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Multicultural Education for Children

KEENE, N.H. 9/30/09 - On Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room in the Student Center, Louise Derman-Sparks will present “Teaching Children to Resist Prejudice: Why Do We Still Need To Do This?” as part of Keene State College’s Diverse Lectures from the Field series. She will repeat this lecture on Thursday, October 8, at 4 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room; both events are free and open to the public.

Louise Derman-Sparks, now professor emerita, was a long-time human development faculty member at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. She first worked with young children and families as an early childhood education teacher and program director, and she is the author and co-author of several books, including Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children; Teaching/Learning Anti-Racism: A Developmental Approach (with Carol Brunson Phillips); In Our Own Way: How Anti-Bias Work Shapes Our Lives; Future Vision, Current Work: Lessons from the Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias Education Leadership Project; and “What If All the Kids are White?” Anti-bias/ Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families (with Dr. Patricia Ramsey).

Ms. Derman-Sparks speaks, conducts workshops, and consults widely throughout the United States and internationally. A former member of the governing board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, she currently serves as a member of the national board/staff collective of Crossroads, an interfaith and community-based anti-racism training organization, and on the National Diversity Advisory Council of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Keene State College’s Diverse Voices from the Field lecture series is dedicated to bringing speakers who represent diversity in education to the College. For more information on Diverse Voices in the Field, or to request accommodations for a disability, please contact Felicia Favreau at (603) 358-2301.

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