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2009-04-15, Creating Caring Communities

As the Distinguished Lecturer on April 15, 2009, Dr. Denny Taylor spoke on "Creating Caring  Communities: Teaching in Times of Economic Crisis and Other Catastrophes."  Her presentation included first hand accounts of working in shelters and schools with people displaced by hurricane Karina as well as experiences aiding people on both sides of the Gaza Strip.

More than eighty people were inspired and challenged to find simple ways to help those in need. 

Her research in ethnographic literacy has lead to the publishing of many books including Family Story Telling, Growing Up Literate, Family Literacy, Many Families, Many Literacies: An International Declaration of Principles, Toxic Literacies: Exposing the Injustice of Bureaucratic Texas, and Learning Denied.

In 2004 Dr. Taylor was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame. She has received international recognition for her research and writing. Her awards include the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association, the Elva Knight Award from the International Reading Association, and the Richard A. Meade Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.