What is a Child?

Center for the Humanities to host conversation with education experts Gail Masuchika Boldt and Cynthia Lewis Jan. 24

Washington University’s Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences will present “What is a Child?,” a conversation with University of Iowa education experts Gail Masuchika Boldt and Cynthia Lewis, at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building Formal Lounge.

Calendar Summary

WHO: Gail Masuchika Boldt and Cynthia Lewis

WHAT: “What is a Child?”

WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24

WHERE: Ann W. Olin Women’s Building Formal Lounge

COST: Free and open to the public

SPONSOR: Center for the Humanities

INFORMATION: (314) 935-5576

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Lawrence Cohn Literacy and Learning Laboratory in the Department of Education in Arts & Sciences. The Women’s Building is located just north of Olin Library on the university’s Hilltop Campus. For more information call (314) 935-5576.

This is the first of a series of events held in conjunction with a recently proposed interdisciplinary minor in Children’s Studies.

Lewis is associate professor and coordinator of the Language, Literacy and Culture Program in the University of Iowa’s College of Education. Her research focuses on literacy as a social and critical practice, with a particular interest in how literacy is shaped by the social politics of classrooms and communities. She is the author of “Literary Practices as Social Acts: Power, Status, and Cultural Norms in the Classroom” (2001), which received the Edward B. Fry Book Award and the Thomas N. Urban Research Award.

Boldt is assistant professor in Iowa’s Language, Literacy and Culture Program. Her research focuses on issues of gender and sexual development as well as the ways culture, identity and representation relate to success and failure in elementary schools. Herself a former elementary school teacher, Boldt previously taught in American Samoa and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and coordinated the field-based teacher education program on Kaua’I.