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UNH Lecture Looks at Classroom Dynamics

By Erika L. Mantz
UNH News Bureau

April 3, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. - Jonathan Silin, a member of the graduate faculty at the Bank Street College of Education, will discuss "Who Can Speak? Silence, Voice, and Pedagogy," Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the University of New Hampshire as part of the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building Theatre II. It is free and open to the public.

Exploring the complex ways that silence and voice function in classrooms, Silin will ask educators to consider what can be said and what remains unspoken in their pedagogy. His talk will contend that students have an inalienable right to be heard and that teachers must become as adept at reading silences as at interpreting words, as comfortable with stillness as with the busyness of the well-reasoned argument.

Silin has written many articles that focus on sexuality, illness, death, and early childhood education, and is the author of "Sex, Death, and the Education of Children." He also is involved in Project New Beginnings, a school reform initiative in Newark, N.J.

For more information, contact Jennifer Beard at or (603) 862-4356.


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