Penn State Berks to present lecture by expert on multicultural education

READING, Pa. — Christine Sleeter, professor emerita at California State University, Monterey Bay, will present a lecture titled "Curriculum and Pedagogy for New Majorities" at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

“After describing a bit about how I learned to teach students who are culturally different from myself, and also a little about myself as a descendant of German immigrants, I will explore some difficulties teachers often encounter, then offer examples of what curriculum and pedagogy for new majorities can look like,” Sleeter said.

A recognized leader in multicultural education research, Sleeter’s research focuses on ethnic studies, culturally responsive teaching, community-based learning in teacher education, multicultural curriculum design in K-12 and higher education, diversifying the teacher workforce through teacher education programs designed to draw in a diverse population, and helping white teachers work with their own family history as an entree to better understanding people different from themselves.

Sleeter has been a visiting professor or lecturer at several universities, including the University of Maine, University of Colorado Boulder, San Francisco State University, University of Washington, Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University in New Zealand, and Universidad Nacional de Education a Distancia in Madrid, Spain.

She is past president of the National Association for Multicultural Education, past vice president of Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) of the American Educational Research Association, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She has published more than 140 articles in edited books and journals. Recent awards for her work include the American Educational Research Association Social Justice in Education Award and the Chapman University Paulo Freire Education Project Social Justice Award, to name a few.

For more information about this event, contact Jessica Schocker, associate professor of social studies and women's studies, at 610-396-6457 or via email at [email protected].