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Gerald Graff, Professor of English and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

Gerald Graff emerged as a prominent voice on teaching and learning in the 1980s when he urged educators to “teach the conflicts,” to make use of explosive culture war issues to enliven and clarify classroom work. He made this argument in two widely discussed books: Professing Literature, still the definitive history of the subject, and Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education. Most recently he has focused on the difficulties many students have entering the academic culture of ideas and arguments, the concern of Clueless in Academe. He takes on this problem in his 2006 textbook (coauthor Cathy Birkenstein), “They Say/I Say,” which aims to demystify academic argument and enable students to write their way into public conversations. A professor of English and education at UIC, he was president of the Modern Language Association in 2008 and honored in 2011 by the MLA for “Distinguished Service to the Profession of English Studies.”  

Campus Schedule

Thursday-Friday, October 23-24
Mills College, Oakland, Calif.  

Thursday-Friday, November 6-7
Ohio State University, Columbus  

Thursday-Friday, January 29-30
Rockford College, Rockford, Ill.  

Thursday-Friday, February 5-6
Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.  

Thursday-Friday, February 26-27
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind.  

Thursday-Friday, March 5-6
Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.  

Thursday-Friday, March 26-27
Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn.  

Thursday-Friday, April 16-17
Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.  


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