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Lecture to focus on social class in the classroom

Feb. 25, 2009

KALAMAZOO--How social class is conveyed in the classroom will be the topic during a Monday, March 9, talk at Western Michigan University offered as part of a series of free, public lectures addressing social justice and education issues.

The speaker, Cherie Rankin, has taught in the English Department at Heartland Community College in Normal-Illinois since 2006. She will discuss "Teaching the Concept of Social Class" from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium.

Before joining the Heartland Community College faculty, Rankin taught at Illinois State University from 2001-07 and has written many articles in important academic journals, including Polyglossia. Her research interests lie in working class studies, cultural studies, social class concepts and feminist theory.

Rankin's presentation is part of the third annual Social Justice Public Lecture Series. With the theme "Knowledge, Power and Social Justice: Educating Children Placed At-Risk," the lecture series continues with presentations on March 23 and 30 and April 6.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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