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Scholars in gifted and talented education gather at UI May 21-23

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some of the leading scholars and teachers in gifted and talented education will be discussing the latest research and trends in the field during a three-day conference at the University of Iowa from Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23.

The fourth biennial Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development is sponsored by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

The conference features more than 60 addresses, presentations, and panel discussions on issues and topics by national and international scholars in gifted education, including the role of genetics, race and gender, testing, and curricula.

The symposium is open to the public, but requires a registration fee to attend.

Sessions begin with registration at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21. All sessions will be in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

"The symposium brings together the research leaders in the field of gifted and talented education and focuses on new knowledge and future directions," says Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center and professor of counselor education. "The symposium has become a benchmark in the growth of research and talent development."

Keynote speakers include:

-- Anders Ericsson of Florida State University, speaking at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 on "The Acquired Nature of Expert Performance: Implications for Conceptions of Giftedness and Innate Talent?"

-- Henry Gradillas, retired principal of Los Angeles's Garfield High School, speaking at 8 a.m. Friday, May 22 on "Academic Achievement and High Self-Esteem through Academic Rigor and High Expectations."

-- Linda Gottfredson of the University of Delaware, speaking at 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 22 on "Intelligence: Old Findings and New Questions."

-- Donna Ford of Ohio State University, speaking at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23 on "Achieving Equity and Excellence: Recruiting and Retaining Minority Students in Gifted Education."

-- Miraca Gross of the University of South Wales, speaking at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, May 23 on "Ability Grouping, Self-Esteem and the Gifted: A Study of Optical Illusions and Optimal Environments."

The following evening keynote addresses are free and open to the public:

-- Abraham Tannenbaum of Columbia University's Teachers College, speaking at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 on "Giftedness: The Ultimate Instrument for Good or Evil."

-- Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, speaking at 7:30 p.m. Friday,

May 22 on "Academically Talented Students: They Don't Think the Way We Think They Think."

On Friday, May 22, there will be a panel discussion on "Ethics, Values and Gifted Education," from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Panelists include Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of the University of Chicago, Larry Nucci of the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Abraham Tannenbaum of Columbia University's Teachers College, moderated by Susan Assouline, associate director of the Belin-Blank Center.

The symposium is available for one semester hour of credit from the UI. Continuing education credits are also available.

Registration fees vary from $135 to $345, depending on the number of days participants attend. The student registration fee is $35.

For more information, contact the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, 210 Lindquist Center, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; phone toll-free: 800-344-3450 or 800-336-6463; fax: 319-335-5151.

The Wallace Symposium is made possible through an endowment from the Wallace Research Foundation.

5/15/98