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Gloria Ladson-Billings Concludes Visit to Morris

Posted by Jenna Ray on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

American pedagogical theorist Gloria Ladson-Billings will return to Morris on Monday, November 11. As the University of Minnesota, Morris’s 2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts, Ladson-Billings will again visit K–12 schools and provide lectures, workshops, and discussions on the Morris campus.

Ladson-Billings met with University faculty and students as well as area teachers in late September. She will continue this work before concluding her two-part visit on Friday, November 15. Ladson-Billings will also deliver a closing address on Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The title of her talk is "Through A Glass Darkly: The Persistence of Race in Education Research." The event is free and open to the public.

Ladson-Billings met with Morris students in September.

Ladson-Billings is a teacher-educator on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education. She is known for her groundbreaking work in the fields of culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory.

She also met with Morris's education faculty.

The University of Minnesota, Morris Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts was established in 2001 by Dean and Vice Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Elizabeth S. Blake to celebrate and strengthen the success of the University of Minnesota, Morris as an undergraduate liberal arts campus and to contribute to its continuing quest for high distinction in baccalaureate education. Dr. Blake, professor emeritus of French, served as vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean at UMM from 1979 until 1995. Dr. Blake, affectionately known as “Bettina,” currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where she continues to be an active scholar and writer.

Ladson-Billings delivered an opening keynote address titled “‘Stakes Is High:’ Educating New Century Students”.

Additional information on Ladson-Billings and her work is available online.

Pictured above: Ladson-Billings met with area teachers during her September visit.