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URI's Finkelstein Lecture features author of Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, March 18

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 3, 2004 -- Parents, teachers, and counselors involved with children who struggle with reading and writing may learn how to make words come alive for these children at a lecture with learning specialist Thomas Armstrong at the University of Rhode Island later this month.

An award-winning author, psychologist and internationally known expert in the fields of human development and learning, Armstrong will deliver the 28th annual Robert and Augusta Finkelstein Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 18, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held in the Barry Marks Auditorium of the Chafee Social Science Center on the Kingston Campus.

In his lecture, "Making the Words Come Alive: The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing," Armstrong will describe how literacy skills can be developed by linking words to images, music, logic, emotions, physical expression, social context, oral language and nature. Armstrong draws on recent neuropsychological research in showing how reading and writing skills are whole brain activities, and he provides practical tips and suggestions for teaching everything from phonics to reading comprehension using multiple Intelligences strategies.

On his web site, Armstrong says that his work is "guided by a belief that all children are gifted," and he believes that "the biggest challenge for parents and teachers is to remove the roadblocks that keep those gifts from being recognized, celebrated and nurtured."

Armstrong has more than 30 years of teaching experience from the primary grades through the doctoral level. Over one million copies of his books are in print in 17 different languages on issues related to learning and human development. He is the author of eleven books, including Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, In Their Own Way, Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius, 7 Kinds of Smart, The Myth of the A.D.D. Child, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom.

While he is currently writing a book on the stages of life, he has also written columns and award-winning articles for numerous national magazines and more than 30 other periodicals, journals, and edited books. He has appeared on national and international television and radio programs, including NBC’s The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN, the BBC, among others. Articles featuring his work have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and hundreds of other newspapers and magazines around the country.

In 1973, the University established the Robert Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series in honor of the late Robert Finkelstein, a noted Rhode Island industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support of elementary and secondary education. The lecture series, founded by the generosity of Augusta Finkelstein in memory of her husband, was renamed in her honor following her death in 1997.

Co-sponsors of this year's lecture include the URI College of Human Science and Services, URI School of Education, and the URI Faculty in Teacher Education.

For More Information: John Boulmetis, 874-4159