Geneva Gay, renowned scholar and expert on multicultural education, will discuss the challenges of teaching to meet the demands of social ideals in a culturally, racially, linguistically, and ethnically diverse society at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Gleason Hall room 318/418 on the University of Rochester's River Campus.
Gay, a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Washington at Seattle, will present "Teaching to the Realities of U.S. Social Ideals" as part of the Scandling Lecture Series at the University of Rochester's Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. The event is free and open to the public.
She will discuss the context for educational enterprise, justice, equal representation, liberation, equity, excellence, and empowerment. She also will suggest ways that teaching at all levels—kindergarten through college—can respond to and facilitate societal changes and civic ideals in the United States.
A highly respected researcher and teacher of curriculum theory, African-American culture, and multicultural education, Gay is nationally and internationally known for her scholarship—particularly as multicultural education relates to curriculum design, staff development, classroom instruction, and intersections of culture, race, ethnicity, teaching, and learning.
She is the author of At the Essence of Learning: Multicultural Education (Kappa Delta Pi, 1994), and Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, & Practice (Teachers College Press, 2000), which received the 2001 Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). She coedited Expressively Black: The Cultural Basis of Ethnic Identity (Praeger, 1987), and edited Becoming Multicultural Educators: Personal Journey Toward Professional Agency (Jossey-Bass, 2003). Her writings also include numerous articles and book chapters.
The Scandling Lecture Series, named to honor the generosity of William F. Scandling, brings to campus noted researchers, policymakers, and professional educators from throughout the world who contribute their insights and exchange ideas with faculty, students, and alumni at the Warner School, as well as colleagues in the University and the local education community.
For more information, contact the Warner School at (585) 275-7428 or check the Warner Web site at www.rochester.edu/warner.