Maryanne Wolf: Building a Reading Brain

Literacy advocate and neuroscientist to speak in virtual town hall presented by the Atlanta Speech School, June 11.

Maryanne Wolf, director of the UCLA Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice, will take part in a virtual Cox Campus Town Hall on Thursday, June 11, 4-6 p.m. EDT/1-3 p.m. PST.

Wolf, a visiting professor at the at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, will be in conversation with Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, on the role of relationships in forming safety, trust, and brains that are built for learning, thinking, questioning and leading. The discussion will be moderated by Ryan Lee James, PhD, director of the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School. A 15-minute Q&A session will take place at the end of each hour. 

Wolf is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain” (Harper Collins), “Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century: The Literary Agenda” (Oxford University Press), and over 160 scientific publications.Her latest book, “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World,” was published in 2018. Wolf lectures around the world, including multiple presentations on global literacy for disenfranchised children at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Before arriving at UCLA in 2018, Wolf was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, and the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She is affiliated with the Dyslexia Center in the UCSF Medical School and with Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative, which she co-founded.

Professor Wolf is the recipient of multiple research and teaching honors, including the Fulbright Fellowship, the American Psychological Association Teaching Award, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study for the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the NICHD Innovative Research Award, and the highest awards by the Dyslexia Foundation, the International Dyslexia Association and the Australian Learning Disabilities Association. 

Wolf is a much sought-after resource for international media, including The Verge, The Hindu, Good E Reader, Free Beacon, NPR, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

To attend the Cox Town Hall with UCLA’s Maryanne Wolf, visit this link.

Photo by Ron Searcey