February 06, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sue Ellen Henry will give the annual Class of 1956 Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Traditional Reading Room of the Bertrand Library at Bucknell University.

The lecture, "Vulnerability and Emotive Risk in Teaching and Learning," is open to the public without charge.

Henry, an associate professor of education and director of the Writing Program at Bucknell University, will discuss the important position emotion has alongside reason in making a subject "thinkable." She also explores the vulnerability in teachers that this orientation to teaching and learning requires.

Established by the Class of 1956 as a graduation gift to the University, the lectureship is awarded during Commencement ceremonies to a member of the faculty in recognition of inspirational teaching.

Honored for service learning
A member of the Bucknell faculty since 1996, Henry was lauded for "using service learning and intensive writing to help students deepen their understanding of education."

Her citation noted in part, "She incorporates complex theoretical concepts from philosophy, history and sociology into her material. Students ... consider not only the particular subjects at hand but also the broad impact of education. She asks them to consider their role in the world and the role of education in the democratic processes of a multicultural society."

Henry holds her degrees from Washington State University, the University of Vermont and the University of Virginia. She teaches courses including Multiculturalism and Education, Social Foundations of Education, Social Justice, and Multicultural U.S.A. She often serves as supervisor for elementary student teaching participants and is a former Senior Fellow of the Social Justice Residential College at Bucknell.

Her research interests include morality and education, democratic education, service learning, multiculturalism, segregation in schools, and pragmatism and educational reform.

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