Language Theorist to Come to Local Schools, UMM 13 Sep 13

The University of Minnesota, Morris will host Gloria Ladson-Billings, an American pedagogical theorist and teacher-educator on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, as the 2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts. Ladson-Billings will visit area K–12 schools and provide lectures, workshops, and discussions to Morris students September 23–27.

Ladson-Billings is known for her groundbreaking work in the fields of culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory. She will deliver an opening keynote address titled “‘Stakes Is High:’ Educating New Century Students” on Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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 will return to campus November 11–15 and will deliver a closing keynote address on Thursday, November 14. Additional information is available online at