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WPCTE–A Pop-Up Symposium: Reading Our Reality

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


The Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English invites you to attend and participate in an all day gathering of a diverse range of individuals who seek to crack the code for all that they encounter.
We are no longer educated if we limit our understanding of the world to a literacy “by the book.”  We must acquire the “know how” to interpret all aspects of our experience and the unique demands that its grammar and rhetoric require.  This symposium will view this need as expressed by a representative number of voices that speak to us from and about the past as well as contemporary ones that speak to our present and future. We hope to hear diverse voices that speak to our ever-changing circumstances. This symposium will embrace an inclusive model. In addition to English educators (K-College), we invite educators in all disciplines, our interested students and their parents as well as the community at-large, to both present and participate in our dialogue. The focus will be interdisciplinary and the model will be transactional.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Keynote Speakers to date include:


    • Thomas Foster, University of Michigan (Flint), author of  How to Read Literature Like Professor, How to Read Poetry Like a Professor, Reading the Silver Screen,  How to Read Novels Like a Professor, will review how we read the written word .
    • Peter Argentine,  Director of Argentine Productions, creator of IMAX and PBS films, broadcast documentaries, educational videos, and directed such celebrities as Tom Hanks and Maureen Stapleton. will consider the ways that visual experience shapes our understanding
    • Jon Doctorik, Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center Technical and Education Manager, will consider the interface between Science and the Language Arts.
    • Rick Newman, Senior Consultant for Yahoo, CNN consultant, author of Liberty for All, Bury Us Upside Down, Reboundes, will consider the ways that we interpret “media truth.”

Registration includes: Continental Breakfast, Lunch and a free book.

Special Invitation to:

  • Students (K – College) NCTE Student Affiliates Sigma Tau Delta Chapters
  • All area schools Book Clubs Librarians
  • English Festival participants (grades 7 – 12)


March 8, 2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm


John Manear


Seton-La Salle High School
1000 McNeilly Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15226
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