The College of Education at the University of Iowa is partnering with USAID’s Global Literacy Initiative to host a mini conference on the concept of multi-literacies in the local and global context. In its effort to combat a growing global problem of children’s access to quality literature within local communities, this conference will feature speakers to address several topics relevant to rewriting the narrative in global literacy work and creating new paths of access to literature across the world. Speakers include Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID, and former Iowa First Lady and Classroom Teacher; Ernie Cox, Immediate Past Chair of the Newbery Award Selection Committee; Dr. Amanda Thein, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs and Faculty in Language, Literacy, and Culture; Dr. Renita Schmidt, Associate Professor in Language Literacy, and Culture; Sarah Prineas, Author; Michelle Edwards, Author & Illustrator; and Alina Borger, Author. Participants in this program will learn new dimensions in understanding literacy, the creative process for authors and illustrators, diversity and identity issues within the context of literature markets, and possibilities to contribute to this work through Bloom’s Digital Library supported and extended globally by USAID.
Registration for this event is required: http://bit.ly/global_literacy