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Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Language, Literacy unveils spring 2011 seminar series

February 8, 2011

Photo of boy learning to readThe 2011 spring seminar series of NIU’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy will cover topics related to language development and transitions to literacy.

Transitions in language and literacy development reflect a general theme of research that cuts across multiple CISLL affiliates.

This seminar topic was chosen in hopes that it would give affiliates an opportunity to discuss a general topic that has the potential to help establish common ground, opportunities to further develop our respective programs of research, and perhaps most importantly, opportunities to develop interdisciplinary collaborations. 

Spring seminars will focus on the development of adolescents and adults.

Steven Yussen, director of undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota and an expert on cognitive development and instructional psychology in the area of reading, will give a seminar presentation Thursday, Feb. 24, on“Practices of Effective Adult Book Groups.”

Yussen will speak at 4 p.m. in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

William Brozo, professor of literacy in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, will give a seminar Thursday, April 7, on “Why Do Girls Read Better Than Boys? Critical, Political, and Theoretical Perspectives.”

Brozo has taught reading and language arts in junior and senior high school, and is the author of numerous books, chapters and articles on literacy development for children and young adults. He will speak at 4 p.m. in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Meanwhile, a faculty and student poster session is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the Regency Room of the student center.

For more information on these and other upcoming CISLL events, call (815) 753-5793 or e-mail [email protected].