Mark Luchinsky Memorial Lecture

  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
  • Palmer Museum of Art Lipcon Auditorium

This annual lecture has been endowed by Schreyer Scholar alumni and friends to keep alive the legacy of University Scholar Mark Luchinsky whose life celebrated intellectual honesty, personal integrity and joy in learning. Through this lecture series, the community gathers to honor his memory through support of a speaker who exemplifies and shares similar characteristics.

This year we are honored to have Dr. Jeanine Staples, associate professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as our guest lecturer.

As an educational anthropologist, she focuses on dismantling supremacist patriarchies through research, teaching, and coaching. As a sociocultural literalist, she explores personal and public voices and stories to solve personal and public problems. She accomplishes these objectives by researching the evolutionary nature and function of new literacies and texts through the discourses of narrative research. Her work exposes the foundations of various personal and social ills such as racism, sexism, and ableism; it also provides a means for curing those ills. For more on the intersectionalities she explores, see her latest book, The Revelations of Asher: Towards Supreme Love in Self (Peter Lang, 2016) and her acclaimed 2014 TEDx talk: “How to Die Peacefully.”  Dr. Staples earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and Urban Education from Howard University, her Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and her Doctorate in Reading/Writing/Literacy, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Staples has been the recipient of The Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship in Teaching and Literacy Research in the Service of Social Justice – The University of Pennsylvania (2005), The National Council of Teachers of English Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award (2008), The Global Awareness in Teacher Education Award – University of Maryland College Park (2008), and Research Fellow for the Stanford Center on Adolescence (2008). Most recently, Dr. Staples was named a board member for the Africana Research Center at Penn State (2013-2017) and a Fellow for the Social Science Research Institute/Children, Youth and Family Consortium (SSRI/CYFC) (2014). She was also named a Senior Fellow at Columbia University School of Law's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Rhode Island's Harrington School of Communications (2014-2015, respectively).

The Luchinsky Lecture is cosponsored by Schreyer Honors College Student Council, the Presidential Leadership Academy, The Office of Educational Equity, The Gender Equity Center, and Penn State Hillel.

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