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CLA Speaker Series: Peter Smagorinsky

When Feb 22, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to present the inaugural lecture in the newly endowed Kirby-Greer Lecture Series.

Peter Smagorinsky (University of Georgia) will speak on "Towards a Social Understanding of Mental Health". 

Professor Smagorinsky will discuss his most recent work in neurodiversity, which has developed from a series of articles to two books: in 2016, "Creativity and community among autism-spectrum youth: Creating positive social updrafts through play and performance;" and in development, "Post-disabilities studies in education: Creating new cultures and environments for accommodating difference." These volumes take a social perspective on disability and disorder, viewing them as relational and situational rather than fixed in pathology. Smagorinsky's talk will center on mental health as both whole-body and environmental and challenge assumptions about how to construct satisfying life pathways for the neurodiverse population.

 

Peter Smagorinsky is Distinguished Research Professor of English Education in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia.