Literacy education expert to speak at conference April 18

April 1, 2014

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Athens, Ga. - One of the leading scholars in literacy education Elizabeth B. Moje will speak at the University of Georgia College of Education's 2014 Faculty/Graduate Student Research Conference on April 18 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Moje, the associate dean for research and community engagement and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan, will speak at 9:15 a.m. in Dogwood Hall on "Navigating Literacies: Research on Teaching and Learning to Navigate Multiple Domains In and Out of School."

Moje also serves as a faculty associate in the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research in Latino/a Studies and in the Joint Program in English and Education. Her research focuses on the literacies youth are asked to learn in science and social studies and the literacies they experience outside of school. Moje studies how youth create their own culture and enact identities from their home and community literacies, and from ethnic, popular and school cultures. These research interests stem from when she taught history, biology and drama at high schools in Colorado and Michigan. Her current research focuses on communities and schools in Detroit, Mich. She also engages in literacy professional development with teachers in Detroit around the country.

The day-long conference combines activities from both the Faculty and Graduate Student Research Conferences, the former having been cancelled earlier this year due to inclement weather. One highlight will be the two poster/structured discussion sessions to showcase the range of research being conducted by COE faculty and graduate students with time for interaction between researchers, colleagues and conference attendees. Other activities include professional learning roundtables focused on topics relevant to graduate students and a panel discussion with breakout sessions focused on the medical partnership.

The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All conference activities are open to the public but the luncheon is open to COE faculty, graduate students and invited guests only. For more information or to register online, see


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