University of Rochester

EVENT: Linguistic Anthropologist to Speak as Warner School's Spring Scandling Lecturer

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary, on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

February 19, 2009

Shirley Brice Heath, a linguistic anthropologist, will present "Making Voluntary Expertise Count: Embedding, Envisioning, and Enlisting Adolescent Literacy" as the Spring 2009 Scandling Lecture hosted by the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

Heath's lecture will provide insight on building highly effective learning environments where young people can thrive. More specifically, she will discuss how different kinds of social and cultural learning environments support children's early and later language learning development. She also will share three examples of effective and sustained social innovations that enlist young people in advancing science, technology, and arts in their community schools, libraries, and youth organizations.

Heath, whose research has centered on how different kinds of social and cultural learning environments support children's early and later language development, is a Professor at Large at Brown University in the Departments of Education and Anthropology and at the Watson Institute for International Studies. At Stanford University, she is the Margery Bailey Professor of English and Dramatic Literature, Emerita, and Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, Emerita.

She is the author of the prize-winning book Ways with Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms (1983) and co-editor of Identity and Inner-city Youth: Beyond Ethnicity and Gender (1993), as well as several other books and over 100 articles and book chapters. Beyond academic publications, her more recent research examines later language development in learning environments that draw older children and adolescents into collaborative project work in which peers become essential socializing influences.

Registration is not necessary. The event is free and open to the public. An interpreter will be provided for individuals who are hearing impaired. For more information about the Scandling Lecture Series, 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.