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UMass Amherst Sonia Nieto to lead Couper Lecture


Sonia Nieto, professor of language, literacy and culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present the 2004 Couper Lecture, “What Keeps Teachers Going? A Hopeful Vision From Work in a Teachers’ Inquiry Group,” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the PSPC-E/F.

For more than 36 years, Nieto has taught at all levels from elementary through graduate school. Her research focuses on multicultural education and on the education of Latinos, immigrants and students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Nieto’s books include Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities, Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools and What Keeps Teachers Going?

She has also published dozens of book chapters and articles in such journals as Educational Leadership, the Harvard Educational Review, Multicultural Education and Theory into Practice.

Nieto serves on several national advisory boards that focus on educational equity and social justice, including Facing History and Ourselves, and Educators for Social Responsibility. She has received many awards for her scholarship, advocacy and activism, including the Human and Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the 1996 Teacher of the Year Award from the Hispanic Educators of Massachusetts and the 1997 Multicultural Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Multicultural Association.

She was an Annenberg Institute Senior Fellow and received an honorary doctorate from Lesley College in Massachusetts. Most recently, she was named to the Criticas Journal Hall of Fame as the 2003 Spanish Language Community Advocate of the Year.

The Couper Lecture, presented annually since 1993, honors the late Edgar W. Couper, a successful businessman, recognized community leader and pioneer of New York public higher education. Couper was chairman of the “Committee of 100,” which was responsible for the founding in 1950 of what is now Binghamton University. He was also a member of the New York State Board of Regents from 1951 to 1968, and served as its chancellor from 1961 to 1968. The lecture is funded by the Edgar W. Couper Endowment Fund for Educational Excellence, which also provides Couper Fellowships annually to one or more full-time students in SEHD’s doctoral program in Educational Theory and Practice.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08