Contact

Shaunna Price
Department of Special Education
785-864-0556

Lecturer to present 'Language and Learning in a Dangerous Age'

Thu, 02/20/2014

LAWRENCE — The Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas has announced that James Paul Gee, the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, will give the 2014 Meyen Distinguished Lecture in Special Education

The Edward L. Meyen Distinguished Lecture was established to attract outstanding speakers to lecture for the special education department in the School of Education.

Gee's presentation, "Language and Learning in a Dangerous Age," will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at The Commons, Spooner Hall. A reception will follow.

"James Gee is the kind of scholar that inspires his colleagues to be better – to think more clearly, to write more boldly, and to use the tools of everyday life in the 21st century to mobilize learning and invent solutions to the complex problems we face in every aspect of life," said Elizabeth Kozleski, special education department chair.

Gee  has worked in psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, bilingual education and literacy. Gee is currently the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University and is a member of the National Academy of Education.  

Gee conceptualizes literacy in broader terms than the ability to read and write since language is by no means the only communication system available. Many types of visual images and symbols have specific significances, and so “visual literacies” and literacies of other modes, or the concept of multimodal literacy, are included in Gee’s conception of new literacies.

“After all,” he said, “we never just read or write; rather, we always read or write something in some way."

Further, Gee argues that reading and writing should be viewed as more than just “mental achievements” happening inside people’s minds; they should also be seen as “social and cultural practices with economic, historical and political implications."

So, in Gee’s view, literacies are not only multiple, but inherently connected to social practices and digital worlds. The shift to virtual learning spaces requires re-conceptualizing identity, learning and the role of universities. 

 



KU in the news
U.S. News & World ReportThu, 11/13/2014
For 50 years now, the Applied English Center has been the first stop for international students at KU. The center helps students adjust to the Kansas community by providing intensive English instruction, student services, and activities. “The Applied English Center is a cornerstone of the initiatives we undertake as an international research university. It has helped international students transition to studying at an American university, and has connected students and scholars at KU with their colleagues around the globe,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. Read more: http://bit.ly/10kpMmW Tags: #KUcommunities #InternationalStudents

The no. of research grants the NIH can fund has declined steadily since 2004. We need treatments & cures. Close the http://t.co/sMtuDfKn0S.
Inside KU: Protein research, biodiesel fuel, and KU's Bioscience & Technology Business Center "Inside KU" takes a look at how the expanded Bioscience & Technology Business Center (http://bit.ly/1zzPvrw) brings a number of beneficial services to small start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Also: A KU startup at the BTBC, KanPro, is producing proteins for research in medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences (See http://bit.ly/1DSY3s9). KU Innovation and Collaboration focuses on turning the university’s research into industry (See http://bit.ly/ZTOKZF). The "Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative" grows algae to provide a sustainable source for biodiesel fuel (See http://bit.ly/1oPRovz). Undergraduate Research Awards allow students to explore their fields deeper (See http://bit.ly/KUcugr). **The Time Warner Cable Sports Network's "Inside KU" is hosted by Jeannie Hodes.**


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times