• Adult Literacy in the Digital Age

A panel with Joanne Appleton Arnaud, Wick Sloane, and James Tracey

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Boston Athenæum
10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston

Adult Literacy in the Digital Age, the second event in 2010 Civic Discourse Series: Literacy and Democracy, features Joanne Appleton Arnaud, Executive Director, First Literacy; Linda Nathan, founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy; and Wick Sloane, Professor of Expository Writing, Bunker Hill Community College; moderated by James Tracy, Headmaster of Cushing Academy.

Joanne Appleton Arnaud, Ph.D, has taught political science at several colleges and universities and was co-founder of the Women's Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.  Arnaud's work in continuing education and community development led to her becoming Executive Director of First Literacy, in 1989.  She has written about participatory education in From the Community to the Community and "Building on Community Strengths: A Model for Training Literacy Instructors."

Linda Nathan, Ph.D., is the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, the city’s first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts.  She has won numerous awards including the Nadia Boulanger Educator’s Award, the Inspire the Future award, and was named a 2007 Barr Foundation Fellow.   Her articles have appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, Horace and numerous other publications.  Linda is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has recently written a book about teaching and leadership in public schools, The Hardest Questions Aren’t On the Test.

Wick Sloane is a professor of expository writing at Bunker Hill Community College, in Boston.  Outside the classroom, he takes on odd jobs to investigate higher education from the perspective of financially disadvantaged students.  He received a fellowship from the Hechinger Institute at Columbia University to research finance and equity in the community college system.  Professor Sloane has written a pamphlet, Common Sense, declaring that the four-year bachelor's degree is obsolete.

James Tracy, Ph.D., is Headmaster of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.  He served as Headmaster at Boston University Academy and on the faculty of the Hotchkiss School.  Tracy was also a visiting fellow in the Department of History at Yale University.  He has been a leader in the independent school community and has written extensively on educational issues. 

Reservations will be accepted starting Feb. 26, please call 617-720-7600. 

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