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Writer-teacher Bartoletti to open AU’s ‘Women of Influence’ series

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, writer-teacher, will be the first speaker in the 2011-12 "Women of Influence" series at Alfred University, on Monday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Judson Leadership Center on campus.

Bartoletti will present "Writing, Disturbance: Creativity, Voice and Change." Her speech will share personal and professional insights and experience into the process of being a writer and a change-maker that lead to her own discovery of voice.

Bartoletti currently is a graduate faculty member in the Master of Fine Arts Brief-Residency Program at Spalding University, Louisville, KY, where she teaches creative writing and lectures on the craft of writing fiction and nonfiction for young readers.

Formerly an eighth-grade English teacher, Bartoletti was awarded a Newbery Honor, given by the American Library Association (ALA) to the most distinguished American children’s books, for "Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler’s Shadow." Her newest work is "Naamah and the Ark at Night," a picture book.

Bartoletti’s work has received dozens of additional awards and honors including the ALA Robert F. Sibert Award for Nonfiction, the National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Picture Award for Nonfiction, the Society of Children’s Book Writes and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.

She earned a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York-Binghamton where she won the Excellence in Research Award for her doctoral dissertation; a master of arts degree in English from the University of Scranton, PA; and a bachelor of arts degree in English/secondary education from Marywood University, Scranton.

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The Women’s Leadership Center builds on Alfred University’s heritage as the first truly coeducational institution in the nation. The Women of Influence program brings powerful female role models to campus, providing opportunities for inspiration and guidance through lectures and small-group discussions. Past speakers have included a NYS Supreme Court judge, a dean of a medical college, and a lobbyist from Albany.

For more information call 607.871.2971.