Nappy Hair Author and New York School Teacher to Discuss Teaching and Diversity


Carolivia Herron
Carolivia Herron, professor of English and author of Nappy Hair, will appear with the New York City school teacher whose use of the book sparked a national controversy at CSU, Chico Saturday, March 13.

The two will participate in a discussion titled "Untangling Nappy Hair: Strategies for Teaching about Diversity" at 1 p.m. in CSU, Chico's Harlen Adams Theatre.

When New York City school teacher Ruth Sherman used Nappy Hair in her predominantly African American and Hispanic class last fall, some parents of the children complained that she was disrespectful and racially insensitive. Herron came to Sherman's defense, insisting that her book "is a joyful celebration of African American hair" that grew out of her own childhood experience.

Because of parents' objections, Sherman has transferred to another school, and she and Herron have begun collaborating on a study guide to using Nappy Hair to address sensitive issues relating to ethnic diversity.

Herron's book, and the controversy surrounding it, has received extensive media coverage in publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and USA Today. Herron has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight, The Today Show, The Montel Willams Show and The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

"Untangling Nappy Hair: Strategies for Teaching about Diversity" will be of interest to teachers and students preparing to teach and anyone concerned about interethnic relations.

Following the discussion there will be a book-signing in the lobby of Harlen Adams Theatre.

The discussion coordinated by History professor Dale Steiner, is being presented by the Northstate History-Social Science Project, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and University Public Events. For more information, please call Steiner at 898-6238.


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