English Education Scholar Schaafsma to Perform Readers’ Theater with Pagnucci and Dickson

Posted on 11/15/2009 10:12:50 PM

Dr. David Schaafsma of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Randi Dickson of Queens College CUNY, and IUP University Professor Gian Pagnucci of the Department of English will give a readers’ theater performance of The Lives of English Teachers in the HUB Monongahela Room at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

This readers’ theater performance (where a text is read aloud in semi-dramatic style by the authors) focuses on the chaotic nature of teaching lives, both inside and outside the classroom. The reading will be accompanied by music and hopes to engage audience members in rethinking their own ideas about what it means to engage in the teaching life.

This performance is sponsored by IUP’s Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL Program and IUP’s Department of English.

Dr. Schaafsma is director of English Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The author of Eating on the Street: Teaching Literacy in a Multicultural Society and Literacy and Democracy, he is working on a book about narrative inquiry. Dr. Schaafsma also served as co-editor of English Education for several years.

Additional information about the performance can be found on Dr. Pagnucci’s website.