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Author Greg Michie to Speak
About Challenges of Teaching
MAILED: Oct. 18, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Greg Michie, author of “Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students,” will be visiting the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Thursday, Oct. 24.
An Ida B. Wells Scholar at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Michie will speak about his teaching experiences in Chicago. A reception for Michie will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Skylight Lounge, Davies Center. His presentation will follow at 4 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
Cover notes on Michie’s book state, “Michie’s account of learning to teach in an often unwieldy public school system in the inner city of Chicago deals with the critical moral issues all teachers face. He uses hope, humor and practical insight to discuss the difficult work of teaching for social justice. In the process, he brings us the stories of his students both in his words and in theirs, giving voice to Latino and African-American youth who often go unheard.”
Sandra Cisneros, author of “The House on Mango Street,” wrote, “It is a great and marvelous thing to be reminded that to change the world we need only to change ourselves. Greg Michie and his student give me that hope.”
According to Cynthia Gray-Mash, associate professor, foundations of education, more than 600 UW-Eau Claire students have been exposed to Michie’s book, and their response to his work has been overwhelming due to his honesty in writing about his failures as well as his successes as a non-minority teacher. She believes his book and teaching approach bring specific practical solutions to the art and science of teaching while revealing the heart and soul needed to connect with students’ backgrounds, cultural transitions and personal dilemmas.
“His work is enlightening to both beginners and veterans of teaching,” said Gray-Mash.
Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend Michie’s presentation.
UW-Eau Claire’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is able to sponsor Michie’s presentation through a guest lecture grant awarded to Gray-Mash.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 22, 2002