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Education expert, author Lisa Delpit to speak at Southern - Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Nationally recognized expert on educating urban African-American students and author Lisa Delpit will speak at Southern University, Baton Rouge on Wednesday, November 18, at 6 p.m., in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.

The Baton Rouge native will be the third speaker in Southern’s 2009-2010 Chancellor’s Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Delpit’s work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations, and pedagogy of teachers of color. She has also used her research in ethnography to spark dialogues between educators on issues that impact students who are underserved by the national educational system.

Recently, Delpit assisted the Advance Baton Rouge team in identifying changes that should be made in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. She has also assisted national programs engaged in school restructuring efforts, in creating innovative schools for poor, urban children, and in the development of urban leadership programs for teachers and school district central office staff.  

Her book, Other People’s Children, received the American Educational Studies Association’s “Book Critic Award,” Choice Magazine’s Eighth Annual Outstanding Academic Book Award, and has been named “A Great Book” by Teacher Magazine.  Some of her other books include The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children and The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom.

Delpit’s many awards include the 1998 Sunny Days Award from Sesame Street Productions for her contributions to the lives of children and the 2001 Kappa Delta Phi Laureate Award for her contribution to the education of teachers.

Delpit is the visiting lecturer in Southern’s College of Education. She also is the executive director/eminent scholar for the Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

She received a B.S. degree from Antioch College and a M.Ed. and Ed.D from Harvard University. Her background is in elementary education with an emphasis on language and literacy development.

The Chancellor’s Lecturer Series, now in its second year, was created by Southern Chancellor Kofi Lomotey. The series has brought speakers such as actor, director Spike Lee and authors Iyanla Vanzant and Cornel West to the university.

For more information, contact Southern’s Office of Media Relations at 225.771.4545