Start: December 14, 2018 10 a.m.
End: December 14, 2018 11 a.m.
Location: Robert Bell Building, Room 361

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Prof. Cathy Day
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Shirley Brice Heath will be speaking on "The Future of English" at 10 AM in 361 Robert Bell Building. 

Dr. Heath is an an­thropological linguist whose research and writing center on language acquisition and literate behaviors in various sociocultural contexts, as well as on the role of literature in language socialization and forms of literacy.

After receiving her bachelor's degree from Lynchburg College, she earned her master's degree in linguistics from the Ball State English Department, and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia. Her studies in minority-language commu­nities focus on how commu­nity members learn oral and written language. Dr. Heath is a Professor-at-Large at Brown University; the director of Creative Partnerships, an international enquiry network; and the Margery Bailey Profes­sor of English and Dramatic Literature and professor of linguistics, emerita at Stanford University. Dr. Heath will be receiving an honorary doctorate during the Fall 2018 commencement ceremony.

To learn more about her career and work, check out her website:

The English department is excited to welcome back such a distinguished alumnae.