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Former Modern Language Association President Graff to Give Lecture Today PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 05, 2010
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   

Gerald Graff, professor of English and education and dean of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a lecture titled “Stories vs. Arguments: Why Can't They Just Get Along?” today, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Graff, a former presiden of the Modern Language Association, will participate in a roundtable discussion co-sponsored by EGO on the state of English studies and how faculty and students can better prepare to meet the changing demands of the profession. This discussion will take place at 2 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, room 346 and all faculty and graduate students are welcome to participate.

“This should prove to be a lively exchange on a wide range of important issues,” said Michael Mays, chair and professor of the Southern Miss Department of English. Graff is the author of many books and articles including “Beyond the Culture Wars” and “They Say, I Say.”

“Dr. Graff and Dr. Cathy Birkenstein co-wrote one of the books we use in English 102 (“They Say, I Say”) and will be meeting with graduate TAs Friday morning to discuss strategies for successful teaching,” Mays said.

In preparation for this discussion, Dr. Graff suggests that participants look at a chapter from his book “Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.” The chapter titled “Hiding It From the Kids” explores the ways in which departments in the humanities fail to prepare students to succeed in the writing and research expected of them college and university settings. 

For more information about Graff’s visit, call Sheldon Walcher at 601.266.4320 or email This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it . 

Gerald Graff, professor of English and education and dean of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give a lecture titled “Stories vs. Arguments: Why Can't They Just Get Along” at 7 p.m. today in Gonzales Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

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