April 21, 2011: The Lindberg Lecture: Thomas Newkirk
Thomas Newkirk, Professor of English, was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Lindberg Award, the highest award in the College of Liberal Arts. He will deliver the 2011 Lindberg Lecture:
Tale of the Tape: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Free and open to the public.
Newkirk’s lecture will focus on the seminal work of Donald Graves, UNH professor emeritus of early childhood education and former director of the UNH Writing Laboratory who passed away in 2010. Graves is a pioneer in literacy education and changed the way writing is taught across the United States and the English-speaking world. In 1983, Graves published “Writing: Teachers & Children at Work,” based on a two-year study of elementary school children in Atkinson. His research revealed writing as a natural human need for self-expression and a way to develop and hone critical thinking skills.
UNH recently has uncovered digitalized tapes that Graves made from 1978 to 1980 during his historic Atkinson study of children's writing. Newkirk will show clips from the study to illuminate the lasting contributions of Graves's work.
The annual Gary Lindberg Award was established by the College of Liberal Arts in 1986 in memory of Professor Gary Lindberg of the Department of English. Professor Lindberg was an exceptional scholar and outstanding teacher whose dedication and service to the University of New Hampshire as well as the wider community exemplified the highest academic standards and ideals. In memory of Professor Lindberg and as a means of publicly supporting superior faculty accomplishment, the College of Liberal Arts annually recognizes one truly outstanding scholar and teacher within the College.