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SUBJECT: House Literacy lecture continues on Nov. 7, 2002
DATE: Nov. 1, 2002

Note to editors:

The Dr. A.M. House Literacy Lecture continues on Thursday, Nov. 7 with a lecture by John Willinksky, the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Room E-1020 of the Education Building, located on Memorial's St. John's campus. The lecture is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives.

Professor Willinksy's lecture is titled Reading in the Age of Information and will address the challenges that lie ahead for those interested in advancing literacy as an instrument of education and democracy. It will look at the role to be played by scholars, particularly those interested in the study of literacy, in exploring the use of new technologies to advance the goals of individual readers, democratic states and the global exchange of knowledge. Drawing on research into reading online, conducted in Canada and South Africa, it will argue for a new sense of responsibility among scholars for how their work contributes more directly to reading in an age of information.

John Willinsky is currently the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End, which won Outstanding Book Awards from the American Educational Research Association and History of Education Society, as well more recently, Technologies of Knowing and If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research. He directs the Public Knowledge Project (http://pkp.ubc.ca) at UBC, which is dedicated to developing online conference, journal, and indexing systems that improve the scholarly and public quality of academic research.

The House Literacy Lecture was created through a generous donation by Dr. A. Maxwell House who at the time was the province's lieutenant-governor. The series was inaugurated in 1999 and aims to promote literacy and awareness of literacy issues in this province.

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