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Multiple Literacies, Access, and Disability: Teaching Writing and Young Adult Lit

Dr. Patricia Dunn will discuss how using multiple literacies—including talk, visual representations, movement, and technologies—can be used as effective classroom strategies in the teaching of writing. She'll also discuss her most recent book, Disabling Characters: Representation of Disability in Young Adult Literature, just published by Peter Lang (2015).

Author of three well-regarded books on the teaching of writing and a new book on disability and young adult literature, Patricia Dunn is Associate Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in English education, writing instruction, composition theory, adolescent literature, and disability studies. Having started her career as a high school English teacher and then moved to teaching at the community college, four-year-college, and university levels, Dr. Dunn has a wide understanding of the challenges many students face as they work to develop effective writing, reading and critical thinking skills. She is a frequent conference keynote speaker, and she won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

Dunn's other books include:

  • Learning Re-Abled: The Learning Disability Controversy and Composition Studies. Boynton/Cook, 1995
  • Talking, Sketching, Moving: Multiple Literacies in the Teaching of Writing. Boynton/Cook, 2001
  • Grammar Rants: How a Backstage Tour of Writing Complaints Can Help Students Make Informed, Savvy Choices About Their Writing (with Ken Lindblom). Boynton/Cook, 2011

Her latest post on the Writers Who Care blog: "Three Things My Ukulele Taught Me About Teaching Writing"

Date, Time and Location

Thursday, May 7, 2015
6 pm to 8:00 pm

The Poetry Center
Humanities Building, Room 2001
Stony Brook University

All Are Welcome

The event is free for PDK @ SBU members; all others will contribute $10 to the PDK Scholarship Fund ($5 for full-time students). Membership applications will be accepted at the sign-in desk.

Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so RSVP by May 1.



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