Cynthia Lewis presents "Critical Literacy to Critical Engagement: Mobilizing Emotion in an Urban English Classroom"
Cynthia Lewis is a Professor of Literacy and English Education and Director of Graduate Studies in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarship investigates relationships between literacy and social identities and the impact of literacy discourse and practice on the lives of adolescent students and their teachers both in school and out. Her recent work explores these matters in the context of New Literacies, ways of reading and writing that emerge from digital technologies and pop culture. Her books include Literacy Practices as Social Acts: Power, Status, and Cultural Norms in the Classroom and Reframing Sociocultural Research on Literacy: Identity, Agency, and Power (with Patricia Enciso and Elizabeth Moje), both recipients of the National Reading Conference's Edward B. Fry Book Award for significant contributions to knowledge about literacy. She has served as co-chair of the Research Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English and on the executive board of the National Conference of Research in Language and Literacy. Her current research investigates the construction of critical engagement in English/Language Arts classrooms in urban, high-poverty high schools through classroom discourse and literacy practices shaping and shaped by social identities and intitutional contexts.
Professor Lewis' visit is sponsored by the Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition.