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Talk by author Michael Wenger today to explore bias issues

Michael Wenger, the author of “My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man’s journey Through the Nation’s Racial Minefield,” will give a talk today at 3 p.m. The visit is co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies and Literacies program and the Frank Porter Graham Race, Ethnicity and Culture (RACE) Committee. Wenger served as deputy director for outreach and program development for President Clinton's Initiative on Race. His personal story includes that he grew up in a working-class Jewish family from New York City and married an African-American woman from rural North Carolina. In his presentation, Wenger helps people explore the bias that people of color confront every day in the U.S. The talk will be held in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Culture and Black History, in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. More information is available here.

Stone to give talk on American ‘exceptionalism’

Lynda Stone, professor of philosophy of education, will give a talk on Thursday entitled “America First: A 70-Year-Old Dissents.” Stone’s talk is a preview of the speech she will give as her presidential address at the American Educational Studies Association conference in Baltimore on Nov. 1. Stone’s talk, which will be held at 11 a.m. in Room 010, will examine the theme of American exceptionalism, a belief in our nation’s superiority. Stone’s talk will be followed by an informal social at the Carolina Inn at 4 p.m.

Wasik gives keynote at Head Start home visitors conference

Barbara H Wasik, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, gave the keynote presentation in September for the Indiana Head Start Association conference held in Indianapolis. The event was held for home visitors, people who are trained to work with families in their homes, nurturing parent-child relationships and working to connect families to community resources. Wasik’s presentation covered historical aspects of home visiting, general principles of home visiting, and strategies for working with parents and children.

English gives talk at Soka University

Fen English, R. Wendell Eaves St. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, gave a speech at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, Calif. The talk, the inaugural leadership lecture, was entitled “Educational Leadership in the Age of Greed: A Requiem for Res Publica.” Soka University of America is a sister institution to a Soka University in Japan. It is committed to Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life and works to graduate global citizens committed to living a contributive life.

Sawyer gives keynote at George Washington University event

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, provided a keynote address for “Teaching Day 2013,” an event at George Washington University on Friday. Sawyer talked about creativity and what research says about whether it can be learned. Sawyer gave an introduction to curricular innovations and alternative learning environments that are being used to foster creative learning.

Mink leads discussions on use of mapping tech, civil rights movement

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, served as lead moderator for the Living Legacy Geo-Summit hosted at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello on Friday. The panel-led discussion featured long-distance and instructional technology experts from Journey Through Hallowed Ground, ESRI, National Geographic Society, the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond. Also, Mink led a workshop for North Carolina secondary school educators at the History and Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement Teachers Institute hosted by the N.C. Civic Education Consortium at the UNC School of Government on Saturday.

Doctoral student Justin Garwood wins scholarship

Third-year doctoral student Justin Garwood has been awarded the 2013-2014 Wilson M. and Anne Brown Scholarship. The $2,500 award recognizes a doctoral student working on research related to the teaching and learning of reading and/or writing. Garwood’s research explores how teachers of middle childhood and early adolescent students can structure the classroom environment to promote student engagement and reading achievement. He is particularly interested in emotional support through relationship building and organizational support regarding classroom management, specifically for students at-risk for behavior difficulties.

In UNC media: Arts & Sciences profiles alumna; DTH describes LEARN NC project

The Fall edition of Carolina Arts & Sciences, the magazine of the College, includes a profile of UNC-BEST alumna Sallie Senseney ’10, describing how the program allowed her to pursue her love of science and the outdoors and fuse it with a teaching career. Senseney graduated from Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in biology and now teaches at a high school in Burnsville, N.C., at the foot of Mt. Mitchell. “My job is to convince students that they should want to learn what I am trying to teach,” Senseney told the magazine. “I try to do this by making science real – making it relate to their lives right now.” The profile is available here.

The Daily Tar Heel took a look at a project being led by LEARN NC in which teachers will create lesson plans based on the history surrounding a World War I American military cemetery in Verdun, France. The project, funding by a $357,000 grant, will create new materials intended to engage students in the history of World War I. The story is available here.

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Oct. 7
Author talk: Michael Wenger

3 p.m.
Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Oct. 10
Lynda Stone: America First: A 70-year Old Dissents

11 a.m.
Peabody 010

Oct 23
SOE Brown Bag: Sam Odum

Peabody Hall 02

Nov. 13
SOE Brown Bag: Steve Knotek

Peabody 02