Paul Rogat Loeb: ‘You can’t be afraid to take on the challenges’
GREENVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2011) — In his tours of college campuses, author and activist Paul Rogat Loeb has observed that many students lack an understanding of how social change occurs. They know, for instance, that Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus, but they don’t know about the years of behind-the-scenes work that precipitated the Montgomery bus boycott.
Educators have a unique responsibility to change that, Loeb argued Wednesday at the 8th annual ECU Conference on Service-Learning. Loeb, who has lectured to 400 colleges around the country, has published five books, including the “Soul of a Citizen,” which has more than 100,000 copies in print. An updated edition was published in April.
Loeb spoke with ECU News Services about the role of universities in social change and how professors can develop civically engaged students. Read the full interview at http://www.ecu.edu/news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1912.
The East Carolina University College of Education will host the 29 th annual Mary Lois Staton Reading/Language Arts Conference from 1 to 6 p.m., Feb. 7 at the Murphy Center on campus.
Keynote speaker for the event is June St. Clair Atkinson, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Overseeing more than 1.4 million students in approximately 2,300 public schools, Atkinson has served as superintendent since August 2005. She was the first woman elected to the post.
Concurrent sessions will be provided throughout the day, focusing on literacy topics for pre-K thorugh high school educators. Participants who attend all sessions may earn 0.5 Continuing Education Units, and 1.0 CEUs may be earned with paper submission.
The conference is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education. Registration is $40 and is due by Feb. 1. Contact Heather Shaw at (252) 328-6830 for registration information or visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/ci/reading/MLS/index.cfm.