LiteracyStudies@OSU

LiteracyStudies@OSU

               Now a University-wide program, Literacy Studies originated in 2004 as a working group of the Humanities Institute, with which it continues to partner. Led by Harvey J. Graff (English and History) with colleagues from across the Arts and Sciences, and professional schools, including Sabra Webber (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), Steven Rissing (Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology), Melanie Bales (Dance), Leslie Moore (Teaching & Learning), Amy Cohen (Law), Lorraine Wallace (Medicine), and Blaine Lilly (Engineering), the aim is to expand awareness and encourage the study of literacy through a variety of initiatives, including series on History of the Book, Literacy in Translation, Literacy in the Sciences, Literacy in Health and Medicine, the Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, and the GIS in Literacy Studies.

Plans for 2014-2015 include talks by Professor of Translation and Intercultural Studies Anthony Pym (Rovira i Virgili), on the Vatican’s translation policy; Professor of Child Studies Bengt Sandin (Linkoping), on reading education reform in Sweden; and Professor of History Cynthia Brokaw (Brown), on Chinese book culture; plus programs organized by faculty and students on topics ranging from literacy campaigns to literacy in the sciences, plus recent and forthcoming publications, including the collaboration by Daniel Reff (Comparative Studies) and Richard Danford (Marietta) on The First European Description of Japan, 1585; and OSU alumnus William Sturkey (Postdoctoral Fellow, North Carolina), on the Mississippi Freedom Schools.

 See the Literacy Studies Web site.
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