September 7, 2006
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Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Edtwon A. Myree Student Assistant

VSU Prepares to Get Lit

The English and Early Childhood and Reading Education Departments at VSU in conjunction with the Alliance for Literacy and Literature (ALL) are hosting the Wiregrass Literacy and Literature Festival on September 14-16, 2006.

The conference will feature several writers, poets, workshops, exhibitions and more. The conference will kick off Thursday in Powell Hall at 4 p.m. with science journalist and author of Mad America and The Mapmakers's Wife, Robert Whitaker as keynote speaker.

The interdisciplinary Get Lit conference will focus on reading, writing, and cultural literacy as building blocks of artistic expression and intellectual investigation. Special attention will be given to diverse cultural history and the current literacy challenges of the southern states.

For more information on the festival contact the English Department at 229-333-5946 and for a complete listing of the event schedule and speakers who will take part in the festival visit www.valdosta.edu/getlit or www.wiregrassfestival.org .