[Ouretail] mark you calendars...

Paulins, Ann paulins at ohio.edu
Fri Feb 4 09:00:02 EST 2011

Hi OU RFPD folks,
Mark your calendar! There is an exciting opportunity coming up on May 11:

The Patton College Spring Lecture Series which is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Commons will feature Erin Gruwell, as our spring lecturer.

Ms. Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education.  By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives.  Her classroom experiences were chronicled in the 2007 Paramount Pictures release, Freedom Writers that starred two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.  With Ms. Gruwell’s support, her student’s chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violence to become aspiring college students, published writers, and citizens for change.  Her students dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers” to pay homage to the civil rights activists The Freedom Riders- and published a book.  While Ms. Gruwell has been credited with giving her students a “second chance”, it was perhaps she who changed the most during her tenure at Wilson High School.  Ms. Gruwell founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans in their own classrooms. She is also the author of the Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide.

I hope you will make an effort to attend!

Dr. P

V. Ann Paulins
Professor, Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development
Chairperson, Department of Human and Consumer Sciences
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services
Ohio University
Grover Center E160
Athens, OH  45701

phone: 740.593.2880
fax: 740.593.0284
paulins at ohio.edu<mailto:paulins at ohio.edu>
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