CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 15, 2002
Obermann Center/Spelman Rockefeller Symposium Set For Feb. 28
Nationally renowned ethnographer Joseph Tobin, Ph.D.,
will be the featured speaker during the University of Iowa's inaugural Obermann
Center/Spelman Rockefeller Symposium Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 and March
The symposium will focus on issues of methodology, interpretation
and qualitative research, with Tobin leading the discussions. The event will
be of particular interest to anyone wishing to explore how ethnography can
deal with cultural continuity and historic change, particularly faulty and
students in the fields of education, anthropology, Asian area studies and
Tobin, the Basha Professor of Early Childhood Development
at Arizona State University, is widely recognized as one of the foremost ethnographers
in the fields of education and human development. He has done pioneering work
in the use of video ethnography.
On Thursday a presentation and reception will take
place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lindquist Centers Jones Commons, and the
event is open to the public. Tobin will discuss "Examining Schooling
On Friday, Tobin will be available for informal conversation
in Jones Commons from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This, too, is open to the public.
On Friday afternoon, Tobin will conduct a workshop
at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, an event open to graduate students
and faculty in the College of Educations Language, Literacy and Culture
The symposium is supported by the UI Laura Spelman
Rockefeller Fund, and sponsors include the Obermann Center, the UI College
of Education and the Iowa chapters of Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta.
For additional information, contact Gail Boldt, assistant
professor in the College of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction,
at (319) 335-5565, or via email at email@example.com,
or Cynthia Lewis, associate professor in the College of Education's Division
of Curriculum and Instruction, at (319) 335-5437, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of
Education was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education.
Since then the College has gained an international reputation of excellence
in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement,
and language and literacy. It is home to the Iowa Testing Programs, developer
of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline
N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development;
and to such top-ranked programs as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology,
Educational Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education,
and English Education and Literacy.