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MARYVILLE, MO (2009-09-29) Northwest Missouri State University's first distinguished lecture belongs to a freedom writer.
Erin Gruwell, a national leader in urban education and social change advocated will be presenting at the lectured on Wednesday, September 30 at 7 PM. The lecture is open to the public and will be held in the Mary Linn Auditorium of the Ron Houston Center of the Performing Arts. As a teacher in a Racially Polarized Los Angeles-area high school, Gruwell worked to make her students look beyond the divides of color and culture. Her success in leading young people to explore their experiences and improve their lives through writing led to the publication of "The Freedom Writers Diary: How a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them." Nikki Yount from the Office of University Advancement said that Gruwell's return to Northwest was heavily requested.
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