Maryanne Wolf to discuss “Reader Come Home” at UCLA

Renown scholar of literacy and the brain offers ideas for development of a bi-literate reading brain in a digital age

 Maryanne Wolf, a scholar of literacy and the brain, and visiting professor and director of the newly formed Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, will discuss her new book, Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5-7 p.m. at UCLA in the Northwest Auditorium.

Written as a series of letters addressed to her readers, the book draws on neuroscience, literature, education, technology, and philosophy, and blends historical, literary, and scientific facts with down-to-earth examples and anecdotes to explore the reading challenges of the digital age. Wolf offers her comprehensive proposal for the development of a bi-literate reading brain—a brain that reads differently depending on the medium involved.

In addition to her new role at UCLA, Wolf is also working with the UCSF Medical School and with Curious Learning: A Global Literacy Initiative she co-founded. Formerly, she was the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, where she was the director of the Tufts Center for Reading and Language Research. She is the recipient of multiple research and teaching honors, including the highest awards by the International Dyslexia Association and the Australian Learning Disabilities Association. She is the author of Proust and the Squid (Harper), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Ox-ford University Press), and more than 160 scientific publications.