News & Notes

2015-2016 (December 7, 2015)

  • Professor Snyder contributes to a debate on the purpose of education in Boston Review. The proposition: Public schools should make citizens, not workers. A laudable idea, Snyder says, but one that must reckon with our long history of supporting vocational education.

  • Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies, recently gave the following talks: on November 17 at the University of Notre Dame, "Can the Liberal Arts Liberate the Incarcerated?: Writing from the Inside Out." On November 21 at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, in Minneapolis, "Critical Encounters with Non-Fiction: A Literature Lover's Approach." On November 23, at the University of Minnesota, "Critical Encounters in High School English: Reading the Word and the World." December 1 at Augsburg College, "Literary Theory and Non-Fiction." On December 3 at Hamline University, "Looking through Lenses: Critical Theory and Adolescents." December 4 through 5 at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, in Carlsbad, California, she gave an invited talk at the Memorial for Arthur N. Applebee, a presentation, "Literacy, Equity, and Imagination Behind Bars: The Power of Creative Writing in Prison."
  • Professor Snyder publishes a commentary about the legacy of pioneering African American historian Carter G. Woodson in Education Week.  "From Woodson's point of view," Snyder writes, "race was an essential element of U.S. history."  "To ignore it would be like teaching biology without mentioning carbon."