November 5, 2013

Roundtable on Discourse Analysis
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Horrabin Hall, Room 1, Western Illinois University, Macomb campus
Description: Dr. Hugh Mehan, Professor Emeritus of sociology and Special Project Director at the Center for Research in Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence at the University of California, San Diego, will visit Western Illinois University for a roundtable on “Discourse Analysis” at 3:30 p.m. in Horrabin Hall 1 on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Aligned with his commitment to educational equity is Professor Mehan’s ongoing scholarship in discourse analysis. His “politics of representation” research led him to analyze the history curriculum in school textbooks and local educational politics as well as the discourse on the Cold War, the “war on terrorism,” and immigration debates. In this roundtable, participants will be invited to discuss the status of discourse analysis in their own fields and to consider the impact of language on how organizations and policies operate.

Dr. Mehan’s socially engaged scholarship, skill as a teacher, and outstanding contributions to anthropology, applied sociology, and education have been recognized through awards from various colleges, universities, and professional organizations, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association. Among the books he has authored or edited are Organizational Culture and The Discourse of the Nuclear Arms Race.


The Expanding Cultural Diversity Project is organizing Dr. Mehan’s WIU visit. Co-sponsors include the Center for Innovative Teaching and Research, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Vice President for QC, Planning and Technology, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies.


Contact Information:
 Gordon C. Chang
 Phone: 309-298-1573
 Email: gc-chang@wiu.edu
Source: Multicultural

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