Oct 04, 2010

CNU's Dean William Parks 2010-2011 Colloquia Series To Host Lecture

(Newport News, Va.) - Dr. Jeffrey ReaserFree & open to the public.

The Dean William Parks 2010-2011 Colloquia Series will host a lecture on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey Reaser.  The lecture “Using Language to Illuminate History and Culture: Teaching about Dialects in the Public Schools,” will take place in the Ferguson Center Music & Theatre Hall.  The event is free and open to the public and no reservation is required.

For more than 100 years, national education groups have called for American schools to teach about dialects and language varieties. Yet, although such programs would greatly improve students’ spoken and written English, schools shy away from exploring dialect diversity. Why the reluctance? Originating in myths about language and education, resistance to studying dialects reveals an underlying intolerance of social, economic, and ethnic diversity.

Dr. Reaser is an assistant professor in English linguistics at NC State. He is co-author of the nation’s first state-endorsed curriculum on dialects of English, Voices of North Carolina: Language and Life from the Atlantic to the Appalachians. He is also co-author of the curricular materials that accompany the documentary, Do You Speak American?, and has been involved with the creation of numerous informal educational products about language, including museum exhibits, oral history projects, web-based modules, and video documentaries. Intrigued by people and the way they talk, Reaser’s work has taken him to all corners of North Carolina and beyond, and he has been invited to present his research both nationally and internationally.  He holds a Ph.D. in English-linguistics from Duke University.

For more information regarding CNU's Dean William Parks Colloquia Series, contact Dr. Rebecca Wheeler at rwheeler@cnu.edu

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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