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Education Expert to Give Lecture at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE – Gerald Graff will discuss the effects of a literary education on Feb. 15 at 12:15 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. The lecture, “Literature, Education and the Creative Mind,” reflects this year’s university theme, “What Does It Mean to Be Educated?”

One of his generation’s most influential commentators on education, Graff is currently a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and president of the Modern Language Association. He is co-founder of Teachers for a Democratic Culture, an organization that works to counteract conservative misrepresentations of the academe. Throughout his career, Graff has won numerous awards and fellowships for his work, including a Guggenheim in 1987.

Among Graff’s most notable published works are “Professing Literature: An Institutional History,” “Beyond the Culture Wars,” “Literature Against Itself,” “Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind” and his bestselling textbook, “They Say/I Say.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M. Jones

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