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Thursday, 06 January

126. Why Have We Never Heard This Before? Enfranchising, Empowering, and Teaching Ethnic Literature

3:30–4:45 p.m., Plaza I, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the National Council of Teachers of English

Presiding: John L. Schilb, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

Speakers: Kirby Brown, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Cathy A. D’Agostino, New Trier Township High School, IL; Domino Renee Perez, Univ. of Texas, Austin

Many high school and college faculty members face the challenge of teaching ethnic literatures to students who have never read beyond the most traditional works, students who lack the contextual knowledge that informs all interpretation, and students who question the value of reading ethnic literature. Each panelist will read brief statements about how he or she meets such challenges.

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