educating Emergent Bilinguals: Policies, Program, and Practices for English Language Learners (co-authored with Ofelia Garcia,Teachers College Press, 2012); and Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness (co-edited with George Bond, Multilingual Matters, 2009). She has published numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals, including Discourse Processes, Research on Language and Social Interaction, WORD, Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, among others.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies, and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp no later than Tuesday, May 7th.

Where: Milbank Chapel, with reception following in Everett Lounge


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