Theresa Lillis, an expert on academic literacies, will present "The Value of Ethnography for Language and Literacy Research in a Globalized World: The Case of 'Academic Literacies'" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

The value of ethnography as a research methodology or as any ideology that celebrates the local may seem at odds with an increasingly globalized world. During her lecture, Lillis will examine the increasing, rather than decreasing, value of ethnography for language and literacy research in a globalized world where English occupies a dominant position.

Lillis is a senior lecturer in language and communication in the Centre for Language and Communications at the Open University in the United Kingdom. She is author of Student Writing: Access, Regulation, and Desire and co-author of several books, including Analyzing Language in Context: A Student Workbook, Teaching Academic Writing: A Toolkit for Higher Education, and A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics. She is co-editor of Language, Literacy and Education: A Reader and, most recently, Redesigning English. In addition, she has published book chapters and academic articles on academic writing and publishing in a global context, including articles in Language and Education, Written Communication, and TESOL Quarterly.

Registration is not necessary. The event is free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter will be provided for individuals who are hearing impaired. For more information about the event, please contact the Warner School at (585) 276-3986 or visit the Warner Web site at

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its Ed.D. programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.