See You in Louisville!

It’s almost time for the 2018 ALER conference, meeting in Louisville, KY from November 8-11. This year’s conference theme, “Educating for a Just Society,” invites participants to engage in discussions and problem-solving to be better able to promote equity for all peoples. This year’s conference will feature well over 200 presentations from literacy experts, graduate students and authors from across the country.

This year’s speakers include The New York Times bestselling young adult author of All American Boys, Brendan Kiely who will engage us in a discussion about the intersection of literature, social justice, and the art of listening. Erika Abrams, our general assembly speaker, will share information from her book, Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies, exploring how authors from the region portray the conflicts created by literacy attainment for Appalachian women. Kentucky Poet Laureate, George Ella Lyons, will share her poetry and talk about “literacy and the right to a voice” at the Saturday morning ALER Awards Breakfast.

Be sure to join fellow ALER conference attendees at the many planned social events, including the Newcomer’s Reception, Presidential Reception and especially the annual Friday evening activity. This year participants will take a short walk to the Mohammad Ali Museum for dinner and a tour. ALER 2018 is sure to be another informative, educational and collegial learning opportunity!

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